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    Phoronix: AMD Publishes New Chipset Documents

    Last month the engineers at AMD managed to put out public, NDA-free documentation that covered the SB700/710/750 Chipsets. This south-bridge documentation is not nearly as exciting as seeing a new ATI graphics processors be documented in the public, but it does greatly help out the CoreBoot developers in enabling support for their BIOS project to run on systems with such hardware...

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

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    I wonder if Coreboot are working on adding GUID Partition Table support?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

    As I found out lately, harddisks can not exceed 2TiB with the classic MBR. GUID is needed.

    Or does these Southbridges support GUID perhaps?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Louise View Post
      I wonder if Coreboot are working on adding GUID Partition Table support?
      That's a job for the payload, not for coreboot itself. Apparently, GRUB 2 supports GPT and can be built as a coreboot payload.

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      • #4
        http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/co...st/051132.html

        There is nothing to say but: Awesome, thank you so much AMD!

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        • #5
          Nice, would somebody send me a test board with bios chip in a socket and a replacement chip then i would test it... My intel systems are fast but do not support that.

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          • #6
            Kudos for the AMD guys and volunteers. You guys rock the planet!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MaestroMaus View Post
              Kudos for the AMD guys and volunteers. You guys rock the planet!
              Yes, it it amazing. I wonder if Bridgman is behind this push as well?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Phoronix
                and to Zheng Bao, who is an AMD engineer working on the CoreBoot support already in his spare time.
                This is not entirely correct. Zheng Bao worked on coreboot support in his working time, but did some cleanups and stabilization work in his spare time.

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                • #9
                  Hey nVidia, can you guess which video card I'm going to buy next?

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                  • #10
                    Nice! Sort of been waiting for this since I bought my newest mb. I guess I now can actually expect superfast booting sometime in the future. Kudos to AMD & co for making this happen

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
                      Hey nVidia, can you guess which video card I'm going to buy next?
                      Wait there, don't take that step too soon, still the oss drivers sucks for newer cards, no power management and a lot of useful features are nowhere to be seen. 3D sucks and all of that.

                      Maybe in a year or so they will be good oss drivers but not yet. If you switch you will be another of the AMD/ATI depressed users.

                      Now, I really like this announcement, because that documentation benefits my chipset, and I sure hope the oss drivers get better for me now, they are improving, and are getting there but still there is like a year or 2 until they are the best oss graphic drivers.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by unimatrix View Post
                        Hey nVidia, can you guess which video card I'm going to buy next?
                        S3 540gtx?

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                        • #13
                          I don't see a reason to switch gfx card - you usually don't boot from a gfx card A Phenom II as testsystem for Coreboot would be nice, i don't like outdated slow systems. But i guess OC would not possible with CB.

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                          • #14
                            Of course we switch the manufacturer of the graphics card not because of the graphics card but we like the open source politics amd is doing!

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                            • #15
                              What's the latest about CoreBoot on Intel platforms?

                              I seem to recall hearing they're nowhere near as open about this as they are when it comes to GPUs. Is this still the case today? Are there any petitions or lobbying going on to convince them otherwise?

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