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hardware OS4   hardware OS4 : New AmigaOne firmware available
   posted by EntilZha on 6-Oct-2004 11:25:20 (19129 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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EntilZha 
Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:00:02
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Can someone at Hyperion comment on this? Is the driver for OS4 only compatible with one of them, or both?


I'll ask.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@ RWO

Somebody of the testers had a similar problem

Try this

setenv autoboot yes
diskboot 500000 0:x

Btw, x == 0 in your case, which seems to be the hard disk... did you pack the image on the hard disk ?

Also, not that the 500000 is a memory address. That means if it's too hight, you won't have memory there... Unfortunatly, U-Boot is a bit user unfriendly with this...


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:04:43
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Why the bootm? I made the update without it and it worked?!


diskboot and friends just load an image into memory. bootm launches the image. If you

setenv autostart yes

bootm will be run automatically after diskboot, so if you have this variable set, you don't need the subsequent bootm.

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I think I still don't understand UBOOT fully...


Me neither No, really.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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RedMelons wrote:
There also seems to be an extra reboot of U-Boot (the IDE devices are scanned again)


So there does.

@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)

...and some other stuff which I don't have time to read. OS4 continues to boot, but freezes at some unknown point (some way after Kickstart but before the display kicks in - I haven't captured the serial output but I guess that is something you will ask me so I'll certainly do that)

However, if I press ENTER to get to the boot select menu, press ESC and "boot this configuration", the second scan doesn't happen and OS4 boots correctly.

The first IDE scan always picks the drives up correctly. Is there any way to permanently disable the second scan? Should it even happen?

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:32:04
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@EntilZha

I'm sorry to say it dident work :(

If I try to boot the cd I get this error

#no ELF image at address 0x0f05e680
Error: no real ELF image installed as bootloader!
#no ELF image at address 0x0f0fa780
Error: no real ELF image installed as bootloader!

I have tryed it with 2 diffrent cd's

So I'm totaly lost don't know what to do rigth now :(


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Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:39:05
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Boo! Hiss!

We never had to do that on our old classics! We had to physically exchange the ROMs instead, like!

This is, like, the third time I reflash it! It's called progress, shouldn't we be glad that things are moving along?

I shouldn't have to bother with this hassle at all as an end user! This is the least one should expect to have to "put up with" as an Earlybirder..


There, I figure that should save us all some time, not having to read the comments to this news item on any other sites.


Seriously, it was a walk in the park as always. Couldn't be simpler, really.

Always a bit of a sweat, though...what if the power goes out during the 30 second reflash? Not that it ever has gone out since I moved into my apartment a couple of years ago, but, you know, it still could!

Of course, a bit of an adrenaline rush is always welcome.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@Chris_Y:

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The first IDE scan always picks the drives up correctly. Is there any way to permanently disable the second scan? Should it even happen?


This is a new feature. The point is, if you switch on the machine,and place a CD in the drive after the first reset, then it would not boot from the CD since it didn't find one.

Why the second reset doesn't work is beyond me, since the first one did. I'll add an option to suppress the second reset.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:42:53
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If I try to boot the cd I get this error

#no ELF image at address 0x0f05e680
Error: no real ELF image installed as bootloader!
#no ELF image at address 0x0f0fa780
Error: no real ELF image installed as bootloader!


You aren't booting with boota, do you? This error messages look like you're trying to boot the updater via boota.

Or are you referring to booting AmigaOS?


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:46:18
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@ RWO

It doesn't seem that this is your problem but if the envvar autostart is explicity defined as no, the image will NOT boot.

So if anyone after diskboot and bootm gets a checksum OK message and then a cursor do this:

check the autostart envvar.

type setenv autostart yes to set it to yes or type setenv autostart to remove the envvar.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 19:51:08
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no, I dont type anything when I get the Error message. I just reset, the cd spins up and the it shows the msg.

If I interrupt the boot process and use diskboot / bootm it prints some info and then nothing :(


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@Rogue

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I'll add an option to suppress the second reset.


Thanks, that would be appreciated.

I've just tried IDE RESET from the U-Boot prompt and that has the same problem (it always worked under previous versions, which is odd). The exact error message is:

ATTAPI_ISSUE: (no DRQ) after sending ccb (12) status 0xc0 not available

If that means anything to you?

A third IDE RESET doesn't even give me an OK message for bus 1, just a load of dots followed by **Timeout**!

Chris


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 20:02:49
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@RWO

If this is the message you get:

diskboot 5000000 0:0

Loading from IDE device 0, partition 0: Name: hda0
Type: U-Boot
Image Name: Firmware Updater
Created: 2004-10-04 15:06:55 UTC
Image Type: PowerPC U-Boot Standalone Programe (uncompressed!)
Data Size: 605680 Bytes = 591.5 kB
Load Address: 00040000
Entry Point: 00040258

] bootm
## Booting Image at 05000000 ...

Loading from IDE device 0, partition 0: Name: hda0
Type: U-Boot
Image Name: Firmware Updater
Created: 2004-10-04 15:06:55 UTC
Image Type: PowerPC U-Boot Standalone Programe (uncompressed!)
Data Size: 605680 Bytes = 591.5 kB
Load Address: 00040000
Entry Point: 00040258
Verifying Checksum ... OK
OK

I would check the autostart envvar. That worked for me.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 6-Oct-2004 20:26:51
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@PulsatingQuasar

I try'ed it again and this time I did a 'saveenv'
and then 'diskboot 500000 0:0' and it WORKED _YEAH_

Many thanks every one how help me


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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* Support for the new Second-Level Bootloader (that can boot Linux besides AmigaOS), to be distributed with the upcoming AmigaOS 4 update.



I`m intrigued by this , what exactly does it mean? Will I be able to have a simple menu to choose between booting OS4 and Linux?

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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I`m intrigued by this , what exactly does it mean? Will I be able to have a simple menu to choose between booting OS4 and Linux?


Yes. The same mechanism that loads AmigaOS now will be available for Linux. You get a small boot menu where you will boot a default if you do nothing, but can choose a different OS with a keypress or cursor keys; that includes booting Linux, but only from a RDB disk, not from a DOS partition.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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I`m intrigued by this , what exactly does it mean? Will I be able to have a simple menu to choose between booting OS4 and Linux?


That was how I did understand it. Much like LILO (LinuxLoader) on PCs. Of course that would be great.


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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@Chris_Y
Check if the cd is master/slave or cable select. I had problems sometimes with hd with cable select on pcs.

Is there any cd in the driver?

Maybe some uboot settings? Set them to default, reconfigure it as in the guide and retry.

@Hyperion
I see a lot of new things in this Uboot! Under usb there is an option to boot from it. Am i right?


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@mbilla

Or Grub.

Really nifty


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Yes. The same mechanism that loads AmigaOS now will be available for Linux. You get a small boot menu where you will boot a default if you do nothing, but can choose a different OS with a keypress or cursor keys; that includes booting Linux, but only from a RDB disk, not from a DOS partition.


I`ve got my Linux on a seperate hard drive so I guess i`m out of luck here.
I`ve changed the Linux boot option to 1:1 but switching between Amigamultiboot and lInux boot isn`t really any easier than what I do ATM when I need Linux

ie- diskboot 500000 1:1;bootm


Is there now an easier way?


Many thanks

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Re: New AmigaOne firmware available
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@EntilZha

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Uh, I was obviously wrong when I said it's not. Sorry


The news item here states just that. But if the new update runs without updating the firmware I will take that. Unless it really would fix something I need. And if I would I would scramble the neighbourhood to find a UPS before doing so. Considering I need the machine pretty much every day I surely don't want to take that risk.

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