[flashrom] flashrom "Error accessing ICH RCRB"

Alois Schlögl alois.schloegl at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 17:54:38 CET 2017

I'm trying to get a backup of the bios of my desktop computer, but it
fails with this message:

    # flashrom  -V -p internal -r bios.rom
    flashrom v0.9.9-91-g0bfa819 on Linux 4.13.0-0.bpo.1-amd64 (x86_64)
    flashrom is free software, get the source code at https://flashrom.org

    flashrom was built with libpci 3.5.2, GCC 6.3.0 20170516, little endian
    Command line (3 args): /home/as/src/flashrom/flashrom -V -p internal
    Using clock_gettime for delay loops (clk_id: 1, resolution: 1ns).
    Initializing internal programmer
    No coreboot table found.
    Using Internal DMI decoder.
    DMI string chassis-type: "Desktop"
    DMI string system-manufacturer: "0000"
    DMI string system-product-name: "OEM"
    DMI string system-version: "OEM"
    DMI string baseboard-manufacturer: "Foxconn"
    DMI string baseboard-product-name: "G31MVP"
    DMI string baseboard-version: "FAB:1.0"
    Found ITE Super I/O, ID 0x8718 on port 0x2e
    Found chipset "Intel ICH7/ICH7R" with PCI ID 8086:27b8.
    Enabling flash write... Root Complex Register Block address = 0xfed1c000
    Error accessing ICH RCRB, 0x4000 bytes at 0x00000000fed1c000
    /dev/mem mmap failed: Operation not permitted
    Error: Programmer initialization failed.

I tried with flashrom "v0.9.9-r1954" from debian/stable as well as the
latest version from the git repository. Both gave the same results.

Here are the results of the recommended steps fom https://flashrom.org/FAQ :

- The page "https://www.flashrom.org/Supported_hardware" lists
ICH7/ICH7R as supported, but this does not seem to be the case for me.

The user manual of the motherboard is available here:
- The manual does also not show any jumpers that protect against bios

- The bios setting "Super BIOS Protect" is disabled.

Do you have any suggestions how to proceed ? 



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