[LinuxBIOS] different versions of the GA-M57SLI-S4 (PLCC vs SPI)
peter at stuge.se
Wed Sep 12 02:52:17 CEST 2007
On Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 03:11:19AM +0200, echelon at free.fr wrote:
> Finaly a little victory with the SPI version of the GA-M57SLI-S4
> It works!!!
Great to hear. Glad you can confirm they didn't do too much to change
> But some issues remain:
> -1) no support in flashrom for spi chips. I used a home made spi
> programmer (with a Altera FPGA) to flash the rom image. I
> "socketised" also the flash chip and the mainboard.
Can you confirm or reject the theory for adding a switch?
How did you do the socket?
> No VGA display at all!
Did you include the VGA BIOS in your LB image and enable VGA in
> -3) I tried to install a network card too (PCI also). When
> booting with the factory bios image (Award) it works well, lspci
> shows both the graphics adapter and the ethernet one. But when
> booting with LB, these 2 items don't appear anymore into the lspci
Does LB find them? Can you show us lspci from factory BIOS and full
serial output from the LB boot?
> It looks to me that the PCI bridge is not correctly initialized
> into the SB : am I wrong or not on this issue?
That could be it. Maybe they changed enough to make the board's
> Now I will try to add support for SPI flash and ITE8716 superio in
> flashrom (I have never done that before, it will be hard for
> me!..). Btw, is someone else working with this board at this moment
> or am I alone?.. I would like to avoid to do unusefull work..
Carl-Daniel was going to have a look at it when he got back online
unless someone else did it first.
flashrom has no support at all for the SPI way of flashing so I would
just do a massive hack for the first round of SPI support.
> Finaly another finding I made:
> - the board comes with a 512 KiB flash chip. I tried to use a 1
> MiB flash chip and it works! But I had to duplicate the
> linuxbios.rom, image (cat lb.rom lb.rom > lb2.rom) to generate a
> bigger image suitable for this bigger flash.
Yep - I would expect that to work. Cool.
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