[LinuxBIOS] flashrom for BIOS upgrade on MSI motherboard

Carl-Daniel Hailfinger c-d.hailfinger.devel.2006 at gmx.net
Sat Aug 25 20:04:36 CEST 2007

On 25.08.2007 19:43, Andre Majorel wrote:
> I need to upgrade the Award BIOS on an MSI motherboard. Rather
> than following MSI's procedure (boot on Windows system floppy and
> run AWFL####.EXE), I'm thinking of booting on a Linux CD and using
> flashrom.
> Are there any particular pitfalls to doing that ?

Yes. You may lose the MAC address of your board.

> A dump of the current BIOS (flashrom -r bios.bin) reveals that the
> flash ROM contains some machine-dependent data in three areas
> (0h-5C0h, 1000h, 74E31h-74E3Fh). Am I supposed to use -s and -e to
> skirt around it ? Or do I just flash the whole 512 kB and re-do
> the BIOS config ?

I'm not sure -s -e work with your flash chip yet.

> The motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum V1. The flash chip is
> a Pm49FL004T-33JC.


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