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Have you ever hot-swapped a BIOS for "hot flashing"? (Not just a regular BIOS flash.)

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What are the risks associated with "hot flashing" a BIOS?

Supposing I don't drop the chip on the live mobo and short something out, I am under the impression that a person can ruin his/her PLCC chip when pulling it out while the board is live/hot. True?

What other risks are associated, if any?

Thanks!
-Slink

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That sounds pretty hardcore and its probably easier and safer to just ask the board manufacturer for a new pluggable CMOS chip. Thats why they are in sockets.
 

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Originally Posted by The_Rocker View Post
That sounds pretty hardcore and its probably easier and safer to just ask the board manufacturer for a new pluggable CMOS chip. Thats why they are in sockets.
Well, it's definitely not an everyday procedure, and not what I would call "kosher", but it's been done (hundreds, maybe thousands of times) and I've yet to read/hear of any related "horror stories".

Anybody have anything else for me?
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That sounds pretty hardcore and its probably easier and safer to just ask the board manufacturer for a new pluggable CMOS chip. Thats why they are in sockets.
Most board manufacturers will not ship out just a BIOS chip.
 

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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Most board manufacturers will not ship out just a BIOS chip.
And it's usually hella expensive, no matter which way they do it (the mobo mfctrr).
 
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