[coreboot] Supermicro X7SLA-H supported? (Intel 945GC + ICH7R)

Sander sander at humilis.net
Mon Sep 28 15:53:00 CEST 2009

Hi Carl-Daniel,

Thanks a lot for your reply. Much appreciated.

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote (ao):
> On 16.09.2009 13:34, Sander wrote:
> > Supermicro X7SLA-H motherboard[2].
> >
> > The chipsets of the X7SLA-H are Intel 945GC + ICH7R which are listed as
> > WIP on "Devices supported in coreboot v3"[3]
> >
> > What are the changes of getting Coreboot v3 to work on this motherboard?
> Pretty slim. We are currently working on integrating all important v3
> features in v2 because v2 gets more developer attention. If your chipset
> is supported in v2, you have a good chance to get your board working.
> > What makes v3 'alpha'? I can't seem to figure it out from reading
> > the wiki.
> Short answer: v3 has a pretty new design and we're still evaluating
> aspects of that design. Those parts of the design which are already
> proven will be integrated in v2, other parts may come later.

Makes sense, tnx :-)

> > I consider myself an experienced Linux user but I have no hardware tools
> > for flash or debug. Would I be able to play with Coreboot and be of any
> > use to the community?
> It is very useful to have a serial nullmodem cable and a POST card. Test
> both of them. It is also a requirement to be able to recover if flashing
> went wrong. That means you either need a second board with the same
> flash type (the board can be totally different as long as the flash type
> (FWH/LPC/SPI) is identical) or an external programmer. Of course, to
> recover the flash chip on your board, that flash chip should be in a
> socket (or have a SPI recovery header).

I've just received the motherboard and it has a SPI BIOS with no header
whatsoever. So, sadly, no coreboot on this one.

Thanks again for your reply.


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