paul at clubi.ie writes:
>On Thu, 21 Jun 2007, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>> Such as: Updating machine BIOS, and other firmware.
>>- FreeDOS. Indeed, didn't/doesn't one PC vendor even use FreeDOS to
> distribute bootable update floppy disk images?
>>- You can also update many eeproms from Linux (ask Padraig Brady).
>>- Some vendors even provide tools for Linux, such as Dell.
This is variable; my cheapo Dell Inspiron didn't support that.
>- Some vendors put 'system partitions' on their machines (Compaq,
> Dell), with a small bootable OS and various diagnostic and update
> tools. (It's usually DOS and/or Win3.1, but it could be any OS -
> the point is your machine has an OS-=independent, vendor-supported way to
> update ROMs that doesnt need more than a few tens of MB of disk
IBM did this for the T40 --
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Hidden_Protected_Area . However they didn't
support BIOS updating from that; they required that you use Windows to
upgrade the BIOS, instead.
>- Write your own firmware update. Ask the vendor for the procedure
> and write a utility for your own OS.
!!! This might be possible if you're (a) a skilled sysadmin (b) have lots
of free time and (c) are willing to sign NDAs etc... that's a pretty small
group, in my opinion.
>I'm sorry, but you're just making (rather poor) excuses.
So, saying that Tim could *write a firmware updater*, is somehow a
*better* excuse? wtf. ;)
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