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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Switching a VirtualBox Ubuntu Server VM from UEFI to BIOS [migrated]

I have a virtual machine running in VirtualBox of Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 LTS x64. When I initially set it up, I configured the VM to use EFI instead of BIOS. But, it turns out VirtualBox's ...
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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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BIOS ORCA Conflict

I have an HP raid controller that tries to run ORCA while the motherboard is running its BIOS startup sequence. When a drive is connected, the BIOS freezes and beeps sequentially. When F8 is pressed ...
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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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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" ...
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HP Proliant Gen8 boot failure after bios upgrade and processor upgrade

We have a HP Proliant DL360P with one Intel Xeon e5-2650, and we was in need to use two Xeon e5-2670 V2, this server by default this G8 did not recognizes the v2 processor, so we found this procedure ...
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DELL PowerEdge 2950 stuck on BIOS

My DELL PowerEdge 2950 is Stuck on BIOS 2.7 screen and does not advance at all, keyboard is not responding either. How should I troubleshoot this issue? Here is the screen
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hp dl140 g3 how to repair after failed bios update

During updating bios to the new version (1.18) i got an error that computer can't read rom file. Then after reboot server did not start. Actually it starts but does not show anything, screen is blank, ...
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Adaptec configuration has changed - Why can't it show me what it sees before blindly “accept” or “reject”ing?

I work with Adaptec cards on a regular basis; 2405, 5405, 6405e, 6805, and a few others. I am dismayed by the BIOS' terseness and lack of any utility at all. I can set card setting toggles; but the ...
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Best practice on Linux servers and CPU/power throttling?

I am running a couple of Debian 6 (2.6.32) and 7 (3.2) Linux servers and all of them have energy saving settings enabled in their BIOS. Furthermore Linux shows that the CPUs are throttled if the ...
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Dell BIOS Update Date

Is there a way to gather information as to when a BIOS on a particular server has been updated? I'm not looking for the BIOS release date, I'm looking for the date in which the bios was actually ...
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How to boot to BIOS - IBM System X3400 M3

I need help to boot to BIOS for my IBM System X3400 M3. What I know is pressing F12 to boot to BIOS. But every time I presses F12 it never go to BIOS. Instead it boots to my ESXi. UEFI is very slow. ...
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How to dump BIOS from running Sun Blade 1500?

I'd like to replace an old-aged Sun Blade 1500 Red running SunOS 5.8 by a Qemu-based Virtual Machine. Tutorials like this describe how to do this with older hardware, but as I need to run SPARC64 ...
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Consumer level motherboards that play nicely with large numbers of drives [closed]

I currently have a system with 25 hard drives - 24 for data and one for OS. This machine is built on a budget, featuring a cheap Gigabyte motherboard (GA-990FXA-D3), a four port LSI SAS controller, a ...
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“There is a time and/or date difference between the client and server” error on to Server 2012 Domain Controller

I have a Server 2012 R2 machine acting as a domain controller in a test environment. It had to be restarted, and now, when attempting to log in as the domain administrator, I get the error message: ...
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Cisco UCS C22 M3 Rack-mount BIOS Recovery

So my Cisco UCS Server's BIOS is corrupt and needs reflashed. When it boots it simply gives me the recovery instructions such as put the recovery.cap file in the root directory of a USB drive then ...
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USB drive not detected in Intel EFI shell

I must update an Intel S3420GPLC board. BIOS, BMC, FRU / SDR, the whole thing. Everything is pretty much automated in the Intel download. You're supposed to boot to the integrated EFI shell, mount ...
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How to configure GRUB loader after apt-get upgrade on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a box with Ubuntu 12.04, and just did a apt-get upgrade. I'm presented with a dialogue to update my GRUB bootloader, but with the following message: The GRUB boot loader was previously ...
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Dell T300: micro code update warning

I picked up a Dell T300 server with an E5345 CPU and BIOS gives me a "Warning! No microcode update loaded for processor 0" I have to hit F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. Upon continuing ...
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Can't find fan speed setting on Supermicro X9DRW

I have one Supermicro server with a X9DRW board, BIOS v1.0a, that does not seem to have any way of controlling fan speed. I've looked through the entire BIOS, including the usual location of ...
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HP ProLiant DL120 G7 boot stuck due to disabled raid controller

After I have enabled RAID I disabled the B110i raid controller in the BIOS. Now it is stuck on a POST message and I can't do anything. Pressing F9 to re-enter the BIOS settings does nothing. It ...
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Dell PowerEdge R720xd stuck in BIOS

I have a Dell PowerEdge R720xd that gets stuck in the BIOS when booting. It successfully gets past the "configuring memory" and "configuring iDRAC" screens, but once it shows the "CPLD version : 103" ...
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IBM x3550 BIOS not installed?

Whenever I boot to the Configuration/Setup Utility it always shows "BIOS not installed!", even though my startup screen shows that I'm running the latest 3550 bios (1.17)... Is this something to ...
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HP DL160G6 bios update fails

I tried to update the BIOS from my HP DL160G6's. Unfortunately the Windows update degraded my BIOS version from 243 to 237. But when I try to upgrade both servers to version the update fails. First I ...
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Cannot set MemOpMode or ProcVirtualization with syscfg.exe

When attempting to set MemOpMode or ProcVirtualization with syscfg.exe, I get the following error: C:\Users\EGr>syscfg --MemOpMode=AdvEccMode System Services or CSIOR disabled In the past, I ...
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Dell PowerEdge R710 enters BIOS setup during each boot

Our Dell PowerEdge R710 enters BIOS setup during each boot. We have to press Esc to continue booting. How can we ensure that the server boots without user intervention? During POST the server does ...
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Hardware Clock (RTC) Stuck / Will Not Increment

After we rebooted one of our servers (RHEL), we noticed that it would hang when entering GRUB. The problem was the countdown in GRUB (Booting in 5... 4......) was not counting down, and was stuck at ...
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Boot failed, continue to look for media

I have a new server that runs a RAID 1. I've had it off for about a month and I turn it back on and I am getting "boot failed, continue to look for Boot Media" and it just loops. Did my RAID die or ...
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System does not boot with a six-core Opteron 2435

I took a chance, and it seems that I might have struck out. I own a pair of Altus 1640SA 1U servers from Penguin Computing. They have dual socket F Motherboards from a manufacturer that went out of ...
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Get BIOS complete detail from proc filesystem

Does anyone know how can i get the detailed description about bios settings using proc filesystem. I know commands like dmidecode can provide information about bios but they provide very limited ...
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Some laptops USB not working on docking station

This is an odd one. I have two laptops (on an estate of 250) which won't recognise the USB ports on the docking station. Have swapped out hardware, and tried the disks in a new chassis and it is down ...
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Do I need to / should I enable “Virtualization Technology” for Hyper-V in Server 2012?

I'm setting up some new servers to be Hyper-V hosts in Server 2012. I noticed on first boot that the task manager shows the following in the CPU section: If I enable "Virtualization Technology" in ...
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Dell Power Edge 2950 - E211 SBE LOG DISABLE DIMM6

Any idea of what this error E211 SBE LOG DISABLE DIMM6 could mean? Anyone have experienced this? I know that it sound pretty obvious, that is the 6th bank of my memory, and guest what: I have ...
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Disable “System Memory Testing” via OMSA 6.4.0

Is it possible to disable system memory testing via OMSA 6.4.0? I can only find ways to do it using newer versions of OMSA; and I can't even see the setting in 6.4.0. I have quite a few machines that ...
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How is the boot order of SAS drives determined?

This probably seems like a simple question, but hear me out. Here's the scenario that caused me to ask this question, as this is not so much a "how to" question but a "why" question: I was trying to ...
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Flashing the BIOS on a DL380 G5 without Windows

This page has installation instructions for an update to the BIOS. Assuming our G5 does not have Windows on it, can someone enlighten me as to how this works? Does it make a bootable USB stick for ...
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What is a BEV device?

I'm looking at the BIOS, Boot Manager, of a brand new Dell power edge T110 II and I'm trying to figure out how to get this machine to boot from USB flash drive. In the boot order screen I see the ...
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How can I automate bios configuration on dell servers?

I have n amount of virgin dell custom servers (DCS24). These are refurbished machines and already delivered, so configuring the BIOS from the provider is not an option. iDRAC/BMC is available on these ...
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How do I disable “Processor Power and Utilization Monitoring” on an HP ProLiant server?

I'm tuning my server for low-latency The guide suggests to disable this option "Processor Power and Utilization Monitoring" because: Disables iLO Processor State Mode Switching and Insight Power ...
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why ACPI SLIT is disabled by default?

I've found such option on my server: ACPI SLIT Preferences NOTE: This option is available on Gen8 servers with Intel processors. ACPI SLIT (System Locality Information Table) describes the relative ...
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Boot gets stuck after PXE agent exits

After installing Ubuntu via PXE onto one of our new servers, the machine keeps getting stuck here on boot: Intel(R) Boot Agent GE v1.3.27 Copyright (C) 1997-2008, Intel Corporation CLIENT MAC ADDR: ...
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SSD head / cylinder / cluster details

A customer of ours makes industrial robots that run on very old, but stable, hardware and software. The only bottleneck has always been the hard drive in these moving machines. Due to constant ...
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Resume by RTC to guarantee software updates

I am maintaining around 100 user workstations with various software and operating systems. I use a WSUS Server for Windows updates and I have a set of custom scripts for other software. WSUS will ...