BIOS Autodetection Design

Ray Jones raykj at
Tue Jan 12 08:19:53 CET 1999

>The objective is not to write OpenBIOS such that (in practice) a single
>compiled image can boot any chipset. Rather, the autodetect objective is
>that a set of chipsets may be chosen at compile time from which the image
>is about to boot. Thus, for example, a MB manufacturer could compile a
>BIOS such that one image would work for all the MBs that they manufacture.

If this (compile time selection) is the objective, why call it autodetect? I
would have thought from the name that one image fits all. Then, at run time
it is autodetected, requiring all of the tables at once.


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