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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #45 on: June 02, 2010, 08:12:28 am »
Sure I'm willing.  Thanks!  I have several CF I can use if it makes any difference,  64M 128M and 4G.

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2010, 10:46:08 am »
Ok here's the file: freedosconsole1.vhd
It's a 'virtual hard disk' file I created with WinImage but I tested it with Physdiskwrite and it seemed ok. The card I used is 16MB so that's the file size, compressed image didn't work. I flashed and booted a 128MB card no problem, you just get a 16MB partition.
When you boot the CF card with the image you must have a serial terminal already open connected to com1 (the front port) on your firebox. This is because freedos will switch to a serial console at the end of the boot up and it hangs if it doesn't find one. I added in a series of three beeps just before it switches so you know it booted OK.
The program, biosid.com, is in the c:\bios folder. It simply displays the bios information, although the formatting for serial console is all wrong. Also in there is awdflash.exe and a few of the modified bioses I went through. Good Luck!

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File size should be: 15,991,296 bytes, MD5 sum: 5fb23e7ef53cffed4b26f6f37b8ab33a
« Last Edit: November 19, 2011, 11:36:11 am by stephenw10 »

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #47 on: June 15, 2010, 10:29:13 am »
Anyone got any news on their bios version?  ???

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #48 on: July 04, 2010, 06:26:09 pm »
What kind of RAM upgrades can you do with this Firebox? (Speculate mode on ;))

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #49 on: July 05, 2010, 05:13:04 am »
The 875p chipset supports up to 4GB in 4 dimm slots. However the X-peak motherboard only has two slots (although it has space for 4 if you're feeling brave with a soldering iron!) so I would say 2GB.
Reference: here.
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« Last Edit: July 05, 2010, 05:18:54 am by stephenw10 »

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #50 on: July 05, 2010, 06:11:55 am »
Thanks for the info, any good pointers in ram-modules that work as well? ;)

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #51 on: July 05, 2010, 06:46:29 am »
Hmm,
Well first off I've not tried any other DIMMs in my firebox. To be honest 512MB seems more than enough for my needs. You could look at Intels guide for their desktop 875p board here . It doesn't mention any specific manufacturers though. Otherwise try Googling for 875p motherboards from other manufacturers who may have lists of approved DIMMs.
Do you have a firebox then?

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #52 on: July 05, 2010, 04:12:44 pm »
Thanks for all information regarding the memory on this thing, going to check ebay in a few and see what I can find ;)...

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #53 on: July 06, 2010, 05:28:44 am »
No problem!  ;D
Keep us updated with what works and what doesn't.

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Adding additional USB connections
« Reply #54 on: July 18, 2010, 09:56:33 am »
The Advantech AIMB-X3 motherboard has by default only one usb connection, the front mounted usb port. It has hardware, however, to support at least 4 ports and possibly 6 or 8! The Intel FWE6300ESB chip haas a 4 port controller and the I/O chip has an additional controller. The usbdevs command shows 6 ports.

There are unpopulated headers on the motherboard for three additonal ports. They are just behind the existing USB port and labeled CN25 and CN27. In order to get these to function some soldering skills are required along with some bravery!

The 5V power for the USB ports is supplied via a fuse and the data connections are routed via a common mode filtering choke. Only the existing port has a choke and fuse in place, the others are unpopulated. Fortunately the existing fuse, Fuse 3 (FS3, 1.1A), supplies both the front port and CN27 so to get just one internal port we don't have to add any fuses. The filtering chokes are layed out in a line on the pcb labeled CK1-CK4. Only CK4 is present. I purchased the smalled choke I could easily find but it was still far too big (3x2mm!) as a test I simply used some wire instead of the choke and so far it seems to function just fine. It could be that the filtering is overkill or that I'm not really stressing it enough to show up any problems.

Warning: some very bad soldering is in this picture!  :P



I don't have any surface mount reworking tools so I had to use the smallest soldering iron I could find which was still far too large. Despite that I had a huge problem getting a pin into the GND connection on the header. The ground plane on the PCB just sinks all the heat. In the end I had to drill it out with a very small drill bit!  :o

The internal USB connection opens up some exiting possibilties: 3g modem, flash drive, etc.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2010, 10:02:53 am by stephenw10 »

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2010, 02:02:02 pm »
Hi

I ran the commands up to here:

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/etc/rc.conf_mount_rwBecause I'm using an embedded image I first mount it read-write.
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pkg_add -r mbmonAdd the mbmmon package.
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/etc/rc.conf_mount_roRemount the CF card read only.

But when I run this bit:
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./mbmon -d
ioctl(smb0:open): No such file or directory
SMBus[Intel8XX(ICH/ICH2/ICH3/ICH4/ICH5/ICH6)] found, but No HWM available on it!!
Using ISA-IO access method!!
* Winbond Chip W83627HF/THF/THF-A found.
All I get is:
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# ./mbmon
./mbmon: Command not found.
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Any suggestion as to what I might be doing wrong?

Thanks

Stuart

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #56 on: July 23, 2010, 07:57:03 am »
You have to call it from the right directory or use the absolute path:

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/usr/local/bin/mbmon -I
The -I causes mbmon to use only the ISA bus sensors, which are the only ones available on the Firebox under FreeBSD.

Steve

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #57 on: July 23, 2010, 01:56:40 pm »

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/usr/local/bin/mbmon -I

That did it! Thanks...

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# /usr/local/bin/mbmon

Temp.= 66.0, 127.0, 85.0; Rot.=    0, 4440,    0
Vcore = 1.46, 3.39; Volt. = 3.31, 4.87, 11.80,  -3.06, -6.14

Nice and warm ;)

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #58 on: July 24, 2010, 07:05:26 am »
Ooo, that is warm.  :o
You only seem to have one fan?

Steve

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Re: Watchguard Firebox X Peak platform
« Reply #59 on: July 24, 2010, 12:57:10 pm »
Yeah, this is an x700 firebox. Has one fan direct on the CPU, then three tiny fans on the back panel. Having in the loft probably doesn't help either....