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Ilya

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PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« on: December 16, 2010, 07:49:41 AM »
I am trying to make a boot ROM using an old NETGEAR CardBus adapter model FA511.  The instructions for <plpbtrom> say that I need two data items:  vendorid and deviceid.  Where are these found? 

With that card plugged in to the Toshiba Satellite 1415, I booted Ubuntu 9.10 KK and ran <dmesg> and <lspci> but couldn't find those items. They are not printed on the Netgear labels either.

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010, 09:08:23 AM »
use "lspci -vn" to get the vendor and device id

plpbtrom is able to grab the vendor and device id from your network card rom file.

you have a computer with a bios that supports booting from the cardbus network rom?

Ilya

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 09:17:18 AM »
Elmar:
you have a computer with a bios that supports booting from the cardbus network rom?


Uhh, I dunno.. the bios in that Toshiba doesn't appear to report as either AWARD nor AMI.. when you make the BIOS menu come up, it says:  ACPI BIOS ver 1.40.  Will that work?

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 09:23:40 AM »
Will that work?

no

that it works, the bios must have the option to detect and set the pccard as boot option in the boot sequence and you must be able to replace the cardbus rom with the boot manager rom. i think nothing of this two required things is possible on this computer


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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 09:27:07 AM »
OK, when I run lspci -vn, it shows:   
Subsystem:  1385:511a

so to load the ROM on the cardbus, I use the cmdline:
plpbtrom -vendorid 0x1385  -deviceid 0x511A plpbtrom.bin plpbt.rom

is that right?

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 09:34:18 AM »
so to load the ROM on the cardbus, I use the cmdline:
plpbtrom -vendorid 0x1385  -deviceid 0x511A plpbtrom.bin plpbt.rom

is that right?

no, this creates only a new rom file with the boot manager. you need a special tool to replace the new rom file with the rom on the pccard network card. but i don't think that you will find a tool that flashes the pccard rom.

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 10:50:25 AM »
Elmar:
but i don't think that you will find a tool that flashes the pccard rom.

Ohh, OK.  I guess that ends that project.  Toshiba's proprietary BIOS and NETGEAR's ROM are not yet known how to modify then?

I guess I'll have to find a new CDRW to replace the dead one so I can upgrade OSes.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2010, 10:55:07 AM by Ilya »

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010, 10:59:24 AM »
Toshiba's proprietary BIOS and NETGEAR's ROM are not yet known how to modify then?

i don't know

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Re: PLPBTROM needs vendorID and deviceID for NETGEAR FA511
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2010, 17:14:20 PM »
You can try FlashRom:
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@ elmar
It might be worth to add it to the plprom section.