[coreboot] FILO bug disk not seen at ata-0 (Doesn't try to detect on ATA only SIL3114)

Myles Watson mylesgw at gmail.com
Wed May 19 23:56:04 CEST 2010

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 3:27 PM, xdrudis <xdrudis at tinet.cat> wrote:
> On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 07:45:18PM -0400, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
>> I think you're going to want SeaBIOS if you need to install Linux from
>> a CD.  I think filo has cd booting support, but I'd guess standard
>> Linux distros wont work out of the box.
> Mmmm... hadn't thought of that. Just a crazy idea:
> Is there a payload to load another payload from disk/usb/cd/net instead of Flash ?. I
> imagine the calling interface between coreboot and a payload is
> different than that between any of the payloads and the OS, but
> maybe it does not need to be so always ?  I mean can you keep for
> example coreboot+filo+something in the flash where the original BIOS
> was, so that you boot fast from flash ordinarily and still use SeaBIOS (slowly)
> without reflashing by loading it from disk once in a while when you
> want to try a liveCD or BSD in another partition or whatever ? Or maybe there's plenty of room
> on flash so usually you can keep all payloads you may ever need there
> and never bother to load them from disk ?

You could fit gPXE, filo, and SeaBIOS all in the flash pretty easily.
Then you would have a few options.

I'm curious, what's the difference in boot times between filo and
SeaBIOS loading the same kernel from the hard drive?


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