replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

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replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby vryni » 2019-06-29 12:20

I have a 64 bit Intel Core i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz desktop with
Intel DH67BL motherboard and
firmware
description: BIOS
vendor: Intel Corp.
physical id: 0
version: BLH6710H.86A.0159.2012.0927.1423
date: 09/27/2012
size: 64KiB
capacity: 960KiB

I'd like to replace Intel's outdated firmware on my aging desktop with up to date coreboot / libreboot etc...

Being completely uninformed at dealing with firmware
I would appreciate any operational suggestions on
what would be a feasible option for me to safely apply this move

Is there an option to physically replace the current CMOS hardware on my desktop
with a compatible firmware component custom flashed for my desktop ?

Can i find opensource firmware preinstalled desktops - at reasonable prices on the market ?
I could'nt find any

I'd appreciate any help & willing to pay for it within my budget limits
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2019-06-29 12:42

vryni wrote:I'd like to replace Intel's outdated firmware on my aging desktop with up to date coreboot / libreboot etc...

Firmware (in this case microcode) is built-into the CPU. What Debian (through non-free repo) and other distros distrubute are updates to that firmware.

Yes, you will need to flash the motherboard and ithe CPU and yes, that must be done by a professional. You can buy already flashed CPU's from vendors such as Purism and System76.
vryni wrote:what would be a feasible option for me to safely apply this move

It must be done by a professional, otherwise you risk borking the motherboard.
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby 4D696B65 » 2019-06-29 13:21

https://www.intel.ca/content/www/ca/en/support/products/50098/boards-and-kits/desktop-boards/intel-desktop-boards-with-intel-h67-express-chipset/intel-desktop-board-dh67bl.html


BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A]
Date: 10/23/2018 Version: 0163 (Latest) OS: OS Independent
Description: This download record provides options for updating the BIOS of the following Intel® Desktop Boards: DH67BL, DH67CF, DH67CL, DH67GD, and DH67VR.


2018 is not outdated
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby sickpig » 2019-06-29 23:09

@vryni, I was thinking along the same lines to change the firmware of my Dell with coreboot / libreboot but could not find anything compatible. They have specified which models are compatible on their website. You need first check compatibility and only then think about flashing it. Which is quite sensitive and if anything goes wrong then as Wheelerof4te pointed out you stand the risk of bricking your system.
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby kevinthefixer » 2019-07-07 01:33

Suffering from shiny-new-stuff syndrome? I have 20+ year-old computers that still work fine without ever having had the BIOS reflashed. What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish? My 2012 Dell laptop is my go-to portable, I certainly am not going to try to flash it.
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby sickpig » 2019-07-08 05:26

@kevinthefixer, whom is ur reply directed to?
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby Wheelerof4te » 2019-07-08 07:37

^It was directed to the OP.
kevinthefixer wrote:What, exactly, are you trying to accomplish? My 2012 Dell laptop is my go-to portable, I certainly am not going to try to flash it.

Some people think flashing their laptops with core/libreboot will give them Stallman's stamp of approval. In addition to percieved improved privacy.
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Re: replacing intel desktop rom with opensource firmware

Postby kevinthefixer » 2019-07-08 11:43

Yup, couldn't have said it better.
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