How much more frustrating can it be to get a straight answer form intel or avoid a run-around of being passed off to another person who has no clue what is required to achieve this goal.
Speaking to Intel engineers and developers they have assured me that this is very possible and claim a third party adapter is required and then direct me to another person because they have no information on this required adapter.
It seems that intel forgot to include an SPI header on this motherboard and then forgot to include the information outlining the actual hardware required to perform this task.
There are several different in circuit SPI programmers but the key to purchasing the correct one is knowing which chip is on the motherboard and neither support or engineers have been able to provide me with this information and they couldn't even tell me if the board was designed with protection for in circuit programming.
I know I need an SPI programmer, but what chip does it need to support for this board?
What adapter/interface is required to connect the SPI programmer to this board?
Being told that a third party adapter is required without providing the make and model or direct me to the company that sells it only adds to the frustration.
Expecting an official response from Intel is required in this situation, they are officially and publicly encouraging independent BIOS development with their products so you would think that they would know how to achieve this with this specific products.
I have no issues telling my customer that the Intel product he wants to use is not capable of accepting a custom BIOS thus killing the project and forcing me to return the purchased 500 motherboards if they are not capable of accepting a custom BIOS even though Intel has already stated it can but currently that claim is unsubstantiated and even the intel developers and engineers couldn't substantiate the capability so all that has to occur is someone from Intel responds telling me that this board does not support custom BIOS flashing or responds with the hardware required to perform the task.
So Intel, what are my options???