[conspire] Darlene's VA Linux 420

Darlene Wallach wallachd at earthlink.net
Thu Dec 22 00:13:45 PST 2005

Daniel Gimpelevich wrote:
> On Sat, 09 Jul 2005 12:56:03 -0700, Darlene Wallach wrote:
>>Daniel Gimpelevich wrote:
>>>You know, you could head this issue off at the pass with a newer BIOS. I
>>>found the specs for the 420 here:
>>Thank you for responding and sending the links!
>>After further research into my system using a script,
>>system-info, written by Karsten M. Self,
>><kmself at ix.netcom.com>. My BIOS supports ACPI, I have
>>a CA81020A, which is listed as an updated BIOS.
>>It is taking me quite some time to go thru menuconfig
>>and answer/select the options.
> Instructions on BIOS flashing that board are at:
> http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd/standardbios.htm
> The BIOS ChangeLog is at:
> ftp://aiedownload.intel.com/df-support/3995/ENG/p08-0017.pdf
> The BIOS itself (in a standard ZIPfile, despite the .exe) is at:
> ftp://aiedownload.intel.com/df-support/3995/ENG/CAAP08BI.exe
> The last time you brought the machine to CABAL, it had this problem:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=139307
> The manual for the 420 is at:
> http://web.archive.org/web/20010724022112/valinux.com/products/420/420_Users_Guide.tar.gz?&state_info=.US1P1-59726
> Pay special attention to pages 56-59, especially the part about setpci.
> You wanted to know how to boot it from SCSI. An educated guess would be
> that it has a Symbios 8951U card, but we'll double-check that next time
> you bring the machine to CABAL. The manual for that card is at:
> http://www.lsilogic.com/files/docs/techdocs/storage_stand_prod/PCISCSICont/HABs/8951u.pdf
> If the Ctrl-C hotkey does not work as described there, it may be necessary
> to flash the SCSI BIOS. Instructions for doing so are at:
> http://www.lsilogic.com/files/support/ssp/sdms/Bios/FLASH.TXT
> The SCSI BIOS itself is at:
> http://www.lsilogic.com/files/support/ssp/sdms/Bios/lsi_bios.zip


Thank you very much! I just read this so I haven't
looked at the links you sent. I really appreciate
the time you spent gathering this info and sending

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