Board:asrock/939a785gmh

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Status

For the entries marked as WIP, please see below.

Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU
CPU works OK AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
L1 cache enabled Unknown
L2 cache enabled Unknown
L3 cache enabled Unknown
Multiple CPU support N/A
Multi-core support OK AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+: htop and /proc/cpuinfo
Hardware virtualization Unknown
RAM
EDO N/A
SDRAM N/A
SO-DIMM N/A
DDR WIP
DDR2 N/A
DDR3 N/A
Dual channel support Unknown
ECC support N/A
On-board Hardware
On-board IDE 3.5" OK checked with a CD-ROM drive
On-board IDE 2.5" N/A
On-board SATA WIP
On-board SCSI N/A
On-board USB OK only checked two ports so far, for mouse and keyboard.
On-board VGA WIP
On-board ethernet OK
On-board audio OK
On-board modem N/A
On-board FireWire N/A
On-board smartcard reader N/A
On-board CompactFlash N/A
On-board PCMCIA N/A
Add-on slots/cards
ISA add-on cards N/A
Audio/Modem-Riser (AMR/CNR) cards N/A
PCI add-on cards OK
Mini-PCI add-on cards N/A
PCI-X add-on cards N/A
AGP graphics cards N/A
PCI Express x1 add-on cards OK
PCI Express x2 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x4 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x8 add-on cards N/A
PCI Express x16 add-on cards Unknown
PCI Express x32 add-on cards N/A
HTX add-on cards N/A
Legacy / Super I/O
Floppy Unknown
Serial port 1 (COM1) Unknown
Serial port 2 (COM2) N/A
Parallel port Unknown
PS/2 keyboard Unknown
PS/2 mouse Unknown
Game port N/A
Infrared Unknown
PC speaker Unknown
DiskOnChip N/A
Miscellaneous
Sensors / fan control Unknown
Hardware watchdog Unknown
SMBus Unknown
CAN bus N/A
CPU frequency scaling Unknown
Other powersaving features Unknown
ACPI Unknown
Reboot No
Poweroff OK
Suspend Unknown
Nonstandard LEDs N/A
High precision event timers (HPET) Unknown
Random number generator (RNG) N/A
Wake on modem ring Unknown
Wake on LAN Unknown
Wake on keyboard Unknown
Wake on mouse Unknown
Flashrom OK

Known Issues

RAM

  • Using 2 512 MB DIMMs I got 756 MB of usable RAM (as opposed to 881 with the vendor BIOS).
  • With only 1 512 MB DIMM the system wouldn't boot.
  • With my 4 DIMMS from 3 vendors (2x A, 1x B, 1x C) I get the following boot chances:
RAM and booting
DIMM configuration Boots?
A/A Yes
A No
A/A/B/C No
B/C/A/A Yes

SATA

  • Sometimes the link seems slow. It doesn't happen every boot. If it happens, SeaBios needs a long time to load grub. Also, the devicenodes in /dev are not in the right order according to the ports on the board. There are also the following messages during boot:
ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
ata2: COMRESET failed (errno=-16)
ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
ata2: COMRESET failed (errno=-16)
ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
ata2: COMRESET failed (errno=-16)
ata2: limiting SATA link speed to 1.5 Gbps
ata2: link is slow to respond, please be patient (ready=0)
ata2: COMRESET failed (errno=-16)
Apart from the slowness all 5 ports seemed to work.
  • If the above error didn't occur all 5 ports seemed to work flawlessly.
  • It seems this error only occurs for the first time after a BIOS switch. With the proposed patches (fix and cleanup from 10/08/16) even the vendor bios triggers a kernel panic upon first boot after coreboot was loaded. Something about IRQ issues.

Onboard VGA

  • In regard to the vendor BIOS the output numbers were switched. DVI-0 (vendor BIOS) was named HDMI-0 using coreboot.
  • Both VGA and DVI output worked.

PCI-E graphics adapter

  • Wouldn't work. With both plugged in and CONFIG_CONSOLE_VGA_ONBOARD_AT_FIRST not set there was no video output. I had the vgabios for the onboard adapter still inside the coreboot.rom however.

Keyboard in Grub

  • The (USB) keyboard in Grub doesn't respond correctly. Every keypress triggers multiple actions.

Kernel

  • Linux 2.6.35.2 wouldn't boot. It would start, then the screens were going blank and the machine hung.