Booting Linux using a PlanetCore BootLoader

annamaya annamaya at
Tue Oct 12 03:33:44 EST 2004

First let me thank you for still being around to
answer questions for people like me. You helped me out
a lot a few years ago when I was just starting to work
on all the embedded stuff. I am glad you are still
helping everyone else.

I will try the zImage trick but I just wanted to know
if the assumption here is that the kernel already
understands the EEPROM data format to construct
bd_info. Is that correct? If the kernel is unable to
get to this data, is there another way to pass this
info to the kernel?

Thanks much.

--- Dan Malek <dan at> wrote:

> On Oct 11, 2004, at 12:04 PM, annamaya wrote:
> > I am trying to boot a linux kernel using a
> PlanetCore
> > BootLoader on an embedded planet board. I am used
> to
> > always using U-Boot for my Kernel booting needs. I
> am
> > not sure how to get this going on a PlanetCore
> boot
> > loader.
> You need to build a zImage so you get the simple
> bootloader that will read the information from the
> and format the board structure.
> Load the zImage file as a binary.  It has a 64K ELF
> header
> on it, so you can either use 'dd' to strip that
> before the
> download or add 64K to the load address to use as
> the
> start address.  The start address is the first
> instruction of
> the image (or +64K if you didn't remove the ELF
> header).
> 	-- Dan

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