> > By work, I mean the following: will the BIOS ignore the thing until
> > it is booted (via a serial console, say), when the OS can then take
> > over and dittle the video card in a standard way. A $35 ISA card is a
> > whole lot cheaper than the $315 Carrara one, no?
> Sure it is. But it won't work. The MIPS Magnum console doesn't know how
> to use normal ISA video cards, and can't/won't send its display to them.
> In fact, it can't even initialize them. That's the sad fact of the
> matter. The ARC console only knows how to deal with g364 graphics. If
> you want, you can get the Risc/OS console loaded on the Magnum somehow,
> and it will use the serial port as a console. But AFAIK only Risc/OS can
> be loaded from there so of course that rules out Windows NT or Linux.
I bet the RISC/os console is *very* similar to the ARC firmware. Probably
the only thing that is different is the byteorder. In that case it will
be a snap to port Linux - recompile everything, deactivate the kernel
support for the G364 card (needs a bit of hacking) and you should be
I'll check the firmware issue out.
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