Flashing Progear BIOS

Today I checked how to flash BIOS on Progear HX1050 webpad. Basically there are two ways:

  • using psplash.exe under DOS
  • using fpFlashBIOS under GNU/Linux

I do not know does they were provided with default installations.

Flashing under GNU/Linux (Debian ‘testing’ in my case) is simple:

./fpFlashBIOS -w:pb_10404.rom

Application will write some flash block (and verify). Then reboot to check does everything is OK — due to fact, that flashing clear BIOS settings external USB keyboard is recommended. Pressing F2 during bootup (when white screen is shown) will enter Setup.

Beware: unbricking can be hard — flash chips are soldered…