[SeaBIOS] Boot menu key does not work with config options threads set to 2

Kevin O'Connor kevin at koconnor.net
Sun Jan 29 20:30:43 CET 2017

On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 04:30:12PM +0100, Paul Menzel wrote:
> Dear SeaBIOS folks,
> On the ASRock E350M1 with coreboot and SeaBIOS, setting the runtime config
> option `threads` to 2, I am unable to press the boot menu key (ESC). [1]
> > By default, SeaBIOS will parallelize hardware initialization during bootup to reduce boot time. Multiple hardware devices can be initialized in parallel between vga initialization and option rom initialization. One can set this file to a value of zero to force hardware initialization to run serially. Alternatively, one can set this file to 2 to enable early hardware initialization that runs in parallel with vga, option rom initialization, and the boot menu.
> My rotating hard drive is pretty slow, and SeaBIOS is waiting for that.
> Not adding `etc/threads` to CBFS, pressing the key works, and the boot menu
> is displayed.
> Is that the expected behavior?

No, it's not expected.  If you set 'etc/threads' to 2 then you should
get the boot menu prompt even before the drive finishes spinning up.
If you send a log we can take a look at it.


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