[OpenBIOS] Info and help

Blue Swirl blauwirbel at gmail.com
Sat Aug 30 19:31:23 CEST 2008

On 8/30/08, Israel Miranda <programadorlinux at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there people.
> I´d like to have some info on the project, because I didn´t understand it
> very well, and didn´t find many info on the net(I recognize I didn´t googled
> a lot).
> Can I install openbios on any x86 motherboard ?
>  Or only the ones which implements the open firmware standard ? If so, is
> there a list of which hardware/mobo are compatible ?
> My problem is: I have and old computer... an Intel pentium 4 2.6ghz on a
> Intel D865PERL motherboard.
>  Recently I acquired an used nvidia 6800 GS video card, and I´m experiencing
> freezes and lockups, and for what I had researched, seems to be a problem
> with AGP FAST WRITE option turned on. The problem is:
> I don´t have the option to turn it off on my bios anymore.... My diagnostics
> (everest) says it´s enabled. When I bought my computer in 2004 I remebered
> of this option, and at that time my gforce 4400 mx card didn´t support this
> option so I had to turn it off. Some years later I upgraded my bios, and
> didn´t miss this option. Now I´m looking for it and it´s not there anymore.
>  I tried flashing 5 older bios to my card, to see if this option would "come
> back", but no luck. Now I doubt even myself I had ever had this option....
> that´s where I got the old bios from intel server:
> ftp://download.intel.com/design/motherbd/rl/
> Then I remebered of this openbios project, and I thought: If I can use this
> bios, and turn off this option, it´ll solve my problems!
> So, is there any chance I can do that ?
> Thanks in advance, and congratulations for the project.

On x86, OpenBIOS is usually loaded as a payload to coreboot, so you
should check coreboot support (www.coreboot.org) and maybe after that
ask this question on their mailing lists.

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