Chris Bell | 1 Mar 09:44 2005
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Re: Gigabyte + AMD AMIBIOS upgrade

On Mon 28 Feb, John Hearns wrote:

> 
> You could use either a DOS boot floppy, 
> or download a Freedos floppy image http://www.freedos.org/
> Put a blank floppy in the drive, then dd if=freedos.img of=/dev/fd0
> 
> 
> 
> Believe me, this is a real lack in the Linux world.
> When it comes to updating BIOSes on large clusters, there is crying need
> for proper utilities. Have done upgrades with PXE booting a Freedos
> floppy image, then starting the BIOS upgrade program.
> 
> Maybe Theo de Raadt's new initiative will kick enough manufacturers:
> http://www.fsf.org/campaigns/free-bios.html
> 
> (And yes, I know about Linuxbios)
> 
> 
> 
   The original BIOS does have the facility to load a new version directly,
but the replacement file is provided as a DOS executable. I tried loading
the file onto a W98 DOS bootable floppy, but an error message appeared
stating that it must be run using 32bit M$. Tim Clarke offered to run the
self-extracting programme and email the resultant file, which the BIOS
Q-flash facility has now loaded, reported the checksum as 83c4, and
requested permission to proceed. It is now running on its new BIOS, but I
will download a more recent boot facility to try.

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neil c | 1 Mar 10:54 2005
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Re: Blackberry

Christian Smith <csmith <at> micromuse.com> wrote:
> Subject: Re: [Gllug] Blackberry
>
>
> On Mon, 28 Feb 2005, t.clarke wrote:
>
>> Browsing through a Misco catalogue whilst enjoying my delicious Brie 
>> and
>> Tomato Baguette I noticed a section (page 18) on the Blackberry
>> Enterprise Server. It gives the impression that you can only use a
>> Blackberry with Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino(Notes).  Untrue of
>> course, but we found it very hard to get definitive info out of 
>> either O2
>> or Vodafone as to how to use one of these devices with our
>> linux/unix-based mail system. When the device finally arrived the 
>> printed
>> instructions as to how to set up the email facility were completely 
>> wrong
>> - a telephone call to Vodafone tech support elicited the correct info
>> which was at complete variance to the booklet!
>>
>> Makes you wonder if they have vested interest in (presumably) flogging
>> some extra software required to run on the Windows mail server??
>
>
> One of the justifications for my company's move to Exchange was it's
> integration with Blackberries. Riled most of the techies in our
> predominantly UNIX based company. Exchange Calendar facilities are
> pathetic, loathed by all techies in the company as far as I can tell 
> (at
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Richard Jones | 1 Mar 11:00 2005

Re: Blackberry

I was playing with a Blackberry the other day, and was quite surprised
to find that there was no way to connect it to an arbitrary IMAP
service.

I guess it doesn't do IMAP, but requires some sort of proprietary mail
server?

Rich.

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neil c | 1 Mar 11:26 2005
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Re: Gigabyte + AMD AMIBIOS upgrade


Chris Bell AT overview.demon.co.uk wrote:
> Subject: [Gllug] Gigabyte + AMD AMIBIOS upgrade
>
> Hello,
>    Can anyone please give advice on upgrading the BIOS on a Gigabyte
> GA-7VEML motherboard. There is a 256K flash ROM, and I have saved the
> original BIOS to floppy as a 256K file using the Q-flash facility 
> already
> available in the original BIOS. This should also be able to load a new 
> BIOS
> from a file on a floppy.
>    The file provided on the Gigabyte website is a 483K .exe file, and 
> it
> seems to be a package to install a new BIOS from a running 32bit M$ 
> windoze
> OS. There does not appear to be a 256K file.
>    There should also be a live update facility which will run in M$ and
> update the BIOS online.
>    I am trying to avoid the need to load 32bit M$ windoze just to 
> update the
> BIOS, but I have not found any suitable 256K file, and the 483K file 
> does
> not appear to be what is needed. The reason for upgrading is that the 
> AMD
> Athlon processor and memory do not appear to be detected correctly, so 
> clock
> rates appear to be incorrect.
>
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Simon Morris | 1 Mar 11:32 2005

Re: Blackberry

On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 10:00 +0000, Richard Jones wrote:
> I was playing with a Blackberry the other day, and was quite surprised
> to find that there was no way to connect it to an arbitrary IMAP
> service.
> 
> I guess it doesn't do IMAP, but requires some sort of proprietary mail
> server?
> 
> Rich.

It requires a Blackberry Enterprise Server and uses a patented protocol
to push mail out to the handset.

You can get applications for the blackberry so I wouldn't be surprised
to see a 3rd party IMAP client there somewhere.

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Simon Morris | 1 Mar 12:00 2005

Re: Blackberry

On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 09:54 +0000, neil c wrote:
> 
> Time for a quick poll. What do you Linux Fans use for Enterprise
> Scheduling/Groupware and why?
> 
> Neil

I'm not using this at the moment but it looks interesting enough and has
Novells backing

http://www.hula-project.org/Hula_Server

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Darren Beale | 1 Mar 12:10 2005
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Redbus outage

Does anyone have any idea what's going on there at the moment?
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Dan Kolb | 1 Mar 12:13 2005
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Re: Redbus outage

On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 11:10:30AM +0000, Darren Beale wrote:
> Does anyone have any idea what's going on there at the moment?

Apparently they lost power.

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Simon Wilcox | 1 Mar 12:21 2005

Re: Redbus outage

On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Dan Kolb wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 01, 2005 at 11:10:30AM +0000, Darren Beale wrote:
> > Does anyone have any idea what's going on there at the moment?
>
> Apparently they lost power.

It was a scheduled test apparently and they've now discovered that the
power feed doesn't work as specified !

All of Harbour Exchange went out, presumably they'll have some problems
with start-up surge when they try to bring it back online.

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John Hearns | 1 Mar 12:37 2005

Re: Gigabyte + AMD AMIBIOS upgrade

On Tue, 2005-03-01 at 10:26 +0000, neil c wrote:
> 

> Oh how I long for the day when we can use a native Linux
> file/executable format to update a BIOS.

There is /dev/nvram which you can use to duplicate BIOS settings between
machines.
modprobe nvram
cat /dev/nvram > file (on known good machine)
cat file > /dev/nvram (on machine to be setup)

YMMV. And this ISN'T to be done without thorough testing on machines
which you can do without if they are scrambled. You have been warned.

There is also /dev/bios  from the OpenBIOS project
http://www.openbios.info/development/devbios.html
for flashing BIOSes.
This is interesting to us.
Again, if you try this out and it ends in tears, don't come crying to
GLLUG.

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