On Mon, 2008-10-27 at 20:30 -0700, Jeff Carr wrote: [...] > For example, lets say you have a pci device. If you don't load the > firmware blob, the pins will just remain in an uninitialized state. > That is; the chip default. Programming in the firmware blob will tell > the chip how to work as a pci bus. [...] How exactly do you propose to load the firmware, if not through a JTAG port? Back in the world of production hardware which Debian runs on, ASICs tend to have power-on-reset logic built-in... Ben.
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