[flashrom] ASUS

Chris mindzeebeez at me.com
Fri Oct 21 20:04:31 CEST 2011

Right, I think it is just a question of labelling. The file I am trying 
to flash the BIOS with is for the ASUS motherboard designated "P5L- VM - 
1394" whereas I have motherboard designated                           
"P5L- VM - 1394 (V-P5945G)". Is there a way to turn off the checking 
mechanism if I am certain I have the correct replacement BIOS ROM file?
Thanks in advance.

On 10/21/2011 06:08 PM, Idwer Vollering wrote:
> Can you use reply-to-all or reply to flashrom at flashrom.org? Thanks.
> 2011/10/21 mindzeebeez<mindzeebeez at mac.com>:
>> I definitely have the correct BIOS upgrade for my system, but normal BIOS
>> updaters reject it because of the appendage on my motherboard system spec.
>> Please, does flashrom check for compatibility of the new BIOS ROM file before installing?
> The ASUS updater most likely does some DMI table checking and demands
> to stop continuing when the file contents don't match one or more of
> the DMI entries.
> Only when specific code is needed to disable a erase/write protection
> does flashrom perform a PCI ID/DMI table check:
> http://flashrom.org/Board_Enable
> flashrom does not look at file contents, it only compares the chip
> size to the file size and quits when those do not match.
>> I am using the latest version of flashrom (not the developer's version)
>> freely available on your webpages.
>> Chris Hudson BA(Hons.)
>> On 21 Oct, 2011,at 12:16 PM, Idwer Vollering<vidwer at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> 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
>> type).
>> 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
>> internal:this_is_not_a_laptop
>> [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.
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