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Great news :-)

What I still do not understand is how Windows binaries for Intel x86 CPU instructions sets will execute with Wine on ppc64le which has another CPU instruction set.
I thought that Wine mainly adds the Windows API as compatibility layer to Linux...

Does somebody know this and could explain it here? THX :-)

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Is there possibly a risk of "overclocking"? Any documentation available that says wrong modelines do not destroy the AST2500?

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General CPU Discussion / Re: CPU Performance DD2.2 vs DD2.3 (v2)
« on: May 05, 2020, 06:31:33 am »
AFIKR `cat /proc/cpuinfo` also shows the stepping ("revision: 2.3" for the "v2" CPU)

Since the stepping is specific to the chip (Nimbus in this case), I think it would make sense to add your findings to the Steppings secton of the POWER9 page; if we start to get too-much Nimbus-specific information, it can always be split off into a separate page.

As an aside, the CP9M## is not actually a part number, it is (as far as I can tell) just a SKU for Raptor to manage their inventory; according to ClassicHasClass you can see the actual part number in lshw. We are actually missing the parts number for the CP9M31 SKU in the decoder table on the Sforza page, if you could add what yours is that would be excellent.

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# 1920x1200 59.88 Hz (CVT 2.30MA) hsync: 74.56 kHz; pclk: 193.25 MHz
    Modeline       "1920x1200"  193.25  1920 2056 2256 2592  1200 1203 1209 1245 -hsync +vsync

I would be happy if somebody could confirm that these settings are working - I will add them then to the according Raptor wiki page.

It worked until yesterday update (but I think that the Fedora 31 updated just the kernel, not the Xorg?!).

Do you have similar experience?

My Blackbird planar is dead since February (RMA is done but the new planar is still at USPS in the USA due to Corona transportation bottlenecks so I cannot say anything.

I hope your planar is not dead too ;-)

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Mod Zone / Re: Convert GPU PCI-E X16 to X8
« on: April 20, 2020, 06:17:45 am »
> I wish that the future revision of Blackbird would swap position of X8 with X16 slot.

Yes, this IMHO one of most urging limitations (only two PCIe slots and too narrow for x16 dual slot GPU cards if you want to use the x8 slot too).

My workaround would be (I still have no 2-slot GPU) an PCIe extension raiser adapter (50 EUR / 60 USD) which is eg. supported in my Fractal design define R6 case:

https://www.fractal-design.com/products/accessories/flex-vrc-25/black/

In the how-to video you can see how the GPU is mounted in another place (turned by 90 degrees).

This could also improve the cooling situation.

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Happy me - I got an email today that my RMA has been accepted and a replacement mainboard incl. the (working) CPU I have sent in are on its way back to me via USPS.

It took only three weeks to handle the RMA at Raptor (which is quite acceptable with respect to the required efforts to test a mainboard and the Corona/COVID19 slowdown at the moment).

I can't await to reassemble my system and run the usual tests again (incl. the fixed issue of RStudio Server for ppc64le in a docker container that I want to retest ASAP: https://forums.raptorcs.com/index.php/topic,37.0.html)

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The support department wrote me this email on March 9, 2020:

Quote
X,

Please send the defective items back immediately. You have the RMA number, that is all the
clearance you need.

Thanks!

- The Raptor Computing Systems Support Team

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Thanks!

Has the motherboard arrived at RaptorCS yet? Did you get feedback what was defective and why?
I'm curious how long it will take until Raptor can ship again.

The shipment arrived at RaptorCS on March 16, 2020 and they have not yet sent me any question or other feed-back so far
but during the shipment RaptorCS asked me if I already have sent my package back to them for RMA
(so they are tracking RMAs).

My DHL delivery experience (see tracking info below) is good (9 days are good enough for the price of about 80 Euros,
but it looks like RaptorCS took 5 days to pick-up the shipment from the PO box):

Mo, 16.03.2020 16:44 -- The shipment has been successfully delivered
We, 11.03.2020 08:12 -- The shipment is ready for pick-up by the recipient. The recipient has been informed.
Mo, 09.03.2020 16:37 -- The shipment has cleared customs in the destination country/destination area.
Tu, 03.03.2020 06:13  IPZ Frankfurt The shipment will be transported to the destination country/destination area and, from there, handed over to the delivery organization (USPS!)
Mo, 02.03.2020 11:50 -- The shipment has been posted by the sender at the retail outlet

BTW: I forgot to put 4 proforma invoice copies into the outer plastic bag of package but it seems to not having delayed anything...

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Another update regarding the duty/tax reimbursement (funding) due to my RMA:


6. Duty/tax reimbursement (refunding) is another process where you have to fill two forms:
    Form 0223 "Antrag auf Erstattung"
    Form 0235 "Zusatzblatt zum Antrag auf Erstattung"
    I have asked the responsible customs officer via phone if she wants to see the defect hardware before I send it back and she said "not required" - but this may differ in your case.

TLDR: Reimbursement worked without problems - the customs officer didn't want to see the hardware before reimbursement (as promised during a  phone call)

After having shipped the defective hardware back to RaptorCS USA (incl. customs procedures as described in a prev. post)
I have applied via the filled forms to reimburse my duty/taxes partially for the hardware that I have sent back.

16 days later (today) I received a letter from the customs office with the calculation of the reimbursement: They pay back 336 of the totally paid 356 Euros
(I have kept some hardware like the screw drawer). My personal calculation of the reimbursement was 339 Euros but the 3 Euros difference are due to currency conversion differences.

Customs did not ask to see the hardware (which I can't since I have already sent it back).

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The NVIDA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti (by MSI) requires a PCIe 16x slot (by form factor) and a supplementary 6-pin PCIe power connector

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Here is the bug report:

> Ubuntu Server 19.10 installer uses wrong NVMe path for Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD (could not stat device - failed to find device at path)

https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1866535

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Applications and Porting / Re: Google Earth?
« on: March 07, 2020, 02:40:29 pm »
If you look at the list of working packages in VoidLinux (which is IMHO the most complete list to find out the how good packages work on Power9)
you can find "google earth pro" as "not working":

https://repo.voidlinux-ppc.org/stats.html

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I'd suppose the bug is so prominent that it must be fixed in 20.04 (coming soon) but yes, I did not search the bug list of Ubuntu.

Perhaps I should have highlighted the link to the original description (https://egevig.org/linux/installing-ubuntu-server-19-10-on-intel-nuc)
I have adapted to Blackbird more clearly in my user page.

I would like to wait for my new Blackbird motherboard (I have just sent back my defective Blackbird) so that I can retest and document it with 20.04
then I open an issue.

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Just a (short ;-) update regarding the customs handling of my RMA from Germany/Europe to the USA due to defective hardware (motherboard):

I have shipped the package back to Raptor CS today via DHL after having done the formal requirements by the aid of a customs service (agent) that costs about 40 Euros.

The best documentation I have found are here (in German only, sorry, but sometimes you can switch to English):
https://www.dhl.de/de/geschaeftskunden/express/infos-knowhow/downloads.html
https://www.dhl.de/content/dam/images/Express/pdf/dhl-express-einfach-durch-den-zoll-062019.pdf
https://www.dhl.de/content/dam/images/Express/downloads/zollinformation/zollinformationen-und-dokumente/dhl-express-broschuere-einfach-durch-den-zoll-012018.pdf

Major lessons learned:

0. The process becomes the more complicated the higher the sum of the product values is:
     < 1000 Euro: "normal"
     1000 - 3000 Euro: complicated
     > 3000 Euro: Very complicated (eg. in case of Talos II motherboards with CPUs!)

1. You have to create a proforma invoice to declare the virtual value of the products you are sending back.
    Always use the original product names from the RaptorCS invoice.
    DHL has a good and free online service to create a proforma invoide:
    https://www.dhl.de/de/geschaeftskunden/express/infos-knowhow/hilfe-zollabwicklung/formulare-zoll.html

2. You have to announce the export via an IT system that produces an MRN number (= movement reference number?).
    This was done by my customs service agent (who I paid for as stated above).
    I could also have created a login with the IT certificate of my income tax login ("Elster IT system") but since I have no certificate this would take another week time to wait for the certificate.

3. The customs tariff code according to HS (a world-wide standardized code for goods, HS = harmonized system)
    you have to specify (during import as well in export forms) is in my case (for the motherboard and CPU):
        8473 3020 00 0 (= first 6 digits are "harmonized" world-wide, the digits 6 and 7 are EU-specific, digits 9 and 10 indicate EU measure codes like anti-dumping rules, digit 11 is a national extension)
    For Imports you use 11 digits, for exports 8 digits.
    For details see: https://www.zolltarifnummern.de/info/kombinierte-nomenklatur

    8473 3020 = Electronic assemblies of automatic data-processing machines or for other machines of heading 8471, n.e.s.
    8471          = Automatic data-processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, n.e.s.
    See: https://www.tariffnumber.com/2020/8471

4. If you buy and pay the parcel service online (www.dhl.de) you can fill the export declaration form CN23 online and print out everything.
    This costs another 80 Euros (36 Euros shipping + costs for additional higher insurance up to 2000 Euro)

5. Don't forget to add 4 proforma invoices into the plastic bag attached to the parcel, the paper with the MRN number and the paper stuff from DHL.

6. Duty/tax reimbursement (refunding) is another process where you have to fill two forms:
    Form 0223 "Antrag auf Erstattung"
    Form 0235 "Zusatzblatt zum Antrag auf Erstattung"
    I have asked the responsible customs officer via phone if she wants to see the defect hardware before I send it back and she said "not required" - but this may differ in your case.

Summary:
Never ever again I want to experience this waste of time and money (additional 40 + 80 Euro).
The next time I would order directly in Europe at www.vikings.net (which was not yet available when I ordered last year).


BTW: I am neither affiliated nor have any relationship to DHL or www.vikings.net - I am just reporting my personal experiences

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Firmware / Re: Recovering BMC After Failed Firmware Update
« on: February 28, 2020, 04:38:45 pm »
The other method requires the  ASPEED SOC Flash Utility which I don't have, and the link seems to be broken. I assume that's because you need to be a registered developer now to get it.
I haven't looked into regisering yet, I assumed getting a flash programmer would probably be cheaper.

It looks like you can download a backup version of the SOC Flash Utility here (not verified - treat this as untrusted source and apply virus checks first eg. via online scanners):

https://github.com/abrahamrhoffman/bmc_tools

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