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[[Image:Asus a8n e.jpg|right|thumb|ASUS A8N-E, rev. 2.00]]
[[Image:Asus a8n e.jpg|right|thumb|ASUS A8N-E, rev. 2.00]]


This HOWTO explains how to use LinuxBIOS 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.
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.
 
Works fine, only smaller issues remain to be fixed. A list of known issues is available at the end of this page.


== 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 3000+ and 3200+.
|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 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
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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).
|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_DDR2_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR2_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR3_status = N/A
|RAM_DDR3_status = N/A
|RAM_dualchannel_status = Untested
|RAM_dualchannel_status = OK
|RAM_ecc_status = Untested
|RAM_ecc_status = OK
|RAM_ecc_comments = The board supports ECC according to the manual.


|IDE_status = OK
|IDE_status = OK
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|IDE_CF_status = OK
|IDE_CF_status = OK
|IDE_CF_comments = Tested: Primary IDE (master and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
|IDE_CF_comments = Tested: Primary IDE (master and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
|CDROM_DVD_status = Untested
|CDROM_DVD_status = OK
|SATA_status = WIP
|CDROM_DVD_comments = Tested: Mounting a CD-ROM from the Linux command line. The '''eject''' command line tool also works fine.
|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.
|SATA_status = OK
|Onboard_SCSI_status = N/A
|USB_status = OK
|USB_status = OK
|USB_comments = Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).
|USB_comments = Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).
|Onboard_VGA_status = N/A
|Onboard_VGA_status = N/A
|Onboard_ethernet_status = OK
|Onboard_ethernet_status = OK
|Onboard_audio_status = Untested
|Onboard_audio_status = OK
|Onboard_modem_status = N/A
|Onboard_modem_status = N/A
|Onboard_firewire_status = N/A
|Onboard_firewire_status = N/A
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|Onboard_CF_status = N/A
|Onboard_CF_status = N/A
|Onboard_PCMCIA_status = N/A
|Onboard_PCMCIA_status = N/A


|ISA_cards_status = N/A
|ISA_cards_status = N/A
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|PCI_cards_status = OK
|PCI_cards_status = OK
|PCI_cards_comments = Tested: PCI VGA card in all three PCI slots.
|PCI_cards_comments = Tested: PCI VGA card in all three PCI slots.
|Mini_PCI_cards_status = N/A
|PCIX_cards_status = N/A
|AGP_cards_status = N/A
|AGP_cards_status = N/A
|PCIE_x1_status = Untested
|PCIE_x1_status = Untested
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|HTX_status = N/A
|HTX_status = N/A


|Floppy_status = Untested
|Floppy_status = OK
|COM1_status = OK
|COM1_status = OK
|COM2_status = N/A
|COM2_status = N/A
|PP_status = OK
|PP_status = OK
|PP_comments = Tested: '''modprobe ppdev''', further tests were not performed.
|PP_comments = Tested with a printer
|PS2_keyboard_status = WIP
|PS2_keyboard_status = OK
|PS2_keyboard_comments = Doesn't seem to work yet, this is being investigated.
|PS2_mouse_status = OK
|PS2_mouse_status = WIP
|Game_port_status = N/A
|PS2_mouse_comments = Doesn't seem to work yet, this is being investigated.
|Game_port_status = Untested
|IR_status = N/A
|IR_status = N/A
|Speaker_status = OK
|Speaker_status = OK
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|CAN_bus_status = N/A
|CAN_bus_status = N/A
|CPUfreq_status = No
|CPUfreq_status = No
|CPUfreq_comments = Needs (at least partial) ACPI support.
|Suspend_status = No
|Powersave_status = N/A
|Powersave_status = N/A
|ACPI_status = No
|ACPI_status = OK
|ACPI_comments = There's no ACPI implementation for this board.
|SMBus_status = OK
|Reboot_status = OK
|Reboot_status = OK
|Poweroff_status = No
|Poweroff_status = OK
|LEDs_status = OK
|LEDs_status = OK
|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 LinuxBIOS 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 = Untested
|HPET_status = OK
|HPET_comments = Doesn't seem to be enabled right now, but [http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/10/19/226 the hardware seems to support it].
|RNG_status = N/A
|RNG_status = N/A
|WakeOnModem_status = Untested
|WakeOnModem_status = Untested
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|WakeOnMouse_status = Untested
|WakeOnMouse_status = Untested
|Flashrom_status = OK
|Flashrom_status = OK
|Flashrom_comments = Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with LinuxBIOS.
|Flashrom_comments = Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with coreboot.


}}
}}


== Before you begin ==
== Building coreboot ==
 
 
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 [http://www.linuxbios.org/pipermail/linuxbios/2007-July/023029.html a patch].
See the [[Build HOWTO]] for information on how to build coreboot for this board.
 
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).
The PLCC32 BIOS chip is of type SST 49LF004B of which you need a spare programmed piece. You might reflash an empty or used one plugged into your A8N.
 
Enable Serial Console for debugging. It will come up at 115200,8n1 option SERIAL_CONSOLE
The revisions 3000 and up work, but don't expect anything to see on the POST card. The serial Terminal will show whether LB manages with your RAM.
 
run targets/buildtarget
then run make in the A8N-E directory. you get a 512KB image.
abuild may come up with a 508KB image, which is not working.
 
 
in bash you may type
svn co svn://linuxbios.org/buildrom
then type "make menuconfig" but the A8NE is not supported there yet.


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


* this tutorial is not as complete as the one for Gigabyte M57-SLI, so please look there for info on building the image.
* 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.
 
* No S3 (Suspend-to-RAM)
* Currently PS/2 keyboards do not work, but USB keyboards do.
* No ASPM
* Single DIMM support only : the blue DIMM_B1 socket should be populated only.
* No frequency scaling
* 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.
* Power button doesn't generate ACPI event
 
== TODO ==


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 17:28, 4 February 2014

ASUS A8N-E, rev. 2.00

This HOWTO explains how to use coreboot on the ASUS A8N-E board.

Works fine, only smaller issues remain to be fixed. A list of known issues is available at the end of this page.

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 3000+ and 3200+.
L1 cache enabled OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
L2 cache enabled OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK CPU: L2 Cache: 512K (64 bytes/line)
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). Since r3614 it's also possible to use a single DIMM in slot 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 }}" | OK
ECC support OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK
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 and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
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 }}" | OK
On-board SCSI OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
On-board USB OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | OK Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).
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 }}" | OK
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 }}" | OK Tested: PCI VGA card in all three PCI slots.
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 }}" | Untested
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 }}" | OK
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 with a printer
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 }}" | OK
Game port OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
Infrared OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | N/A
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 }}" | OK
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 }}" | No
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 }}" | OK
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 }}" | OK
Suspend OK=lime | TODO=red | No=red | WIP=orange | Untested=yellow | N/A=lightgray | yellow }}" | No
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

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

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.
  • No S3 (Suspend-to-RAM)
  • No ASPM
  • No frequency scaling
  • Power button doesn't generate ACPI event

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

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