[flashrom] ASUS

Idwer Vollering vidwer at gmail.com
Fri Oct 21 22:03:40 CEST 2011

2011/10/21 mindzeebeez <mindzeebeez at mac.com>:
> ...so I just add
> -p internal:laptop=force_I_want_a_brick
> ...after the normal command to install the new bios?

If you are using the stable/release version: yes, if you are using a
build based on subversion code you can use "-p

> Just out of interest, how does the program find the new BIOS file (.ROM)?
> It is currently on my desk top. Please, do I need to specify the file path,
> and if so please can you give me an example of this?

That is not necessary when the flashrom binary is in a directory in
PATH - if the flashrom binary is in PATH, just run "flashrom -Vw
<filename.rom>" in the directory where the .rom file resides/is

> Chris Hudson BA(Hons.)
> On 21 Oct, 2011,at 12:57 PM, Stefan Tauner
> <stefan.tauner at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:39:47 +0100
> Chris <mindzeebeez at me.com> wrote:
>> 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!
> hello!
> i am not sure why, but we have not received your first mail. we had
> some maintenance yesterday so...
>> -------- 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.
> this reads a bit like this
> http://vip.asus.com/forum/view.aspx?id=20090425024409002&board_id=1&model=P5L-VM+1394&page=1&SLanguage=en-us
> maybe this is just an error in the flash programs or the image... i
> cant find a barebone pc with the name V-P5945G... did the mainboard
> come with a barebone pc from asus like this one
> http://www.asus.com/Barebone_PC/V_Series_2530L/V2P5945G/
> or did you buy the board alone?
>> 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!
> you did not mention which version of flashrom you were using, please
> provide the full verbose log (flashrom -V).
>> 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. 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.
>> ========================================================================
> obviously you are not using a laptop here, so there is no problem. just
> use the additional parameter as described above please.
> --
> Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Stefan Tauner
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