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    Subject"Self-contained Solution" [was Re: Motherboard design specifically for Linux]
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    Vojtech Pavlik said:
    "The serial (and/or floppy) loading mechanism
    was intended, in this thread, to allow fix a
    badly flashed rom, as a last resort when
    nothing else helps."

    Simon replied:
    "in my case "the last resort" would involve
    taking the machine apart and adding a floppy
    drive *or* connecting another machine running
    some special software which would download the
    kernel with some special protocol."

    "that means that the solution is not *self contained*
    i broken pc would not have the h/w and/or s/w to
    repair a broken rom supermicro motherboards (and
    i'm certainly not advocating them) have a system
    whereby if you hold down some key (i forget which)
    when you turn on the machine and there is a floppy
    in the drive - the boot code will load a new rom
    image from the floppy. absolutely minimal!"

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    Ummm, please forgive my intrusion.

    Would you mind explain a little bit more on what you mean by "self-contained
    solution", please?

    Many thanks in advance.


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