Flashrom Update Handles Flashing More Hardware
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 22 February 2012 at 06:45 AM EST. 3 Comments
Flashrom, the open-source update to flash your motherboard BIOS and can also modify other flash ROM chips like graphics card BIOSes, has hit version 0.9.5. With this latest release there's greater hardware support and other new capabilities.

Flashrom 0.9.5 supports Parallel/LPC/FWH/SPI flash interfaces and currently can handle 288 flash chip types, 177 different chipsets, and 374 different motherboards are known to work with this open-source community-focused project. Flashrom allows the flashing to be done from the Linux desktop with only root access being required. Flashrom can also handle features like cross-flashing and hot-flashing. Besides Linux, Flashrom is also known to work under Mac OS X, Solaris, BSD, and even DOS.

Some of the user-visible improvements to Flashrom 0.9.5 include support for new chips, AMD Hudson chipset support, Intel Tunnelcreek chipset support, Linux SPI sub-system support, and support for Intel Hardware Sequencing and Intel locks.

Additional details on the Flashrom 0.9.5 release are available from Flashrom.org.

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