[coreboot] Offering Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 for porting

Renze Nicolai renze at rnplus.nl
Fri Dec 16 03:46:07 CET 2016

Hello Merlin,

I am interested in porting Coreboot to your GA-890FXA-UD5.
A month ago I succesfully ported coreboot to my MS-7721 (FM2-A75MA-E35) 
motherboard and having a go at porting another AMD board to coreboot
would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about coreboot.

Since I can not guarantee that I will succeed. Therefore I propose that
in case of failure the provided hardware will be returned to you so
that you can find someone else to give it a go.

If you want me to work on porting coreboot to your board we should work
out the details privately. Please contact me directly
(renze at rnplus.nl).

Can someone more experienced please confirm that coreboot has support
for the AMD 890FX northbridge, the AMD SB850 southbridge and the ITE
IT8720 superio chip?

(If support for the superio chip is not yet available I could try
adding support for the chip to coreboot but this is not something I
have done before.)

(I live in the Enschede, the Netherlands so shipping charges should not
be a problem)

Renze Nicolai

On do, 2016-12-15 at 20:34 -0500, Taiidan at gmx.com wrote:
> It *appears* to support IOMMU, and the AM3+ higher end procs (8350)
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_800_chipset_series#890FX
> http://www.overclock.net/t/730776/official-gigabyte-ga-890fxa-ud5-ud7
> -owners-thread-club/4040
> The 7xx chipset that coreboot currently supports does not do IOMMU 
> (artificial market separations)
> What would be really swell is a port to a nice 9xx series
> motherboard, 
> both are quite old but the 8xx is even older.
> 9xx is the last best x86-64 boards that are able to boot without any 
> kind of supervisor processor (ME/PSP) and that have coreboot do the
> real 
> work (intel FSP boards make coreboot just shimboot doing 10% of the
> work 
> - entirely bogus - making most of the boot process a black box.)
> On 12/15/2016 07:36 AM, Merlin Büge wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > 
> > I have a nice Gigabyte mainboard which I don't need/use anymore:
> > A Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 (rev. 2.0 or 2.1)
> > 
> > http://www.gigabyte.de/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3519
> > 
> > Since I like libre-friendly computing hardware, I'd find it nice to
> > see
> > libreboot running on it. I'm not sure, but from what I see, it
> > should
> > be libreboot compatible? Could someone more knowledged than me
> > confirm
> > this?
> > 
> > If someone is interested in porting this board to coreboot, and if
> > there are no big foreseeable obstacles to porting it to lireboot,
> > I'd
> > be happy donating that board together with a Phenom II 965 and 4G
> > RAM,
> > preferrable to someone in Germany or within the EU (shipping
> > costs).
> > 
> > Regards,
> > 
> > Merlin
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 

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