Bye Bye BIOS

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Bye Bye BIOS

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:18 pm

...and don't let the door hit you on the arse on your way out!
BBC.co.uk wrote: New PCs could start in just seconds, thanks to an update to one of the oldest parts of desktop computers.

The upgrade will spell the end for the 25-year-old PC start-up software known as Bios that initialises a machine so its operating system can get going.

The code was not intended to live nearly this long, and adapting it to modern PCs is one reason they take as long as they do to warm up.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11430069
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by Ygern » Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:22 pm

Well, that and all the antivirus software, TSRs and 100 other programs that feel they have to load themselves when you boot up. I would not have thought that BIOS, even as primitive as it is, makes a dramatic difference to booting times.

That said, anything that makes computers faster = YAY!
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by GazUtd » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:40 pm

The day a computer loads in seconds is the day I start believing in God. After all only a miracle could make it happen!

Bad journalism from the BBC there, just because you get a nice Windows splash screen doesn't mean it's 'loaded'. In fact when you get the bloody desktop it doesn't mean it's loaded!

Still, could be worse, could be a Mac :)
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by Ygern » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:59 pm

I sense a MacAttack coming on :)
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by Ygern » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:04 pm

'Nother one

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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by GazUtd » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:32 pm

Oh goody, a Mac attack!!

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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by GazUtd » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:34 pm

http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net ... =macs_cant
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Name one other thing a PC can do that a Mac can't....


RIGHT-FUCKING-CLICK!!



Ok, I'll stop now.
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by MyloD » Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:37 pm

I can't afford a Mac, so I pretend not to like them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PADkpyVWAwQ
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:26 am

MyloD wrote:I can't afford a Mac, so I pretend not to like them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PADkpyVWAwQ
I'm not ignorant enough to fall for MAC hype, so I know they're a complete rip off and won't buy one.
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Re: Bye Bye BIOS

Post by bipedalhumanoid » Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:28 am

GazUtd wrote:The day a computer loads in seconds is the day I start believing in God.
Is that why all the Linux people are such hippies?

Oh man my pc loads in seconds... freaky. :shock:
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