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slimdog360
February 27th, 2007, 12:38 AM
Owww, Ive been thinking about building a new computer. I didnt even realise LinuxBIOS existed, but I certainly want to give it a go now.

The motherboard
http://news.softpedia.com/news/First-desktop-motherboard-supported-by-LinuxBIOS-47991.shtml

LinuxBIOS
http://linuxbios.org/index.php/Main_Page

nutz
May 30th, 2007, 12:03 AM
That is pretty tight. Good hardware to work with....

dr johnson
May 30th, 2007, 05:02 PM
I'm wanting to build a computer too, and have been on the prowl for linux bios. Only thing i'm worried about is that this motherboard appears to support linuxbios, but not actually to come with it (http://linuxbios.org/GIGABYTE_GA-M57SLI-S4_Build_Tutorial). That is very scary. As far as i can tell, it is not yet possible to buy a motherboard with a linuxbios chip actually in there and working. Am i wrong?

BTW, i haven't built a computer before, so don't flame me too badly if i got something wrong please :-P

mips
May 30th, 2007, 05:58 PM
http://linuxbios.org/GIGABYTE_GA-M57SLI-S4_Build_Tutorial

Looks like a ball ache to get going...

BarfBag
May 30th, 2007, 05:59 PM
I'm going to be building a new PC this summer, and was looking for something like this. I was gonna by an ASUS, but this is a possibility.

dr johnson
May 30th, 2007, 06:13 PM
: Looks like a ball ache to get going...
Yes, it is a shame.

psusi
May 30th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Sweet motherboard... it's a shame that linuxbios isn't really usable yet.

nutz
May 31st, 2007, 09:38 PM
Sweet motherboard... it's a shame that linuxbios isn't really usable yet.

+1

They need to have it working at the time of sale.

Ireclan
May 31st, 2007, 10:24 PM
I'd be scared sh*tless to mess with my computer's BIOS....One false move, and it's a brick...That's why whatever BIOS my computer comes with, it STAYS with (exempting BIOS upgrades, of course).

dr johnson
June 1st, 2007, 09:11 PM
: I'd be scared sh*tless to mess with my computer's BIOS....One false move, and it's a brick

Well, i'm going to risk it; and i'm a TOTAL n00b when it comes to messing with hardware :shock:. As far as i can see, i have to build the computer first, install windows on it (agrhh, no!), download the linuxbios code and then flash it to the chip using uniflash (http://www.uniflash.org/download.htm). Does this seem right, or hopelessly wrong?

BTW, the motherboard will be an ECS C51GM-M (http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?DetailID=653&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=46&LanID=0).

Anthem
June 1st, 2007, 09:27 PM
I'm confused.

LinuxBIOS has been around for a long time... are you saying this is the very first BIOS they've ever supported?

dr johnson
June 1st, 2007, 10:30 PM
Well the use of the word "supported" is troublesome for me here. What exactly does it mean? As far as i can tell, there is NO motherboard available at any retailer that COMES WITH linuxbios. If you want linuxbios, you gotta install the code onto the motherboard's existing proprietarily coded bios chip yourself.

I'm definitely not an expert though!

easyease
August 30th, 2007, 11:50 AM
well ive just got one of these mobo's and im just nipping into town to get a new sata hd to install ubuntu 64 bit on, I'm too scred to mess around with my bios though. Has anybody actually tried this board with linuxbios and ubuntu 64 yet? if so, how safe and easy is it to set up in reality?

Rhubarb
August 30th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Linux BIOS supports many motherboards:
http://linuxbios.org/Supported_Motherboards