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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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 rename boot options with dual boot

I have Ubuntu and Windows 10 installed side-by-side, and the BIOS tool that's installed on the computer is called "Aptio Setup Utility". How can I rename the boot options, not just for the OS I'm ...
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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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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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How to enable IOMMU on Gigabyte GA-970-Gaming SLI-CF

I've enabled svm and iommu in the bios, but I get "not available" from dmesg: # root@xen:~# dmesg |grep -i iommu [ 0.000000] Command line: placeholder ...
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How to escape a BIOS failure?

While attempting to install deepin linux onto my new netbook, I worked myself into a corner that I do not know how to escape. 1) I loaded the deepin installer onto my USB stick as per instructions, ...
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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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Why is windows launching instead of grub. Bad bios settings? Wrong boot loader location?

I am attempting to dual boot Linux Mint 17.2 (Cinnamon, 64 bit) and Windows 8.1 on my Acer E 15 (model # E5-573-55W1). I have successfully installed Mint, but I can't get grub to start in a ...
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Update Dell Latitude BIOS with “dd” command rather than “UNetbootin”

I'm doing these instructions. I cannot use UNetbootin, therefore I'm trying dd command instead: sudo dd if=~/Downloads/fdbasecd.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=10M After dd, the filesystem of bootable USB is ...
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Allowing GRUB to access network in BIOS mode

I want grub to fetch some configuration via tftp/http. Using efi I can do insmod efinet and net_ls_cards will list my network cards which I can configure and use. Using PXE in BIOS/legacy mode ...
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Phoenix Securecore tiano USB boot doesnt work

I've a problem with a Dell XPS 17 which I want to install Linux Mint on. I've created my USB key (which work on old pc) but it doen't recognized as USB device or removable device on my Dell. Many ...
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Why Linux can boot from GPT partition type on systems BIOS?

Why Linux can boot from GPT partition type on system with either BIOS or EFI firmware but windows or OSX can't? What's the concept behind this?
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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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Convert Windows BIOS based instrallation to UEFI from Cent OS live cd

I have a BIOS based Windows Server 2008R2 installation, I need to migrate this to a UEFI based installation. I was able to achieve this from a WIN PE live cd and following this link I am working on ...
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How does the grub efi loader find the correct grub.cfg and boot directory?

As I understand it, the uefi bios loads grub.efi from the efi partition. This now loads a bunch of grub modules and the configuration file from the /boot directory. But how does grub find the correct ...
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Are UEFI firmwares for different devices with same chipset and UEFI manufacturer compatible?

There are a few 2014-2015 devices with Intel Atom Z3745 chipset. Some of them run 32-bit Windows others run Android. The Windows ones have 32-bit UEFI. The Android ones have 64-bit UEFI. Is it ...
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“grub” entry in BIOS after installing ElementaryOS

After installing ElementaryOS, I get the entry (to boot) named "grub". None named ElementaryOS as expected. Problem is, when going into the grub entry, I get its console (more or less like this). Am ...
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Deleted grub partition from windows. Cannot enter BIOS, only shows grub terminal

I am a linux newbie. I installed elementary os freya x64 in dual boot with Windows 10 pro x64, while installing I create four partitions: /, swap, /home and biosgrub. after installation I tried ...
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How to create a bootable Debian USB drive using Windows

I'm new to this forum so sorry if I have missed any details. I am running Windows 10 and I am starting to learn how to boot from USB devices. The following is what I want to do: I have a 16gb USB 3.0 ...
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Backing up Bios / Dumping BIOS vars

I'd like to alter some VRAM numbers on my laptop—and this has lead me to modding my BIOS via an EFI shell (because, of course, there are many options locked away from the user when it comes to ...
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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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Does the the Thinkpads still gets bricked when installing linux?

I am thinking about buying a Thinkpad for college work, specifically the Thinkpad t540p. (The touchpad seems bad, but I heard it has amazing performance and amazing build quality). I saw a post ...
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Booting problem after trying to dual boot fedora 23 and windows 8.1 [SOLVED]

I tried to install fedora 23 on dual-boot with an usb stick today, I followed this video tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOP_FtP1e9U I'm in UEFI mode, so I installed fedora and everything ...
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Boot script issue after formatting computer

I am new to Linux, currently using Linux Mint. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to ditch Windows altogether. So I formatted my entire hard disk and installed Linux Mint. I got a warning during the ...
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Scientific LInux 7 no boot menu or bios

Under Sci Linux 7 I cannot access either the boot menu or bios. I have Mint installed on a separate drive & cannot boot from it at all. I tried to boot from a Debian live DVD and a Mint live DVD, ...
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Unable to shutdown Windows after installing GRUB

(Hope this is the right place to ask this) I've a Asus ROG laptop that came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, I upgraded it to Windows 10 and then I wanted to install Bunsenlabs Linux as dual boot. The ...
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Can grub2 on an MBR disk boot linux partitions on a GPT disk?

I have grub 2 running win 7 ultimate, win 8.1 and win 10 as well as 50 or so linux partitions that boot off of the grub 2. Can I add more entries to the grub 2 on one of the mbr disks that will boot ...
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no bios, black screen on laptop after kernel upgrade and hibernation

I am running dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.2 on an ASUS K56. I upgraded the kernel to 4.2 the other day. Reboot and everything worked just fine. Tested browser, music player etc. Then I leave ...
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“USB HDD” option replaced by “ubuntu” in BIOS, now cannot use USB boot media

So, being foolish old me, I tried to use os-uninstaller to remove my Windows installation and make way for Arch Linux. Unfortunately, now nothing on this computer boots, and I cannot even boot from a ...
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How to install Kali?

Firstly, I tried to install Kali 2.0 from usb. Clicked install/graphicInstall. But it complained that there was no dvd disk with the packages in. Then, I went liveUSB and installed from there. I had ...
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Brightness controls not working after BIOS update

I am running Debian Jessie on my Thinkpad X220. Yesterday, after flashing a new BIOS on the laptop, the brightness keys stopped working on Debian. I can change the brightness during the BIOS bootup ...
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USB not showing in Boot Menu or Bios

I am trying to boot Linux from my usb drive but it doesn't seem to show USB as an option in the bios or boot menu. pics of bios and boot menu ! http://imgur.com/a/wMu4i Any help would be ...
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How to put Linux Boot Manager in front of Windows Boot Manager?

I have set up a dual boot with Windows 10 and Arch on my laptop, but I can't move the Linux Boot Manager option from the Boot Option Menu in front of the Windows Boot Manager: I tried putting ...
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No display on power up

So I have this problem ever since I enabled secure-boot, every time I power up the screen doesn't turn on and it just hang there, I tried to access BIOS many times but no luck, CMOS reset didn't work ...
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Problems updating BIOS via Ubuntu

I have a Compaq Presario V4000 laptop currently running version F.03 BIOS. After spending a while looking through HP and Compaq's websites, Archive.org and Google, I determined that the BIOS updater ...
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Optimal BIOS CPU power config for performant Hadoop?

I'm in the process of setting up a Hadoop cluster and have so far been unable to find a good answer for how to configure CPU power in the BIOS for Linux. My BIOS give a variety of options with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...