SPI flashe/eeprom programmer with capsule file question

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by pitabread, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. pitabread

    pitabread MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I apologize if this is a stupid question. Is it possible to flash a capsule (.cap | uefi) file using a spi flasher? I believe the answer is no, because I tried it and it didn't work out. With that said are there any utilities that can convert it into a format that I can use a flasher to program the chip?

    I tried fd44editor but it only accepts asus boards. I am able to open the capsule file using AMIBCP 4.53 and MMTOOL 4.50.0.23 but it wants to save it in capsule format.

    Any insight and help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #2 LatinMcG, Sep 14, 2013
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  3. CodeRush

    CodeRush MDL Member

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    CodeRush MDL Member

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    Updated the answer to be more correct.
     
  5. pitabread

    pitabread MDL Novice

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    Sorry for the late reply, I couldn't find time to play around with it until now. I wish I can get access to another board and I tried recovery mode awhile back. I tried it again after attempting to load my botched BIOS in but doesn't appear to work.

    Does the chip need to be blank for the recovery mode to work?
     
  6. pitabread

    pitabread MDL Novice

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    Thank you for the very informative post. I tried removing the first 2k (0x800) from the cap file and doesn't appear to work. I was able to find the Intel signature in the cap file and removed everything before it in attempt to only load the FW. Perhaps this approach was wrong and it wasn't located in 0x10 it was starting at 0x1E3CB. I'm obviously doing this wrong... :(
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    how is BootBlock going to work if BIOS chip is erased ???
     
  8. pitabread

    pitabread MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the clarification. This is why i'm trying to get a BIOS loaded because it's the only option at this point; I left out the information on this thread that the original chip is not functional.
     
  9. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    so u never made a backup.bin of the chip ? bad.. but i think its recoverable with NBDMIFIT (slp file marker tool thread) if u get the bios working.. serial and other things likely missing.