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Debian and coreboot (linuxBIOS) on an ACER ASPIRE



hello debian fellows,

i've got an old laptop that i'm using right now with debian testing/unstable, it's an Acer Aspire 3614LMi.
this laptop has 4 USB conections but it's BIOS doesn't allow me to boot using USB, something that would be very important to me since the DVD isn't working very well, and i like testing several distros using this laptop.

does anyone knows if this kind of hardware supports the LinuxBios, Coreboot?
Has anyone ever tried install coreboot on a laptop like this?

here is my hardware:

# dmidecode 2.9
SMBIOS 2.31 present.
32 structures occupying 1037 bytes.
Table at 0x000DC010.

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 20 bytes
BIOS Information
    Vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
    Version: V1.07    
    Release Date: 09/26/2005
    Address: 0xE5D00
    Runtime Size: 107264 bytes
    ROM Size: 512 kB
    Characteristics:
        ISA is supported
        PCI is supported
        PC Card (PCMCIA) is supported
        PNP is supported
        APM is supported
        BIOS is upgradeable
        BIOS shadowing is allowed
        ESCD support is available
        Boot from CD is supported
        ACPI is supported
        USB legacy is supported
        AGP is supported
        BIOS boot specification is supported

Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 25 bytes
System Information
    Manufacturer: Acer
    Product Name: Aspire 3610
    Version: 0100          
    Serial Number: LXA74052985440A2C1KS00
    UUID: 90103000-4D56-11DA-8FA4-B899F96A33E1
    Wake-up Type: Power Switch

Handle 0x0002, DMI type 2, 8 bytes
Base Board Information
    Manufacturer: Acer
    Product Name: Morar                   .    
    Version: Rev           
    Serial Number: LXA74052985440A2C1KS00

Handle 0x0003, DMI type 3, 21 bytes
Chassis Information
    Manufacturer: Acer                ..    
    Type: Notebook
    Lock: Not Present
    Version: N/A           
    Serial Number: None          
    Asset Tag: None                           
    Boot-up State: Safe
    Power Supply State: Safe
    Thermal State: Safe
    Security Status: None
    OEM Information: 0x00000000
    Height: 52 U
    Number Of Power Cords: 18
    Contained Elements: 0

Handle 0x0004, DMI type 4, 35 bytes
Processor Information
    Socket Designation: U1
    Type: Central Processor
    Family: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Intel
    ID: D8 06 00 00 FF FB E9 AF
    Version: A0
    Voltage: 3.3 V
    External Clock: 100 MHz
    Max Speed: 1600 MHz
    Current Speed: 1600 MHz
    Status: Populated, Enabled
    Upgrade: Socket 478
    L1 Cache Handle: 0x0008
    L2 Cache Handle: 0x0009
    L3 Cache Handle: Not Provided
    Serial Number: Not Specified
    Asset Tag: Not Specified
    Part Number: Not Specified

Handle 0x0005, DMI type 5, 20 bytes
Memory Controller Information
    Error Detecting Method: None
    Error Correcting Capabilities:
        None
    Supported Interleave: One-way Interleave
    Current Interleave: One-way Interleave
    Maximum Memory Module Size: 1024 MB
    Maximum Total Memory Size: 2048 MB
    Supported Speeds:
        70 ns
        60 ns
    Supported Memory Types:
        DIMM
        SDRAM
    Memory Module Voltage: 3.3 V
    Associated Memory Slots: 2
        0x0006
        0x0007
    Enabled Error Correcting Capabilities:
        Unknown

Handle 0x0006, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
    Socket Designation: M1
    Bank Connections: 0 1
    Current Speed: Unknown
    Type: DIMM SDRAM
    Installed Size: Not Installed
    Enabled Size: Not Installed
    Error Status: OK

Handle 0x0007, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
Memory Module Information
    Socket Designation: M2
    Bank Connections: 2 3
    Current Speed: Unknown
    Type: DIMM SDRAM
    Installed Size: 512 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Enabled Size: 512 MB (Double-bank Connection)
    Error Status: OK

Handle 0x0008, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
Cache Information
    Socket Designation: L1 Cache
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 1
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 32 KB
    Maximum Size: 32 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
        Burst
        Pipeline Burst
        Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Asynchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: None
    System Type: Other
    Associativity: Other

Handle 0x0009, DMI type 7, 19 bytes
Cache Information
    Socket Designation: L2 Cache
    Configuration: Enabled, Not Socketed, Level 2
    Operational Mode: Write Back
    Location: Internal
    Installed Size: 1024 KB
    Maximum Size: 1024 KB
    Supported SRAM Types:
        Burst
        Pipeline Burst
        Asynchronous
    Installed SRAM Type: Burst
    Speed: Unknown
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    System Type: Unified
    Associativity: Other

Handle 0x000A, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN5
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: USB
    External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
    Port Type: USB

Handle 0x000B, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN6
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: USB
    External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
    Port Type: USB

Handle 0x000C, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN7
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: USB
    External Connector Type: Access Bus (USB)
    Port Type: USB

Handle 0x000D, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN26
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: MODEM
    External Connector Type: RJ-11
    Port Type: Modem Port

Handle 0x000E, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: U49
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: LAN
    External Connector Type: RJ-45
    Port Type: Network Port

Handle 0x000F, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN24
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: LINE-IN JACK
    External Connector Type: Mini Jack (headphones)
    Port Type: Audio Port

Handle 0x0010, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN25
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: HEADPHONE-OUT JACK
    External Connector Type: Mini Jack (headphones)
    Port Type: Audio Port

Handle 0x0011, DMI type 8, 9 bytes
Port Connector Information
    Internal Reference Designator: CN2
    Internal Connector Type: None
    External Reference Designator: IEEE 1394
    External Connector Type: IEEE 1394
    Port Type: Firewire (IEEE P1394)

Handle 0x0012, DMI type 9, 13 bytes
System Slot Information
    Designation: PCMCIA Slot J07
    Type: 32-bit PC Card (PCMCIA)
    Current Usage: Unknown
    Length: Long
    ID: Adapter 0, Socket 0
    Characteristics:
        5.0 V is provided
        3.3 V is provided
        PC Card-16 is supported
        Cardbus is supported

Handle 0x0013, DMI type 10, 6 bytes
On Board Device Information
    Type: Sound
    Status: Disabled
    Description: ADI

Handle 0x0014, DMI type 11, 5 bytes
OEM Strings
    String 1: This is the Intel Alviso
    String 2: Chipset CRB Platform

Handle 0x0015, DMI type 12, 5 bytes
System Configuration Options
    Option 1: Jumper settings can be described here.

Handle 0x0016, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: None
    Maximum Capacity: 3 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 2

Handle 0x0017, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0016
    Error Information Handle: No Error
    Total Width: Unknown
    Data Width: Unknown
    Size: No Module Installed
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: 2
    Locator: M1
    Bank Locator: Bank 0
    Type: DDR2
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Not Specified
    Serial Number: Not Specified
    Asset Tag: Not Specified
    Part Number: Not Specified

Handle 0x0018, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0016
    Error Information Handle: No Error
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 512 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: 2
    Locator: M2
    Bank Locator: Bank 1
    Type: DDR2
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Not Specified
    Serial Number: Not Specified
    Asset Tag: Not Specified
    Part Number: Not Specified

Handle 0x0019, DMI type 19, 15 bytes
Memory Array Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x0001FFFFFFF
    Range Size: 512 MB
    Physical Array Handle: 0x0016
    Partition Width: 0

Handle 0x001A, DMI type 20, 19 bytes
Memory Device Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x000000003FF
    Range Size: 1 kB
    Physical Device Handle: 0x0017
    Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x0019
    Partition Row Position: 1

Handle 0x001B, DMI type 20, 19 bytes
Memory Device Mapped Address
    Starting Address: 0x00000000000
    Ending Address: 0x0001FFFFFFF
    Range Size: 512 MB
    Physical Device Handle: 0x0018
    Memory Array Mapped Address Handle: 0x0019
    Partition Row Position: 1

Handle 0x001C, DMI type 32, 11 bytes
System Boot Information
    Status: No errors detected

Handle 0x001D, DMI type 136, 6 bytes
OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
        88 06 1D 00 5A 5A

Handle 0x001E, DMI type 200, 7 bytes
OEM-specific Type
    Header and Data:
        C8 07 1E 00 01 02 03
    Strings:
        1CC0
                    
        0001

Handle 0x001F, DMI type 127, 4 bytes
End Of Table

************************

# biosdecode 2.9
SMBIOS 2.31 present.
    Structure Table Length: 1037 bytes
    Structure Table Address: 0x000DC010
    Number Of Structures: 32
    Maximum Structure Size: 134 bytes
BIOS32 Service Directory present.
    Revision: 0
    Calling Interface Address: 0x000FD4B0
ACPI 1.0 present.
    OEM Identifier: PTLTD
    RSD Table 32-bit Address: 0x1F6E5E2D
PNP BIOS 1.0 present.
    Event Notification: Not Supported
    Real Mode 16-bit Code Address: F000:C06B
    Real Mode 16-bit Data Address: 0040:0000
    16-bit Protected Mode Code Address: 0x000FC089
    16-bit Protected Mode Data Address: 0x00000400

************************

solaris:/home/rik# flashrom
flashrom v0.9.1-r706
No coreboot table found.
Found chipset "Intel ICH6-M", enabling flash write... OK.
This chipset supports the following protocols: Non-SPI.
Calibrating delay loop... OK.
No EEPROM/flash device found.
If you know which flash chip you have, and if this version of flashrom
supports a similar flash chip, you can try to force read your chip. Run:
flashrom -f -r -c similar_supported_flash_chip filename

Note: flashrom can never write when the flash chip isn't found automatically.

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