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[[Image:Asus a8n e.jpg|right|thumb|ASUS A8N-E, rev. 2.00]]
This HOWTO explains how to use coreboot on the '''[http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?modelmenu=1&model=596&l1=3&l2=15&l3=207 ASUS A8N5X]''' board.


This HOWTO explains how to use coreboot on the '''[http://www.asus.com.tw/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=15&l3=171&l4=0&model=455&modelmenu=2 ASUS A8N-E]''' board.
As of 2008-11-20, a [http://www.coreboot.org/pipermail/coreboot/2008-November/042305.html small patch] is needed for RAM access to work properly.


== Status ==
== Status ==
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|CPU_status = OK
|CPU_status = OK
|CPU_comments = Tested: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+.
|CPU_comments = Tested: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+.
|CPU_L1_status = OK
|CPU_L1_status = OK
|CPU_L1_comments = CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
|CPU_L1_comments = CPU: L1 Cache: 128K
|CPU_L2_status = OK
|CPU_L2_status = OK
|CPU_L2_comments = CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)
|CPU_L2_comments = CPU: L2 Cache: 512K
|CPU_L3_status = N/A
|CPU_L3_status = N/A
|CPU_multiple_status = N/A
|CPU_multiple_status = N/A
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|RAM_SODIMM_status = N/A
|RAM_SODIMM_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR_status = OK
|RAM_DDR_status = OK
|RAM_DDR_comments = Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual). Since [http://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/changeset/3614 r3614] it's also possible to use a single DIMM in slot DIMM_B2.
|RAM_DDR_comments = Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual), and with two DIMMs in slots DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2.
|RAM_DDR2_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR2_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR3_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR3_status = N/A
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|IDE_status = OK
|IDE_status = OK
|IDE_comments = Tested: Primary IDE (master and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
|IDE_comments = Tested: Primary IDE (master).
|IDE_25_status = N/A
|IDE_25_status = N/A
|IDE_CF_status = OK
|IDE_CF_status = Untested
|IDE_CF_comments = Tested: Primary IDE (master and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
|CDROM_DVD_status = OK
|CDROM_DVD_status = OK
|CDROM_DVD_comments = Tested: Mounting a CD-ROM from the Linux command line. The '''eject''' command line tool also works fine.
|SATA_status = Untested
|SATA_status = WIP
|SATA_comments = Port 3 ('''hde''' in FILO) and 4 ('''hdg''' in FILO) on the board work fine. Port 1 and 2 don't seem to work, this is being investigated.
|USB_status = OK
|USB_status = OK
|USB_comments = Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).
|USB_comments = Tested: USB keyboard
|Onboard_VGA_status = N/A
|Onboard_VGA_status = N/A
|Onboard_ethernet_status = OK
|Onboard_ethernet_status = OK
|Onboard_audio_status = WIP
|Onboard_audio_status = No
|Onboard_audio_comments = This is being worked on.
|Onboard_audio_comments = It didn't work with proprietary BIOS either (using Linux/ALSA)
|Onboard_modem_status = N/A
|Onboard_modem_status = N/A
|Onboard_firewire_status = N/A
|Onboard_firewire_status = N/A
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|ISA_cards_status = N/A
|ISA_cards_status = N/A
|AMR_cards_status = N/A
|AMR_cards_status = N/A
|PCI_cards_status = OK
|PCI_cards_status = No
|PCI_cards_comments = Tested: PCI VGA card in all three PCI slots.
|PCI_cards_comments = Plugging any PCI card almost always result in crash when something attempts to access the PCI bus (although, specific cards were found not to produce this error, YMMV)
|Mini_PCI_cards_status = N/A
|PCIX_cards_status = N/A
|AGP_cards_status = N/A
|AGP_cards_status = N/A
|PCIE_x1_status = OK
|PCIE_x1_status = Untested
|PCIE_x1_comments = Both PCIe x1 slots works fine (tested with a network card).
|PCIE_x2_status = N/A
|PCIE_x2_status = N/A
|PCIE_x4_status = Untested
|PCIE_x4_status = Untested
|PCIE_x8_status = N/A
|PCIE_x8_status = N/A
|PCIE_x16_status = WIP
|PCIE_x16_status = No
|PCIE_x16_comments = Doesn't seem to work, yet (?)
|PCIE_x16_comments = Doesn't seem to be detected
|PCIE_x32_status = N/A
|PCIE_x32_status = N/A
|HTX_status = N/A
|HTX_status = N/A


|Floppy_status = WIP
|Floppy_status = Untested
|COM1_status = OK
|COM1_status = OK
|COM2_status = N/A
|COM2_status = N/A
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|PP_comments = Tested: '''modprobe ppdev''', further tests were not performed.
|PP_comments = Tested: '''modprobe ppdev''', further tests were not performed.
|PS2_keyboard_status = OK
|PS2_keyboard_status = OK
|PS2_keyboard_comments = Works since [http://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/changeset/3610 r3610],
|PS2_mouse_status = Untested
|PS2_mouse_status = OK
|Game_port_status = Untested
|PS2_mouse_comments = Works since [http://tracker.coreboot.org/trac/coreboot/changeset/3610 r3610],
|IR_status = Untested
|Game_port_status = WIP
|IR_status = N/A
|Speaker_status = OK
|Speaker_status = OK
|DiskOnChip_status = N/A
|DiskOnChip_status = N/A
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|Watchdog_status = N/A
|Watchdog_status = N/A
|CAN_bus_status = N/A
|CAN_bus_status = N/A
|CPUfreq_status = No
|CPUfreq_status = Untested
|CPUfreq_comments = Needs (at least partial) ACPI support.
|Powersave_status = N/A
|Powersave_status = N/A
|ACPI_status = No
|ACPI_status = Untested
|ACPI_comments = There's no ACPI implementation for this board.
|Reboot_status = OK
|Reboot_status = OK
|Poweroff_status = No
|Poweroff_status = No
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|LEDs_comments = There's a green LED on the board which is enabled when the board is powered-on. Works out of the box, no special coreboot support required.
|LEDs_comments = There's a green LED on the board which is enabled when the board is powered-on. Works out of the box, no special coreboot support required.
|HPET_status = OK
|HPET_status = OK
|HPET_comments = The hardware [http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/10/19/226 supports it], but you currently need the '''hpet=force''' Linux kernel parameter. Reduces the number of wakeups in powertop ''drastically''.
|RNG_status = N/A
|RNG_status = N/A
|WakeOnModem_status = Untested
|WakeOnModem_status = Untested
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== Building coreboot ==
== Building coreboot ==


$ svn co svn://coreboot.org/repos/trunk/coreboot-v2
Note: you can use the same target as for the [[ASUS A8N-E]] board. At the time of writing there's no specific target for the ASUS A8N5X.
$ cd coreboot-v2/targets
$ ./buildtarget asus/a8n_e
$ cd asus/a8n_e/asus_a8n_e


Now place your payload in this directory and name it '''payload.elf'''. Complete the build with:
See the [[Build HOWTO]] for information on how to build coreboot for this board.
 
$ make
 
The resulting '''coreboot.rom''' file (512 KB) can now be flashed using e.g. [[flashrom]].


== Known issues ==
== Known issues ==


* The MAC address is stored in flash for almost all CK804/MCP55 boards. All of these boards flashed with coreboot 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.
* The MAC address is stored in flash. All A8N5X boards flashed with coreboot probably have the same MAC address. See '''src/southbridge/nvidia/ck804/romstrap.inc''' for details.


If you can help out with this, please join the [[Mailinglist|mailing list]] and let us know!
If you can help out with this, please join the [[Mailinglist|mailing list]] and let us know!


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Latest revision as of 08:22, 5 May 2010

This HOWTO explains how to use coreboot on the ASUS A8N5X board.

As of 2008-11-20, a small patch is needed for RAM access to work properly.

Status

Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU
CPU works OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+.
L1 cache enabled OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK CPU: L1 Cache: 128K
L2 cache enabled OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK CPU: L2 Cache: 512K
L3 cache enabled OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Multiple CPU support OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Multi-core support OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Hardware virtualization OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
RAM
EDO OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
SDRAM OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
SO-DIMM OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
DDR OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual), and with two DIMMs in slots DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2.
DDR2 OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
DDR3 OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Dual channel support OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
ECC support OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested The board supports ECC according to the manual.
On-board Hardware
On-board IDE 3.5" OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: Primary IDE (master).
On-board IDE 2.5" OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board SATA OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
On-board SCSI OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Unknown
On-board USB OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: USB keyboard
On-board VGA OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board Ethernet OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
On-board Audio OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | No It didn't work with proprietary BIOS either (using Linux/ALSA)
On-board Modem OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board FireWire OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board Smartcard reader OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board CompactFlash OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board PCMCIA OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board Wifi OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board Bluetooth OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board SD card reader OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Add-on slots/cards
ISA add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Audio/Modem-Riser (AMR/CNR) cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
PCI add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | No Plugging any PCI card almost always result in crash when something attempts to access the PCI bus (although, specific cards were found not to produce this error, YMMV)
Mini-PCI add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Mini-PCI-Express add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Unknown
PCI-X add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
AGP graphics cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
PCI Express x1 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
PCI Express x2 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
PCI Express x4 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
PCI Express x8 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
PCI Express x16 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | No Doesn't seem to be detected
PCI Express x32 add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
HTX add-on cards OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Legacy / Super I/O
Floppy OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Serial port 1 (COM1) OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
Serial port 2 (COM2) OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Parallel port OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: modprobe ppdev, further tests were not performed.
PS/2 keyboard OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
PS/2 mouse OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Game port OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Infrared OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
PC speaker OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
DiskOnChip OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Input
Trackpoint OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Touchpad OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Fn Hotkeys OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Fingerprint Reader OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Laptop
Docking VGA OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Docking LAN OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Docking USB OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Docking Audio OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Docking Displayport OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Thinklight OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Webcam OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Miscellaneous
Sensors / fan control OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: sensors reports K8 core temp. (kernel module k8temp) and various other values from the IT8712F Super I/O (kernel module it87).
Hardware watchdog OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
SMBus OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Unknown
CAN bus OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
CPU frequency scaling OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Other powersaving features OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
ACPI OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Reboot OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
Poweroff OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | No
Suspend OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Unknown
Nonstandard LEDs OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK There's a green LED on the board which is enabled when the board is powered-on. Works out of the box, no special coreboot support required.
High precision event timers (HPET) OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
Random number generator (RNG) OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Wake on modem ring OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Wake on LAN OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A The on-board ethernet device doesn't seem to support WOL (also not mentioned in the manual).
Wake on keyboard OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
Wake on mouse OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Untested
TPM OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | Unknown
Flashrom OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with coreboot.

Building coreboot

Note: you can use the same target as for the ASUS A8N-E board. At the time of writing there's no specific target for the ASUS A8N5X.

See the Build HOWTO for information on how to build coreboot for this board.

Known issues

  • The MAC address is stored in flash. All A8N5X boards flashed with coreboot probably have the same MAC address. See src/southbridge/nvidia/ck804/romstrap.inc for details.

If you can help out with this, please join the mailing list and let us know!

GNU head This work is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or any later version. This work is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.