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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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 ...
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Wake on Lan (WOL) stopped working

My wake on lan stopped working for no apaprent reason. I installed wireshark and from another machine sent a magic packet to the target computer and I could see the packet was coming through. ...
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Is it possible to change BIOS settings from Linux?

I'm trying to write a script to enable IPMI on a ton of machines without having to hook up a KVM to them one by one. Is it possible to change the BIOS settings from Linux? OS is SL6. I understand ...
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BIOS updates for PowerEdge CS24-VSS

We have some PowerEdge CS24 servers that won't run Windows Server 2008. Both installer and cloned images promptly BSOD on boot with an error The BIOS in this system is not fully ACPI compliant. I ...
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How To Change Dell Bios Settings Remotely?

I recently noticed at a clients that their Dell laptops appear to have SMART disabled in bios by default. I noticed this while swapping out a disk on a desktop which had failed without any warning.. ...
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Dell PowerEdge 750 BIOS Update Caused Black Screen in Ubuntu 12.04

We've got a stack of Dell PowerEdge 750 servers that our boss bought at auction or something. Anyway, I've been trying to get them in working condition. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on one and then ...
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What do these IPMI System Event Logs mean?

I'm currently trying to troubleshoot what seem to be hardware issues with a x3650 m3 machine. Using IPMItools, I'm reading recurring assertion events from sensor type: 0F, sensor no: B5 that repeat ...
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X7DWN+ 14GB Memory Fitted - 10GB Detected by BIOS

We have a Supermicro X7DWN+ motherboard with two Xeon L5420 CPU's installed. There is a total of 14GB memory installed, however the BIOS is only seeing 10GB. The memory has been tested in another ...
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Identifying BIOS changes remotely

Is there some way to read the BIOS log remotely? Do changes get logged in the BIOS when a hard disk is replaced? Can this be detected after the event? We would not like the users using the laptop for ...
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BIOS System Firmware failed

One of my company's servers won't boot. Both CPUs' error LEDs are lit. The iRMC interface shows the following errors: CPU 1 failed CPU 2 failed BIOS System Firmware (BIOS/EFI) failed All other ...
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Where to get FW/BIOS for Sun Fire X4150

I have been trying to get the lastest software for the X4150. I get to this link http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/patches/firmware/release-history-jsp-138416.html#X4150 but it gets me no ...
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Enable Dell PowerEdge 830 withoud CD Rom drive to boot unattended

I removed the cd rom drive from a Dell PowerEdge 830 Now it does not start unattended anymore. It boots normal, then halts at a line that says "strike F1 to continue, F2 to run setup". F1 would work ...
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How to make my HP server boot faster?

I have an HP ProLiant DL370 G6 server that I am using as a workstation. It takes 60 seconds during reboot and cold boot before screens post with a discrete Radeon HD6xxx GPU. What can I do to make ...
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Entering BIOs Setup from Supermicro IPMI KVM

I'm having trouble getting into BIOs Setup from Supermicro IPMI "KVM" - Remote Control Console Redirection. I need to change the boot order to CDROM first. I'm running Windows 2008 server. After ...
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Should I enable “Intel NIC DMA Channels”?

I have HP DL360p Gen8 646902-xx1 I'm trying to optimize my config for low latency trading. Should I enable "Intel NIC DMA Channels"? Will that help/affect my system? From HP doc: Added a new ROM ...
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Export BIOS Settings

I'd like to be able to export the BIOS settings for systems with SuperMicro H8SCM-F motherboards. I need to be able to process the results programmatically, so text output is ideal. What sort of ...
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Which comes first, POST or BIOS [closed]

I'm sort of confused as to which comes first during boot up, the POST test or the BIOS. Some places say the POST test is a function of the BIOS, and that the BIOS initially loads it. Others say the ...
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IBM Server searching for secondary server

I just bought the following server IBM System x3950 Server, 4 x 3.0GHz Dual Core, 32GB, 6 x 73.4GB 10K SAS RAID, 256MB BBWC, 2x Power, CD-RW/DVD When i boot it up, it says "Searching for secondary ...
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I can't connect to internet via lan cable because 2032 battery died and my bios bios info is now empty [closed]

I have a compaq CQ61-112SL from about 5 years now... the main battery is almost dead, doesn't keep more then 10 minutes. anyway my problem is that my motherboard battery didn't have any more energy ...
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Dell PowerEdge SC1425 - Boot Error from USB

I'm new to hosting, and I got my first server a couple of days ago, and am having troubles. I'm trying to boot Ubuntu Server 12.04 from a USB Device I have, and when I attempt to boot, I get "Boot ...
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Problems with low vcore voltage on Supermicro

Strange problem with Supermicro MB X9SCA-F - after BIOS update to 2.0a version, I got following messages in event log: Critical - vcore low voltage And the second problem is that BIOS time & date ...
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Pizza box and lunch box in SMBIOS: What are they?

The SMBIOS spec lists Pizza Box (05h) and Lunch Box (10h) as the meaning for System Enclosure or Chassis Types. The other stuff makes sense but these do not. Are there really chassis types that ...
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K8NDRE motherboard in server fails to complete BIOS load with error 0078

K8NDRE motherboard with 4 sata drives, was running fine. Drives had raid-0 and raid-1 partitions, using mdadm. The onboard raid is disabled. Upon reformatting the drives, setting a new partition ...
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32GB RAM aren't running well together but are same [closed]

I got 4x 8GB Ram. Two sets: CMZ16GZ3M2A1600C10 x2 CML16GZ3M2A1600C10R x 2 If I run them separate, everything work fine. System boot up in 4 seconds and everything is smooth in games and windows. ...
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CPU?: Not responding

I'm attempting to build a system for co-location. I've been running into issues while trying to install CentOS 6.3 System Specs: Motherboard: ASUS m5a99x Process: AMD FX-8120 (8-core Bulldozer) ...
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How can I flash the BIOS on a Dell T5500?

I been given a Dell T5500 Workstation that used to be maintained by a gentleman that no longer works at the company I work for. The workstation has a BIOS admin password as well as a BIOS boot ...
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Poweredge 750 cannot startup after power failure

After a recent power failure my poweredge 750 powers on but just sits on the Dell A06 bios loading screen. I tried resetting the bios' memory by removing the battery and restarting after 15min to no ...
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How do I upgrade the BIOS to boot the motherboard when the CPU is not suported?

So I have a Tyan S8225 motherboard with a Valencia (Opteron 4200) CPU. Two of us have tried everything. We have even swapped the whole motherboard, Power supply, memory, even a different CPU (still ...
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Supermicro BIOS recovery - SUPER.ROM

I have a Supermicro X9SCL+-F motherboard that I flashed a beta BIOS to, then the flash went bad when I tried to flash back to the latest stable. I am attempting to recover using their SUPER.ROM ...
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Access HP Proliant DL385 BIOS [closed]

How do I access the BIOS of a HP ProLiant DL385 server? It doesn't have any hard drives, just power, monitor & keyboard connected. The keyboard is a PS/2 Microsoft Media keyboard with an ...
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HP Proliant ML115 G5 - Boot order lost after reboot

I have one HP Proliant ML 115 G5 (AMD) with the latest BIOS (07-06-2009) and recently I've installed an USB disk. This is a common problem on old Proliant servers. When you plug the USB disk, BIOS ...
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Should I use bios “Advanced ECC” in Dell PowerEdge R710 Bios with ECC DIMMs?

I have a Dell PowerEdge R710 with dual Intel Xeon E5503 CPUs. It has 96GB(12x8GB) of ECC DIMMs. In its BIOS, memory is configured for "Advanced ECC". My question is if my DIMMs are already ECC, does ...
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Adding SSD boot disk to machine running RAID 10

I have a server (dev rig) that runs Windows 2008 R2 and boots from a RAID 10 setup. Now I want to add an SSD disk that will contain Windows 7 (could be dual boot, but dont plan on salvaging the ...
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No partition found error when installing an OS on Dell Poweredge with RAID

I have three Dell 1850 rack servers: One has 3 GB of RAM and two 73GB HDD's. Two others have 6 GB RAM and each of them has two 73GB HDD's. I am currently trying to install an OS on them, but when ...
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Broken BIOS detected, complain to your hardware vendor. WTF?

This is what I found in dmesg on my new Fedora 16 instalation on new HP ProLiant DL320 G6 [ 0.130963] Performance Events: PEBS fmt1+, Westmere events, Broken BIOS detected, complain to ...
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Installing IPMI Bios onto supermicro

I have one of these: http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/QPI/5500/X8DTG-QF.cfm And IPMI is just not operating anymore, it had been at one point. It comes up as non functional in the BIOS ...
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How to flash a BIOS when the firmware is larger than will fit on a DOS boot disk? [closed]

I have a supermicro motherboard I want to flash the BIOS on, but the firmware is bigger than will fit on a freedos boot disk. How can I flash it? I should point out that I am using linux on my ...
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Ultra 20 won't boot if second hard drive added

I have an aged Ultra 20 (AMD) running Solaris 10 that boots fine as long as another hard drive has not been added to the bus; with the second drive added, I can't even get to BIOS settings, instead ...
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HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF won't boot from USB drive

Can't get an HP 8200 Elite Small Form Factor to boot from USB. It's done so in the past & the USB boot drive works in a different machine (HP 8440p laptop). Have tried upgrading BIOS (from 2.09 ...
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Building uEFI bootable ISO and USB for Windows 7 deployment

I have been trying to build up a window's 7 and 2k8 EFI deployment ISO or USB. But struggling to to even get an ISO to boot from even VMware Workstation EFI implementation. The problem is there is no ...
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Why do server vendors always ship them with disabled hardware virtualization support? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enabling hardware virtualisation BIOS; anything to beware? This, which seem to be common practice for all hardware vendors, has been bugging me for a while: why is ...
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How to Change Intel OEM Bios Information (e.g. Serial Number, Manufacturer?)

We purchase some of our systems (desktops mainly) through a small third-party OEM. They don't include serial number, manufacturer info., etc. in the BIOS however and this makes it difficult for ...
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Problems with RAID1 array being recognised

I have put a new RAID card (UCS-51) into my Dell Precision T5400. I have connected this to 2 x 1TB SATA disks. I have configured a mirror array in the RAID bios. The array shows when I boot ...
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Updating OpenBoot PROM on Sun Fire v440

After i have updated ALOM firmware on Sun Fire v440, i decided to update OpenBoot PROM, but when i try to load the patch using boot disk /flash-update-SunFire440 i get: SILO Fatal Error: Multiple ...
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Updating ALOM firmware Sun Fire v440

I have Sun Fire v440 server with old bios (or ALOM?) release. So the fans installed in the server make a lot of noise, even if processors aren't heated. I have some image files to update bios ...
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can't access SATA card config screen on boot, nor access the disks

We've just upgraded our file server using an ASUS P6T WS Pro board, running FreeBSD-RELEASE 8.2 and using zfs to manage 12 WD20EARS disks. Since our 3ware card has been giving us trouble we started ...
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Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) scans GUID from BIOS?

A customer is planning to use SCCM (Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager). According to them, the software is looking for a GUID (Globally unique identifier) in BIOS but found out the the ...
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Windows Server 2003 : Unable to load [closed]

I had a physical server installed windows server 2003, it appear to be unable to load into windows, I tried diagnose it from Boot Disk Utilities and notice all the results return was failed. Is that ...