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  • AMD RS780/SB700 CoreBoot Support Released

    Phoronix: AMD RS780/SB700 CoreBoot Support Released

    It's been a long time coming after the code was tied up in AMD's legal department for months, but AMD finally pushed out the CoreBoot support for their RS780/SB700 Chipsets yesterday. This free software BIOS implementation should now work on these newer AMD-based motherboards and are just the most recent of a growing list of supported chipsets by CoreBoot. AMD had promised this support many months ago but finally they cleared the legal requirements to push this code out to the general public...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODA2Nw

  • #2
    This really is good news. AMD really are setting a new trend in openness and long may it continue

    I hope Intel take notice of this and start to do the same, for too long now manufacturers have been creating shoddy and sometimes downright broken BIOSs, the coreboot project has the chance to change all that

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    • #3
      Great stuff!

      OK one questions (or actual more):
      Before I look into thie, I have an ASUS Crosshair III Formula. Does that mean I could use it in the near future? How long would they need?

      The reason is that ASUS still cannot provide a fully functional BIOS for this board. The last version from Feb 2010 still doesn't like to properly detect my memory.

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      • #4
        That's from the mailing list:
        It has been suggested that coreboot should be ported to a sizable number
        of AMD RS780 series mainboards during Google Summer of Code 2010
        That means expectations for August?
        http://socghop.appspot.com/document/.../faqs#timeline

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        • #5
          This is great. Thanks AMD
          How this relates to RS785 north bridge and SB710. Are they supported with these patches? If not..when we can expect some movement in this area..Bridgman?

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          • #6
            Forgive my ignorance, but can someone explain briefly what the benefit of this is?

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            • #7
              gsacks: http://www.coreboot.org/Benefits

              Thanks AMD and everyone who made this possible! Thanks!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
                gsacks: http://www.coreboot.org/Benefits

                Thanks AMD and everyone who made this possible! Thanks!
                Thank you. But some overzealous web czar at work has decided to block that page in Web(non)sense. So I guess I'll have to look at it when I get home.

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                • #9
                  I have this toshiba laptop with Intel CPU/NB/GPU... and the OEM BIOS is complete and utter garbage that's REALLY pissing me off.

                  I really hope Intel and VIA follow AMD's excellent lead here.

                  ..and on my other laptop, this Inspiron 1420N with Intel X-25M TRIM f/w running Lucid, the BIOS is like, a third of the boot up time. Basura.

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                  • #10
                    damn, my got an rs790

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                    • #11
                      One thing that irks me about Coreboot is what they call a "OK" status of support is very generous. Alot of those "supported" boards that are marked "OK" still have many untested and WIP items or even will not work. When I see motherboards on the list as "OK" I would think at the very least the bloody SATA controller would work.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                        I have this toshiba laptop with Intel CPU/NB/GPU... and the OEM BIOS is complete and utter garbage that's REALLY pissing me off.

                        I really hope Intel and VIA follow AMD's excellent lead here.

                        ..and on my other laptop, this Inspiron 1420N with Intel X-25M TRIM f/w running Lucid, the BIOS is like, a third of the boot up time. Basura.
                        Bad news here for you- laptop support is HARD- coreboot support doubly or triply so.
                        Here's the Flashrom guide to getting your laptop supported:
                        http://flashrom.org/Laptops

                        If you decide to follow through, I can give you a few pointers on what to search for on Google (or your preferred search engine).

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ethana2 View Post
                          I really hope Intel and VIA follow AMD's excellent lead here.
                          Coreboot devs have said repeatedly that there are important things missing from Intel's chipset manuals and that Intel has been uncooperative when contacted about releasing some of these details. More generally, Intel seems to have "stuff" going on with wanting to control (parts of) the BIOS, and all of this is somehow intertwined with the push for EFI.

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                          • #14
                            Can someone please enlighten me to whether this is relevant to or will be usable with my laptop/chipset or is this another no laptop thing?

                            Laptop is part of the HP TX2500 Series:

                            00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
                            00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
                            00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
                            00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
                            00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
                            00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
                            00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
                            00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
                            00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
                            00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
                            00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
                            00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
                            00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
                            00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
                            00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
                            00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
                            00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
                            00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
                            00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
                            00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Address Map
                            00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] DRAM Controller
                            00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
                            00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Link Control

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                            • #15
                              I believe your laptop has the RS780/SB700 chipset so yes, this is relevent. There are also a number of programming guides available for those parts, covering both graphics (on the x.org site) and NB/SB functionality (on amd.com).

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