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== TODO ==
== TODO ==
* Add ACPI support
* Add ACPI support.
* make seabios detect the USB hard disks at boot
* make seabios detect the USB hard disks at boot.
== Coreboot features ==
== Coreboot features ==

Revision as of 18:52, 14 August 2014

This page is work in progress.


Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU works OK
L1 cache enabled
L2 cache enabled
L3 cache enabled N/A
Multiple CPU support N/A
Multi-core support N/A
Hardware virtualization N/A
SDRAM OK It appears to work since it boots successfully.
Dual channel support N/A
ECC support N/A
On-board Hardware
On-board IDE 3.5"
On-board IDE 2.5"
On-board SATA N/A
On-board SCSI Unknown
On-board USB OK Works in GNU/Linux but not in SeaBIOS.
On-board VGA
On-board Ethernet OK Works in GNU/Linux
On-board Audio OK Tested with MPD under parabola
On-board Modem N/A
On-board FireWire N/A
On-board Smartcard reader
On-board CompactFlash OK can boot from it with SeaBIOS.
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 N/A
PCI add-on cards OK Booted successfully from a 3com PCI card with ipxe, also tested with an ath9k, works fine
Mini-PCI add-on cards OK tested with an ath5k, works fine
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 N/A
Serial port 1 (COM1) OK DE-9
Serial port 2 (COM2) OK 10 pins header
Parallel port
PS/2 keyboard Not detected in coreboot, may work in GNU/Linux
PS/2 mouse
Game port N/A
Infrared N/A
PC speaker
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
Hardware watchdog
SMBus Unknown
CAN bus N/A
CPU frequency scaling
Other powersaving features
Reboot OK tested with the reboot command under parabola(systemd based)
Suspend Unknown
Nonstandard LEDs
High precision event timers (HPET)
Random number generator (RNG)
Wake on modem ring
Wake on LAN
Wake on keyboard
Wake on mouse
TPM Unknown
Flashrom OK Works in coreboot

proprietary componemts status

  • VSA: LGPL but require a microsoft compiler. Code need to be converted, openvsa froze the board during boot(but it was tried with my distro's compiler).
  • has a free video option rom that can be generated by seabios, i didn't succeed at getting it work.


  • Add ACPI support.
  • make seabios detect the USB hard disks at boot.

Coreboot features

  • Compatible with nvramtool.


  • There is an LPC dongle with a socketed second BIOS chip in it, it can probably be bought or lent by the company making the card.

GNU/Linux Installation

USB doesn't work under SeaBIOS with this board, so pressing F12 from an USB keyboard to boot on an USB key won't work for now.

  • If you have no compact flash reader, you add ipxe and sgabios to the coreboot image in order to boot from the network. Sgabios is needed to be able to press F12 in SeaBIOS trough the serial port.
  • SeaBIOS do run external option roms, like the ones on network cards.
  • Removing the compact flash card before SeaBIOS makes SeaBIOS boot on the next available device (like a network card with ipxe), and putting it back before the linux kenrel boot makes it appear under GNU/Linux.
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