Live CD

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A Live CD containing flashrom provides a user with a stable work environment to read, write and verify a flash device on any supported hardware.

It can help avoid Linux installation issues, which can be a hassle for some users.

Existing Live CDs with flashrom

flashrom is already shipped in the following Live CDs:



Note: You need the regular grml ISO, the "medium" and "small" ISOs do not contain flashrom.

Note: The current 2011.12 release doesn't seem to contain flashrom anymore.

Parted Magic

Hiren's BootCD

When you select "Linux based rescue environment (Parted Magic 6.7)" and then "Live with default settings" you have access to a system which has flashrom.

Custom flashrom Live CD (obsolete, unmaintained)

This is a work in progress. The current beta ISO based on Debian may be downloaded here: Flashrom Live_CD-Debian-0.1

Pre-built flashrom packages for various Linux distributions and scripts to build Flashrom Live-CDs are hosted at flashrom-live-cd.

Included software packages

  • Linux kernel.
  • Complete and automatic hardware detection, not requiring any driver to be added.
  • Mounts $windows drive read only
  • livecd/packages:
    • acpid, av, binutils, bison, busybox, bzip2, cabextract, cpio, curl, cvs, dev-util/git, dhcpcd, diffutils, dmidecode, dosfstools, ethtool, flex, ftp, gdb, grep, hwsetup, iputils, iproute, irssi, joe, lftp, livecd-tools, links, lsof, lynx, lzma-utils, mdadm, minicom, nano, ngrep, ntfsprogs, openssh, openvpn, pciutils, picocom, pptpclient, quilt, rp-pppoe, screen, strace, subversion, tar, telnet-bsd, tftp-hpa, unrar, valgrind, vim, wget, wireless-tools, wpa_supplicant, xc, zip

Complete toolchain for

Size of ISO-image is <185 MBytes. Small enough to fit on a flash drive or 3" CD-ROM.