Linked by Gregory on Sat 26th Feb 2011 16:51 UTC
Intel "Intel is pleased to announce the BIOS Implementation Test Suite, a bootable pre-OS environment for testing BIOSes and in particular their initialization of Intel processors, hardware, and technologies. BITS can verify your BIOS against many Intel recommendations. In addition, BITS includes Intel's official reference code as provided to BIOS, which you can use to override your BIOS's hardware initialization with a known-good configuration, and then boot an OS."
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RE[3]: Comment by darknexus
by TheGZeus on Sat 26th Feb 2011 22:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by darknexus"
TheGZeus
Member since:
2010-05-19

Um... Yes. That's what's happening.
Is it affecting you in any meaningful way? Well, there's no way to tell, as it has full control over what your OS has access to.
You'd have to monitor that machine with another one, monitor the all packets sent in/out...

Seriously, what's with the sarcasm. So you don't care. Why chime in?

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RE[4]: Comment by darknexus
by _txf_ on Sun 27th Feb 2011 11:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by darknexus"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

Well, EFI is not perfect but it is a step above BIOS.

I'm tired of having to boot from MBR (do any bioses support gpt partioning?)

Or that boot partitions have to be in the 1st 128 GB of the hard drive or else the drive will not boot.

Who says that efi has to have drm? Mine certainly doesn't. Get me a BIOS that does those two things above and I'll stop complaining.

Edited 2011-02-27 11:26 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by darknexus
by pgeorgi on Sun 27th Feb 2011 11:30 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by darknexus"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

I'm tired of having to boot from MBR (do any bioses support gpt partioning?

BIOSes generally don't care about partitioning (There are a few broken ones that do).
What they care about is that the bootblock is the first sector of the disk, and that's possible within GPT.

After the bootblock is loaded, BIOS only answers requests for sector reads, and supports up to 128PiB there.

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