Hello to all,
I am fairly new to flashrom, but I have successfully flashed a 3com nic's rom, not with a pxe image, but with a plop boot image so that my 1993(?) vintage Compaq EP would boot directly from from a usb key (it's a non-usb boot bios). For those interested, the write-up is here: http://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/freenas/viewtopic.php?f=102&t=5845
As you may have noted from the link, this was for a FreeNAS (FreeBSD kernel) installation. I now wnat to retire my Asus P4G8X-Deluxe motherboard, for this same FreeNAS installation, given the considerable jump in performance to be expected compared to my very old Compaq.
This Asus motherboard unfortunately is just a little too old so that no usb-boot bios is available. I think usb booting bios came out the year after.
The motherboard does have on-board ethernet with a rom chip, as it supports pxe booting. So I want to do the same trick as I did with my Compaq. Unfortunately, flashrom does not apear to detect the rom chip in question and I have found no documentation on the subject.
I am solliciting your assistance in this regard.
From flashrom -V, I get:
[...] Found chip "SST SST49LF004A/B" 512KB, FWH at physical adress 0xfff80000 [...]
I *think* this is the BIOS rom, and if so, I think the P4G8X and P4G8X-Deluxe could be added to the list of flashable bios boards, but I haven't tested it, as I am still using this as my main computer for the time being and don't feel the need (or rather I don't need the risk) to replace the bios at this time.
I could test it out if board members feel it useful.
While booting FreeNAS (FreeBSD kernel), I get the following: [...] pci0:2:5:0: Bad VPD cksum, remain 14 bge0: <Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet Controller, ASIC rev. 0x001002> mem 0xca800000-0xca80ffff at device 5.0 on pci2 bge0: Reserved 0x10000 bytes for rid 0x10 type 3 at 0xca800000 pcib2: matched entry for 2.5.INTA pcib2: slot 5 INTA hardwired to IRQ 18 bge0: chip id 0x00001002; ASIC REV 0x01; CHIP REV 0x10; PCI [...]
While browsing through the directory tree with debian linux, I found a rom chip at /sys/devices/pci0000:00:01e.0/0000:02:05.0, with a size of 64k (65536 bytes).
I believe this is the pxe rom chip associated with the built-in ethernet as it confirms the FreeNAS boot log in that the location is on pci2 slot 5 and also that the size is 64k or 65,536 bytes, being 0x10000 in binary.
Has anyone ever flashed such a beast before?
Any suggestions as to how to have flashrom detect the chip and if so, how to read it, erase it and write to it? My issue is not with the basic command structure, but rather how to convince flashrom to get to the particular chip, given it did not detect it.
Thanks for all and any response / interest.