LinuxBios and Openbios's dev/bios capacity

Greg Watson gwatson at
Mon Apr 12 07:36:01 CEST 2004

This seems like an openbios issue to me.


On 08/04/2004, at 7:23 AM, Mathieu Deschamps wrote:

>  I've found in OpenBios dev/bios a good reason to hope i could spare 
> the
> cost of a "physical" flashing device , and a ease using. That is to say
> getting LinuxBios building the  .bin and flash the onboard BIOS via the
> dev/bios mechanism.
>  I have a via/epia and a SST39 series 20A (256Ko) bios chip on
> I'd thought I could read/write this bios with cat my.bin >/dev/bios
> but by insmoding bios.o. But i got a kmess coming from lines 123-126
> printk code of bios.c
>       "BIOS : No flash devices found"
> This resulting in a console message "Device busy" (that is, though, a
> bit paradoxal notfound != busy isn't it ? :) )
>  I can't catch what have missed me... Is dev/bios couldn't be used in
> my aim ?
>  Gratefull if experienced people could help me.
>  Cordialy.
> Mathieu
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