[coreboot] Seabios - VGA & Boot From First Hard Drive Issues

Kevin O'Connor kevin at koconnor.net
Sat Jan 1 06:45:16 CET 2011

On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 04:02:09PM -0900, Roger wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 11:37:52AM -0500, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
> >On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 01:54:04AM -0900, Roger wrote:
> >> And still getting better here.
> >> 
> >> I've reset some Seabios config.h options to defaults and disabled FLOPPY
> >> options.
> >
> >The floppy options have no impact on seabios when in coreboot mode.
> >What you're seeing here is likely random failures.  You should try
> >running the memtest program.
> Yup.  Figured-out, the user is required to press "F12" else Seabios will try to
> load a floppy image as defined in milliseconds within config.h.

Hrmm - Seabios wont load from floppy under coreboot.  The floppy
hardware support is disabled when on coreboot.  The messages you are
seeing are harmless.

> If Seabios doesn't find a floppy image or boot image, it will then reload
> coreboot/reboot as defined in milliseconds within config.h.  (This I find nuts,
> Seabios infinitely reloading coreboot over & over again.  Is this correct?
> Great stress testing though as I can see additional reloads fail sometime over
> time due to raminit issues.)
> I prefer Seabios to sit and wait forever (an unlimited amount of time).
> Also, if I do get things going correctly, would prefer Seabios just go ahead
> and boot the bootable drive partition (or main boot record... with grub/lilo
> installed).  If anything, a slight pause might be essential in case a user does
> have a floppy image installed or chooses network, usb, etc.

If SeaBIOS fails to find a boot method, it will wait infinitely.
You're seeing an unrelated failure here.


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