[flashrom] Flash chip in unknown state - erase failed

Dan Kern Photo dankernphoto at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 23:16:24 CEST 2012

Hi Stefan!
Thanks for the fast reply! And the comforting words (although panic is
for noobs, yes?) :-)

I updated flashrom as you suggested and ran it again. Thanks for that. 
I think it worked fine. Here's the output:

        desktop2 at Desktop2:~/Downloads$ sudo flashrom -w 1101.BIN
        flashrom v0.9.5.2-runknown on Linux 2.6.32-40-generic-pae
        (i686), built with libpci 3.0.0, GCC 4.4.3, little endian
        flashrom is free software, get the source code at
        Calibrating delay loop... OK.
        Found chipset "NVIDIA MCP51". Enabling flash write... OK.
        Disabling flash write protection for board "ASUS M2NBP-VM
        CSM"... OK.
        Found SST flash chip "SST49LF040B" (512 kB, LPC) at physical
        address 0xfff80000.
        Flash image seems to be a legacy BIOS. Disabling
        coreboot-related checks.
        Reading old flash chip contents... done.
        Erasing and writing flash chip... Erase/write done.
        Verifying flash... VERIFIED.          
        desktop2 at Desktop2:~/Downloads$

What say you, doctor?
Thanks again.


On Sun, 2012-04-22 at 23:03 +0200, Stefan Tauner wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Apr 2012 13:59:00 -0600
> Dan Kern Photo <dankernphoto at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I received the following while trying to use flashrom to install an
> > updated bios.
> > I'm running Ubuntu 10.04. I have an ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM motherboard.
> > 
> > 
> >         desktop2 at Desktop2:~/Downloads$ sudo flashrom -w 1101.BIN
> >         flashrom v0.9.1-r946
> > […]
> > 
> > What should I do now?
> hello dan!
> the most important thing is to not panic.
> dont reboot or shut down until you are sure everything is ok.
> if you have a backup of the original contents of the chip (made with
> flashrom -r …), you can verify that nothing has changed (which is quite
> probable) with flashrom -v <backup.file>.
> you are using a very old version of flashrom, so please get a newer
> version either by downloading the source and compiling it
> manually (see http://flashrom.org/Downloads)
> or by installing a package from
> https://launchpad.net/~flashrom-developers/+archive/flashrom-daily.
> your board should work out of the box with the current version.
> if you still have problems it would be best if you would visit us on IRC
> so that we can interact faster with each other. there is a webchat available here:
> http://webchat.freenode.net/
> we lurk in the chat room #flashrom.

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