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  1. bucts.c
  3. Makefile

What is bucts?

Many Intel southbridges provide a mechanism called Back Up Control Top Swap (BUC.TS). This functionality allows to have the southbridge fetch the reset vector or the beginning of the bootblock at a 64K/128/256K offset from the usual top of flash.

This can be useful in different ways:

  • Have a backup bootblock in case of bootblock hacking;
  • Some vendor BIOS only write protect their bootblock so this tool makes it possible to circumvent this protection to allow flashing and booting coreboot.

The BUC.TS status is stored in a nvram bit. To clear it one has to remove the RTC battery.

Operation Description

First compile bucts by running make:

$ make

Then you can view the current system settings:

$ ./bucts --print

To flip the decode address of the bootblock, by setting BUC.TS to 1:

$ ./bucts --set

To set the behavior the regular mapping, by setting BUC.TS to 0

$ ./bucts --unset


Example Bootblock size of 64KB (this is only configurable to be something else like 128 or 256K on PCH Intel targets).