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julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Oct 12 14:26:48 CDT 2007
der Mouse wrote:
>> I never quite trust the idea flashing a bios.
> I don't mind it all that much...EXCEPT...
> (1) I don't trust them to get the "write the new one then switch" logic
> right to avoid trashing things in case of power-offs while writing.
> (2) I *really* dislike systems that do this without having a hardware
> facility to disable writes - such as a pair of jumper pins which must
> be jumpered to write. (If software can do it, rogue software can do
I suppose real computers have a separate service processor for this kind of
thing, so it's easy to put things right even if something does go wrong (plus
of course the update can *only* be done from the service processor - not from
some rogue code running on the main CPU)
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