Talk:Openbiosprog

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Currently Available Alternatives?

Until this project is finished, what would you/people recommend as the current freest hardware to do PLCC chip programming?

PRG-056 True-USB PRO GQ-4X Willem Programmer Full Pack has been recommended to me as something that works well, but both the hardware and software are nonfree (and the software only runs on Windows).

Thanks, --Djbclark 19:37, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Hi! As for software the answer is definately flashrom, it's the universal, cross-platform, open-source flasher software. Hardware I don't know for sure. Apart from the hopefully-soon usable openbiosprog you can always use any motherboard supported by flashrom as an external PLCC "programmer". Or other hardware which can program PLCC chips (e.g. some 3COM network cards etc., but those usually only support older (parallel) chips and have a limited supported chip size, e.g. 128KB). The "buspirate" is also supported (at least to some degree) by flashrom, I don't know whether it can do PLCC chips, though. --Uwe Hermann 17:05, 19 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! So for now sounds like I should find and use a small/cheap flashrom-supported motherboard, perhaps with a BIOS Savior or equivalent. I did some research and it doesn't look like the bus pirate supports PLCC, and the network cards don't support the 256KB+ PLCC images I need to work with for Lemote computers. I'll update here once I get something working. --Djbclark 14:43, 20 February 2010 (UTC)