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Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

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Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11430069
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Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Except for the operating system of course  Grin
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

A bit like starting your car quicker, but being unable to get out of your driveway because the bin lorry is there !  Cheesy
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

Thats Rubbish Gery
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

so is your spelling Piere. ! ! !    Cheesy Grin
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

I like winding you up
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

To get back on topic...... this thread is about winding up pc`s and laptops...... not me !  Cheesy
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

What's this got to do with Windows anyway?

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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

Since Linux boots up so quickly anyway the first comment wouldn't have been applicable  Roll eyes
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

True - my PC sits in BIOS for a several seconds, then waits whilst the disks spin up.
Actual boot is around 8 seconds.
Login is about 5 seconds (to fully operational).

Waldo
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

The introduction of UEFI to PCs sounds like a good opportunity to ditch the MBR in favour of GPT and have PCs finally catch up with Apple Macs.
(Shouldn't this be in Hardware?)
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

no The BIOS is a piece of software
pierre_pierre
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

a Bit - hard to understand
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

Quote from: giro
no The BIOS is a piece of software

But not Windows software.
I'm posting this from a MacBook; it has an Intel Extensible Firmware Interface. One might reasonably argue that firmware is also, at least in part, software.
Does this mean that discussion of (U)EFI is better suited to the Mac(/Linux) Software forum?
I would argue not; the relevant software is not MacOS related.
In the context of this thread both BIOS and UEFI are much more closely associated with the system hardware than whatever OS may be installed.
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

Ideally a general computer discussion board would have covered it but as it isn't a physical item but a piece of software or firmware on the motherboard this seemed to be the best of a bad job
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Re: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (BIOS replacement)

Well Windows is certainly a bad job.  Grin Grin Grin