flash_n_burn rom utils, /dev/bios ... resquest

Li-Ta Lo ollie at lanl.gov
Wed Apr 21 10:51:00 CEST 2004

On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 18:25, Peter Stuge wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 04:37:37PM -0700, Ian Zimmerman wrote:
> > 
> > Mathieu> I'd rather like to make a backup copy of my bios in another
> > Mathieu> chip and then to cold plug this copy to work with Linuxbios.
> > 
> > Mathieu> Has anyone felt this worry . 
> > 
> > Same here.
> > 
> > I feel that the reliance on hotplugging flash chips has limited
> > linuxbios audience to hard-core metal hackers.
> While it is obviously true that a number of people in the audience are
> worried about hotplugging the BIOS ROM I don't think it has a very
> negative impact yet - LinuxBIOS is getting closer and closer to a very
> stable release but in order to get there, more hard-core hackers are
> needed anyway to contribute support for various system components such
> as CPUs, chipsets etc.
> Also, any BIOS software probably isn't targeted even at power users -
> more so at system integrators and/or retailers, who are in a much
> better financial position for getting "pro" BIOS tools such as a
> standalone programmer.
> On the other hand, there's always the possibility of getting a
> BIOS-saviour, or even a cheaper model standalone programmer at $200.
> (They're usually not really good until up at $400-$500 though.)

One of the problem I found with those standalone flash programmer
is the speed. It take a long time to erase/program a flash chip
with these programmers. And those programmers only work under
Windows. This is very unproductive when one is in a modify/compile/test


> //Peter
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