Tyan S2880 (K8S) /S2885 (K8W) Opteron boards under Linux

Mark Hahn hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Mon Nov 10 12:20:20 EST 2003


> "I downgraded from 2.01 to 1.07." and mentioned the URL
> http://www.tyan.com/support/html/b_s2880.html
> That page describe 1.07 as the first BIOS and 2.01 as the second, the
> latter release  20 august 2003.  Curiously the AMD page for
> recommended motherboards 
> http://www.amd.com/us-en/recmobo/ResultsHandler/1,,30_2252_869_8819%5E8821~68707,00.html
> describes the second release as 19 august 2003, version PON but then
> describes a newer version "TOY" version 2.01p with date 8 october 2004.

I recently upgraded from 1.0.1 to 2880201l.rom (which seems to be 
the most recent from the site above).  I did so mainly to let me 
boot my shiny new nodes without a keyboard ;(

I haven't noticed any problems with the new bios.  admittedly, mine are 
fairly simple machines: if pxe, the nics and userspace works, I'm happy...

"dd if=/dev/mem bs=1k skip=640 count=384 | strings|less" shows:

BIOS Date: 08/18/03 15:19:23 Ver: 08.00.08
TYAN Thunder K8S  V2.01l BIOS


that reminds me: has anyone done the gruntwork to figure out how to run
a flash upgrade without a windows-formatted floppy and floppy drive?
I'd actually feel fairly sanguine about pxe-booting to a faked floppy
image that ran the installer...

regards, mark hahn.

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