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Old 12-06-2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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Can I use a LAPTOP as a Single Board Computer

I am a newbee to Linux Device driver and BSPs.I want to Port U boot bootloader and write drivers for perpheral devices for practice and educational purpose.

I have a spare Laptop(x86),

1.can I use that Laptop as Single board Computer that will act as Target Embeded board.

2.What other precaution/Preconditions I have to follow?

Your guidance will be helpfull

Old 12-09-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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If you took the laptop motherboard out of it's plastic shell, how would it differ from a single board computer? To me, not in any significant way. It does have a BIOS that dictates somewhat how the board boots. I've never used U-boot, but my impression is that it normally loads &/or runs from flash memory. In most cases, there is no such equivalent on laptop motherboards, however since you say you want to port U-boot, that probably isn't an obstacle. In most cases, peripherals found on laptops already have working drivers. Adding just one driver for an otherwise unsupported piece of hardware sounds like a very noble effort.

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