This HOWTO explains how to use LinuxBIOS on the ASUS A8N-E board.
|L1 cache enabled||OK||CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)|
|L2 cache enabled||OK||CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)|
|L3 cache enabled||N/A|
|Multiple CPU support||N/A|
|DDR||OK||Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual).|
|Dual channel support|
|On-board IDE 3.5"|
|On-board IDE 2.5"||N/A|
|On-board USB||OK||Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).|
|On-board Smartcard reader||N/A|
|On-board SD card reader||N/A|
|ISA add-on cards||N/A|
|Audio/Modem-Riser (AMR/CNR) cards||N/A|
|PCI add-on cards||OK||Tested: PCI VGA card in all three PCI slots.|
|Mini-PCI add-on cards||Unknown|
|PCI-X add-on cards||Unknown|
|AGP graphics cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x1 add-on cards|
|PCI Express x2 add-on cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x4 add-on cards|
|PCI Express x8 add-on cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x16 add-on cards|
|PCI Express x32 add-on cards||N/A|
|HTX add-on cards||N/A|
|Legacy / Super I/O|
|Serial port 1 (COM1)||OK|
|Serial port 2 (COM2)||N/A|
|Parallel port||OK||Tested: modprobe ppdev, further tests were not performed.|
|Sensors / fan control||OK||Tested: sensors reports K8 core temp. (kernel module k8temp) and various other values from the IT8712F Super I/O (kernel module it87).|
|CPU frequency scaling|
|Other powersaving features|
|ACPI||No||There's no ACPI implementation for this board.|
|High precision event timers (HPET)|
|Random number generator (RNG)|
|Wake on modem ring|
|Wake on LAN|
|Wake on keyboard|
|Wake on mouse|
|Flashrom||OK||Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with LinuxBIOS.|
Before you begin
The ASUS A8N-E is an Athlon64 Socket 939 board (nforce 4 ultra) with socketed BIOS sold around €120 (mostly out of stock in 8/2007; used items at eBay ~ €20-35). It already boots LinuxBIOS. Latest legacy BIOS is from May 2006 v.1013. Socket 939 Athlons do not have Pacifica Virtualization.
The PLCC32 BIOS chip is of type SST 49LF004B of which you need a spare pre-programmed piece.
The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, an "nforce 4 sli" board probably shares the same PCB design with more solder pads populated (please confirm), and is also out of stock mostly.
The ASUS A8NE-FM/S has initial support in the form of a patch.
Hot plugging a BIOS chip was successfully done (pull out chip with glued-on handle while running Linux), so you don't necessarily need an external EPROM programmer, just a spare working 49LF004 chip. 8 MBit SST 49LF080A was also successfully flashed and booted with legacy BIOS (two images concatenated).
- Currently PS/2 keyboards do not work, but USB keyboards do.
- Single DIMM support only.
- The MAC address is stored in flash for almost all CK804/MCP55 boards. All of these boards flashed with LB probably have the same MAC address. See src/southbridge/nvidia/ck804/romstrap.inc and src/southbridge/nvidia/mcp55/romstrap.inc for details. On some of these boards, the MAC address is stored in a separate EEPROM, but you can't count on that.
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