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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Grub 1.99 default?

I have been running into an issue. I have my grub set to run the only OS on power on, and the BIOS to automatically restart the machine if it dies. The issue is that if the machine dies (from say a ...
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PCI configuration

I would need an help to solve a problem. I work on a system based on CompactPCI platform. The system is composed by: 3U CompactPCI CPU Blades (based on Pentium M processor) 3U CompactPCI ...
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Disable PCIe device on Dell R610

I have a Dell PowerEdge R610 system sitting in a co-location facility. It has four onboard NICs and a 2-port PCIe NIC in one of the slots. I'm usually working with HP servers, so I have the ability to ...
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NTLDR is corrupt the system cannot boot - Win 2008

I have a new server with no OS. I setup BIOS to boot from the DVD drive. I opended the ISO file for Windows 2008 RS using PowerISO. Then burned it to DVD. I insert the DVD in and when I boot up I ...
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Change BIOS settings on Supermicro system via a script

I see that Dell & HP have programs that you can change the BIOS settings remotely or via a script/file. Does anyone know how this can be done on a Supermicro system or is there one that is not ...
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What can I do about the 2 SATA harddrives no longer showing up even in BIOS?

I've been trying to setup Ubuntu but have been running into countless issues. Both the 500GB drives has now become undetectable and don't even show up in BIOS. I've detailed below the process I've ...
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Sun X4100: “LSI Configuration Utility Text Strings Image memory error!”

We have a used X4100 (not M2). It has an option during the boot process that says LSI Logic Corp. MPT SAS BIOS MPTBIOS-6.04.07.00 (2005.11.03) Copyright 2000-2005 LSI Logic Corp. Press Ctrl+C to ...
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Windows Server 2008 Crash

My server has been restarting almost daily, some times twice a day. This started after changing the raid drives with larger drives. My log for the raid says everything is fine and has not had a single ...
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Uncorrected DRAM ECC error

I am using SuperMicro server, AMI BIOS, Kingston ECC 8g registered RAM and Intel X5690. After booted up, BMC responding: Un-Correctable DRAM ECC Error Detected at CPU01/Channel01/DIMM0A Press F1 to ...
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How do I configure hardware raid in a Poweredge 2850?

I just bought a Dell Poweredge 2850 from Craigslist and for the most part I'm happy with it's $300 price-tag, but I cannot figure out where to configure the embedded hardware raid... I've seen online ...
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re-install hp dc7600

I inherited a used hp/compaq dc7600 desktop after we upgraded at work. The hard disk was re-formatted but it came with a set of HP XP and Restore disks - unfortunately for a dc5800. I optimistically ...
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Change BIOS settings without a reboot Dell Power Edge 1850

I have a server that has "F1 to continue" option enabled on the BIOS. This is a problem, because I do not have easy physical access and I need to reboot occasionally. My question is, is there a tool ...
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Using 3TB HDD as boot drive on non-EFI BIOS

I'm in weird situation, where I bought 3TB drives, only to discover that server's bios does not support it (should have done my homework)... But I still need to install them in the server, and boot ...
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Install Dell BIOS updates from bootable linux USB key

What's the best linux distribution to put on a USB key to install the dell BIOS updates? I tried fedora but it was missing some dependencies and didn't work. Any instructions or step-by-step ...
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Windows not picking up hard drive, but BIOS does

I have a Windows Server 2003 box, with 2 identical hard drives installed (not in a RAID array). For some reason, Windows just stopped recognising the second hard drive. It doesn't appear in My ...
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Using conrep - Capturing and duplicating the BIOS settings

I got an HP ProLiant DL160SE G6, I need to capture the entire BIOS settings of one server and duplicate them to same model servers. This will save us lots of time and eliminate human errors. I ...
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unattended BIOS configuration for HP server (DL160SE G6)

We are having a big deployment of servers (DL160SE G6) and I need to find a way to configure their BIOS settings without going through the RBSU of each one - It would take too long. I am thinking ...
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How do I update my Bios on an Intel S5500BC motherboard?

So i've just received an Intel S5500BC motherboard in an Intel chassis. I'm not sure how to upgrade the BIOS in it. First of all I have Windows 2008 R2 (SP1) installed. So I thought I might try ...
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How to disable VGA on new server… reversibly?

Strange question here. I have a server with 1GB of RAM, however when booted this shows as 768MB. I've discovered the reason for it – and that is that it has an unboard graphics card which shares ...
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Error starting Hyper-V VM

I'm trying to start a VM on a new Hyper-V installation and I'm receiving the following error: The virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running. The following actions ...
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Terrible Performance with SATA Drives on Dell PowerEdge, steps to troubleshoot?

I had asked this question earlier and the question went missing so here it is again. Bought a DELL Poweredge 2950 to use as in-house QA Server. Disk performance is beyond terrible, 1000-4000 ms ...
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How to enable network boot / change BIOS settings on all nodes of a cluster?

I've got a homogenous cluster of several dozen nodes, and I've got CMM modules controlling them. I need to enable network boot on all these nodes, in order to redeploy them. Is there a way to do ...
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How to discover the MAC address of machines in a network?

How do I discover the MAC address of machines in a network? I need to discover the machines that are available just with only BIOS installed (no operating system). And I need to find the MAC address ...
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What is Memory Operating Mode?

I have been given an x64 windows 2003 server, on which I have installed M$ Virtual server 2005 R2. I then created an image that is running Server 2008 R2. It was running very slowly so i did a bit of ...
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Update BIOS on Sun Fire X4150 server

I have some Sun Fire X4150 servers with a very old BIOS release (1ADQW015), which seems to have some compatibility problems with WMware ESX Server 3.5 and Windows 2008 R2 virtual machines; so I want ...
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“Unable to retrieve BIOS information”

While trying to update the BIOS' of PowerEdge 2950s to 2.6.5 from 2.2.6, I got this message, "Unable to retrieve BIOS information." These are remote servers so updating via boot-disk isn't feasible. ...
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Entering supervisor mode in PhoenixBIOS

I'm trying to change the boot order on a VM that uses PhoenixBIOS. I can get to the setup utility. However, I can't figure out how to get into supervisor mode, which is required to change the boot ...
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How would you apply a BIOS update for a Dell M610 blade with VMware ESXi installed?

We've got a Dell M610 blade with VMware ESXi 4 installed and we need to update it's BIOS to the latest version. Unfortunately, Dell only makes available a Windows (.exe) and Linux (.bin) versions of ...
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Dell PowerEdge R410: System asks to press F1 or F2

We just installed an option card (PERC 6/i) into a brand-new Dell PowerEdge R410 and now the system does no unattended startup but instead asks me to press F1 to continue or F2 to enter system setup ...
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SYS-5016T-MTFB will not POST without manual assistance (Motherboard: X8STi-F)

I have a Supermicro 5016T-MTFB 1U server which I am in the process of setting up, but it has a really strange problem. When the system is powered on it will not POST until I press the reset button a ...
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IBM x260m won't boot from PCI SATA card

We ghosted our old Windows 2003 drive to a new 1TB one, and connected through new PCI SATA card. The x260m server fails to boot with error 1962: "Boot sector not found." When we connect the drive ...
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Is it safe to flash LSI MegaRAID firmware from within MSM on a 'live' system?

When does the firmware actually get reflashed? Next time the server is restarted? I don't want to interrupt services but I'd love to get the latest update out of the way. (It fixes read/writes for ...
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fedora 11 server won't boot from SATA disk, won't boot from CD, BIOS configuration problems

Yesterday our fc11 file/print server didn't boot, and had stopped on the BIOS page with a configuration problem. (with a distinct lack of foresight) I reset the BIOS settings to default without ...
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Hyper-V on Dell PowerEdge T-105

I am not a hardware expert and am seeking help from them. I bought a Dell PowerEdge T105 server to run a Hyper-V setup for my Dev work. I did not want the OS from them as I already have the OS. So ...
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Access to MediaShield RAID utility

I'm using RAID-1 configuration on a PC which will be accessible by many people who are not very experienced with computers. So I want to restrict access to MediaShield RAID configuration utility which ...
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Enabling SATA RAID on DL180 G5

How to enable SATA RAID on DL180G5 E5405, because i did not find any equivalent option on the BIOS, nor any prompt for that.
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HP DL380 G5 server BIOS Upgrade interrupted and no longer booting

Whilst in the middle of doing a maintenance CD and iLO upgrade via the iLO on a HP DL380 G5, lost connectivity to the server. After this point unable to contact the iLO. Will not ping. Unplugged all ...
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Have I bricked my Sun V20z?

I have a small pile of Sun V20z computers. I was trying to update the SP and BIOS firmwares in order to bring them all up to the same standard -- mostly to get the updated (ie actually useful) SP ...
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ntpdate shows 4second time drift / day

I started ntpdate running every night as a cronjob (on two servers). And every morning I have an email telling me the outcome. On one server it's correcting by about 0.8 seconds every day, which seems ...
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How to configure Apple Powermac to boot headless (sans keyboard/monitor)?

I have a couple of Apple Powermac G5 machines that I have deployed as servers: they're running GNU+Linux, connected to the world only via an ethernet cable. When I need to restart these machines, ...
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Deploy/Set BIOS password on Dell PowerEdge via script (R210, R410)

Does anybody know a way of setting the BIOS password on a Dell Poweredge R210 or R410 via a script? Ideally on Debian Linux, but any pointers are nice! There's a tool called DCU which most likely ...
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How to PXE boot if BIOS does not suppport it

Situation: I have an old rack server that I want to use as a test machine. The BIOS does not support network boot, and cannot be upgraded. I need to install a fresh OS on it. Is there anything I can ...
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Dell PowerEdge: powersaving BIOS settings differences

I'm closing in on purchasing a Dell PowerEdge R710 rack server and am curious to know the difference between Dell's power saving bios setting and their performance bios setting. Should I be concerned ...
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Dell SC1435 always requires F1 at boot

I have a Dell PowerEdge SC1435 that has come back after doing duty at a partner site. I am trying to configure it for local use. The only problem I have with it is that every time it boots it always ...
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Enabling Hyper-V in HP Z800 BIOS

I should be able to enable Hyper-V for my new HP Z800, but I simply cannot find the switch in BIOS. Does anybody know what they've called it this time?
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SCSI Windows Setup on Dell Precision 670 Workstation…please help

Error Windows Setup: "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" This is not exactly a programming question but I thought you guys might be able to help. I just received a ...
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Corrupted characters when in BIOS menu

I'm experiencing hardware problems with one of my machines. Ignoring the rest of the symptoms I was curious about one of them. When I enter the BIOS, random characters are screwed up... as in, ...
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Slow Boot After Changing Configuration

One of our company's IBM NetVista computers had a faulty CD-ROM drive. I replaced it with a new DVD-ROM drive and the start-up BIOS sequence started being very slow, up to 3-4 minutes, before booting ...
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Changing DELL PE2950 Bios settings remotely

I'm trying to set up remote console redirection on a few Dell boxes and I was wondering if there were anyway to turn that on without rebooting the machine and going into the BIOS. Has anyone ever done ...
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In Windows Server 2008, Why does my BIOS and Computer Properties Show All My Installed RAM, but Task Manager Does Not?

I am running Windows Server 2008 on a Dell Inspiron 530 as a poor Dev Shop's development server. We are using Hyper-V, and need lots of RAM. We currently have 6Gb of RAM installed, but when booted ...