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Question ? How can I flash the BIOS on the Epia 10000M mini-ITX system under Linux ?   [
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 This one took me some time to find out.
LinuxBIOS v2 contains a flash utility called "flash_rom". It can be found under LinuxBIOS - in the package under freebios2/util/flash_and_burn.
This utility can be used to flash the bios instead of awdflash.

# ./flash_rom --help
The arguments are:
usage: ./flash_rom [-rwv] [-c chipname] [-s exclude_start] [-e exclude_end] [file]
-r: read flash and save into file
-w: write file into flash (default when file is specified)
-v: verify flash against file
-c: probe only for specified flash chip
-s: exclude start position
-e: exclude end postion
 If no file is specified, then all that happens
 is that flash info is dumped

A tipical flash-session would be:

./flash_rom -r test.bin
The arguments are:
-r
test.bin
Calibrating timer since microsleep sucks ... takes a second
Setting up microsecond timing loop
260M loops per second
OK, calibrated, now do the deed
Enabling flash write on VT8235...OK
Trying Am29F040B, 512 KB
probe_29f040b: id1 0x24, id2 0xa6
Trying At29C040A, 512 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying Mx29f002, 256 KB
probe_29f002: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying SST29EE020A, 256 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying SST28SF040A, 512 KB
probe_28sf040: id1 0x24, id2 0xa6
Trying SST39SF020A, 256 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
SST39SF020A found at physical address: 0xfffc0000
Part is SST39SF020A
Reading Flash...done

Get the new Bios - and burn it with:

# ./flash_rom -w epiam_116_fixed.bin
The arguments are:
-w
epiam_116_fixed.bin
Calibrating timer since microsleep sucks ... takes a second
Setting up microsecond timing loop
252M loops per second
OK, calibrated, now do the deed
Enabling flash write on VT8235...OK
Trying Am29F040B, 512 KB
probe_29f040b: id1 0x24, id2 0xa6
Trying At29C040A, 512 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying Mx29f002, 256 KB
probe_29f002: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying SST29EE020A, 256 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
Trying SST28SF040A, 512 KB
probe_28sf040: id1 0x24, id2 0xa6
Trying SST39SF020A, 256 KB
probe_jedec: id1 0xbf, id2 0xb6
SST39SF020A found at physical address: 0xfffc0000
Part is SST39SF020A
Programming Page: 0063 at address: 0x0003f000

You should then reread the installed bios from Flash - and compare it against the one you have just uploaded using:

 diff <newfile> <oldfile>

There should be no difference between the files ! 

Entered by smurphy on Saturday, 18 August 2007 @ 23:57:58  
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