f3 - Asus E35M1-I

"f3" - a FreeNAS file server.

  • box: Lian Li PC-Q11R (red), mini-ITX (demo)
  • psu: Corsair CX 430W V2
  • motherboard: Asus E35M1-I, mini-ITX
  • cpu: AMD E-350 @ 1600 MHz, dual-core
  • cpu cooler: built in, passive cooler
  • memory: 8 GB (max: 8 GB, 2 slots - 2 x 4 GB Kingston 1066 MHz DDR3 CL7)
  • hot swap drive bay: SI-5226SS
  • hard drives: 6 x Samsung HN-M101MBB, 1 TB, 2.5 inch, 5400 rpm, sata2, 8 MB cache
  • optical drive(s): none
  • graphics: built in AMD Radeon HD 6310
  • audio: VIA VT1708S 8-channel, HDA
  • network: Realtek 8111E PCIe Gigabit LAN
  • usb: usb 2.0, 6 ports at rear, 6 ports on board connectors (2 ports connected to chassis front ports via adapter cable)
  • bios: EFI BIOS, version 0807 x64, build date: 10/27/2011 (previous: 0802 x64, build date: 08/08/2011, initial: 0501 x64, build date: 04/01/2011)

operating systems: FreeBSD, FreeNAS,

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2021-08-16: I re-created this page on my self-hosted web server.

2019-06-23: The new ada1 looks like this

[root@kg-f3] ~# smartctl -i /dev/ada1
smartctl 5.42 2011-10-20 r3458 [FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p9 amd64] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-11 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

Device Model:     ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Serial Number:    S2ZWJ9CG101205
LU WWN Device Id: 5 0004cf 20f08de46
Firmware Version: 2BA30001
User Capacity:    1,000,204,886,016 bytes [1.00 TB]
Sector Sizes:     512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   8
ATA Standard is:  ATA-8-ACS revision 6
Local Time is:    Sun Jun 23 16:35:47 2019 CEST
SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
SMART support is: Enabled


2016-10-05: an unscheduled power outage this evening required a power on of the machine after power was restored.

2014-05-11: bios - version 0903 was released on 2012/10/26.

2012-11-21: temporary move of the machine to a different room, because of house upgrades.

2012-09-21: bios - I upgraded to version 0902, build date 07/27/2012 via EZFlash and a usb stick. kenv output:

tingo@kg-f3$ kenv | grep smbios.bios
smbios.bios.vendor="American Megatrends Inc."

2012-09-21: there is a new bios version available 0902, released on 2012-08-09. It supposedly improves "system stability" and "memory compatability". I should install this.

2012-09-04: today I reassembled the FreeNAS box. Notable points: the hot swap drive bay is now fastened only on the left side (seen from the front on the chassis), this makes it easier if I need to take it out again; I only have to take off the left panel.

2012-05-20: I took out the hot swap drive bay from the machine, and disassembled it. Removing two screws on each side, and the back panel could be pried off (gently, using a small blade screwdriver). The back panel contains the fan (connected with a cable to the backplane printed circuit board), and the backplane printed circuit board (pcb) is fastened to it with four screws. The fan is just pinned down onto four plastic pegs, and there is room between the fan and the pcb, perhaps that is the reason for the vibration sounds. I found one solder joint that looked suspicious; it was one on the connector for the fan cable. I re-soldered that one. The rest looked ok. I reassembled the back panel, and placed some bits of flexible, non-conducting material between the fan frame and the backplane, to keep the fan in place. Hopefully that will fix the vibration sounds. I'm doing a test run with the hot swap drive bay outside of the box (on top of the case) to see if I easier can find problems.

2012-05-11: bios - I upgraded to version 0807, build date: 10/27/2011 via EZFlash and a usb stick. kenv output:

tingo@kg-f3$ kenv | grep smbios.bios
smbios.bios.vendor="American Megatrends Inc."

2011-10-31: bios - the machine came with bios version 0501 x64, build date 04/01/2011. I updated to version 0802 x64, build date: 08/08/2011. The new bios version allowed me to change the boot priorities of hard drives and the usb stick, I set the usb stick first (only works in advanced mode).

2011-10-30: I finished assembling the machine. The PSU was a tight fit; I had to remove the stickers on the short sides to get it in. The two sata cables included with the motherboard has angled connectors (90 degrees) at one end; I could only use one of them. Luckily I had another unused sata cable already. I powered up the machine and verified that it worked. The power-on LED doesn't light up, because it is a 3-pin connector, connected to a 2-pin socket. BIOS: I changed SATA mode from "IDE" to "AHCI".

2011-10-28: all parts from Dustin arrived.

2011-10-26: I ordered from Dustin: 1 x PSU Corsair CX 430W V2 @ NOK 349.- , 1 x motherboard Asus E35M1-I @ NOK 849.-, 2 x memory Kingston 4 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 CL7 @ NOK 189.- and 4 x 50 cm sata cables @ NOK 49.- , a total of NOK 1871.- including shipping.

2011-10-26: The hard drives from Netshop arrived.

2011-10-22: I ordered 6 x 1 TB hard drives, Samsung HN-M101MBB, 2.5 inch, 5400 rpm, sata2, 8 MB cache (49177) from Netshop for NOK 695.- each (total NOK 4269.- including shipping).

2011-10-14: I bought a case (Lian Li PC-Q11R, red, demo, 114703) from Digital Impuls for NOK 995.-

2011-10-13: I bought a 5.25 inch hot swap bay for 6 x 2.5 inch hard drives (115043) from Digital Impuls for NOK 695.-