However, the flashrom utility seems to correctly detect and work with the NC10, so I think it would be a good thing to have all the BIOS versions available in a format usable with this great utility. Furthermore, flashrom allows us even to downgrade the BIOS, if we were to have such a need.
It seems that flashrom is perfectly able to update the BIOS, but not the MICOM.
So, it's not really usable for doing a proper update, at least for now.
Thanks to ascari76 for the info.
What I'm trying to do is to collect them all, starting with the one extracted from my NC10.
Extracting the BIOS is not a risky operation. For this reason I'm asking the whole community to contribute to the collection, by extracting the BIOS if it's in a version not yet available in the list below.
These are the few steps needed to do that.
First of all, install the flashrom utility.
Ubuntu users can do it with the command:
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sudo apt-get install flashrom
Then, use the following command to extract your BIOS:
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sudo flashrom -r <biosversion>.bin
where '-r' stands for 'read flash and save into file', and .bin is the name you want to use for the file. In my case, I used the name '07CA.bin'.
If flashrom exits with an error, you will need to add the 'nopat' option to the kernel command line.
Easy thing to do: restart your NC10, when the GRUB shows up, highlight your current kernel and press the 'e' key. In the new menu, highlight the line starting with 'kernel /...' and press the 'e' key again. Now add the nopat option at the end of the line, and press ENTER. Then press the 'b' key to boot the system. This little modification is not permanent and it will be lost when the system will be shutted down or restarted.
Now open a terminal and retry with the above command to extract the BIOS.
The size of the resulting file will be 2MB. Zip and post it here, and I'll add it to the list.
List of all the BIOSes extracted until now:
- 04CA (by tscheckoff)
- 04CD (by marcel_ms) (for NC10 with HSPA modem)
- 05CA (by okon3)
- 05CD (by Cezary) (for NC10 with HSPA modem)
- 07CA (by voRia)
- 09CA (by auceto)
- 10CA (by okon3)