model: M4A785T-M(model id: 2178)
subtype (notebook, netbook, motherboard, tablet):
does it have a free boot firmware (BIOS,UEFI,...) ?
can free operating systems be installed?
does the device prevent installing wifi cards not-approved by the vendor?
year of commercialization:
compatibility with free software:
tested with the following kernel libre:
video card model:
(works, but without 3D acceleration)
(there is no wifi card)
(there is no webcam)
The computer could run Coreboot (before upstream removed support for it), but it still had a number of issues that:
* The integrated GPU (ATI) didn't work with fully free software: Like most/all Nvidia or AMD/ATI GPUs, there is a nonfree video BIOS which is required for the Linux driver to work. That nonfree code is typically provided by the BIOS or the GPU itself when it's a discrete GPU.
* I don't remember if it has the nonfree SMU firmware included as hex in Coreboot source or not. If it doesn't, it can probably boot with only free software, which is good enough for many use cases like server.
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