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.
|CPU works||OK||Tested: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+.|
|L1 cache enabled||OK||CPU: L1 Cache: 128K|
|L2 cache enabled||OK||CPU: L2 Cache: 512K|
|L3 cache enabled||N/A|
|Multiple CPU support||N/A|
|DDR||OK||Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual), and with two DIMMs in slots DIMM_B1 and DIMM_B2.|
|Dual channel support||Untested|
|ECC support||Untested||The board supports ECC according to the manual.|
|On-board IDE 3.5"||OK||Tested: Primary IDE (master).|
|On-board IDE 2.5"||N/A|
|On-board USB||OK||Tested: USB keyboard|
|On-board audio||No||It didn't work with proprietary BIOS either (using Linux/ALSA)|
|On-board smartcard reader||N/A|
|ISA add-on cards||N/A|
|Audio/Modem-Riser (AMR/CNR) cards||N/A|
|PCI add-on cards||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||N/A|
|PCI-X add-on cards||N/A|
|AGP graphics cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x1 add-on cards||Untested|
|PCI Express x2 add-on cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x4 add-on cards||Untested|
|PCI Express x8 add-on cards||N/A|
|PCI Express x16 add-on cards||No||Doesn't seem to be detected|
|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||Untested|
|Other powersaving features||N/A|
|Nonstandard LEDs||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|
|Random number generator (RNG)||N/A|
|Wake on modem ring||Untested|
|Wake on LAN||N/A||The on-board ethernet device doesn't seem to support WOL (also not mentioned in the manual).|
|Wake on keyboard||Untested|
|Wake on mouse||Untested|
|Flashrom||OK||Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with 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.
- 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.
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