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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...