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Zotac Zbox AD03BR
Subsystem Tests

Jim Carter, 2012-03-16


Box Worked out of the box, i.e. after a clean installation.
Conf It needed editing a configuration file or running a setup GUI.
Add-On Needed additional or patched software: download it; follow instructions to compile and install it; it works.
Fiddle As with Add-On, but it required some workarounds in the procedure, which might seem minor to an experienced user but which might prevent a newbie from making it work.
Hack So you call yourself a guru? This one will challenge your skills. But this guru eventually got it working.
Fail I wasn't able to get this one to work, at least so far.
N.T. Not tested.
* I'm using some special security procedures, which needed to be modified for OpenSuSE 11.2. Before that was done, the console user's session was being registered incorrectly so it could not mount removable devices. Once that was fixed, items marked '*' functioned according to their color background.

Checklist of Features

Does it boot at all? Box
 Time, power button to greeter 78 sec
 Time, greeter to desktop (XFCE) 17 sec
 Time, desktop GUI to shutdown 23 sec
OS Installation No prob
Processor (AMD E-350) Recognized
  Chipset (AMD M1) Recognized
Video (Radeon HD 6310 on chip with the CPU) Box
  2D graphics: Xorg radeon driver with KMS, needs kernel 3.x Box
  Radeon driver cannot yet do DRI on Evergreen graphics engine.
  3D graphics: ATI fglrx driver without KMS. Install
Hard disc (250Gb SATA) Box
  Toshiba MK2565GS, 5400rpm. The actually available size is 233Gb, compared to a Western Digital 250Gb disc on the machine being replaced, where the user can actually use 250Gb.
Optical disc, Blu-Rau
 Read data DVD Box
 Movie DVD Box
 Play music CD
 Read data CD Box
 Write data CD
 Read check
 Write DVD
 Read Blu-ray (no media) N.T.
  This drive is readonly (4X) for Blu-ray but can do 8X DVD+/-RW (read and write both media types, and CDs).
Flash card slot
Wired Ethernet Box
 IPv4 (dhcp) Box
 IPv6 (RFC 2462) Box
 3.5mm stereo (front, hw:1,0) Conf
 HDMI audio (hw:0,3) Conf
 Needs radeon module parameter audio=1
CPU speed modulation Conf
  In /etc/sysconfig/kernel MODULES_LOADED_AT_BOOT, specify powernow-k8 for the E-350 CPU. The default governor is ondemand, and the CPU frequency actually varies depending on the CPU load.
Random number generator Missing
  amd-rng does not load, saying no such device.
Suspend to RAM Update BIOS
  For s2ram you need --force, because the chipset is not recognized. The machine is shipped with a buggy BIOS and has a probability of about 20% of freezing when it wakes. Here is the BIOS update procedure. This done, suspend to RAM is reliable (20 times without failure). Surprisingly, there was never any problem with the video driver (fglrx or radeon). 1 sec to sleep, 2 secs to wake. Wake on LAN, or a keypress or mouse click, will wake it. Do not press the power button as you would on an Intel box; it will get very confused and thoroughly stuck.
Suspend to disc (hibernate) Box
  s2disk suspends with no problems (9 secs to sleep and 27 secs for the normal boot procedure diverted to image restoration). Tested 16 times with no failures, and considerable production service subsequently. It wakes on similar events as with suspend to RAM.
Wake on LAN Conf
  In BIOS setup you need to enable Wake on LAN. It will wake from suspend (S3 and S4), and from poweroff (S5) except not if power was lost (e.g. plug pulled) and restored. (Note, there is a BIOS setup option for what to do when power fails and resumes. I have it set to reboot, if it was running at the time of failure.)
Wake on USB Box
  It will wake from S3 or S4 when you press a key on the USB keyboard, or click the mouse. It will not wake from S5 though (duh). An optical mouse's lamp is off, so mouse motion does nothing, but clicking a button wakes the machine. Jimc recommends against this because it's unclear if the mouse event will be interpreted by the GUI. Similarly, use the shift or ctrl key, not Enter, to wake.

Software Tests

 USB flash memory stick
 Flash card slot
 Data CD (internal drive)
Web browser Chromium
 Linux: Browsertest, everyting works except it only plays Ogg multimedia formats. Need to re-test after installing movie codecs.
Play music from web Sort of
 Linux: Firefox can play Ogg using Xine, but other formats are done with the Totem plugin, which is far from an out of the box experience.
Download and read PDF evince
Instant message Pidgin
 You need to add your accounts, of course.
Speed benchmarks:
 Integer (ratio to Pentium III Coppermine 1.0GHz) 1.20
 Floating (matrix multiply, mflop/sec) 739
 Graphics 2D
 Graphics 3D
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