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 to flash firmware under Linux in practice?

Well, I am feeling too old for jumping through several burning hoops to upgrade several firmwares via the usual vendor-specific way: Download some DOS tools, waste some time creating a (Free-)DOS boot ...
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Getting administrator privileges on Aptio Setup Utility

I am about to install Lubuntu on an Asus s56c machine currently running Windows 8.1. I need to change the boot order and remove the secure boot on my pc but I can't get into the BIOS Aptio Setup ...
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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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Protective master boot record boot flag - GPT

On an HP Elitebook 8760w, the BIOS does not support GPT well and I have found that it does not like GPT formatted boot disks which is default for many *nix platform installers. FreeBSD and OpenSuse ...
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Can't find eth0 in my ifconfig output

I have a old desktop with ASUS P5KPL AM/PS board with intel core2Duo processor. I have installed kali linux on it when I run ifconfig in root shell all I can see l0which is my loopback address and ...
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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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Laptop doesn' t want to wake up

My laptop (Notebook HP Pavilion g7t-1100 CTO) have been working fine till today, I enabled Virtual Technology in BIOS and from that time laptop doesn't want to wake up after I slept it. When I disable ...
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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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Easy way to compare BIOS information between two machines?

I have two machines - machineA and machineB running Ubuntu 12.04 Is there any easy way I can compare BIOS settings between those two machine and see the difference instead of doing it manually using ...
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dmidecode - what is the “system”?

In dmidecode types 0 BIOS Information 1 System Information 2 Baseboard (or Module) Information What is the second entry? For exmaple, First is for bios, second for Motherboard. What does ...
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Can I read settings in BIOS without restarting Ubuntu

Can I read my bios settings under Ubuntu without restarting? For example, I'd like to check the sleep settings in my BIOS, S3 (suspend) or S4 (hibernate). As of now, I can't hibernate, and am ...
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Fedora 16 only boots after manual drive selection [closed]

A colleague of mine recently tried to setup a RAID 1 on our Fedora 16 machine via the Disk Utiliser menu, even since then (even after tearing the raid down and removing all HDDs but the boot drive), ...
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Laptop boots directly to Ubuntu, can't access BIOS or Boot menu anymore

I'm running Laptop with single OS: UbuntuMATE 15.04 Beta1 64bit on Toshiba laptop Core i3. After burning "Elementary OS" on a live USB drive using UNetbootin, what happened is: -After reboot, laptop ...
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Centos 6.4 and UEFI

I have centos 6.4 64. In /boot/efi/EFI/redhat I have grub.efi file (about 251Kb). However, when I execute efibootmgr I get Fatal: Couldn't open either sysfs or procfs directories for accessing ...
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How to prepare for a possible unreadable disk from bios after swapping disks?

How to prepare for a possible unreadable disk from bios after swapping disks? I want to switch out my old disk with my working linux mint 16 os and plug in a new disk and install linux mint 17. I am ...
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RedHat machine will not boot when video card is removed

I "inherited" RH 6.4 on a computer with an nVidia video card. I took the image and dd'd it to another computer that has the same hardware. By design, the second computer will be headless. This ...
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Too many UEFI boot entries

Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual UEFI boot. My notebook only has one disk device. The Grub 2 entries are normal with only Windows and Ubuntu entries. However, when entering BIOS setting, I can see ...
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BIOS and CentOS sending serial messages on bootup

I have a piece of hardware connected to my CentOS workstation via serial. The hardware has to be always on and responding. Recently I realised that on rebooting, my BIOS sends out a serial message. ...
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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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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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Boot Linux from UEFI BIOS

I'm porting UEFI BIOS. I'd like to download an Linux image (bzImage) to system memory by TFTP in my UEFI shell, and then boot the OS directly. I know we generally need another bootloader to do that. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to make grub work again after drive reassignment?

My config: opensuse 11.4, boot partition at pendrive and hard drives with partitions sda1, sda2, sdb1. Today I changed chassis for my computer, and by mistake I attached second drive to SATA 3 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...