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Hardware News   Hardware News : New Uboot for Sam440ep and Sam440ep-flex
   posted by Lecta on 27-Nov-2009 20:21:36 (7433 reads)
Bassano del Grappa, 27 Nov 2009

ACube Systems is pleased to announce the release of a new version of U-Boot firmware for its line of motherboards Sam440ep and Sam440ep-flex.
This version addresses a number of problems and add some features and optimizations making it possible to cut down boot time by 3-12 seconds depending on the configuration of the board.


What's new in this version (for both versions):

* faster graphic card initialization, now it takes half the time than previous U-Boot version
* unified the first two countdowns, for an even faster boot
* solved compatibility issues with some Radeon 9200 and 9250 gfx cards
* reworked preference menu

Sam440ep miniITX version:

* a Radeon HD 2400 graphic card could be now used as secondary gfx card

http://www.acube-systems.biz/download/Sam440ep-mini_updater_20091127.zip


Sam440ep-flex version:

* added support for Silicon Motion 502 graphic card
* added sperimental support for Catweasel MK4 controller
* a Radeon HD 2400 graphic card could be now used in both 33 and 66 Mhz PCI slots

http://www.acube-systems.biz/download/Sam440ep-flex_updater_20091127.zip

Additional information:

Please note: UBoot and UBoot updater makes use of GPL code and thus are both published under GPL

. The sources can be downloaded from:

* http://www.acube-systems.biz/index.php?page=hardware&pid=1
* http://www.acube-systems.biz/index.php?page=hardware&pid=2

or, using a direct link, from:

* http://www.acube-systems.biz/download/u-boot-1.3.1a_20091127_prod.tar.gz
    

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Re: New Uboot for Sam440ep and Sam440ep-flex
Posted on 28-Nov-2009 8:58:12
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Reflashed successfully, this made my SAM's boot time about 3-4 seconds shorter. By also reducing the OS boot countdown in UBoot, I got to 33 seconds from the original 39 seconds. So I've saved 6 seconds of boot time. Nice.


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Posted on 28-Nov-2009 9:19:40
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Hi, I very happy to see new uBoot for SAM !!!


Question:

I´m a AmigaOne XE user,
when is a new uBoot coming for us?
There are so many issues to get rid off...

Maybe Amiga Dev-Team members could give answer.



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Very nice to see a firmware update! (I guess that means an OS4 update might not be too far away...)

It only reduced my boot times by 1.5 seconds, but that is after I had previously reduced the boot times by several seconds by tweaking the boot delays. If you have not tweaked the boot delays, then I would expect to see at least 4-5 seconds improvement.

I now have an OS4 boot time of 35 seconds from pressing the power switch, using a 2.5" (laptop) HD.

Last edited by ChrisH on 28-Nov-2009 at 10:36 AM.
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What do they mean with adding a second graphics card?


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@TheDaddy
You can (apparently) have some screens on one gfx-card, and other screens on the other gfx-card. Thus allowing two monitors to be used simultaneously.


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Fantastic!

What about cards which already allow two display per card?

Four monitors?!

Would 3D be accelerated even more with two 3D cards?


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@TheDaddy Quote:
What about cards which already allow two display per card?

I remember reading that this is not supported by the current drivers, and possibly not AmigaOS4 either.

Quote:
Would 3D be accelerated even more with two 3D cards?

No.


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o_O i have a Cat MK4, better update :)


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Noob question:I downloaded the iso and burned it with AmiDVD. When i re-boot with the iso CD in the drive nothing happens and the system boots regularly into Workbench. The DVD is not set as the "primary boot device" it would seem, How do I change that?

Last edited by DAX on 28-Nov-2009 at 02:22 PM.


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@DAX

Press ENTER when asked in the boot screen - if it dosn't react to ENTER - switch your keyboard to a different port on the back.


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Reboot, wait for it to detect the HDD and DVD, then press enter until you get a prompt, then type menu,
now you can change what will be booted first.


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Congratulations for this new update ACube's friends.

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@DAX
If in doubt, follow the AmigaOS4 installation guide for how to boot from a CD.


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Thanks all for the help, still doesn't work though: I manged to enter the menu, change the boot device from Sata HD to Sata CD-Rom drive, press Esc, select "boot this configuration" and when it exit it gives me the usual black screen with cursor (promt) expecting commands (no attempts to boot at all) and of course if I press reset, it starts from HD (going straight to Workbench).
The manual says that at this point it should boot from the CD (which of course is in the drive).


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Type boota to begin booting


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Solved!
here is what was wrong in case another noob needs it: I followed Yaroze procedure (stopped the auto-boot and entered the menu by typing "menu" at the prompt. As Yaroze writes above you probably must initiate the booting sequence manually (with the suggested "boota" command) when you do it this way.
Anyway while waiting for a reply I tryed again this time pressing enter when the system asks for it (although I was told so many times I thought everybody were talking about the initial "press key to stop autobooting" ) and entered the menu directly without having to write anything.
At that point everything was smooth sailing

By the way, it shaved around 6 seconds

Thanks again to everyone for the Help!

Last edited by DAX on 28-Nov-2009 at 03:37 PM.


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A) I think one can use either one or both
B) IIRC, the support is experimental, RadeonHD drivers are in alpha state, available from the developer. (Hans)
C) no idea... perhaps the limitation still exist.
D) you should be able to. IIRC, it was previously possible only with some other than radeon card. SAM440ep refused to boot if there was another radoen chip in the system beside the onboard M9.
E) No idea if dapters work. (ask from the driver developer)

Radeon HD drivers: http://hdrlab.org.nz/radeonhd-driver/
DualGraphicsCard setup was possible since the beginning, look @ Acube web site: "AmigaOS 4.1 Dual Graphic Cards Setup support files" I think there was problems only/mainly with more than one radeon in the system.

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Someone with Sam440ep 553MHZ + OS 4.1 have installed new U-Boot? and which improvements it has? Please more information because I'm not sure to install for the big risk.

Thanks.

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Quote:
Anyway while waiting for a reply I tryed again this time pressing enter when the system asks for it


Yes, that was what we told you to do


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@Templario

I have only checked the effect on boot time - i gained around 10 seconds. Have not checked was else it does - but bugs should have been fixed


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