[OpenBIOS] Platform for the OPENBIOS question

Lloyd Thomson thomson at aros.net
Tue Aug 21 11:42:53 CEST 2001

Hi all

Maybe I missed it, but for the Open BIOS that is being discussed, is there a specific single board computer (SBC), motherboard, chipset (or ?) that the BIOS will be targeted on.

My understanding is that this will be an x86 board, and it sounds like it will be at least partly targeted toward the game industry. However, since my favorite language is actually solder, I am mostly curious. There are a lot of chipset options out there, and each one of these may have a different effect on the workings and architecture of the BIOS.

If this has not been discussed, you all may want to do so.

Incidentally, I would also recommend that you start with a monitor level input / output / short command structure. It really makes it easier to test code and eliminate problems  when you have a basic (NOT BASIC) set of commands that you can use to look at or change control registers and memory locations. 

On new hardware projects, I also like to either get a serial port working first thing, or will hook up a small ASCII LCD panel to the system. That way I can see what is going on inside by using simple print statements, and can check to see that variables are what I expect, and that certain stages of the software are being executed.


Lloyd Thomson
Sr. Design Engineer
One Stop Satellite Solutions
1805 University Cir
Ogden, UT 84408-1805
801 626 7272
lloyd.thomson at osss.com

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it" Albert Einstein
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