[coreboot] Removal of AGESA - to be or NOT to be? A story of G505S

Timothy Pearson tpearson at raptorengineeringinc.com
Fri Nov 6 18:34:16 CET 2015

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On 11/06/2015 04:11 AM, Vladimir wrote:
> While the possibility of AMD AGESA boards 'removal' is being discussed,
> I would like to tell you about Lenovo G505S - which has Compal LA-A091P
> AMD Family 15h RL AGESA board.
> * Did you know that Lenovo G505S is still widely available at some parts
> of the world? (e.g. in Russia, 50+ online shops are still selling it)
> * Did you know that Francis Rowe, head Libreboot developer, has proposed
> the addition of G505S to Coreboot LTS Candidates list of laptops?
> * Did you know that Compal will still be making LA-A091P laptop
> motherboard, the primary component of G505S, at least until the end of
> 2018 year?
> (although these would be meant for Lenovo technical repair workshops,
> any person will be able to buy them by request even at 1pcs quantities)
> It is unbelievable that some people here want to take alive-and-kicking
> motherboard and 'remove it': either 'remove' a support for it
> completely, or degrade it into a 'second class citizen' - by branching
> it off to some abandoned branch that nobody would care about. Don't know
> which is worse...

Slightly off topic, but if the Lenovo G505S uses a Family 15h processor
it should be possible to port it over to native initialisation (thus
ensuring it's continued existence as a first class citizen, even if this
discussion comes up again eventually).

I was also unaware that true Family 15h CPUs had made their way into
laptops; do you know if that particular device requires a PSP blob or not?

One last comment regarding removal.  At minimum I would expect that none
of the boards, chipsets, or CPUs shown in the board status repository
from at least the past few months should be candidates for removal.  As
you can see K8 is definitely listed:


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