Hello again,

I sent my message below at the end of December, but never heard anything back. I realize that the end of December was bad timing; many people were likely to be away for year-end holidays. Thus, I am following up.

The boards I have, in rough order of ascending age, are:
* MSI MS-7548 v1 (Compaq Aspen GL8E)
* MSI MS-7310 v1 / K9N4 Ultra-F
* Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe
* Supermicro PDSME+ v1.1
* Jetway VM2DMP v2
* MSI MS-6119 v1.1 BX2
(There's a couple others in storage I can dig out if there's interest, an Asus A8N or A8V, and something more recent, IIRC)

I realize that some of these are rather old, but there are similarly old motherboards listed in the supported motherboards list on the wiki[1], so I hope I'm not offering obsolete junk that Coreboot has no interest in, or has decided not to support any more.

1. https://www.coreboot.org/Supported_Motherboards

On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 5:54 PM, Jeremy Banks <korethr@gmail.com> wrote:

I have some older motherboards I'd like to offer as QA targets for autotest as described in the Testing section of Development Guidelines on the wiki.[1] They are older boards, ranging from Slot 1 to Socket AM3. Would the coreboot team have any interest in these, or are they too obsolete to serve as QA targets?

Assuming there is interest, what is required for an autotest setup? The wiki says "a permanent connection to the net, a host system and some special circuitry," are required. How permanent of a connection is required? Is something like a cable or DSL line in the US sufficient, or is something closer to leased space at a datacenter facility needed?

Are there any particular requirements of a host system that necessitate a particularly powerful system, or would a small single-board system like a Raspberry Pi suffice?

Regarding the special circuitry: I assume this includes equipment for flashing the ROM chip on the motherboard under test, a means of controlling at least the motherboard's power switch and reset line, and something to monitor output from the board so to verify it did boot successfully (serial port?). Is this roughly accurate? Are there other bits of the special circuitry that I am missing, or specific brands/models of tools required to implement the special circuitry?


Jeremy Banks

1. https://www.coreboot.org/Development_Guidelines#Testing