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Thread: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

  1. #161
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Hi guys,
    Here what I did to upgrade my P5LP-LE motherboard from BIOS 3.17 to 3.19 using ubuntu 11.04 and flashrom (http://www.flashrom.org/Flashrom)
    Everything was done with the help of the volunteers from #IRC channel #flashrom on irc.freenode.net


    Code:
    svn co -r 1157  svn://flashrom.org/flashrom/trunk flashrom
    cd flashrom
    patch -p0 < ../Board-enable-for-ASUS-P5LP-LE.patch
    edit file "board_enable.c" and look for your motherboard P5LP-LE, should be located line 1816.
    Look for string "0x1043" (appears twice) and replace it by string by "0x103c"

    Code:
    make
    Code:
    sudo lspci -nnvvvxxx
    copy paste the output to http://paste.flashrom.org

    Code:
    sudo ./flashrom -V -w ../sp35100/319.rom
    copy paste the output to http://paste.flashrom.org
    Last edited by medhi; August 25th, 2011 at 02:40 PM.

  2. #162
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    thanks,
    All the credits go to the amazing volunteers from #IRC channel #flashrom on irc.freenode.net

  3. #163
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    flashrom doesnt support my chipset, now what? i'm not into long lists of creating live cd's and have not floppy drive...

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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    I have tried the EZ Flash in the BIOS, AFUDOS and the ASUS proprietory Windows BIOS updater, but to no avail. I have also e-mailed ASUS because of the compatibility issue of the new BIOS (my motherboard is a slightly modified version from the normal one because of the chipset, I think.) And I have tried Flashrom.

    Edit:
    Those nice people at flashrom helped me out- BIOS safely flashed and up and running now!
    I had to 'force'-flash it in the end because of the compatibility problem.

    http://www.flashrom.org/Flashrom
    Last edited by MogBug; October 24th, 2011 at 08:01 AM.

  5. #165
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Shouldn't this tutorial be on http://help.ubuntu.com/community too? I think it must be mature enough by now. I would put it there myself but I don't know the most appropriate place (and that is probably better done by the tutorial maintainer anyway to avoid confusion).

  6. #166
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    Hello everybody,
    I use "M3: GRUB" method with success but I have 30x the same machine as my.
    Do you have any idea to change Grub2 to this:
    1) Run PC with 'FreeDOS_BIOS' Grub2 entry (not default!!) and reboot at end
    2) Run PC with default Grub2 entry (normal boot)

    I have this 30x PCs in different localization, I looking a full remote way to upgrade a BIOS. On my one PC is working good a "M3: GRUB.." method", all 30PCs are the same Foxconn Nettop.

    PS. Flashrom & CoreBoot don't work on my platform.
    Last edited by ]SiB[; December 29th, 2011 at 12:15 AM.

  7. #167
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    Re: HOWTO: Flash BIOS, The Ubuntu Way

    SOLVED
    I find solution.
    In Ubuntu (/etc/default/grub.cfg) change:
    GRUB_DEFAULT=saved

    Type in terminal:
    sudo updategrub
    sudo grub-set-default 0

    PC is always working on grub 0 entry [default], PC working without keyboard (nobody change anything local).

    When I want to reboot PC with other grub entry only ones time I use command in terminal:
    sudo grub-reboot 1
    After reboot PC will work with default grub entry every time.

    I hope this help others.

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