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thank you for trying Zerocat Chipflasher v2!
Zerocat’s chip flasher is hardware of a free design, which continues to be developed voluntarily. The project consists of electronic hardware design files in conjunction with appropriate software tools, documentation and free licenses.
This product respects user’s essential freedoms to use, study, share and improve the provided design files and documentation under certain conditions. Sample devices will be shipped to the Free Software Foundation in Boston, USA – RYF Certification is intended.
Manufacturer: Zerocat Free-Design Hardware <www.zerocat.org/> Product Category: EEPROM Programming Device RoHS: This product is RoHS Compliant with RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and as amended by Directive 2022/287/EU, and without material exemptions. CE Marking: This product meets the requirements of relevant Directives or Regulations for the CE marking. The CE marking is applied onto this document, which is accompanying the product as printed on paper. RYF Certification: Sample devices will be shipped to FSF, Boston, USA – RYF Certification is intended. Product Compliance: TARIC: 84719000 ECCN: EAR99 Product: “Chipflasher v2” Type: SPI Programmer Description/Function: SPI EEPROM programming device, based on free licensed design files, even down to chiplevel. This device is intended for trustworthy firmware replacement on systemboards of desktops, laptops and other electronic equipment, and can be used by means of the ‘flashrom’ utility. Interface Type: RS-232 Operating Supply Voltage: 5V, 6V Pack Quantity: 1 Unit Weight: approx. 400g
Free software laptop or desktop board
with Coreboot or Libreboot firmware, docking station and RS-232 port
USB-to-RS232 data converter
if no RS-232 port available
External USB power adapter 5V@1000mA
Pomona SOIC-CLIP 5250, 8pin
Your chip flasher comes with an acrylic front-panel which holds the main power button as well as an informational sticker, carrying the device name:
The exact version of the PCB ist printed onto the PCB itself:
Please operate your specific piece of hardware with appropriate software only! The following steps will help you to match the proper version.
The sources of the chip flasher project are ready for download by means of Git https://git-scm.com/. On GNU Guix System https://gnu.org/s/guix, copy all sources onto your harddisk like so:
$ git clone git://zerocat.org/zerocat/projects/chipflasher
Then change into the
chipflasher project folder and perform a
$ cd chipflasher $ git checkout v2.0.4
Alternately, you may use the Source Code Mini-CD which
contains a snapshot of the project, packed as a
Please read the project’s
doc/README.md text file. It should
provide all necessary information to get you started. Take your
time, several steps are required.
As the chip flasher project evolves, software and hardware design may change. However, software changes might still apply to your specific piece of hardware. Please check compatibility based on:
The Zerocat Label
Zerocat Chipflasher Webpage
Zerocat Coreboot Machines
Free Software Foundation (FSF)
You need assistance to get started? Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please accept that we cannot reply instantly. Note a long-term support should be negotiated individually, upon request.
Zerocat’s “Chipflasher v2” is sold according to Zerocat’s General Business Conditions. Its Free Software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
This product, Zerocat’s “Chipflasher v2”, meets the requirements of relevant directives or regulations for the CE marking:
Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, Directive 2011/65/EU, amended by Directive 2022/287/EU
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Directive 2014/30/EU, amended by Directive 2018/1139/EU
All electronic items on the product’s printed circuit board are RoHS compliant and the board itself has been soldered with high-quality, fair trade, lead-free solder.
When shipped on paper, this statement is signed by the manufacturer:
Name: ______________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________ City: ______________________________________________ Country: ______________________________________________ Date, Signature: ______________________________________________
As affixing the CE marking onto the product itself in an indelible manner was not achievable, it is affixed to this document instead:
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