[LinuxBIOS] SPI flash-chips [Re: state of Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4]

joe at smittys.pointclark.net joe at smittys.pointclark.net
Mon Mar 12 21:42:31 CET 2007

Quoting Ward Vandewege <ward at gnu.org>:

> On Mon, Mar 12, 2007 at 11:22:12PM +0800, Anton wrote:
>> > According to this picture, some of the boards obviously have a bios
>> > socket. How can we find out where to get those instead of the
>> > soldered-only boards?
>> >   
>> http://pclab.pl/zdjecia/artykuly/pila/am2/gigabyte-ga-m57sli-s4/plyta-gora.jpg
>> What are the means for recovering from faulty writes into SPI
>> flash-chip? Chip is not socketed ;) Moreover, it is soldered.
> De-solder the chip, and put a socket on it. Richard Smith helped me out with
> that, we now have one m57sli-s4 board with a socket instead of the
> soldered-on chip. Requires quite a bit of skill and some good equipment
> though (heat-pencil or heat-gun and a good soldering iron).
> Thanks,
> Ward.
> --
> Ward Vandewege <ward at fsf.org>
> Free Software Foundation - Senior System Administrator
I have socketed PLCC32's a bunch of times. It is not very hard. You  
just have to be very careful not to lift any pads or you may just end  
up with a big paperweight.

Thanks - Joe

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