PrettyOS inside coreboot/SeaBIOS as a virtual floppy! - Stuck while booting at "Switching to Protected Mode (PM)..._"



  • Dear @Erhard-Henkes and C++/OSDev community members, good day and happy coming 2019 to you! 🎄 🎅🏻

    I built the open source BIOS "coreboot+SeaBIOS" for my quadcore AMD A10-5750M based Lenovo G505S coreboot-supported laptop with 16 GB RAM 🤓 ( for those who are interested, check this coreboot Supported Motherboards list - https://coreboot.org/status/board-status.html - maybe you already have a PC from this list or a real chance to get one ) . Then added a PrettyOS floppy image to coreboot.rom by using this command: (with LZMA compression 1440KB ---> 375KB to save some space inside the SPI flash BIOS chip for another cool stuff, by itself coreboot+SeaBIOS takes less than 1MB out of 4MB chip, much less than fat proprietary UEFI 3.5MB 🤣 )

    ./build/cbfstool ./build/coreboot.rom add -f ./prettyos.img -n floppyimg/prettyos.lzma -t raw -c lzma
    

    Flashed this coreboot.rom inside my laptop's BIOS chip and tried booting PrettyOS from SeaBIOS boot menu ! 😜 However I ran into the following problem:

    Loading Second Stage Bootloader
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    
    GTD installed
    Unreal Mode entered
    Loading Kernel...
    Floppy Disk Motor switched off
    Switching to Protected Mode (PM)..._
    

    ^^^ and blinking _ cursor at the end of line above
    Also my font successfully changed to PrettyOS style. What might be the reason that PrettyOS got stuck at "Switching to Protected Mode" ? Sadly this problem isn't reproduced at QEMU or VirtualBox, but I could help you to debug it, waiting for your instructions

    Best regards,
    Ivan Ivanov



  • Dear @Erhard-Henkes , do you have any news about this problem? We could debug it together, just waiting for you...


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    @infarmer8 sagte in PrettyOS inside coreboot/SeaBIOS as a virtual floppy! - Stuck while booting at "Switching to Protected Mode (PM)..._":

    What might be the reason that PrettyOS got stuck at "Switching to Protected Mode" ? Sadly this problem isn't reproduced at QEMU or VirtualBox, but I could help you to debug it, waiting for your instructions

    Did you try the boot process with other real computers?

    You could look up the assembler code of the second stage bootloader:
    https://sourceforge.net/p/prettyos/code/HEAD/tree/trunk/Source/stage2_bootloader/boot2.asm
    line 77 ff.
    Perhaps you could check code/data selectors with your system?