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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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 Power Mac to boot headless (without keyboard or monitor)?

I have a couple of Apple Power Mac 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 ...
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ECC RAM, Background Scrubbing, and IOMMU BIOS Settings

I'm upping the RAM in one of our servers from 2GB to 4GB. Looking around in the BIOS, I see the following settings: DRAM ECC Enable (Enabled) MCA DRAM ECC Logging (Disabled) ECC Chip Kill (Disable) ...
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Why do i need bios emulation?

I asked the question why i have a 100mb partition and its apparently for bios emulation http://serverfault.com/questions/35952/partition-and-windows-7 My mac intel has that partition, this laptop i ...
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What is iGPU frame buffer?

In the BIOS setup utility of ASUS M3N78-EM, there is an option to set iGPU Frame Buffer Size instead of Hybrid SLI (as has been stated in the manual). What might be the reason for this, and what does ...
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Does the VMWare Server 2.0 BIOS support USB?

I have a VMWare Server 2.0 installation. I have a USB hard drive plugged into the host and the USB device attached to a VM. I would like to be able to boot from one of the partitions on my USB ...
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Increase virtual hard disk size for Fedora 10 VM

I currently have a Fedora 10 VM on VMWare. I'm out of space on the Fedora 10 hard drive and need to allocate more; so far I've been following these instructions. A quick summary is: shut down ...
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How to enable VT extensions on a Dell inspiron 1545

I am trying to install a centos virtual host on my ubuntu laptop but I cannot enable the VT extensions in the BIOS. I have updated to the latest BIOS from Dell the processor is a core 2 duo so it ...
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Is there a way to find out a computer's BIOS password for the Hard drive? [closed]

I have a computer that a password appeared for the Hard drive, I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro, Model No. M15-S405. I called customer service and they want me to drive 200 miles so they can flash the ...
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Bios settings for Dual Opteron Server + 32/64 bit Linux decision + how to use 2 LAMP machines

semi-n00b here. I'm setting up a server that will have Ubuntu 8.04 LTS with a LAMP setup. The system is dual Opteron 248s with 4GB memory. I had a few questions about settings in the bios: Will ...
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Enabling hardware virtualisation BIOS; anything to beware?

A lot of recent virtualisation tools can either make use of, or demand, BIOS support (Intel-VT, AMD-V, etc). But in most of the BIOS screens I've seen, it has been disabled by default - sometimes even ...
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Automated Enable of Wake on LAN

Does anyone know of an automated way to enable Wake on LAN capabilities in the BIOS?