[OpenBIOS] What OpenBIOS should contain

Ed Brinker ebrinker at gne.net
Sun Aug 1 23:05:27 CEST 1999

I'm a bit confused.  A you talking about flashing a ROM or are you loading
the NIC driver to shadow RAM.

At 12:36 AM 7/25/99 +0000, you wrote:
>> 3) The ability to boot from many media (network, cd, floppy, ide 
>> etc). Network booting would be nice but the network card support 
>> may be a bit cumbersome.
>How about a "combination" netboot approach?  The BIOS could maybe handle
>all of the netboot _except_ the NIC driver.
>Store the NIC driver on a specially-formatted floppy.  The floppy would
>call a BIOS routine to register NIC driver of size XXXX at address XXXX,
>and the BIOS would take over.
>It's a bit kludgy and backwards way of loading an option ROM, but who says
>existing BIOSes aren't kludgy and backwards? ;-)
>My $.02
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