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hardware OS4   hardware OS4 : New AmigaOne firmware available
   posted by EntilZha on 6-Oct-2004 11:25:20 (19143 reads)
Leuwen, Belgium - October 6th 2004.

In preparation for the upcoming update of Amiga OS 4.0, Hyperion Entertainment is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the much improved U-Boot 1.1.1 for AmigaOne SE and XE motherboards.


New features include:

* Support for multiple graphics cards. At this time the last graphics card (usually the AGP card) is used for primary display. Later versions will include an option to choose.
* Support for booting off a Silicon Image 0680 IDE controller. This feature has to be selected manually at the moment, by entering setenv ide sii from the U-Boot shell.
* New CPU support: IBM PowerPC 750GX is now fully supported.
* A problem has been fixed that made the U-Boot environment settings unavailable when rebooting from Linux.
* Support for LBA48 IDE Drivers, i.e. you can now boot off drives that are bigger than 160 GB.
* Support for the new Second-Level Bootloader (that can boot Linux besides AmigaOS), to be distributed with the upcoming AmigaOS 4 update.
* Numerous bug fixes and improvements.

The new U-Boot will be required for the upcoming update of Amiga OS 4.0, to be released shortly to registered AmigaOS 4.0 pre-Release owners.

The download is available in our Downloads section.

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 7-Oct-2004 9:57:26
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Good news...

Now, if only the clouds that are covering the Party Pack discount of 100$ were "cleared" from someone (amiga, kmos, Peter Parker, anyone... ),
I will buy the MicroA1 "door" to my beloved AmigaOS4...


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@EntilZha

>Note that the updater has to be booted with "diskboot", not boota...

Thank you, that did the job.

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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Have you tried with dma (+ kb per request) yet?


Not yet. I'm using the 2.4.22 kernel with Mai's dma patch but I haven't set the maxtransfer yet. I will soon switch to 2.6.8 and do some testing then though. If it means anything, I did an apt-get dist-upgrade and had no corrupt files.

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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You don't need to play with the 'kb per request' for the Si680.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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You don't need to play with the 'kb per request' for the Si680.


Ahh, dma at full speed


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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SLURP


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@EntilZha & Rogue

Is this the right place for bug reports? As my AmigaOne fails the second IDE scan. On device 2 (a Liteon DVD-RW) I get the error:

ATAPI ERROR (no DRQ)


This error occured already in UBoot 1.0.0. I think it depends on the IDE device, if the error happens or not. I have a Toshiba DVD-ROM and a Liteon CDRW burner connected to the secondary IDE port.
First the error didn't occur, but then I updated the Toshiba drive's firmware and always got this error, when I executed a "ide reset" command in the UBoot console.
UBoot 1.x.x also sometimes waits for an endless time when scanning for the drives.

Geri

Last edited by Geri on 07-Oct-2004 at 02:04 PM.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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Arrgh.. Had to use my virus infected pc (third time since I got the pre-release) in order to burn the CD (makecd wouldnt work with my burner and Fryingpan crashed).

Anyway the update went smooth just wrote "diskboot 500000 2:0" and the cd began spinning (no boot command needed??)

Now wheres my new IDE card (hope it will be here tomorrow)... and more importantly the update


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@Geri

Hmm, got to be worth a try. My Liteon's on FS02, the latest is FS0K.

Does anybody know if (and how) I can upgrade the firmware of it using OS4 or Linux PPC? Otherwise I have to disconnect it and drag it to a Windows PC


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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Does anybody know if (and how) I can upgrade the firmware of it using OS4 or Linux PPC?


You could DD the updater.image to an empty partition and boot it from there.
As for floppies or cd's I don't see the problem.
I updated mine by burning the iso to a cdrw with K3b on my A1.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@Chris_Y

Wait!

It got worser, when I updated the firmware! The Toshiba drive always had slight problems (slow reading, disc detection, and so on) and I though a firmware update would resolve this problems. Although the drive works a little bit better now (Toshiba still has a speed limit set in the firmware), UBoot seems to have a problem with the drive or the other way around.

Regarding firmware:
Almost all manufacturer only provide Windows tools for a firmware update. I connected the drive to a PC and updated the firmware under Windoze (with administrator rights)

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@tomazkid
I think he was referring to the dvd drive


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I think he was referring to the dvd drive


The firmware of the dvd? I missed that then

That can be a bit tricky, the easy way is propably to do it with Windows....


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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just a question!

Since i updated the uboot of my A1, MakeCd refuse to write a CD. Error message is buffer underrun.
Anybody has the same problem?
My cd writer is a combo DVD/CDRW Samsung.

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I had a weird problem. Earlier tonight updater didn't work. Now I tried it again same way I did before. Now it did work.


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@whoever asked

Yes, it does work with a CD in the drive. In fact, I've now taken to leaving a blank CD-R in the drive to workaround the problem until I can switch the second ide reset off.

I did some further investigation. It seems that as master, this drive always works on the first ide reset, and always gives No DRQ on the second. As slave, it always gives No DRQ on the first ide reset. Curiously, it upsets the slave drive on the same channel, which is sometimes picked up as a CD-ROM and sometimes as a hard disk. The slave drive when set as master identifies itself correctly in all cases. Leaving a blank CD-R in the (master) drive appears to have also fixed this issue.

I don't know whether any of this information will help fix the underlying cause.

Thanks to everybody who suggested things to try, and to Hyperion for the U-Boot update. Hopefully I'll have a little more luck with the OS4 update. I'll hold fire on the DVD firmware upgrade for now, I'd rather not risk making things worse (especially as it is impossible to downgrade the firmware on these drives)

Chris

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Quick question about the Sil0680 cards this supports. In looking around to buy one of these, I found out that there apparently is at least one revision of the 0680 chipset out there. At SIIG's website I found one card that I'm interested in but they list it as having two different Sil0680 chipsets and as a result two different BIOS versions that can only be used for the appropriate chipset. They list Sil0680 and Sil0680a.


The answer is both should work.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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Poster: EntilZha Date: 7-Oct-2004 16:54:43

The answer is both should work.


Great! I'll mention that in the forum thread I've also posted in. And I don't have to worry about which one is there, hopefully.


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EntilZha suggested:
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Use diskboot, not boota to launch the updater.

I personally would suggest writing it to a floppy disk (in Linux) via the "dd" command, just use "fdcboot" to flash it... that's IMHO the easiest way... if you have a floppy, that is...

That's what I've found to be easiest!
"dd if=updater.image of=/dev/fd0" ( in my case )
. . . then, interrupting the boot and entering at prompt:
"fdcboot ; bootm"

After the image was read-in from the floppy- the A1 booted up
into OS4.0 (Pre). Is it my imagination or do Partitions and Drawers
open up with more speed than before?


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