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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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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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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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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“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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How to configure GRUB loader after apt-get upgrade on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a box with Ubuntu 12.04, and just did a apt-get upgrade. I'm presented with a dialogue to update my GRUB bootloader, but with the following message: The GRUB boot loader was previously ...
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How to boot to BIOS - IBM System X3400 M3

I need help to boot to BIOS for my IBM System X3400 M3. What I know is pressing F12 to boot to BIOS. But every time I presses F12 it never go to BIOS. Instead it boots to my ESXi. UEFI is very slow. ...
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Cannot set MemOpMode or ProcVirtualization with syscfg.exe

When attempting to set MemOpMode or ProcVirtualization with syscfg.exe, I get the following error: C:\Users\EGr>syscfg --MemOpMode=AdvEccMode System Services or CSIOR disabled In the past, I ...
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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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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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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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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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Adaptec configuration has changed - Why can't it show me what it sees before blindly “accept” or “reject”ing?

I work with Adaptec cards on a regular basis; 2405, 5405, 6405e, 6805, and a few others. I am dismayed by the BIOS' terseness and lack of any utility at all. I can set card setting toggles; but the ...
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hp dl140 g3 how to repair after failed bios update

During updating bios to the new version (1.18) i got an error that computer can't read rom file. Then after reboot server did not start. Actually it starts but does not show anything, screen is blank, ...
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Reflash Supermicro BIOS Chip with external EEPROM programmer

I've a Supermicro server, out of warranty, and it suicided in the last month. Yes, exactly. During a AMIBIOS update process the BIOS Watchdog has been tripped and the motherboard reseted during the ...
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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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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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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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Bootrec /FIXBOOT vs Bootrec /FIXMBR

According to Microsoft here is what Bootrec /FIXBOOT does: "This option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that's compatible with Windows Vista or Windows 7" ...
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How to dump BIOS from running Sun Blade 1500?

I'd like to replace an old-aged Sun Blade 1500 Red running SunOS 5.8 by a Qemu-based Virtual Machine. Tutorials like this describe how to do this with older hardware, but as I need to run SPARC64 ...
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Cisco UCS C22 M3 Rack-mount BIOS Recovery

So my Cisco UCS Server's BIOS is corrupt and needs reflashed. When it boots it simply gives me the recovery instructions such as put the recovery.cap file in the root directory of a USB drive then ...
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HP ProLiant DL120 G7 boot stuck due to disabled raid controller

After I have enabled RAID I disabled the B110i raid controller in the BIOS. Now it is stuck on a POST message and I can't do anything. Pressing F9 to re-enter the BIOS settings does nothing. It ...
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System does not boot with a six-core Opteron 2435

I took a chance, and it seems that I might have struck out. I own a pair of Altus 1640SA 1U servers from Penguin Computing. They have dual socket F Motherboards from a manufacturer that went out of ...
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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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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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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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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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USB drive not detected in Intel EFI shell

I must update an Intel S3420GPLC board. BIOS, BMC, FRU / SDR, the whole thing. Everything is pretty much automated in the Intel download. You're supposed to boot to the integrated EFI shell, mount ...
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HP DL160G6 bios update fails

I tried to update the BIOS from my HP DL160G6's. Unfortunately the Windows update degraded my BIOS version from 243 to 237. But when I try to upgrade both servers to version the update fails. First I ...
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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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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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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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Intel 1200BTS only sees 15 out of 20 drives on Areca card in JBOD?

I am setting up a NAS device using an Intel 1200 BTSR motherboard and an Areca 24 port SATA/SAS card. Booting up into the Areca card's BIOS, I'm able to see all 20 drives that I have configured in ...
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Enable memory interleaving (disable NUMA) on 4-way Dell PowerEdge R820

We have recently received a new Dell PowerEdge R820 system. It comes with 4 CPU sockets and 512GB of memory. By default it operates in NUMA mode (memory interleaving is disabled) and practically each ...
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manufacturing fault : HP 630 laptop and BIOS version

We have received another returned laptop today from HP. The form explaining what HP have performed says they have upgraded the BIOS. I’ve checked the bios versions of all our 630 laptops and HP have ...