[coreboot] LPCflasher Project

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Sat Nov 8 07:12:02 CET 2008

On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 12:53 AM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org> wrote:

> On Sat, 8 Nov 2008 00:28:16 -0500, "Corey Osgood" <corey.osgood at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 12:18 AM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>
> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Hello,
> >> I think I am going to name this project the "LPCflasher".
> >> So I added up all the stuff I ordered to build it and it only came to
> >> $17.87.
> >> Yah, that's what I am talking about, a exellent bios development tool
> > for
> >> under $20 dollars :-)
> >
> >
> > So let me get this straight...you're building a tool to flash LPC/FWH
> > using
> > a connection over the parallel port, with the ability to use USB power?
> > This
> > sounds familiar:
> >
> http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=3199
> > http://willem.org/
> I guess you could compare it to a willem. But this will have the abilty to
> do so much more than a willem. You will be able to add cables and adapters

Like these?

I'm just trying to figure out if willem might be the way to go. I have one
of the dual-power ones, but the only computer I have with a parallel port is
a headless linux fileserver. The biggest problem with the willem is that the
cost has gone through the roof (mine was around $25 shipped), and no native
linux support (wine supposedly works, but I've never been able to get it
to). Also, the write speed is, well, less then optimal. A full
erase-write-verify cycle, on the box that I set up with windows 98 to test
it, took about 3 minutes for a 256k chip, IIRC. But the guys that designed
the willem presumably know what they're doing, not to doubt you but can you
really do it better, cheaper?

> like the Artecgroup programmable LPC dongle, and flash chips soldered on
> the board, etc.....

Programming flash chips on the board? Sounds interesting, I've got a couple
boards kicking around with soldiered on PLCC flash that I'd like to toy
with, but I'm too lazy to put sockets on the boards.

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