[flashrom] external programmer

Stefan Tauner stefan.tauner at student.tuwien.ac.at
Thu May 31 13:54:08 CEST 2012

On Thu, 31 May 2012 07:27:03 -0400
Bicks Factory <newforest333 at hotmail.ca> wrote:

> Hey thanks for taking time to help out. So I went and got a copy of debian os to try. I installed it but had too many problems with network cards not being detected and getting root privlages etc. That was a waste of a cd. So I went to ubuntu 12.04. Installed on hard drive and couldnt get flashrom to install at all. Changed the server location were ubuntu was looking for flashrom from CAN site to default server. Worked. So now I have ubuntu installed with flashrom. I checked and libftdi is installed aswell. Unfortunately I get the same problem. Cant detect/see my external programmer. I am hoping someone that has got this thing to work can add some usefull instructions on how they got this to work. 
> Thanks again.
> I hope Im responding in the right manner. Not sure if this is going to a personal email or if this is going to the mailing list.

can you please send us the complete output of flashrom you get (please
ensure that there is at least one -V parameter in your command line so
that we see useful debug information).
the output of lsusb would also be interesting.

i can only think of three possible problems:
your flashrom version is too old (unlikely with ubuntu 12.04), or the
programmer has different IDs than flashrom expects, or there is a
communication problem that flashrom/libftdi does not diagnose correctly.

> Stefan Tauner <stefan.tauner at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> On Thu, 24 May 2012 22:04:50 -0400
> Bicks Factory <newforest333 at hotmail.ca> wrote:
> > 
> > 
> >  Trying to use an external programmer, specifically the 
> > TIAO/DIYGADGET USB Multi-Protocol Adapter (TUMPA).
> > Running from a live cd of parted magic. Using flashrom v0.9.5.2-r1515.
> > Run command: flashrom -p ft2232_spi:type=tumpa 
> > get back: unknown programmer ft2232_spi:type=tumpa.
> > Motherboard is a MSI G41M-F.
> > Flashrom can see the flash chip on the board. Intel ich7
> > Not really used to using command prompt or linux.
> > I'm assuming I'm missing some usb drivers.
> > 
> > 
> > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> hello!
> that's not your fault (and admittedly the error message could be a bit
> better). the problem seems to be that flashrom was compiled without
> support for the ft2232_spi programmer in parted magic to safe space.
> so you need to get another live cd or build flashrom yourself (not
> really recommended when you dont know linux and the command line :)
> i am not aware of any live cd that ships a full build of flashrom (i
> was not aware yet, that they actually strip them down. it is not the
> default to do so, so they did it on consciously).
> the livecds of the bigger distributions such as ubuntu should be able
> to install packages after boot, which is necessary because flashrom is
> not added to the cds themselves and they should be the complete version.
> this requires either internet access after boot or some manual
> preparation though...
> hth

Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Stefan Tauner

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