[LinuxBIOS] flashrom for BIOS upgrade on MSI motherboard

Andre Majorel aym-soibxunil at teaser.fr
Sat Aug 25 19:43:55 CEST 2007

I need to upgrade the Award BIOS on an MSI motherboard. Rather
than following MSI's procedure (boot on Windows system floppy and
run AWFL####.EXE), I'm thinking of booting on a Linux CD and using

Are there any particular pitfalls to doing that ?

A dump of the current BIOS (flashrom -r bios.bin) reveals that the
flash ROM contains some machine-dependent data in three areas
(0h-5C0h, 1000h, 74E31h-74E3Fh). Am I supposed to use -s and -e to
skirt around it ? Or do I just flash the whole 512 kB and re-do
the BIOS config ?

The motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum V1. The flash chip is
a Pm49FL004T-33JC.


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