[SeaBIOS] Confirm the status about BZ#1377575

Laszlo Ersek lersek at redhat.com
Wed Feb 14 17:56:22 CET 2018

Hello Shouta-san,

On 02/14/18 05:48, Shouta.Uehara at jp.yokogawa.com wrote:
> Dear SeaBIOS development members,
> I'm Shota Uehara work for Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
> I would like to confirm the status about a bug fixing of BZ#1377575.
> I use Windows Server 2016 virtual machine on qemu-kvm with CentOS 7.
> And now I attempt to add a dedicated virtual device to qemu-kvm, and develop its device driver for WS2016.
> For debugging the windows driver I want to get a crash dump on WS2016, however it doesn't be created.
> According to RedHat knowledge base, that is a Windows incompatibility issue to SeaBIOS, as known BZ#1377575.
>  <https://access.redhat.com/articles/2470791#known-issues-14>
> Therefore, I have 2 questions as follows;
> (1) Could you tell me the current status about a bug fixing of BZ#1377575 ?
> (2) If possible, could you tell me the work-around to avoid such bug and realize to get a crash dump ?

Please refer to the following blog post by my (then-)colleague Ladi
Prosek, who worked around the Windows issue (BZ#1377575) in the RHEL7
SeaBIOS package:


As stated in the blog post, both abandoning Cirrus video, and patching
SeaBIOS, are necessary for working around the Windows issue. The SeaBIOS
patch was sent to the SeaBIOS mailing list; please see the discussion
thread at:

  [SeaBIOS] [PATCH] vgabios: Reorder video modes to work around a
                    Windows bug

The thread seems to have petered out back then. For using an upstream
SeaBIOS build, you might have to apply the patch manually. However, when
using SeaBIOS from CentOS 7, the issue should already be fixed:

- in 7.3.z, starting with seabios-1.9.1-5.el7_3.1
  (BZ#1392028, <https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2017-0079.html>),
- in 7.4, starting with seabios-1.10.1-1.el7
  (BZ#1377575, <https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2017:1855>).

Can you check if you are using a CentOS 7 SeaBIOS package that is at
least this recent?

... In fact, I see a private (Red Hat only) reminder under the Knowledge
Base article that we should update the "Known Issues" text, regarding
BZ#1377575, once the related updates are out. Given that both BZs above
are in CLOSED ERRATA status, I'm going to ping our docs guys now. :)

... Additionally, I've found a note in BZ#1377575 that Windows 10 RS2,
version 1703+ (possibly earlier), should no longer have this bug. Not
sure how (or if) that maps to Windows Server 2016.

Thank you!

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