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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

10
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
20
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
14k views

Disable CPU cores in bios?

Is it possible to disable CPU (Intel) cores in BIOS, and if yes what HP/DELL (others?) 1U/2U servers would allow this? It is becoming difficult to find new server hardware with dual core CPUs, most ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
993 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
318 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

HP ProLiant system preparation/deployment techniques (Array, BIOS, firmware, etc.)

I spend a lot of my time with HP ProLiant systems and Linux installations. Due to the nature of the business I work in, I don't have the luxury of being able to deploy large numbers of identical ...
7
votes
4answers
6k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
366 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
820 views

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 ...
4
votes
5answers
3k views

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) ...
3
votes
2answers
550 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
163 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
888 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

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 ...