[flashrom] Trial of ARIMA:HDAMA Motherboard

Michael Karcher flashrom at mkarcher.dialup.fu-berlin.de
Fri Feb 19 00:12:19 CET 2010

Am Donnerstag, den 18.02.2010, 23:40 +0100 schrieb Michael Karcher:
> > could you please take care of this one? Mike has been waiting for 5
> > months to get a solution, and a stream of unlucky events caused his
> > request to end up on the TODO list each time.
> First result: The BIOS is a new-style Phoenix BIOS image with the board
> enable code appended to the ROM. The idea of cutting the first 512K to
> get the BIOS image is correct. This file format is usually distributed
> with the extension ".WPH".

The BIOS upgrade does not contain an GPIO board enable in the upgrade
code. I would guess that the GPIO based boot block write protection that
was observed on this board is already disabled in startup code by the

Mike, do you have a board with the vendor BIOS and a coreboot board,
both running linux, at hand? If yes, I can send you a tool that dumps
GPIO configuration for both the chipset and the SuperIO, so we can
compare the differences. Beforehands you should check whether flashrom
works on a board with vendor the BIOS. If yes, the crucial point is
really hidden in the POST code.

As I understand it, you have a lot of boards to flash, so
hot-swap-flashing in another board is not an option for you.

  Michael Karcher

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