On 08/03/2005 08:27 AM, Ken Fuchs wrote:
BTW, my flash burner is an older Enhanced Willem Universal Programmer. I got mine for only $60 US over a year ago. I've seen it for less than $40 on eBay a few weeks ago. The newest model is going for about $50 US. It does a LinuxBIOS flash in about 5 minutes; not bad for a $60 burner. However, it does require changing DIP switches to match an image for each device it can program. Great for the amateur or professional with a small budget.
Jeff Carr wrote:
The webpage that is linked rom the linuxbios FAQ says that it comes with a USB cable.
The USB cable is used to provide power only. (I disconnect the USB cable when inserting/removing a PLCC flash device, although the manual doesn't mention this. I just do it because it can't hurt and it might be safer.)
The programmmer is controlled via a parallel port in EPP (Normal) mode (This can checked/set in the COTS BIOS of most IBM PC compatibles.)
Are you able to control this device from Linux?
The Enhanced Willem Universal Programmer comes with a CD containing a MS Windows program that shows how the DIP switches should be set for any supported device. Of course, this program also erases, writes & verifies BIOS image files among other things.
It would be a big hassle for me since I don't have any windows machines.
I use MS Windows 2000 for the (Willem) EPROM3 software.
Here's a web page that suggests that there is a remote chance that EPROM3 might run on Linux via Wine:
Has anyone tried to run EPROM3 on Linux via Wine?
The Willem CD Readme.txt mentions "win98/me", so it might be easier to just borrow a MS Windows machine or get one free (many people are giving away Pentium II and even lower MHz Pentium III machines).
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