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shops, they do this sort of thing (and more advanced things) all day and should be able to help you for around $50 if you bring the needed components (PLCC socket, resistor, wire and switch). Possibly a friendly TV or radio repair shop could help too, but they may not have suitable soldering equipment for the surface mount parts.
shops, they do this sort of thing (and more advanced things) all day and should be able to help you for around $50 if you bring the needed components (PLCC socket, resistor, wire and switch). Possibly a friendly TV or radio repair shop could help too, but they may not have suitable soldering equipment for the surface mount parts.


If you're going to work on this board, you need a backup plan in the event you flash a faulty BIOS image - you need a PLCC socket on the board. You have been warned!
If you're going to work on this board, you need a backup plan in the event you flash a faulty BIOS image. You have been warned!


Once you put a socket on the board, you will also discover that the [http://www.ioss.com.tw/web/English/RD1BIOSSavior/SelectionChart/PLCCTYPE/RD1PMC4.html RD1-PMC4 BiosSavior] does not work with this motherboard: the RD1's built-in chip seems to be incompatible with the mainboard. This means you will need to hot-swap BIOS chips until you have a working LinuxBIOS chip. Plugging your BIOS chip into the RD1 and switching it to 'ORG' does work though. I have used the BiosSavior to ease hot swapping; it's a lot easier to pull out the BiosSavior and replace the chip plugged into it than to replace the ROM chip on the board.
Once you put a socket on the board, you will also discover that the [http://www.ioss.com.tw/web/English/RD1BIOSSavior/SelectionChart/PLCCTYPE/RD1PMC4.html RD1-PMC4 BiosSavior] does not work with this motherboard: the RD1's built-in chip seems to be incompatible with the mainboard. This means you will need to hot-swap BIOS chips until you have a working LinuxBIOS chip. Plugging your BIOS chip into the RD1 and switching it to 'ORG' does work though. I have used the BiosSavior to ease hot swapping; it's a lot easier to pull out the BiosSavior and replace the chip plugged into it than to replace the ROM chip on the board.
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In the US, FrozenCPU seems to have stock (verified 2007/04). Eksitdata in Sweden also seems to have stock (verified 2007/03).
In the US, FrozenCPU seems to have stock (verified 2007/04). Eksitdata in Sweden also seems to have stock (verified 2007/03).


 
This board sells for ($104 in the US). With it's current F8 legacy BIOS it requires the '''noapic''' bootparameter with most kernels.  [http://www.vectorlinux.com VectorLinux] is a suggested distro since it supports NVIDIA hardware right out of the box (network and video). Vectorlinux autobuilds the LinuxBIOS source tree. You only need to put a bcc binary to /bin which you find in internet. romcc does not build with current vectorlinux, try an older tool chain, but flashrom builds.


This wiki page is maintained by Ward Vandewege (ward at gnu dot org).
This wiki page is maintained by Ward Vandewege (ward at gnu dot org).

Revision as of 18:03, 20 May 2007