Saturday, May 09, 2009

Upgrading BIOS From Desktop

Upgrading BIOS is like a nightmare for some computer users and it's enough to scare them away and leave it untouched. Phoronix wrote an article about The Flashrom utility developed by CoreBoot project, which can be used to read, write, erase, and verify flash ROM chips from your Linux desktops.

Here are some ofthe cool explanation about Flashrom which is taken from Phoronix site:
This utility supports nearly every x86 motherboard after having worked on support for over 150 flash chip families (and many various for each family), 75 different chipsets, workarounds for non-standard motherboards, and there is no need for CD-ROM or floppy disk.

Previously Linux users have had to create an MS-DOS or FreeDOS boot disk and then run a proprietary DOS-based BIOS flashing program, but it is now becoming easy and universally supported to flash the BIOS from your desktop. Flashrom can also flash a BIOS perfectly fine over SSH or through other means as long as there is root access. Flashrom also supports cross-flashing and hot-flashing.