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Request for testers for an updated bootloader


I was wondering if people could try out some updates to the acorn32 bootloader on different hardware? I've had to alter how we copy the kernel into the correct place so that it works on an A7000+ (with Risc-OS 3.71) However I don't have any other hardware to test it on.

I've uploaded the sparkive (sparkive includes an install kernel), a generic kernel, a boot32,ffa and the patch to:

Note that the new bootloader also changes the colour of the border at different stages of running (as visual clue as to where it's at) Border colours mean: Red - we're running without the MMU turned on (IE 1-1 physical mapping) Note that the border will stay red a while as we're copying the kernel over at this point.
Green - we've finished copying the kernel over (you may not see this)
Blue - we're running on the bootstrap L1 table, and just about to call the kernel.

Note anyone without VRAM will see the screen scribbled over as the kernel is copied into place. I believe that RISC-OS sets up the VIDC to use the memory for the screen as the same location we're copying the kernel to.

Any reports of it's functionality (or lack of) would be appreciated :)

Currently I'm using the above code to install the A7000+ (at a steady 120KiB/s from NFS) Not bad for a 48Mhz 24MB machine.


Code changes are:
* compact the relocation table down, so that sequential copies are merged into one large copy. This shrinks the number of relocation entries from ~806 to 12-15 entries (depending on memory fragmentation) for a 2.5MB kernel. * leave the relocation table where it is until we jump into ASM. Then in ASM copy the table after the relocation code we run. The reason for this is that for some reason using the physical address of the relocation table always failed, I'm not sure why, but it did. It would then cause the system to go into a loop. Anyway now the table is a few hundred bytes it fits onto the same page that actually does the copy of the kernel into the base of memory.
* Add screen border color change to indicate progress
* Before disabling the MMU etc flush out the cache and write buffers as appropriate.

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