[talk] coreboot

George Rosamond george at ceetonetechnology.com
Wed Dec 3 09:37:41 EST 2014

Sevan / Venture37:
> On 01/12/2014 14:09, George Rosamond wrote:
>> I've read a bit online, but wondering about others' real experiences.
>> Anyone use it to boot FreeBSD?  OpenBSD?
> Hi,
> I flashed my Alix2c3 with it, Free & OpenBSD run without issue.
> I also flashed my ThinkPad X60s, Free/Net/DragonflyBSD (3.8) run without
> issue, OpenBSD is unable to boot.
> I lost the ability to PXE boot on both systems as that is an additional
> step which I've not covered yet.
> dmesg's amongst this search:
> http://www.nycbug.org/index.cgi?action=dmesgd&fts=coreboot
> If you're going to try it, assume you're going to brick the board first
> time & get the necessary components which allow you to get back to a
> running state.
> For the Alix that needs a LPC.1a http://pcengines.ch/lpc1a.htm
> For the ThinkPad X60 you'll need a Pomona 5250 clip and a bus
> pirate/beaglebone black or Pi.
> Sadly the process is somewhat reliant on Linux, while you can reflash
> from a system running BSD, to generate the image & to perform some of
> the step on the ThinkPad, you'll need to be running Linux.
> That's not to say it can be made to run on !Linux, it just smacks of
> gnuism everywhere.
> I wrote up a post on getting coreboot on the Alix a while back, but the
> one on the ThinkPad is still sitting in my drafts
> https://www.geeklan.co.uk/?p=1617

Thanks Sevan.  I remembered you were someone playing with it.

I have been through the Coreboot wiki a few times, and know others
playing with it.

There seems to be a lot of ACPI noise, especially on the FreeBSD dmesg.


Does ACPI work on any of the builds?

Do you notice a difference in operation on any level?  Assume there
isn't some noticeable increase in performance, right?


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