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ASUS A8N-E, rev. 2.00

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


Device/functionality Status Comments
CPU works OK Tested: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+.
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
Multi-core support Untested
Hardware virtualization N/A
DDR OK Tested with one DIMM in slot DIMM_B1 (see manual).
Dual channel support Untested
ECC support Untested The board supports ECC according to the manual.
On-board Hardware
On-board IDE 3.5" OK Tested: Primary IDE (master and slave) and secondary IDE (master and slave).
On-board IDE 2.5" N/A
On-board SATA WIP 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.
On-board SCSI Unknown
On-board USB OK Tested: USB keyboard (on each of the 10 possible USB ports).
On-board VGA N/A
On-board Ethernet OK
On-board Audio Untested
On-board Modem N/A
On-board FireWire N/A
On-board Smartcard reader N/A
On-board CompactFlash N/A
On-board PCMCIA N/A
On-board Wifi N/A
On-board Bluetooth N/A
On-board SD card reader N/A
Add-on slots/cards
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
Mini-PCI-Express add-on cards Unknown
PCI-X add-on cards Unknown
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 Untested
PCI Express x32 add-on cards N/A
HTX add-on cards N/A
Legacy / Super I/O
Floppy Untested
Serial port 1 (COM1) OK
Serial port 2 (COM2) N/A
Parallel port OK Tested: modprobe ppdev, further tests were not performed.
PS/2 keyboard WIP Doesn't seem to work yet, this is being investigated.
PS/2 mouse WIP Doesn't seem to work yet, this is being investigated.
Game port Untested
Infrared N/A
PC speaker OK
DiskOnChip N/A
Trackpoint N/A
Touchpad N/A
Fn Hotkeys N/A
Fingerprint Reader N/A
Docking VGA N/A
Docking LAN N/A
Docking USB N/A
Docking Audio N/A
Docking Displayport N/A
Thinklight N/A
Webcam N/A
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).
Hardware watchdog N/A
SMBus Unknown
CAN bus N/A
CPU frequency scaling No Needs (at least partial) ACPI support.
Other powersaving features N/A
ACPI No There's no ACPI implementation for this board.
Reboot OK
Poweroff No
Suspend Unknown
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) Untested Doesn't seem to be enabled right now, but the hardware seems to support it.
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
TPM Unknown
Flashrom OK Works fine when booted with BIOS and also with coreboot.

Before you begin

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). 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:// then type "make menuconfig" but the A8NE is not supported there yet.

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.
  • Currently PS/2 keyboards do not work, but USB keyboards do.
  • Single DIMM support only : the blue DIMM_B1 socket should be populated 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/ and src/southbridge/nvidia/mcp55/ 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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