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Date:      Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:03:07 +0100
From:      Bert-Jan <info@bert-jan.com>
To:        Warren Block <wblock@wonkity.com>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Atom 330 testing
Message-ID:  <49CB36BB.9010904@bert-jan.com>
In-Reply-To: <alpine.BSF.2.00.0903231529520.13578@wonkity.com>
References:  <alpine.BSF.2.00.0903231529520.13578@wonkity.com>

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I have this exact same board, also updated the bios after some bootup 
trouble, and found that the onboard nic isn't supported until 7.1. 
Indeed it can cause trouble on older kernels because I couldn't get 
7.0-release up and running properly. Luckily 7.1-RC2 was released the 
day after I got the board and that went up just fine. Ever since then 
I've had it running my home fileserver with 2x1.5TB seagate disks with 
gmirror and 2GB ram without problems.


Warren Block schreef:
> Testing a mini-ITX Intel D945GCLF2 motherboard with Atom 330 processor.
>
> The 330 is the dual-core HTT version of the Atom 270 found in all the 
> netbooks.  Shows up as four processors on FreeBSD.  The board has 
> SATA, IDE, PCI, onboard video, and Realtek 8111C Ethernet.
>
>
> This board was shaky until I updated the BIOS from version 99 to 
> version 150.  Yay Intel for providing a bootable ISO ROM update image!
>
> It still has two major issues:
>
> 1. Get to the FreeBSD loader prompt and type a few commands.  Just ?
>    once or twice, for example.  It locks up in the middle of output or
>    the screen goes black.  A hardware reset works.
>
> 2. It shuts itself off while the kernel is starting, usually just after
>    "Starting network".  Disabling the onboard Realtek 8111C seems to fix
>    this.  Note that it does sometimes manage to boot with re0 enabled.
>    Works fine after that, including network.  An xubuntu 8.10 liveCD
>    also shuts off during boot.  I haven't tried other OSes.
>
> After it has turned itself off, keyboard numlock LED remains on, power 
> and reset buttons do nothing.  AC power has to be turned off or 
> disconnected to clear it and let it start up again.
>
> Right now it has -current, although the problems seem the same as with 
> 7-stable.  I can try debugging or tests if problem #1 permits.
>
> This board would make a very nice low-power server if it could boot 
> reliably.
>
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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