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 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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“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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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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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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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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ubuntu not starting after update-grub

I changed the default kernel in /etc/default/grub and did update-grub. Now every time the system is switched on, it opens BIOS settings. It's not showing any boot menu.
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how to read all bios settings in linux programmatically

I don't think that dmidecode shows all the bios settings . Is there a way to read all the bios settings programatically in SLES?
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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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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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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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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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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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How to Reflash Toshiba Satellite L855-10P BIOS in a Linux Distro?

Hi I need to Reflash the BIOS of my Toshiba Satellite L855-10P using a Linux distro. How can one do this? I have found lots of info on how to read the BIOS (windows & Linux), dump memory from it ...
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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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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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DMP 3300MX-A embedded pc, debian 6.0 squeeze, kernel 3.2, bios watchdog and harwdare reset

I have been studying how to properly set up a watchdog on my embedded system, have read plenty of posts, but I am stuck with no solution. I've read: How to correctly configure Debian watchdog daemon ...
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How to enable IOMMU on Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 R5

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 root=UUID=0b6a99ef-b56b-4d71-9f63-4895d0276674 ...
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“BGRT Invalid Status Error 0 Expected 1” followed by permanent loading screen

After I shut down many programs at once using Alt+F4 in my Linux (Manjaro), my computer froze and I had to force shut it down. Upon rebooting, it gives me the error "BGRT Invalid Status Error 0 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fedora 16 install from USB memory stick to Samsung NP305U1A netbook will not boot

I have installed Fedora 16 from a USB memory stick. After installing, which seems to work just fine, and after rebooting I end up in the BIOS. I can not find which BIOS settings to use and have not ...
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Questions on /dev/mem, dumping using dd, and .bin and .rom formats

Following @ack 's answer on How to dump BIOS data to a file I would like to know: 1) when one is dumping memory from /dev/mem, is the file data in binary or some other format? I have done a dump ...
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Check FN lock status (Dell XPS 13)

my Dell XPS 13 has a Fn-Lock (that's a key to use the Fn version of the F[1-12] keys without pressing Fn). Unfortunately, it doesn't have an indicator LED for it. setleds doesn't show it. Is there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...