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#83 EFI GPU initialization?

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nobody
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2008-02-22
2008-02-22
gerschen
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This is more of a question than an actual request, but here goes :

Most of the GPUs Apple provides for the Mac Pro are flashed with EFI-specific ROMs that allow their use under EFI (before legacy support is enabled), but the actual situation varies quite a bit :

X1900XT : EFI ROM (either EFI32 or bytecode) on the card, BIOS ROM within Apple's EFI (loaded when legacy support is needed).

HD2600XT : legacy ROM on the card (so it's no different at all from a PC one), (probably?) EFI ROM within Apple's EFI.

7300GT : fat (legacy + EFI32) ROM on the card.

8800GT : fat (legacy + EFI64) ROM on the card.

Quadros : unknown...

Given that it seems possible to initialize a GPU without using the ROM on it, would it be possible to write an EFI utility that, when launching rEFIt, sets up whatever GPUs are present for non-legacy use ?

This would allow the use of any PC-bound GPU in these categories in a MP, without having to reflash it...

Best regards,

AG

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