FreeBSD/amd64 and MSI RS480M2-IL - BIOS upgrades

FreeBSD/amd64 and MSI RS480M2-IL - BIOS upgrades

Post by Torfinn In » Sat, 03 Sep 2005 23:54:58

If you are running FreeBSD on a RS480M2-IL, this information might be
useful to you. No guarantees, of course.

I have a MSI mainboard, model RS480M2-IL 8aka MS-7093). I'm running
FreeBSD 5.4-stable amd64 on it. I'm also using a nVidia GeForce 6200 TC
(TurboCache) gfx card, because of troubles with the integrated Radeon
Xpress 200 gfx chipset (Xorg does't have working support yet).

The board was delivered with BIOS version 3.3, and I have been running
with it for a long time, even if it has some problems. A few days ago, I
checked the MSI web site, and found that the newest bios now was
version 3.8. Stupidly enough, I upgraded (in hope that it might cure
some of the problems this board has). I should have known better.
After the upgrade, Xorg would freeze on startup (or a few seconds
after). The machine still worked, I could ssh in and do a shutdown.

After reading through a lot of messages on MSI forums, I found others
with the same problem, the suggested fix is to downgrade the bios to
version 3.5. I reflashed to version 3.5 of the bios, and now the machine
works again.

mainboard info:
BIOS link:

FreeBSD version:
FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE FreeBSD 5.4-STABLE #5: Fri Sep 2
15:14:54 CEST 2005 XXXX@XXXXX.COM :/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/QUIET

Xorg version: xorg-server- = up-to-date with port

Graphics card:
none3@pci1:0:0: class=0x030000 card=0x81ae1043 chip=0x016110de rev=0xa1
hdr=0x00 vendor = 'NVIDIA Corporation'
device = 'GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)'
class = display
subclass = VGA

Torfinn Ingolfsen,

1. MSI-6119 - BIOS Upgrading a Fujitsu T-Bird with a generic BIOS?

2. [ je-3.1.0 failed on amd64 6]

01 2006 13:43, Kris Kennaway
> [junit] Could not find agent library on the library path or in the local directory: instrum>nt
> [junit] Test com.sleepycat.persist.test.ForeignKeyTest FA>LED
> [junit] Error occurred during initializatio> of VM
> [junit] Could not find agent library on the library path or in the local directory: i>strument
> [junit] Test com.sleepycat.persist.test.IndexT>st FAILED
> [junit] Error occurred during initial>zation of VM
> [junit] Could not find agent library on the library path or in the local directory: instrument


Why would a Junit-based self-test fail like above? What could be "special"
about Kris' cluster configuration, that would cause Java (1.5.0) to not

The tests pass just fine, when I build java/berkeley-db on my systems...


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