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    SubjectRe: ANNOUNCE: /dev/bios - flash rom bios driver
    >> >> Ok, it is much more dangerous for the hardware to do a cat /dev/zero >/
    >> >> dev/bios than cat /dev/zero >/dev/sda, but in both cases the system
    >> >> is a) unusable and needs reinstall/repair and b) can be quite easily
    >> >> repaired.
    >> >
    >> >Can it really be repaired easily? I thought that the procedure was to go with
    >> >your tail between your legs to your vendor and ask nicely for a new set of BIOS
    >> >chips.
    >> >
    >> Some SuperMicro boards have a "rescue" procedure where if the flash
    >> upgrade fails you can load a bios image onto a floppy, and power cycle
    >> the system while holding down a certain key combination. I don't know
    >> for sure but I think that part of the BIOS is never replaced when
    >> using their utility to upgrade the flash. This part has enough
    >> functionality to read the image from the floppy and write it into
    >> the rest of the flash. This is just a guess though.

    On higher end boxes (Intel XXpress, etc) it use two flash parts, or a combo flash part. The
    back-up section has enough code to do the above, and usually requires a jumper to be

    The newer AMI BIOS will do this if you hold down Ctrl+Home on power-up. If the flash utils
    never try to overwrite this bootstrap part of the BIOS, it is a decent but not fool proof

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