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Re: [PATCH] New x86_64 EFI patch

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: [PATCH] New x86_64 EFI patch
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 19:10:52 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 11:26:25PM +0800, Bean wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 11:16 PM, Bean <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> Can you be more specific?  I thought grub was completely agnostic about 
> >> Linux
> >> parameters.
> >
> > In the parameter passed to linux kernel, there are fields for video
> > adapter information, for example, frame buffer address, line length,
> > etc. Normally, we don't have to worry about it, but in the case of
> > efi, we must fill it in, as kernel can't detect the information
> > properly.
> Hi,
> BTW, it's the real mode part of Linux kernel that takes care of such
> job. It gathers video information by querying vbe. But in efi, we skip
> the real mode part and jump to protected mode directly, so we must
> also provide kernel with similar information that would be setup by
> the real mode part.

Ah, I suppose this explains why Linux crashes when we try to load it via
grub-linuxbios (I reused the i386-pc loader when doing the port, unaware
that this would be an issue).

Robert Millan

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