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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add more devices for MIPS system emulation

From: Paul Brook
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Add more devices for MIPS system emulation
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 19:24:06 +0000
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On Wednesday 22 February 2006 17:35, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2006 at 03:28:04PM +0000, Paul Brook wrote:
> > On Tuesday 21 February 2006 19:11, Thiemo Seufer wrote:
> > > Hello All,
> > >
> > > this adds to the MIPS system emulation:
> > >  - Harddisk emulation, including MSDOS partition labels.
> >
> > Why do you need the bootsector bits? IIUC this was an x86 specific hack
> > to make the x86 bios load the kernel passed with -kernel.
> > The MIPS emulation jumps directly to the loaded kernel, so this should
> > not be necessary.
> That's the current state since there is no real mips firmware, but Qemu
> should also be able to boot from an image. E.g. Linux/MIPS on
> DECstations uses MSDOS disklabels.

I don't see how providing a fake an x86 boot sector would help this.
Presumably the DECstation firmware just knows how to load an image from disk.


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