Intel Releases BIOS Implementation Test Suite
Phoronix: Intel Releases BIOS Implementation Test Suite
As many Linux users know, there's a number of motherboard vendors out there who put out very poor/buggy/broken BIOS implementations for their products. For Linux users this can be particularly painful if the changes are catered to workaround issues in Windows but in turn cause a greater mess for non-Microsoft operating systems. As a step to improve the situation, assuming BIOS developers actually will use it, Intel has released a BIOS Implementation Test Suite...
biggest problem - unwilling vendors
IMHO it is usually not a problem to find out that you BIOS is broken. It is much harder to convince your vendor to actually fix it unless its brokenness also affects Windows.
Fort example I have a GIGABYTE M1305 notebook, and every time I boot it there is a kernel crash with "Your BIOS is broken; DMAR reported at address 0!" so I reported this to GIGABYTE and the only response I got was "you OS isn't supported, try Windows7 and see if this helps". I tried to explain them that I bought this notebook without any OS so neither I can nor I want to try Windows7, but they again responded they can only support Windows7. BTW quick search at kerneloops.org shows there are many more: http://www.kerneloops.org/searchweek...n_invalid_dmar
And that is not the only issue I have with this GIGABYTE BIOS.
I don't think any test suite is gonna help here :-(