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The VIA pc2500e, V1.0C

This page describes how to use coreboot on the VIA pc2500e mainboard. It is maintained by Uwe Hermann.

Note that the via/pc2500e code will likely also work for the PC2000, PC2000e+, PC2500, PC2500e+, or PC2500g (though this is untested).


Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU works OK VIA Esther processor 1500MHz
L1 cache enabled OK CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
L2 cache enabled OK CPU: L2 Cache: 128K (64 bytes/line)
L3 cache enabled N/A
Multiple CPU support N/A
Multi-core support N/A
Hardware virtualization N/A
DDR2 OK The CN700 code in svn currently only supports one DIMM. The RAM inserted in the second DIMM will not be usable.
Dual channel support N/A
ECC support N/A
On-board Hardware
On-board IDE 3.5" OK The IDE device names in FILO are hde and hdf (hda, hdb, hdc, hdd are for SATA)!
On-board IDE 2.5" N/A
On-board SATA  ?
On-board SCSI N/A
On-board USB  ?
On-board VGA OK Works fine with the openchrome driver. No VGA BIOS needed, no BOCHS needed!
On-board Ethernet  ?
On-board Audio OK
On-board Modem  ?
On-board FireWire N/A
On-board Smartcard reader N/A
On-board CompactFlash N/A
On-board PCMCIA N/A
On-board Wifi N/A
On-board Bluetooth N/A
On-board SD card reader N/A
Add-on slots/cards
ISA add-on cards N/A
Audio/Modem-Riser (AMR/CNR) cards Untested There's a CNR header on the board.
PCI add-on cards  ?
Mini-PCI add-on cards N/A
Mini-PCI-Express add-on cards Unknown
PCI-X add-on cards N/A
AGP graphics cards N/A
PCI Express x1 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x2 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x4 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x8 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x16 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x32 add-on cards N/A
HTX add-on cards N/A
Legacy / Super I/O
Floppy Untested
Serial port 1 (COM1) OK
Serial port 2 (COM2) N/A
Parallel port OK Doing modprobe ppdev works fine, but further tests were not performed.
PS/2 keyboard OK
PS/2 mouse OK
Game port N/A
Infrared Untested
PC speaker OK
DiskOnChip N/A
Trackpoint N/A
Touchpad N/A
Fn Hotkeys N/A
Fingerprint Reader N/A
Docking VGA N/A
Docking LAN N/A
Docking USB N/A
Docking Audio N/A
Docking Displayport N/A
Thinklight N/A
Webcam N/A
Sensors / fan control OK Works fine using the it87 kernel module.
Hardware watchdog N/A
SMBus  ?
CAN bus N/A
CPU frequency scaling  ?
Other powersaving features  ?
ACPI No No ACPI support (yet?) for this board.
Reboot OK
Poweroff No Doesn't work yet, probably requires (at least partial) ACPI support.
Suspend Unknown
Nonstandard LEDs N/A
High precision event timers (HPET) OK Using hpet=force on the Linux command line works, but it's unclear whether using the HPET is better or not.
Random number generator (RNG) OK Doing modprobe via-rng works fine, further test were not performed, yet.
Wake on modem ring Untested
Wake on LAN Untested
Wake on keyboard Untested
Wake on mouse Untested
TPM Unknown
Flashrom OK Works fine out of the box with the vendor BIOS as well as with coreboot.

Build tutorial

See the Build HOWTO for information on how to build coreboot for this board.

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