The best solution for that is the "BIOS Savior". Check the Linuxbios
archives or the web to learn more about that. On many of our boards, you
don't have to lift the prom to write it, they can be programmed in place,
you'll just have to lift them when you screw up (expect to) :) Or, there
are EPROM emulators. Many solutions..
However, I doubt your laptop has a DIP32 socket and is more likely to
have a TSOP40 directly on the board. You should definitely check first.
If you have a TSOP40, you will need to have the TSOP40 extracted and a
"coffin" put in its place. For that, some of us have used Century
Technology, Inc in San Fransisco (the guys name is Henry Ho,
hho(a)century-technology.com) though i'm sure there are other places which
will do it.
You can mail them just the mainboard, and they'll extract your TSOP40 and
put a socket in its place for a pretty reasonable price. That's just so
you can program your TSOP40 in a prom programmer, or get a backup TSOP40
so you'll have a working BIOS if you mess up and then you could switch
On 22 May 2003, Jeff Carr wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have one of these and would be willing to
experiment. I have experience with working with firmware(u-boot in
particular). I have to figure out a way to open up the case enough to
see if I can find out what kind of flash chip is on this board. I've
heard of boards with dual-flash parts so if you screw up one you can
still boot. Is there any strategy out there for doing this with pc
motherboards yet? Don't tell me I have to lift the flash to burn it and
put it back on the board...
On Thu, 2003-05-22 at 16:13, ron minnich wrote:
> On Thu, 8 May 2003, Klemens Mantzos wrote:
> > What i want to know is: "Does anybody think about using in
> > Workstations/Laptops?????".
> we've been trying to find a good laptop for a few years for this purpose.
> One possibility is the $700 lindows laptop, which does use a supported
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