[flashrom] ASUS

Idwer Vollering vidwer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 13:16:27 CEST 2011

Hi, my comment(s) are inline:

2011/10/21 Chris <mindzeebeez at me.com>
> By the way I have contacted ASUS about the problem, but no answer.
> I would be only too willing to make a donation to the project if we can get this sorted out!
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: error message: flashrom
> Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:34:52 +0100
> From: Chris <mindzeebeez at me.com>
> To: flashrom at flashrom.org
> Hi,
> Please help me, I get the message below when I try and flash the bios
> with flashrom.
> I have the new ROM file on my desktop waiting to install. It may have a
> compatibility issue because although it is the correct one, it is for
> motherboard ASUS P5L-VM-1394 and I have the P5L-VM-1394 (V-P5945G).
> Which is why the built in system BIOS updater wouldn't work.
> I also tried AFUDOS (didn't have motherboard DVD) and the proprietory
> ASUS updater ((which runs in Windows partition)- same problem re: new
> BIOS "compatibility").
> Thanks in advance for any assistance!
> Chris Hudson
> Calibrating delay loop... OK.
> ========================================================================
> WARNING! You may be running flashrom on an unsupported laptop. We could
> not detect this for sure because your vendor has not setup the SMBIOS
> tables correctly.

This happens when a board's DMI table is incomplete, flashrom looks
for the chassis type in that table ("Desktop", for example, is a valid

Unfortunately you haven't mentioned which version of flashrom you are
using, but when you use the latest code [1] you should be able to run
flashrom like this: flashrom -V -w <new_bios_file.extension> -p

[1]: http://flashrom.org/Downloads

> You can enforce execution by adding
> '-p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick' to the command line, but
> please read the following warning if you are not sure.
> Laptops, notebooks and netbooks are difficult to support and we
> recommend to use the vendor flashing utility. The embedded controller
> (EC) in these machines often interacts badly with flashing.
> See http://www.flashrom.org/Laptops for details.
> If flash is shared with the EC, erase is guaranteed to brick your laptop
> and write may brick your laptop.
> Read and probe may irritate your EC and cause fan failure, backlight
> failure and sudden poweroff.
> You have been warned.
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