[coreboot] How to handle vbt.bin

Nico Huber nico.h at gmx.de
Sun Apr 15 14:53:43 CEST 2018

On 15.04.2018 14:28, Peter Stuge wrote:
> Arthur Heymans wrote:
>> one would be able to generate this binary file but due to its
>> modularity and variable length such generator would be tedious to
>> create.
> How tedious?

I think the tedious part is choosing which fields you want to fill. The
available fields vary between generations. There's lots of historical
ballast and you don't know which fields are required (VBT is mostly nee-
ded for Windows and who knows what the driver does there; when it comes
to Linux, we should at least try to talk some sense into the developer's
to tell us which information they really need).

> Do you know where documentation can be found?

The most comprehensive documentation I know about the various sub-tables
and how they are organized is the i915 Linux driver code that reads it.
There are also per-platform description files that tell a "binary modi-
fication program" by Intel what bit is what. You can find them sometimes
along the FSP releases (e.g. [1]; 9972 lines, yeah!).

If somebody really wants to digest complete VBTs, I think the best shot
would be to translate these description files into something nicer and
have a tool like bincfg [2] to translate human readable VBTs into binary
ones (based on the description). And talk Intel into always releasing
the description files, ofc.


[2] https://review.coreboot.org/cgit/coreboot.git/tree/util/bincfg/

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