Motherboard Porting Guide
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Motherboard Porting Guide
Please note that this is WIP work.
HOWTO to find a way
- find a model and manufacturer of your mobo
- download these tools:
# git clone http://review.coreboot.org/p/coreboot # superiotool ( cd coreboot/util/superiotool ; make ; sudo make install ) # inteltool ( cd coreboot/util/inteltool ; make ; sudo make install ) # ectool ( cd coreboot/util/ectool ; make ; sudo make install ) # dmidecode ( cvs -z3 -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/sources/dmidecode co dmidecode ) # msrtool ( cd coreboot/util/msrtool ; ./configure ; make ; sudo make install ) # nvramtool ( cd coreboot/util/nvramtool ; make ; sudo make install ) # flashrom ( svn co svn://coreboot.org/flashrom/trunk flashrom )
- make and install them (make; sudo make install) - you need at least libpci/pciutils
- check that your distro have this tools and install them:
# lspci # dmesg # acpitool # lspnp # lsusb # acpidump
- Do this commands:
# lspci -nnvvvxxxx > lscpi.log # lspnp -vv > lspnp.log # lsusb -vvv > lsusb.log # superiotool -deV > superiotool.log # inteltool -a > inteltool.log # ectool > ectool.log # msrtool > msrtool.log # dmidecode > dmidecode.log # biosdecode > biosdecode.log # nvramtool -x > nvramtool.log # dmesg > dmesg.log # flashrom -V -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick > flashrom_info.log # flashrom -V -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick -r rom.bin > flashrom_read.log # acpidump > acpidump.log
- Save all logs in safe place, and also rom.bin file.
- Find what chip does your mobo use. The name of the chip is present in flashrom_info.log but is not always exact as some chips have several packaging variants (e.g. SOIC-16, SOIC-8 and TSOP). Consult [] for more info on possible chip formats. If possible make a high-resolution (600dpi or higher) scan of motherboard. Make a scan, not a photo as cameras typically don't have enough resolution to identify individual chips.
- try to find information - what EC (if on laptop) or Super I/O chip (if any) is used in your mobo (may be some info in Service Manuals or Disassembly guides)
- try to find your Super I/O / EC chip datasheet
For laptop, additionally:
- if you see that ectool return some fake staff - like only 'FF' or '00' - so you have custom EC configuration, it's a hard work for support
- if you see that ectool return looks like 'right' output - you have a big chances for support
- you need to find from thease outputs Super I/O / EC chip name, or if not see this - disassembly your laptop
Preparing recovery method
Inevitably when you develop coreboot there will be unbootable builds and so you need a way to unbrick your machine after a failed image. There are several ways to do so. Main ones are:
In any case you have to locate the flash chip. Note the chipname from flashrom output. Teardown your system and find that chip. For how it usually looks like consult []. If you have a scanner, do a high-resolution scan of your board, it may be useful later.
Selecting Similar Board
Most important criteria for finding similar board is chipset. Look at northbridge (device 0:0.0) and southbridge (LPC controller) in the lspci output. grep through coreboot tree to find how those chipsets are named, then grep for chipset name (case-insensitive) to find a board which uses it. If there are several of them, try to match (in order of decreasing importance) system type (desktop/laptop), SuperI/O and manufacturer.
Modifying existing board
Adding a new board
This is a two step process. If you mainboard already exists, skip to next section.
Adding a new vendor to tree
Create a directory in src/mainboard with the same name as vendor name. Add to src/mainboard/Kconfig new vendor entry, the rest of this example uses "foo" vendor.
config VENDOR_FOO bool "Foo"
Add also a include for new Kconfig file which holds the vendor motherboards in the vendor directory
Create a src/mainboard/foo/Kconfig, copy from other vendor, and change the vendor name. Delete all mainboards.
Adding a new motherboard to tree
Asume that vendor name is foo and board type is bar. Add new configuration item in src/mainboard/foo/Kconfig
config BOARD_FOO_BAR bool "BAR"
Add include for board specific config:
Adjusting contents of new board directory
Adjust Kconfig to fit the new vendor/model name and dont forget to change MAINBOARD_DIR and MAINBOARD_PART_NUMBER.