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Offline chrisintaipei

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Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« on: February 22, 2012, 03:53:31 am »
FYI below is my experience regarding intel's DC2500CC (dual NIC board)

initially tried pfsense 2.01 64 bit - no matter what i do, it does not install (more details later). then tried 32 bit, after some minor tweaks, finally had it installed.

64 bit:
initially tried to use USB DVD drive, it ran into several problems, then tried an internal DVD drive, it passes problems but still suffers a graphic issue - the screen does not refresh, only the very last line of text is over writting part of last line (not sure how to describe this). tried safe mode and other modes, no luck and cannot really see what it is doing because of the graphic/text issue.

i could have tried with an PCI-E graphic card i guess, but instead decided to give 32 bit a try.

32 bit:
screen refreshes ok. however once at the blue screen where to set the installation options, graphic / text becomes strange again. by remembering first option at the installation options is to change video setting, i changed a few diff fonts and one seens to at least allow me to see half of the text. eventually had 32 bit installed.

i guess the above means there is some compatibility issue with the new atom's built-in graphic? BTW i've also had installation on intel's D525MW, bith 32 and 64 version installed perfectly.

am i the only one seeing this problem? anyway i am going to stick with 32 bit for now until / if there is a solution to it.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 04:06:48 am »
for those who, like me, wanting to use the latest fanless atom board in a small case without a case fan - so far it doesn't seen to be a good idea. i am using aopen's S100, this is a aluminium case and the whole case is pretty hot. room temperature is 24C.

just before installing pfsense, i had win7 OS running multiple 7z compression jamming CPU at 100% for more than 30 min. hwmonitor showing system 50C, CPU 45.5C. now about one hour after pfsense installation (it is totally idling at the moment), it feels hotter than when running multiple 7z compression.

ordering 80mm x 80 mm x 10mm case fan...

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 02:03:01 pm »
64 bit:
the screen does not refresh, only the very last line of text is over writting part of last line (not sure how to describe this). tried safe mode and other modes, no luck and cannot really see what it is doing because of the graphic/text issue.

Same with me. I tried to use 64bit embeded nanobsd version on compact flash with SATA adapter. My idea was that the problem it is related to the SATA adapter because additional I got disc reading errors. I tried both AHCI and IDE mode. But seems to be a general issue.

Tomorrow I will try 32 bit version.

BTW. Before updating the BIOS to Version 30 from Dec. 2011 I got more errors.


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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 02:14:29 pm »
Ah... Just ordered this motherboard for a pfSense build.  Very useful to know.  Hopefully we can find a way to get this sorted...

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 04:41:50 pm »
Tomorrow I will try 32 bit version.

With i386 version of pfsense 2.0.1 nanobsd I do not get graphic error any more. Disc reading error stays. But now I can read the error message.

ad4: failure read DMA timeout LBA = 15625215
ad4: timeout read DMA retrying
...

But after long time system is booting up and is running. When I try to save settings the same error message will pop up again.

Semms to be a conflict with CF to SATA adapter or an issue with SATA itself.

Tomorrow I will try to boot from USB.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 09:24:24 pm »
very interestingly, under 64 bit, one other errors that i can make out was disk error reading the optical disk. i tried two different external USB optic drives, same error. i then stripped one of the external drive and connect that very drive via onboard SATA and whala the reading error is gone. in my case i would say it has something to do with USB rather than SATA. however under D525MW i used same USB drive and had no error installing 64 bit.

i did not try external USB optic drive under 32 bit though.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2012, 11:29:43 am »
With i386 version of pfsense 2.0.1 nanobsd I do not get graphic error any more. Disc reading error stays. But now I can read the error message.

ad4: failure read DMA timeout LBA = 15625215
ad4: timeout read DMA retrying

So, issue seems to be solved.
After disabling S.M.A.R.T. in Bios, reading error is gone.
So far 32bit nanobsd Version semms to be is working fine with compact flash card installed in CF to SATA adapter.

But still I'm missing 64 bit support to be able to use 4 Gb RAM.
Hopefully pfsense 2.1 is comming soon will have better suport for D2500cc board.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2012, 06:14:33 pm »
Where did you guys find this board?

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 04:04:18 am »
Got mine from minipc.de in Germany (delivery costs to the UK weren't too bad). Logic Supply EU store suggest they will have it in stock from 1st March.

Boot from the live CD (some odd video corruption - some characters appear as blocks rather than the character typed when you enter WAN and LAN set-up information etc.), struggling to get an embedded image to boot properly from a USB flash drive (Geometry errors)

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 04:06:11 am »

Does the reading of the thermal sensors work with this board?

//Jani

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2012, 05:31:47 am »
Not sure - still struggling to get embedded install to boot from USB flash drive.  Keep getting GEOM warnings and boot stopping - which I think are to do with the way the image is being written to the flash drive (have tried physdiskwrite in Windows and dd in OS X on a Mac).

Booted once OK from a USB drive with 4GB embedded VGA i386 image but got fsck -y warnings - so re-flashed and now can't get it to fully boot at all. 

Booting from USB CD drive fine - but I want an embedded install.  May go down the SATA CF card route instead...

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2012, 11:18:51 am »
Where did you guys find this board?

I bought it here
http://www.cartft.com/catalog/gl/78

Together with the M350 mini ITX case and the picoPSU power supply a small combination for a firewall/router.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2012, 11:30:03 am »
@noggin

What happens if you try with a sata HD ?
Can you try to output the console to the serial port(s) instead?

(sry for the q;s i have been looking for this board myself, very interested in how it behaves :))

//Jani

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 12:18:45 pm »
Where did you guys find this board?

I bought it here
http://www.cartft.com/catalog/gl/78

Together with the M350 mini ITX case and the picoPSU power supply a small combination for a firewall/router.

Yep - CarTFT and MiniPC.de appear to be the same company.

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Re: Installation on Intel D2500CC (atom with dual NIC board)
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2012, 12:25:03 pm »
@noggin

What happens if you try with a sata HD ?
Can you try to output the console to the serial port(s) instead?

(sry for the q;s i have been looking for this board myself, very interested in how it behaves :))

//Jani


Don't have a spare SATA HD or a Serial capture option at the moment - as my D2500CC set-up is not being built at home but at a second location.  Hope to be able to do both things soon, but at the moment I only have a USB DVD-R drive, a DVI monitor, some USB sticks and a couple of laptops to work with...