BIOS Autodetection Design

M Carling m at
Tue Jan 12 00:36:10 CET 1999

Erin R. Kern wrote:
> The tables for all of the chipsets that you want to support would fill
> any BIOS EEPROM on the market and you haven't even written one line of
> code yet.

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.

Do you think this has any merit, Eric?


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