On Mon, 6 Aug 2012 12:07:47 -0700 Greg Schardt firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Can you explain why doing a read operation failed? I expected that reads would work and writes would fail.
each region can have 4 different access states: read/write, read-only, write-only (never seen in practice), locked (neither read nor write allowed) (see FREG in the public datasheets for any newer intel southbridge >ICH8). flashrom disables writes by default if it detects locked or read-only regions as a safety measurement and still allows reads because they can not lead to the same severe damage. in case of locked regions reads of addresses inside those regions will of course fail.
there are some patches available that are not merged yet that allow to specify the addresses to be read/written, which allow to read/write the readable/writable address ranges.