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  • MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

    Phoronix: MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

    While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc3NzI

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users

    While most if not all of the modern motherboards produced by MSI allow BIOS/UEFI updating to happen from within the BIOS setup utility and done using a USB flash drive -- as is also the case with most other motherboard vendors -- for Linux users the updating can be a bit more of a headache for MSI motherboards...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTc3NzI
    What cave have you been living in? http://flashrom.org/Flashrom Those in-bios flashing utilities are broken half the time anyway.

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    • #3
      Not the most "ideal" situation, but what about just asking on their user-to-user forums for someone to extract the BIOS and upload it? Perhaps if enough people ask for it, it could be something that's just done with every new BIOS release. This would of course depend on someone to have Windows, to have your particular motherboard, and to have the time/patience to take the time to extract and upload it...

      I ordered a 990FXA-GD80V2 recently; so it looks like I'll just ask on their forums for the BIOS now in-case the board I get isn't up-to-date.

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      • #4
        Last time when I upgrade mi MSI Gamgin 3 in the zip was an exe but the extracted rom too, it worked fine without using windows.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dragonn View Post
          Last time when I upgrade mi MSI Gamgin 3 in the zip was an exe but the extracted rom too, it worked fine without using windows.
          The archive for the latest 990FXA-GD80V2 BIOS only has the exe, but the date on that BIOS is 2013-09-26. Maybe newer BIOS packages have the executable and BIOS file?

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          • #6
            Are there tools to mod bios from linux?

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            • #7
              Just fire up IDA or Ollydbg and bypass those stupid checks.

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              • #8
                I had similar problems a few months ago when I was updating the BIOS on my MSI board. What I did was make a DOS live USB and running the EXE from that environment.

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                • #9
                  I've been using Asus boards and I haven't had those issues. I can flash from a USB drive just fine.

                  I do have an Asrock server board that requires, of all things, FreeDOS to interface with the BCM. Some MFR's do weird things sometimes.

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                  • #10
                    Cool that I have AsRock mobo, it's update firmware over internet.

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                    • #11
                      Not buying from MSI. That's for sure.

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                      • #12
                        Windows live USB

                        I had the same problem with a Sony VAIO laptop running only Linux. Sony only provides a Windows executable to update the BIOS. After trying many things, the way that finally succeeded was a Windows 7 live USB image - not exactly legitimate, but it works. What a heavywieght way to flash BIOS!

                        http://ub3r.1337.cx/showthread.php?4...se-(activated)

                        http://i3szak.megadl.fr/en/7_Ultimat..._iMortaluz.zip

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                        • #13
                          I don't have similar problem with my current mobo MSI A88XM GAMING. I can update UEFI via M-Flash menu in UEFI.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ihatemichael View Post
                            Not buying from MSI. That's for sure.
                            Read the comments in this thread. You can update the BIOS/UEFI, actually. The hardware quality in 2014 is good, like with all other manufacturers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nadro View Post
                              I don't have similar problem with my current mobo MSI A88XM GAMING. I can update UEFI via M-Flash menu in UEFI.
                              But how do you get the BIOS file?

                              The situation in-question is that while MSI does offer the BIOS, they have it in a Windows-only format (archive > Windows executable > BIOS File) and also impose conditions to make it hard to even get the BIOS file when running Windows (you have to be running Windows on that motherboard if you want that BIOS extracted; can't run it on some non-related computer). Once you get it out of that WIndows-only archive though, you're free to flash it however you want (from UEFI, Flashrom, Win98, etc).

                              From what someone said above, it seems not all of MSI's BIOS packages are like that, and include the actual BIOS file in the archive. The GD80V2 I mentioned didn't do this though, but it's last BIOS came out late 2013.

                              Should also note Acer also does this.

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