The BIOS is built into the PC, and is the first code run by a PC when powered on. The primary function is to load and start an operating system.

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Converting to Hardware Raid from default Software Raid, backplane 1 connector A0 is not connected Issue.

I have a newer Dell R330 server that came with three 128GB SSD's as well as a software raid S130. After setting up a Raid 1 with single hot spare, I realized that ESXI is not fully compatible with ...
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Performance impact enabling intel vt-x

I have a rather unusual question: What is the performance impact when you enable vt-x and you don't need it? I ask this because all of the new servers I receive have this enabled by default in the ...
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QEMU, Virsh and SMBIOS tables edit

I am currently running qemu-kvm on an Ubuntu server box and I use libvirt with Virsh to create, manage, start and stop VMs. I edited VM's XML configuration through virsh edit command to change CPU ...
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Bios boot devices are messed up [closed]

I hope I'm on the right StackExchange here.. bare with me. I have installed and removed a few linux and windows distributions. Now all of them are displayed as boot device in my mainboard. I only ...
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Hardware/BIOS - IBM x3200 m2

When I turn on my machine, the display is not throwing any output to it. The fans are running fine. The LED lights indicate no error, ' Only two LED's are blinking "Mini-BMCheartbeat LED" and ...
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how install sarge for a while [closed]

I want to upgrade BIOS. But the only way is to run an app designed for Debian 3.1 (Sarge). So the easiest solution is run sarge live CD, run app - and be happy. Unfortunately - the only ISOs are ...
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LSI MegaRAID Bios - Loop where I have to delete Virtual Drive because of Preserved Cache

My server crashed tonight. I suspect the disks being full. I have four SSDs of the same kind connected to a LSI MegaRaid 4-port controller. The disk in slot 1 seems to be troublesome. I guess I could ...
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Convert From UEFI to Legacy BIOS in Windows Server 2012

We are looking into Azure Site Recovery as a possible BCDR solution, and have encountered a bit of an issue in that Azure doesn't support UEFI firmware when synchronizing VMWare VMs. Is there any way ...
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Server S3000AH Intel bios update

I can not update bios. I go to BIOS F2 Server Managment - System Informationn Manufacture Intel Product Name S3000AH I downloading bios ...
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System fails to boot after successful LSI 9211-8i firmware update

So, here we go. I purchased a used LSI 9211-8i to use in my NAS. I installed the card, attached a few drives, booted the system, and everything looked OK. I'm using FreeNAS and there was a warning ...
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Ports used for Intel vPro communication

I want to block all ports Intel vPro can use to communicate over the network. All I found was this PDF explaining that the ports Intel vPro uses are 16992-16995, 5900, 623, 664. I also read that ...
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T110 Perc S100 raid disk is not visible for OS setup, drivers are not found

Ok, so after a lot of research I have reached a dead-end. I'm having problems installing Win 2008 R2 64x OS on a Dell PowerEdge T110 II server with PERC S100 controller. I've created a RAID1 ...
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Esxi hypervisor install: uefi or bios?

I recently bought Dell PowerEdge T430 server and I want to install on it ESXi 6.0. Since VMware now supports UEFI (from version 5.0) I want to ask how to install hypervisor? BIOS UEFI After ...
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Using hpasmcli, how do I find two specific BIOS settings?

Using hpasmcli in Ubuntu on an HP ProLiant Generation 9 server, how do I find this BIOS setting? Boot to BIOS -> System Options -> Virtualization Options is either enabled or disabled I cannot ...
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How do I determine specific BIOS settings with dmidecode and lshw commands with HP servers?

I am using HP ProLiant Generation 9 servers running Ubuntu as the OS. I have used dmidecode and lshw commands in the past. But I don't know how to use them to find all of the BIOS settings. I ...
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solaris requested cylinder is beyond range of BIOS geometry

Title says it all. I'm a Windows guy, and a bit out of my element here, but a client has an old Solaris machine hosting a Database. The machine turned off for a yet as unknown reason (probably power ...
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Bios Error on reboot Insuficient PCI Ressources xeon phi , supermicro-server

I currently have a problem with an supermicro-server with an intel xeon phi installed. Its an old server, but when I am logging in and checking for the xeon phi it is still recognized. When I am ...
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BIOS password reset

We are working with various compliance companies for our systems (which are mostly Windows 7, Intel, custom made). One such company might soon be implementing BIOS passwords as a compliance. Pretty ...
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Enable Chipkill on Supermicro X10SRL-F motherboard

The X10SRL-F motherboard's web page says that the X10SRL-F supports Chipkill (an enhanced form of ECC). However, the X10SRL-F manual says nothing about Chipkill. If you have experience with this or a ...
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Dell poweredge 2950 and 1950 will not see hard drive [closed]

I am trying to put in a sata drive into my dell poweredge 1950 generation 2 and my dell poweredge 2950 generation 3. The drive is a sata drive which should be supported in my module. I was wondering ...
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SuperMicro server won't boot after power cycle [closed]

We power cycled one of our SuperMicro machines and it does not boot anymore. It seems it won't even get to the BIOS loading stage and peripherals (VGA monitor, USB cable) are not detected. All ...
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HP DL380 G7 - Voodoo Technology

I have a HP DL380 G7 which on boot gives the following message: HP Proliant Voodoo Technology: NDA Required - Error: Processor does not support Proliant Voodoo Technology I've searched the web high ...
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When Upgrading My 3.5" HDs To SSD HDs Can I Continue To Still Use RAID 1 (MIRROR)?

I'm upgrading my old 3.5" HDs to a set of SSD HDs. I currently run a RAID 1 (MIRROR) array for the 2 old drives (just in case) and want to know how I should rollout the new SSD drives... I have been ...
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How to find out if slot or memory bar is broken

Today my Dell T7400 suddenly started to beep at startup. I figured out is likely to be a memory issue. I have used all eight (RAM ) slots (8x2GB). By removing / adding bar by bar I was able to ...
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HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF won't boot from USB drive. Solution [duplicate]

Can't get an HP 8200 Elite Small Form Factor to boot from USB. (MP8200 Elite SFF PC) BIOS version: J01 v02.15 ME Firmware version 7.1.3.1053 Tried on two different computers, with same BIOS version ...
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RAID-6: Two drives failure with 3ware 9650SE

We have a 6-drive RAID-6 on one of our servers. Each drive is a 750GB Seagate, and they are connected with Hardware RAID card 3ware 9650SE. We do not have sparse drives. The system is old and probably ...
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How to find mainboards that supports Self Encrypting Device (SED) in BIOS?

There should exist mainboards that support Self Encrypting Device (SED) in BIOS, so when connecting a SSD which have SED support, and SED have been enabled in the BIOS, it prompts on bootup for ...
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IBM X3650 M3 How to correct errors communicating with IMM?

I've inherited a IBM x3650 M3 server that posts errors communicating with the IMM. IBM's recommendation is to place IMM jumper into recovery mode, then re-flash the IMM. The problem is that after ...
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Could `rm -rf / --no-preserve-root` mess up the bios?

In order to see approximate speeds for tarballing an entire system, and then restoring that system when if it was foobar'd, I partially cloned one of our primary systems onto a workstation that, while ...
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Dell Poweredge 1850 - stuck on - Press <Ctrl><M> to Run Configuration Utility screen :(

Hardware - Dell Poweredge 1850. So here is the sequence of events so far: Take 1: Powered On: Dell Logo screen shows up with progress bar. On the same screen BIOS version A01 can be seen. The ...
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hp proliant microserver not detecting hard drive

So, I've hit a bit of a wall with the HP Proliant Microserver N40L. I'm trying to install a new hard drive, 4 TB, but it's not being detected by the BIOS and thus, not the OS either. It just spins up, ...
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HP ProLiant DL365 G5, USB and PS/2 Do not work during Boot

Good evening all, The situation up until the REAL point of failure; Dual Opteron 2300 Quad-Core (I'm not positive but I think theyre running at 2.6Ghz) 24Gb RAM (2Rx4 PC2-5300P-555) (lost 8Gb to a ...
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How to detect Bios Rootkits on a server mainboard?

I recently read about a talk by Corey Kallenberg and Xeno Kovah given at the CanSecWest-conference which describes how the firmware of a server mainboard can be reprogrammed to include malicious ...
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HP Proliant ML110 POST fails with large (4GB) USB Disk attached

I have a HP Proliant ML110 G5 (tower) which fails to boot whenever a large disk (4TB) is attached via USB. The machine displays the HP logo for a very long time (the POST on these machines is long ...
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Resetting factory defaults - HP Proliant DL360 gen8

I have an HP Proliant DL360 gen8 server that seems to have USB turned off in the BIOS. I would like to enable it again. With the USB turned off, I cannot intervene during POST - the USB keyboard does ...
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Possible to decrypt FDE/SED Samsung 840 upon boot without native BIOS/UEFI support for ATA password?

It's possible to encrypt and decrypt a drive with hdparm coupled with Full Disk Encryption like some Samsung and Intel SSDs. What I'm curious about is if it's possible to use with a Desktop ...
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How can I access the bios remotely on a desktop computer acting as a server? [closed]

What are the options for having remote control via network of a computer even down to the "bios" level. I've seen Dell's DRAC / Out-of-band management that they have for their servers, and typically ...
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Solaris 11.1 Install Error (USB)

I'm trying to install Solaris 11.1 on a Supermicro SYS-1027GR-TR2 from the LiveDVD. It is not on Oracle's HCL but it is on Supermicro's Solaris 11.1 supported list. At the beginning of LiveDVD boot, ...
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Supermicro NICs gone after BIOS update

Just updated the BIOS of two Supermicro 1022G-URFs to R3.5. They've both the mainboard H8DGU-F with two onboard Intel 82576 NICs. One of the two Supermicros doesn't have any visible NICs at all after ...
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Can I perform an IPMI bios update without a supported CPU?

I'm considering to build a server using the Supermicro X10SLL-F board with a Xeon E3-1231 v3 CPU. However, according to my research, this CPU requires a BIOS update (unfortunately Supermicro does not ...
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configure power restore policy HP ProLiant BL2x220c G6 [closed]

After each reboot my server automatically powers on: Power Overload : false Power Interlock : inactive Main Power Fault : false Power Control Fault : false **Power Restore Policy : ...
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HP DL585 G6 and PCIE SSD

We recently acquired a HP DL 585 G6, fully populated with SAS drives etc, we want to use a PCIe SSD and have brought an Asus RIADR Pcie SSD however the bios fails to recognize this, can anyone suggest ...
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9650SE-4LPML RAID Controller BIOs not showing HDDs

I've got a fresh server put together with a 9650SE-4LPML controller card in it with the intention of setting up RAID 1 with two 2TB HDDS. When I boot up and go into the RAID controller BIOs, the ...
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HP ProLiant DL380 G5 BIOS Settings Wont Stay

Due to a damaged PCI-E interface, the motherboard was replaced on this HP ProLiant DL380 G5. Every boot the POST reports: System currently defaulted to typical configuration settings Any ...
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3ware raid controller does not get a proper reset signal after a reboot

I have a linux server that has a 3ware controller 9650SE-4LPML connected. Today, I migrated this server with all its disks and raid controller to a new motherboard + cpu + ram (gpu is also changed). ...
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HP ProLiant Gen8 BIOS settings for VMware ESXi

What BIOS settings should be set on a HP BL460c Gen8 server so that ESXi 5.5 runs correctly?
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Reflash Supermicro BIOS Chip with external EEPROM programmer

I've a Supermicro server, out of warranty, and it suicided in the last month. Yes, exactly. During a AMIBIOS update process the BIOS Watchdog has been tripped and the motherboard reseted during the ...
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Update Server BIOS - Supermicro 5015A-EHF-D525

I've got a Barebone-Server with the Supermicro 5015A-EHF-D525 Mainboard. Now I urgently need to update the BIOS to the newest version. Too bad I've never done that before and google isn't much help ...
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dell r710 hangs at bios screen

We have a used dell r710 system that will boot randomly , about 30% of the time. The rest of the time (warm boot or cold boot), the system hangs at the dell bios screen, with the white progress bar ...
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Bootrec /FIXBOOT vs Bootrec /FIXMBR

According to Microsoft here is what Bootrec /FIXBOOT does: "This option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that's compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7" ...