Difference between revisions of "Board:gigabyte/m57sli"

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The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked'). [[Top Hat Flash]] does not work with the SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE soldered onto the M57, but might work with other chips (FWH).
The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked'). [[Top Hat Flash]] does not work with the SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE soldered onto the M57, but might work with other chips (FWH).


It is possible to desolder the BIOS chip, and replace it with a PLCC socket. You will need some tools (heat gun/pencil, good soldering iron, etc) and soldering experience to do that. The other option is to add a PLCC socket to the empty position next to the soldered-on BIOS chip. With an extra resistor and a switch, this allows switching between 2 BIOS chips. This has been documented carefully by ST; see his [http://private.vlsi.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/st/instructions.html instructions].
If you have a PLCC revision, it is possible to desolder the BIOS chip, and replace it with a PLCC socket. You will need some tools (heat gun/pencil, good soldering iron, etc) and soldering experience to do that. The other option is to add a PLCC socket to the empty position next to the soldered-on BIOS chip. With an extra resistor and a switch, this allows switching between 2 BIOS chips. This has been documented carefully by ST; see his [http://private.vlsi.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/st/instructions.html instructions].


If you don't feel like doing this yourself, you could try to find a commercial service to do it for you. One way to find a shop is to look for game console modification
If you don't feel like doing this yourself, you could try to find a commercial service to do it for you. One way to find a shop is to look for game console modification
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In the US, FrozenCPU seems to have stock (verified 2007/04). Eksitdata in Sweden also seems to have stock (verified 2007/03).
In the US, FrozenCPU seems to have stock (verified 2007/04). Eksitdata in Sweden also seems to have stock (verified 2007/03).


.  [http://www.vectorlinux.com VectorLinux] is a suggested distro since it supports NVIDIA hardware right out of the box (network and video). Vectorlinux autobuilds the LinuxBIOS source tree. You only need to put a bcc binary to /bin which you find in internet. If romcc does not build, try an older tool chain. vectorlinux builds "flashrom".
 


This wiki page is maintained by Ward Vandewege (ward at gnu dot org).
This wiki page is maintained by Ward Vandewege (ward at gnu dot org).

Revision as of 11:56, 30 August 2007