The motherboard’s BIOS is often regarded as sacrosanct when it comes to providing low-level control over a gaming PC. However, it turns out that’s not true, your motherboard’s BIOS is just as easy to fiddle with as any other PC part. if you are brave enough.
An open source Linux consulting firm called 3mdeb Successfully loaded an open source BIOS called Coreboot and a self-created firmware distribution framework called Great Sarainstalled on a modern Intel Alder Lake Z690 motherboard from MSI.
This is done in the hope of giving the end user greater control over the basic PC software through open source BIOS software.
core boot A comparable replacement for the BIOS/UEFI firmware that runs on the motherboard by default. It was designed by a number of engineers, some of whom reportedly also worked on the Linux kernel, to open the door to cross-vendor, cross-platform improvements to BIOS firmware that are faster and more secure than traditional vendor-specific versions.You can read all about Coreboot and recent efforts to bring it to modern chips here Reddit thread Or how Coreboot works with various user interfaces (called payloads), here.
Several key advantages of Coreboot: it is “unbreakable”, which means that updating the firmware should no longer put your PC in any danger; it is secure using a minimum of trusted computing libraries; it is designed to take a second Super fast startup inside; you can load your own splash splash screen jpeg. The last one is the most important.
As you probably know, one of the biggest users of Coreboot today is Google’s Chromebook devices.
Linux expert Fronix Note that Coreboot has been limited to older devices in the past, but has not been able to keep up with the latest technology. However, with the confirmation that the software is running on an Intel Alder Lake motherboard, the MSI Pro Z690-A WiFi DDR4, the situation is no longer critical.
However, the process is still in its early stages. The team working on porting the Coreboot software has only recently managed to boot Ubuntu, but there are still many kinks to work out before it’s ready to compete with today’s hardware manufacturer alternatives.
Piotr Król, CEO of 3mdeb, Phoenix Forum“We also have limited testing capabilities compared to major hardware vendors, so we would appreciate testing support.”
Although there may be many benefits once an open source BIOS is loaded onto your system. Król said the company is open to integrating features such as overclocking into these products and is “very open to suggestions.”
Król continued: “We have the technical knowledge and resources to provide as many OC features as the community needs, and add them if they are missing in the future.”
So far, 3mdeb has focused on Intel motherboards, hoping to convince some motherboard makers to really support their efforts to create an open-source BIOS. It did say, however, that this doesn’t appear to be happening yet, as at least MSI considers its BIOS an important part of its business.
“Of course we are sometimes forced to implement adversarial interoperability for retail motherboard makers who don’t want to cooperate by providing schematics, which can increase costs, but for friendly makers it might not be so expensive.”
One such difficulty the team encountered was with AMD motherboards. 3mdeb said it is working on a partnership with AMD, however, it believes the company may not have sufficient resources to devote to such an effort.
“Unfortunately, AMD is not easy to play, we are working on it, but honestly now Intel has a better ecosystem of open source firmware development. This may be because AMD is in a hurry, they are very short-handed in various areas with them compared to the success that has been achieved,” Krul said of the matter.
While it looks like we’re still some way off from truly usable and operational open-source BIOS software for every gaming motherboard under the sun — here’s one a lot of Motherboards – This latest development could open many doors for our gaming PCs. Whether it will work with Windows and its many new security measures, however, may be a bigger job.