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(There will be flashrom (and coreboot) talks at FOSDEM 2010.)
(flashrom 0.9.1 release)
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* '''2010/02/06:''' flashrom @ [http://www.coreboot.org/FOSDEM_2010 FOSDEM 2010]
* '''2010/02/06:''' flashrom @ [http://www.coreboot.org/FOSDEM_2010 FOSDEM 2010]
* '''2010/02/02:''' [[Flashrom/0.9.1|flashrom 0.9.1 released]]
* '''2009/11/15:''' Moved to flashrom.org
* '''2009/11/15:''' Moved to flashrom.org
* '''2009/09/02:''' [[Flashrom/0.9.1|flashrom 0.9.1 released]]
* '''2009/09/02:''' [[Flashrom/0.9.1|flashrom 0.9.1 tagged]]
* '''2009/05/04:''' [[Flashrom/0.9.0|flashrom 0.9.0 released]]
* '''2009/05/04:''' [[Flashrom/0.9.0|flashrom 0.9.0 released]]

Revision as of 13:41, 2 February 2010

flashrom is a utility for identifying, reading, writing, verifying and erasing flash chips. It's often used to flash BIOS/EFI/coreboot/firmware images.

  • Supports more than 195 flash chips, 75 chipsets, 130 mainboards, and 17 devices (PCI or USB) which can be used as external programmers.
  • Supports parallel, LPC, FWH and SPI flash interfaces and various chip packages (DIP32, PLCC32, DIP8, SO8/SOIC8, TSOP32, TSOP40, TSOP48, and more)
  • No physical access needed, root access is sufficient.
  • No bootable floppy disk, bootable CD-ROM or other media needed.
  • No keyboard or monitor needed. Simply reflash remotely via SSH.
  • No instant reboot needed. Reflash your chip in a running system, verify it, be happy. The new firmware will be present next time you boot.
  • Crossflashing and hotflashing is possible as long as the flash chips are electrically and logically compatible (same protocol). Great for recovery.
  • Scriptability. Reflash a whole pool of identical machines at the same time from the command line. It is recommended to check flashrom output and error codes.
  • Speed. flashrom is often much faster than most vendor flash tools.
  • Portability. Supports Linux, FreeBSD, DragonFly BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X, and other Unix-like OSes.

Emergency help

IMPORTANT: If something went wrong during flashing, do NOT turn off/reboot your computer. Instead, let us help you recover. We can be contacted via IRC (#flashrom on irc.freenode.net) or email. Please allow for a few hours until someone responds on IRC, we're all volunteers.


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