2017-06-02 Upgraded the BIOS on the Alix 1.c box 6 months ago
I finally had some time to upgrade the BIOS on the Alix 1.c box (ritchie). It was a lot easier to do this with the flashrom utility than to do this with DOS boot floppies! I just made sure again I checked the old bios version, which turned out to be alixbio3, and upgraded to alixbio8 from the PC Engines Alix 1.c page. Now the machine boots without a screen attached. I also swapped the mainboard battery as it kept forgetting the current time. Writing a bios file with flashrom is just changing the -r to a -w from the reading the flashrom command. But this does not help the serial ports: those seem to be dead for good.