[OpenBIOS] sis 630 boots to multiuser from nvram from power-on
dave at denial.force9.co.uk
Tue Aug 26 17:19:50 CEST 2003
Ronald G Minnich <rminnich at lanl.gov> wrote:
> 2) from power on, linux boots so fast that our ide hard disk is not ready,
> so does not show as present. The cdrom doesn't have such a problem.
> So you have to hit reset :-(
> This is going to mean a kernel repair possibly. Not sure.
> I don't want to handle this in the traditional sleep(3) fashion.
> There's way too much of that nonsense in Linux already, esp.
> in /etc/rc.d/*
Ugh! Flashbacks to my Amiga 1200 days where I had a hard disk that didn't
spin up in time for the Kickstart to read it. Later revisions of the
AmigaOS added a delay loop here.
A saner method would be to poll the IDE ports for a 'ready' signal.
But what about systems without IDE ? We could add a timeout to the
poll loop.. Hmm, more thinking needed.
> 3) It's only going to use 64M of ram, no matter what you put in there.
> We're working on that. I've figured out how to have linuxbios
> pass params to the kernel. Hint: it's not something mentioned on this
> list yet :-)
What does /proc/nvram make of LinuxBIOS ?
Or are we not setting that up yet?
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