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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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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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 ...
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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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Power Usage via IPMI or BIOS or?

Is it possible to check the power usage of an entire machine via IPMI, BIOS, or any other option? I have done some searching but no results have came up yet. PDUs only show the total usage, so this ...
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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 ...