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Software News   Software News : New release of AmigaOne firmware available
   posted by Anonymous on 10-Mar-2003 11:17:54 (13779 reads)
Hyperion has announced that it has completed an extensive rework of the AmigaOne firmware adding substantial functionality and flexibility for end-users, developers and technicians. Read more for the entire press release and some interesting details.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leuven, Belgium - March 7, 2003.

Hyperion is pleased to announce that it has completed an extensive rework of the AmigaOne firmware adding substantial functionality and flexibility for end-users, developers and technicians.

The new firmware will be incorporated in the A1-XE boards which will be shipping shortly.


Newly implemented functionality includes:

- Migration from PPCBoot 1.16 to U-Boot (PPCBoot 2.0)

- Support for PPC 750 FX, MPC 7440/41, MPC 7450/1 CPU's

- Comprehensive GUI for Articia S register configuration

- Comprehensive GUI for general firmware configuration

- Support of additional types of memory modules

- Integration of diagnostic code

- Support for POST card displays allowing for rapid detection of specific hardware faults

- New Articia S start-up code allowing for usage of two banks of unregistered SDRAM

- Booting from Symbios/LSI Logic 53c8xx based SCSI controllers
    

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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 11:24:10
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I like the sound of this very much.


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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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"- New Articia S start-up code allowing for usage of two banks of unregistered SDRAM"

This is good news indeed, as there has been a lot of moaning going on in the A1 mailing list conserning the fact that you (before) only could use one bank of unregisterd RAM.

Another argument that the trolls can't use...

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Kay 
Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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Well done! I think the improved memory support will be especially welcome.

Kay

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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 12:04:15
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Nice, but i want my new Amy now


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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 12:13:07
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Several good points here:

1) GUI for config of Articia
2) GUI for config of general firmware settings

If you have ever dropped into the Open Firmware prompt, you know it's like being dropped to a command line without knowing any commands. GUI is good!

3) The already mentioned use of 2 unregistered SDRAM and also note more ram types supported.

So it sounds like it will be less picky about which memory will work out of the box. That will help alot.

Good job Hyperion!

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MikeB 
Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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Well done Hyperion! Keep up the good work!

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Posted on 10-Mar-2003 12:40:27
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Oh yeah, let's not skim past this one:

- Support for POST card displays allowing for rapid detection of specific hardware faults

This is great. Post probe cards usually plug into a PCI slot and will tell you on startup where your system is failing (ie. at memory test, video initialisation, etc.) by displaying a code number which can be referenced. It can make real quick work out of diagnosing a sick system and getting the proper part replaced. I assume this it the type of POST card they are referring to.

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Yep, great news!!

The only thing missing is the AmigaOne-XE. I have everything else next to me.


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... keeps getting better!

-Still havn't made room on one of the desks here.
Let's see ..... I'll have to pack up the Mac IIsi, so the C128D & A1200 hooked up to the one 1084 can be slid over there.

Then, I'll pinch the Hyundai 15" monitor (temporarily) from the K2 Linux-box ...... and set up the XE to run that Hyundai where the 1084 used to sit!

That'll do until I have time to scout-up a 19" CRT!


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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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Yes, exactly this sort of POST card.

Jens Schönfeld of Individual Computers has developed one and was nice enough to give us a loaner.

This is really useful fora technician trying to find out why a system is not operating properly.


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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 16:15:14
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Ahhh! So nice to see (and hear about) the continuing progress!

Bob C.


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SlimJim 
Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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@HyperionMP
Never heard of this POST business before. Care to give any examples of useful uses?
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elektro_O 
Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 16:58:10
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Very cool. Hope the GUI looks better than PC BIOS.

Ram still has to be ECC right?


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alx 
Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
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Sounds very good.

I'm a bit confused about the "GUI" though - will it be like a normal PC BIOS, or more like the Early Startup Menu?


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@HyperionMP
Never heard of this POST business before. Care to give any examples of useful uses?
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SlimJim


Well, I'm not Ben, but it is a card used commonly in PC's from the tech bench. If a system is not booting or failing during boot, this card will display a code at the point of failure. That could be, for instance, during initilisation of RAM. This would tell you to try a different stick of Ram or to at least start there. These cards are common in PC shops. I've used them many times, and they are extremely helpful.

Basically it will tell you where the problem is, whether it's the motherboard that is dead, the CPU, memory, video card, etc. This is the one we use in house:

http://www.micro2000.com/products/postprobe/postprobe.html

Notice the LED digits. It will print out a 2 digit code upon failure. That code corresponds to a failure which is referenced in a lookup chart. These are meant for Techs mostly, not end users.

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@Herewegoagain

Ok. Thanks!

Sounds cool, but for the tech-heads.
Doubt I would have much use for it (hopefully)
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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 19:50:29
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Regarding the POST card support:

The normal user will most likely never need this, but imagine if the AmigaOne is used in
such things as MediaTerminals etc.. If the system fails you just plug this card in to see
whats going wrong instead of looking at each part that could have failed. I think this feature
is essential to make the AmigaOne suitable for this kind of usage as nobody wants to spend
hours to find out whats going wrong.


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Good news in regards to increase selection of SDRAM types?


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Re: New release of AmigaOne firmware available
Posted on 10-Mar-2003 21:55:33
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Sounds pretty good

@post cards
Also some (pc) motherboards have the post code display integrated which i found pretty helpful on ocassion.

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Could it be possible to have a list of the memory type(s) that are supported.

Is the GUI driven by mouse or keyboard or both ?

Some screenshots of the BIOS functions would be nice

Can BIOS settings be ascii saved/loaded or auto optimized?


Very nice, well done !!
Asy


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