[OpenBIOS] Platform for the OPENBIOS question

Ronald G Minnich rminnich at lanl.gov
Wed Aug 22 15:54:56 CEST 2001

On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Stefan Reinauer wrote:

> yes, unfortunately the board did not react in any way on the setting of sw3
> jp8. it still came up with the linuxbios serial output. Stupid me assumed
> that the flash is scanned for an elf image, without reading the code diligently
> enough. Instead the code expected 2 linuxbioses in blocks 0 and 1, and the
> kernels starting from block 2, so linuxbios stopped whith an illegal elf
> header message. Seems I unlearned being careful a bit when i did all the flash
> hot swapping for /dev/bios.

what I did is to leave the SRM image in place, and only have one linuxbios
to start.

There is still a way to recover even when you toast flash. I just don't
know what it is :-(

There is a keyboard sequence that lets you talk to the maintenance
processor. As it comes up try hitting ESC-ESC-rmc

> I found on the Linuxbios homepage that ASUS uses the wrong flash parts. Iirc
> I flashed some bioses on asus boards using /dev/bios. Is the 440GX problem
> still alife, too? If it helps, I could try to get that hardware supported by
> /dev/bios since I want to develop the driver towards being a universal flasher
> tool for Linux.

l440gx is fixed, I can now write L440gx flash! I just wrote random junk
into it yesterday.

The VIA chipsets are just plain hard. My code kind of works with one SDRAM
in on the 8601 and 69x chipset. I didn't have the time to figure them out
so I moved on. I am hoping VIA will get me some working code at some


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