Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hot flashing a PLCC32 ROM Chip

Lately I’ve been messing with coreboot and I keep needing to reflash the chip I’m working with.  I have a known-good chip, and a test chip that I flip in and out frequently.  After a couple of inserts/removals on a live motherboard, I figured I needed a slightly less dangerous way of doing this.  I needed a handle on the chip.   Remembering my teachings from watching MacGyver back in the 80’s, I devised something that would make him proud using super glue and crimp-on electrical connectors.

Ingenious!  Too bad I can’t get my coreboot image to work.

There is a correct tool for this job.  It’s called a PLCC extractor.  What fun would that be though.