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Old 05-10-2008, 07:37 AM
Ralf Mardorf
Default PS: Repositories

"I don't no why it should be possible to update a BIOS for Linux."

Oops, I meant:

I don't no why it should be necessary to update a BIOS for Linux.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [64studio-users] Repositories
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 09:27:14 +0200
From: Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf@alice-dsl.net>
To: Tomas Nykung <tomas2@multi.fi>
CC: 64studio-users@64studio.com
References: <48158363.6000002@alice-dsl.net>
<4815BF64.2040909@64studio.com> <4815CA94.9080105@wbs.co.za>
<4816397E.6050500@alice-dsl.net> <20080509093229.GA30102@snanasa.local>

Tomas Nykung wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:54:22PM +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> <snip>
>> Even if I'm wrong I asked my self if a vendor can sell hardware for
>> Linux and expect of consumers to get a FreeDOS, make it bootable and
>> check out a BIOS update
> <snip>
> This has nothing to do with 64Studio, but maybe it will be useful for
> some 64Studio user anyway...
> Most (all?) newer systems are nowadays able to update the BIOS directly
> from the BIOS setup itself.

I couldn't find this for my BIOS:

BIOS Info: #0
Vendor: "Phoenix Technologies, LTD"
Version: "ASUS M2A-VM HDMI ACPI BIOS Revision 1501"
Date: "10/26/2007"
Start Address: 0xe0000
ROM Size: 1024 kB
Features: 0x0537000000007fcb9e90
ISA supported
PCI supported
PnP supported
APM supported
BIOS flashable
BIOS shadowing allowed
CD boot supported
Selectable boot supported
BIOS ROM socketed
EDD spec supported
360kB Floppy supported
1.2MB Floppy supported
720kB Floppy supported
2.88MB Floppy supported
Print Screen supported
8042 Keyboard Services supported
Serial Services supported
Printer Services supported
CGA/Mono Video supported
ACPI supported
USB Legacy supported
AGP supported
LS-120 boot supported
ATAPI ZIP boot supported
BIOS Boot Spec supported

> Just download the BIOS upgrade, copy it to an USB memory, reboot and go
> into the BIOS setup, and choose the option to upgrade the BIOS. It should
> offer you the choice of upgrading from the USB memory (USB-stick or
> CF-card or whatever). (At least I _think_ that I once upgraded from an
> CF-card on a system that had an integrated card reader, but my memory
> maybe fails me on this one).
> I've done this several times on several systems, no need for a boot disk
> or CD anymore. This makes newer systems much more Linux friendly also
> Just FYI...

Really? My BIOS just seems to be able to save and load the settings but
not the BIOS itself, anyway I don't have any kind of pluggable memory
and I don't no why it should be possible to update a BIOS for Linux.

In my case I will send back a PCI card as not adapted for Linux. The
vendor wants me to update the BIOS, because it then should work but I
won't belief this.

I never have heard of a Linux kernel that is using relevant BIOS-routs.
As far as I know Linux is using ACPI to turn of power etc.. I'm not sure
but for me it looks like that there never will be the need to update the
BIOS for anyone only using Linux.


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