|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; N: Doesn't work; U: Untested; P+: Partially works;
|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 Canoeboot.
In recent Canoeboot releases, 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 cbmk.
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 GNU+Linux kernel.
You need to set a custom MAC address in GNU+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 canoeboot.rom extract -n rt8168-macaddress -f rt8168-macaddress
Modify the MAC address in the file
rt8168-macaddress and then:
cbfstool canoeboot.rom remove -n rt8168-macaddress cbfstool canoeboot.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
canoeboot.rom for your board. You can find cbfstool under
coreboot/default/util/cbfstool/ after running the following command in the build system:
./build module cbutils
You can learn more about using the build system, cbmk, here:
Canoeboot 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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