[mythtv-users] nvram-wakeup for the A8N-SLI

Mercury Morris mercury.morris at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 16:32:32 EDT 2005

The ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard would hardly seem to be
a popular choice for building a MythTV system, so you may not
find the following very useful.

I chose it, 1) to try the PCI Express features, and 2) because it
has a lot of SATA connectors.  It's an AMD64 board, and I also
wanted to build a second MythTV system specifically for x86_64
architecture.  And, it's all worked out very well.  I compiled mythtv,
ivtv, and a 2.6.12-rc6 kernel without any serious problems.

The downsides are: lots of noise from the fans, and lack of support
for x86_64 architecture (in some packages), which brings me to the
subject - nvram-wakeup.

I downloaded the tarball, nvram-wakeup-0.97.tar.bz2.  There's a lot
of README stuff to go through, almost enough to decide to leave
the system running 24/7.  But I pressed on and tried to compile it.
That stops dead with an x86_64 error, so I removed the CCFLAGS
item, "-mcpu=i686".  Compile succeeds after that change.  Later on,
I found that the Debian folks had made that same change.

There doesn't seem to be any "make install" step in any of the README's,
so I just went ahead and ran it after running "make man".  Everything 
seemed to get to the right place, so I tried the step in the README that
says to try nvram-wakeup in debug mode.

Sure enough, the A8N-SLI is not one of the boards that nvram-wakeup
knows about yet.  So, here's where I stopped and decided to post this
message to see if anyone else has tried nvram-wakeup on the A8N-SLI.
If you have, please reply to the mailing list.  Since the chances are small
that anyone at all is using nvram-wakeup on an A8N-SLI, I'll keep going
with it, next thing to try is the "guess-helper" script.  I'll post
whatever I can
find out about this software-motherboard combination.


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