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How to enter the BIOS[edit]

We should have a section listing different BIOS'es. I know it's very different from computer to computer, but if we start a list, i'm sure it'll grow pretty fast. It would be very handy to alot of people. Maybe this site will help with the initial list.

Yeah, this would also help on the sysadmin wiki. Cause being a sysadmin, you sometimes need to tell the user over the phone how to enter the BIOS and it ain't easy when you're not sure if it's F2, DEL or ESC this time.
What you're referring to is the BIOS setup program, not the BIOS itself. As is stated by the article, BIOS is a program that is initially run by IBM PC compatibles. -- mattb @ 2006-12-01T13:28Z

Top HAT an alternative to Dual Bios.[edit]

I have top hat and was looking for some info. None here though.

Anyone know of this subject please give us your two cents. http://www.wimsbios.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=7385&

IBMBIO.COM[edit]

When I click on the link "IBMBIO.COM", I get this:

High security alert!!!
You are not permitted to download the file "IBMBIO.COM".
URL = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBMBIO.COM

Eh?

why would you need that? http://www.freedos.org

Motherboard BIOS ROM[edit]

Boot block
DMI block
Main block

What Does SLIC STAND FOR?[edit]

I was reading this;

"SLIC[edit]
Some BIOSes contain a "SLIC" (software licensing description table), a digital signature placed inside the BIOS by the manufacturer,"

in an attempt to fully understand what SLIC meant. Wouldn't this be "SLDT"? So What does The "IC" in "SLIC" actually Stand for? It seems that one should know what abbreviations stand for, or am I just old fashioned? Thanks-BA — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrianAlex (talkcontribs) 17:10, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

It's not an abbreviation, it's short for "Software LICensing". ACPI table signatures are 4 letters long, and there's no standard for naming them. Tables 5-30 and 5-31 in the ACPI spec list signatures for reserved tables. --gribeco (talk) 21:57, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Article needs moderization[edit]

A lot of this article is ancient history, with info on the operating systems of the 80s and 90s. Maybe the out-of-date material should be removed or relegated to its own section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.155.236.135 (talk) 01:34, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, the BIOS dates back from the 1980s and 1990s, so it's actually good to have info from that time – that's what are the basics. Also, this is an encyclopedia, and providing historical data is one of its purposes. — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 03:30, 8 March 2014 (UTC)
The anon is actually the opposite of correct: the term BIOS predominantly refers to the x86 IBM PC BIOS that thirty years of computer users are familiar with, and discussion of similar low-level firmwares should not be randomly interjected throughout. I've tagged the article to fix this problem, which might actually make it coherent (still an extremely rare thing in our compsci articles). Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 22:20, 6 August 2014 (UTC)
Any chances, please, for describing briefly how do you propose the article split to be performed? — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 09:32, 7 August 2014 (UTC)
I haven't decided yet, but I think it's probably possible to preserve most of the content and simply split individual bits and sentences out where they're intruding. I don;t think it's necessary to go so far as to turn this into a disambig page ({{split}} is perhaps a little inflexible in its wording there). I'll see if I can work on this soon. Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 12:13, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Done. The material now primarily deals with the same subject matter, with alternatives and successors presented afterwards, rather than jumping around and going off on tangents at random. I've also removed a large amount of redundancy caused by that jumping around (as the article had to continually re-state things when getting back on track). Chris Cunningham (user:thumperward) (talk) 13:37, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Well done, the article is much more readable and it flows much better! I've just touched it up while reviewing the changes. By the way, should we restore the quotations that you've removed from a few references? Of course, those quotations aren't the pinnacle of BIOS-related knowledge, :) but they don't hurt either. — Dsimic (talk | contribs) 09:01, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
Actually, while I like the other changes I would prefer those historical quotations being restored as well. They were carefully researched, are very hard to find these days, and give some important insights into the early history of the term BIOS, and therefore are historically relevant. Also, since they are part of the footnotes only, they cannot disturb a reader's flow. I think this warrants their inclusion in an article about the term BIOS. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 21:54, 6 September 2014 (UTC)