[coreboot] Coreboot + SeaBIOS on GA-M52S-S3P?

Marc Jones marcj303 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 21:18:11 CET 2012

On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Ivan Shmakov <oneingray at gmail.com> wrote:
>        I wonder, did anyone try Coreboot and SeaBIOS on Gigabyte's
>        GA-M52S-S3P?

The nvidia chipset is the biggest challenge. I don't know how close it
is to the nvida support in coreboot.

>        I'm mainly interested in booting Linux 2.6-based GNU system via
>        GRUB 2 from a SATA HDD (with GPT), but I'd like to have other
>        boot devices (floppy and DVD drives, USB Flash) and systems
>        supported as well.

This is a typical coreboot + seabios solution.

>        One more issue is that the BIOS IC (labelled MX 25L4005AM2C) is
>        soldered to the board.  I wonder, what'd be the recovery
>        procedure should the newly uploaded firmware fail to boot?

There are a number of ways to handle recovery. Please see this page
for more info:


>        TIA.
>    The backstory is as follows.  Suddenly, the vendor's BIOS has
>    decided that it needs a backup.  Without hesitation, it choose one
>    of the HDD's attached, and wrote its copy there, reserving some 2113
>    sectors at its tail as a “Host Protected Area” (HPA.)  Effectively,
>    this has invalidated the drive's GPT, rendering the system
>    unbootable.  Seemingly, no data (apart from the backup GPT) was
>    lost, but I'd like to avoid the surprises like this in the future.
>    As I was unable to find the relevant BIOS configuration software for
>    AwardBIOS, I'm now looking if I should abandon such a misbehaved
>    variety of proprietary firmware completely for something free.
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