[coreboot] [PATCH 1/2] cs5536: Add a NAND device and do the IDE PCI header disabling on time.
ward at gnu.org
Fri Jan 9 16:08:22 CET 2009
On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 05:06:31PM +0200, Mart Raudsepp wrote:
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Ward Vandewege [mailto:ward at gnu.org]
> > > Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 7:46 AM
> > > To: Myles Watson
> > > Cc: coreboot at coreboot.org
> > > Subject: Re: [coreboot] [PATCH 1/2] cs5536: Add a NAND device and do
> > > theIDE PCI header disabling on time.
> > >
> > > On Fri, Jan 09, 2009 at 07:33:37AM -0700, Myles Watson wrote:
> > > > Maybe it would be better to have IDE/NAND selection depend on a
> > > CMOS/NVRAM
> > > > value, so that the same BIOS could be used with either choice.
> > >
> > > Will that work on boards without cmos battery (they exist - alix2c3 for
> > > instance)?
> > Maybe there are no boards with IDE and NAND support? If there are, are
> > there any without a CMOS battery? How would the factory BIOS handle
> > selection?
> There's a default CMOS content to fall back to, so during build
> configuration you'd probably select the default and then in NVRAM be
> able to switch that around. If there is no CMOS battery or it gets reset
> (checksums don't validate or so) you just fall back to the fallback
> So without a CMOS battery you'd always have the default chosen at build
> time, but you can switch by booting from the default and changing it
> with nvramtool and soft restarting without removing power, or with a
> currently non-existent setup menu payload in the future.
> Everything highly hypothetical and if there are no boards with both
> supported based on this choice, then it's quite unlikely new ones will
> appear either given the status of GeodeLX.
Agreed. Sounds good to me.
Ward Vandewege <ward at fsf.org>
Free Software Foundation - Senior Systems Administrator
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