[flashrom] Unsuccessful flashing MB 775twins

Nikolay Kasatkin kasatkin at rain.ifmo.ru
Thu Sep 9 16:11:26 CEST 2010

On Fri, 3 Sep 2010, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:

> Hello Nikolay,
> we will help you.
> This is a very odd system. We have to check the available BIOS update
> for a mainboard enable and/or a chipset enable. BIOS download is here:
> http://europe.asrock.com/downloadsite/bios/775/775Twins-HDTV(2.10).zip
> If you created bios.bak before the first write operation, you can use a
> simple check to see if anything changed:
> flashrom -Vv bios.bak
> If that command prints no errors, the flash chip is unchanged.
> If it prints some errors, it means we have to recover in software.
> It looks like your write log was cut off (no error message visible). Do
> you still have the error messages?
> It would be a good idea to test latest flashrom from svn which may work
> on your board.
> Regards,
> Carl-Daniel
> -- 
> http://www.hailfinger.org/

On Fri, 3 Sep 2010, Michael Karcher wrote:

> We prefer you to use a recent superiotool version obtained from the
> subversion repository using
>> $ svn co svn://coreboot.org/coreboot/trunk/util/superiotool
>> $ cd superiotool
>> $ make
>> $ sudo make install
> This will give us enough information to make sense of the bits mentioned
> above and add support for that mainboard in flashrom.
> Regards,
>  Michael Karcher

Thank you very much for help. Sorry for late reply. BIOS ROM was not 
modified, so command:

~# flashrom -Vv bios.bak

shows no error and reboot was successful.

Yes, this is very odd system, especially PXE ROM. So I was managed to 
replace PXE code with gPXE for successful network booting. Reflashing from 
DOS with vendors tool was successful, but with flashrom version 
0.9.1+r946-1ubuntu1 was not.

As you suggests I build superiotool on this computer and run it:

~$ sudo superiotool -deV 2>&1 | tee superiotool.log
Results here: http://pastebin.com/YAA6nwdh

How can I help this great flashrom project? I have around 7 types of 
motherboards here at university.

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