|CPU||Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo,|
|Pentium Extreme/D/4 Extreme/4/Celeron|
|Memory||Up to 16GB|
|Original boot firmware||AWARD BIOS|
|Intel ME/AMD PSP||Present. Can be disabled|
W+: Works without blobs; N: Doesn't work; W*: Works with blobs; U: Untested; P+: Partially works; P*: Partially works with blobs
|Internal flashing with original boot firmware||W+|
|SeaBIOS with GRUB||Works|
This is a desktop board using intel hardware (circa ~2009, ICH7 southbridge, similar performance-wise to the ThinkPad X200. It can make for quite a nifty desktop. Powered by libreboot.
As of Libreboot release 20221214, only SeaBIOS payload is provided in ROMs for this board. According to user reports, they work quite well. GRUB was always buggy on this board, so it was removed from lbmk.
IDE on the board is untested, but it might be possible to use a SATA HDD using an IDE SATA adapter. The SATA ports do work, but it’s IDE emulation. The emulation is slow in DMA mode sia SeaBIOS, so SeaBIOS is configured to use PIO mode on this board. This SeaBIOS configuration does not affect the Linux kernel.
You need to set a custom MAC address in Linux for the NIC to work. In /etc/network/interfaces on debian-based systems like Debian or Devuan, this would be in the entry for your NIC:
hwaddress ether macaddressgoeshere
cbfstool libreboot.rom extract -n rt8168-macaddress -f rt8168-macaddress
Modify the MAC address in the file
rt8168-macaddress and then:
cbfstool libreboot.rom remove -n rt8168-macaddress cbfstool libreboot.rom add -f rt8168-macaddress -n rt8168-macaddress -t raw
Now you have a different MAC address hardcoded. In the above example, the ROM image is named
libreboot.rom for your board. You can find cbfstool under
cbutils/ after running the following command in the build system:
./update trees -b coreboot utils
You can learn more about using the build system, lbmk, here:
libreboot build instructions
Flashing instructions can be found at ../install/
This board is very picky with RAM. If it doesn’t boot, try an EHCI debug dongle, serial usb adapter and null modem cable, or spkmodem, to get a coreboot log to see if it passed raminit.
Kingston 8 GiB Kit KVR800D2N6/8G with Elpida Chips E2108ABSE-8G-E
this is a 2x4GB setup and these work quite well, according to a user on IRC.
Nanya NT2GT64U8HD0BY-AD with 2 GiB of NT5TU128M8DE-AD chips works too.
Many other modules will probably work just fine, but raminit is very picky on this board. Your mileage will fluctuate, wildly.
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