[OT] Dead video card

Andre Garzia andre at andregarzia.com
Mon Aug 16 19:46:47 CDT 2010


On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 8:30 PM, Mark Wieder <mwieder at ahsoftware.net> wrote:

> Jeff-
>
> Monday, August 16, 2010, 3:39:01 PM, you wrote:
>
> > Guys, it's just hardware. If there's no code to run it on the hardware,
> then
> > yes, it won't work. But, there's no such thing as a a piece of hardware
> that
> > cannot possibly interface with another piece of hardware. One could make
> an
> > ATI video card be run from a Z80 micro processor if one felt so inclined.
> > It's just bytes and cycles, and maybe a little soldering. ;-)
>
> Sorry, Jeff, but these days (the last 20 years or so) cards have some
> bootup code in the firmware. PCI cards in particular run a variant of
> Forth known as Open Firmware that's initialized and run from the
> motherboard. It's supposed to be manufacturer-neutral, but not
> required to be so. Some cards are supported on macs, some are
> supported with firmware upgrades, some manufacturers have trouble
> spelling macintosh.
>

I am reflashing my open firmware on my OLPC right now... I crashed my forth
doing some stunts :-(

I LOVE OPEN FIRMWARE and forth... way ahead of BIOS stuff...



>
> Point taken about the soldering <g>.
>
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> -Mark Wieder
>  mwieder at ahsoftware.net
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