The Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), on a x86 PC, is the firmware that performs the power-on self-test (POST) and initializes hardware.

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How do I boot my computer from a Live-DVD from the terminal?

I'm not an expert on computers in general or Linux in particular, so if I'm vague on something please let me know and I'll try to elaborate. I have an old computer running Red Hat 5.0. It had a ...
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Installing Linux without UEFI

I have a old Dell Dimension 8400 whose motherboard does not have UEFI. I upgraded the RAM to 2 GB. Also, it does not have a CD drive anymore, so the only way to install an OS is through a flash ...
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What is the role of Bios in making system compatible with Linux [closed]

I am running an Ubuntu system. My hardware is very new. I want to ask what is the role of Bios in saying if system is compatible with Linux or not? Edit 1 Sorry for broad query. I am not sure how ...
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BIOS Update within Linux

I want to enable PXE boot of current system's BIOS from Linux. If modifying the BIOS content is not possible then is there any way to take the back up of current BIOS setting and dump it on identical ...
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How much speed difference for a tweaked bios versus uefi boot? [closed]

EFI can be faster, but that's not certain. The biggest speed difference is in hardware initialization early in the process. On my systems, this is a fraction of the total boot time, so a ...
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unrecognized inateck hdd enclosure with linux Mint

I have put in a Hitachi 2.5 inch hdd inside a Inateck hdd enclosure. I have connected the enclosure to a Toshiba R630-156 using a usb2 cable on a usb3 enclosure port. I can hear and feel the hard ...
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Does BIOS read directly the bootloader or load it into RAM?

I'm trying to understand the very first steps of the boot process. The CPU read the BIOS It reads a fixed address instruction It will jump to the first BIOS instructions address It will execute ...
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How to dump bios data to a file

I want to dump the bios data of my laptop to a file. The only solution I found is the following command: dd if=/dev/mem bs=X skip=Y count=1 X and Y are different in suggested solutions by different ...
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Recommend Course of Action? [closed]

I have an Asus VivoBook that came with windows installed on it. For amusement and profit, I have been hacking away trying to to serve a website from behind a wireless router at my house. At some ...
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linux mint booting to black screen

I was installing virtualbox and lost the ability to open new terminal windows. Thinking it would fix itself I restarted after I got virtualbox installed. Now I am booting to a blank screen. ...
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Use some EFI loader to boot MBR

For compatibility reasons I had to install Debian via BIOS emulation rather than native EFI. As the EFI internal bootloader takes ages to look for bootable legacy disks I'd like to change the ...
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How to customize Dell PowerEdge 2970 LED info screen via CentOS?

As shown in the photo below, the Dell PowerEdge 2970 as an information screen on it. I have CentOS installed. Is there a way via the OS to change this data? If so, how? Thanks in advance!
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Booting from USB devices on secure boot UEFI system

I'm trying to put an ArchLinux install onto a USB-HDD and want it to be bootable on BIOS systems as well as on UEFI systems that use secure boot. Therefore I have one main question. Does an UEFI ...
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Does Linux still have to reside within the first XX cylinders of a HDD?

It's been a while since I last bothered with partitioning my hard drive, but now it's time again and I remember last time I did this there was a requirement to put the root partition (or only GRUB?) ...
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Booting from usb fails as I try to install elementary OS on my PC

I'm trying to install Elementary OS Luna on my PC. The problem is that every time I try to boot from my usb, on which I've got the OS installation files, it fails. First I press F12 to get to the ...
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PC -> to -> Server. How to disable video card test inside BIOS?

I'm trying to setup my old PC as a server. Motherboard EliteGroup P4S5A/DX. Upto 2Gb of DDR 1 Ram. Video card: vga1 at pci1 dev 0 function 0 "NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440" rev 0xa3 About a 2-days I'm ...
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How to configure FreeBSD to run headless without hitting high interrupt rates?

When running headless (without monitor, keyboard, mouse attached) FreeBSD versions 8.2, 8.3, 9.0 and NetBSD version 5.0 has known issues (FreeBSD PR 156596, NetBSD 46596) to generate extremely high ...
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[AMIBIOS]Default value not getting reflected on flashing BIOS

This is my first BIOS mod. we use a AMI BIOS from our OEM (Quanmax - KEMX-2030) Currently i am trying to change the default value setting in the BIOS .For, which i use AMIBCP for editing the default ...
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grub-install no bias drive

While trying to fix this problem, I came up with tyring to use a live CD and running grub-install. I mount the directory holding my new linux install files (in /dev/sda7) with: su - mkdir /mnt/tmp ...
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Making a real universal bootable Arch pen drive

I've followed this article, and been able to get a fully working 32-bit installation on a Kingston DataTraveler 8GB pen drive, with a BIOS boot partition, and a home/root ext4 file system without ...
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Remote BIOS update from current running Linux OS

Recently my bios vendor has updated some custom features for my OEM motherboard i have started updating in the sites. with a bootable USB device - AFUDOS OS : Debian 6 Since , I have sites located ...
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motherboard beep

I need help. I am using a Debian machine, ARK-3360F, and I need to make it beep like it does when it starts-up. Unfortunately, there is not any other speaker than this on the machine, so the below ...
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can't find command 'linux16', need to update Dell BIOS. use startup disk?

I'm running Ubuntu 13.10, Dell has dropped support for linux except for one server line, and none of these solutions work because the linux16 command is gone from grub2. How can the final steps ...
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Libre Coreboot payloads?

If one wishes to build an x86 server or workstation that is as de-blobbed and libre as possible, then the best one can do at this time is to use one of the fully free GNU/Linux distributions ...
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Dual Boot Windows 8.1 & Linux Fedora 19 (BootLoader Error)

I installed Win 8.1 in first drive C: and then attempted to install Fedora 19 in D: but after install, all packages in bootloader installation Fedora show the following error: An unknown error has ...
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Unable to boot Linux / Windows as there are no boot entries in the BIOS

I have Asus N56D laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed in EFI mode. I installed Linux Mint 15 dual boot and got it working with the Boot-Repair utility. Everything was going fine until I decided to ...
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What software or drivers do I need to shut off to use `flashrom`?

I have backed myself into a corner with a new system I'm building. The current BIOS is completely broken (it locks up after drawing half the screen if you enter settings during POST, locks up if any ...
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How does a BIOS password work?

I have created a BIOS password. I use the Dvorak keyboard layout. When I switch my keyboard layout to Qwerty and restart, and then type password in with the different layout, there is no change. ...
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BIOS don't recognize my bootable USB [duplicate]

I'm currently using Ubuntu 13.04 on my ASUS F201E laptop. I'm trying to install I want to install Linux Mint 13 "Maya" - MATE (32-bit) because it's meant to be more compatible with my hardware. I've ...
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Can one make a bootable device with several distros of Linux?

I think this question explains itself. But here are some more details anyway: Many Linux distributions have "live USB's" which one can use to try and install that distro. However, that pen must often ...
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USB hard drive boot problem

I have a HP Probook 4525s laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed on it and an external USB Toshiba hard disk(320GB); I've tried to install for several times various linux distros on the USB HD ...
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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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updating BIOS without MS Windows (or a floppy drive)

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04. I need to update my motherboard BIOS. The Arch Linux Wiki says, "By far the easiest way to make a bootable FreeDOS USB Stick is using unetbootin." So I did that. Using ...
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What is the Execute Disable bit?

I read an article about the Execute Disable Bit (EDB) on x86 CPUs. This is more widely known as the NX bit; Intel also calls it XD. So Windows XP supports this hardware feature. Yay! But how do I ...
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Booting from install disk, no USB keyboard

I'm trying to install Arch Linux on a new system with a Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI board. Although I can use the USB keyboard (and mouse) in the BIOS, the keyboard doesn't seem to work at all once I boot ...
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Debian - Boot from USB

I currently have Debian 7.0 installed on my laptop (HP Pavilion dv9700). I would now like to install Arch instead. I wrote the Arch ISO to a USB drive, but when I start up my computer, it ...
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How to get system configuration information without dmidecode

In order to collect some system configuration information, I have been using dmidecode and the related tool lshw to find the information. This works great on most machines, but I have recently got ...
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Install RHEL 5.7S on machine with 4TB disks

I'm getting errors about GPT when installing OS using kickstart. The Dell R720 has 8x 600GB SAS. I can't figure out what to configure in BIOS and kickstart file. In BIOS, there're boot options of ...
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Lost everything after using install-mbr

I was dual booting Windows 8 and BackTrack5 but I erased the MBR while using easyBCD. So I tried this… sudo install-mbr -i n -p D -t 0 /dev/sda1 /dev/sda1 was the primary partition in my ...
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How to install GNU/Linux on a Windows PC without the BIOS password?

I want to install a GNU/Linux based operating system on a computer with Windows preinstalled, but unfortunately, the BIOS is set to only boot from the harddisk, and there is no way to boot from ...
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How to enable Virtualization AMD-V Aspire one AO725 from BIOS or otherwise

I'm try to use the virtualbox to visualizer the system of 64bits but the error that get is: La aceleración VT-x/AMD-V ha sido habilitada, pero no es funcional. Su sistema invitado de 64-bit fallára ...
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Why is USB not working in Linux when it works in UEFI/BIOS?

For background I have just built a new machine with modern hardware including: AMD FX-8350 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 motherboard 16GB RAM NVidia GTX 650 Ti Kingston SSD Given that, I tried to install ...
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How to turn off DELL BIOS beeping through Ubuntu?

I removed my LCD with Inverter, because it was broken. I'm using a Inspiron 4050 with a HDMI or VGA connected at TV, but the BIOS beeps(8times) continuos for ever and ever. There is a way to control ...
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How to correctly configure Debian watchdog daemon for BIOS Watch Dog?

Supermicro main boards contain a BIOS feature named "Watch Dog Function". Having Debian 6.0.6 with kernel "Linux debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP" we did: Change BIOS "Watch Dog Function" from Disabled ...
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booting qemu/kvm directly from a file system

Having used Xen and its pygrub for a while, I'm now trying to do something similar with KVM/qemu. Basically, I have a LVM logical volume (though that could as well be a file) that contains the root ...
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How can I tell if I have a bug with my kernel or with my UEFI firmware?

I have a dz77ga-70k motherboard with version 0049 of the Intel firmware on it. Linux and elilo will not boot in uefi mode. The symptoms are that when I run bzImage.efi initrd=initrd.img ro debug ...
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How do I install openSUSE 12.1 from an external hard disk?

For some reason, my laptop (HP ProBook 5320m) refuses to boot when I install the ISO images for openSUSE 12.1 on an USB stick (the stick starts to blink and then the internal fan goes into overdrive ...
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Installing openSUSE 12.1 on Asus Zenbook UX32VD

Tales of woe (or, the backstory) So my boss who hates the idea of windows and virtualization had brought me his fancy new Zenbook UX32VD wanting openSUSE 12.1 to be installed on it. SO far I have hit ...
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Is there a command or method (other than RTFM) to determine if a system has a UEFI BIOS?

My inspiration for asking this is this other question on Ask Ubuntu. One reason I am asking is that I am just curious. I would like to know more about this for whatever value it might have in the ...
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Force grub to accept windows installation

I installed in my laptop some time ago a oracle linux server to make some test for my job., ok now i want to remove it and install windows from CD., but when i restart the pc he try to run the CD from ...