[SATLUG] OT importance/relevance of BIOS updates - coreboot.org

Daniel Villarreal youcanlinux at gmail.com
Sat Aug 29 06:13:25 CDT 2009

 New Fixes/Features: Added check for Supervisor/User password before
allowing update.

Have you looked at this before ? It supports 206 motherboards, supposedly.

Getting ready to install Slackware 13.

On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:25 AM, David Kowis <dkowis at shlrm.org> wrote:

> >>>  Is your BIOS up-to-date ?
> >>>
> >> One thing I've never understood is the issue of updating a BIOS.  I've
> >> never done it and I've never needed it.  The only thing that it does is
> load
> >> the boot loader (e.g. grub or lilo).  It only has to recognize the
> keyboard
> >> (not mouse),  raw disk access, and VGA screen.  Anything else is
> eye-candy.
> >>
> >> The Linux kernel completely ignores the BIOS once it starts.
> I have needed a BIOS update for my laptop due to an incorrectly
> implemented ACPI preventing me from accessing the thinkpad HDAPS. Also,
> a BIOS update can be needed to support new CPUs, or to fix a bug in CPU
> detection. Finally, I've had to update the BIOS on my desktop to fix a
> thermal detection glitch with the hardware monitoring.
> >>
> >> The only thing I can imagine where a BIOS update is needed is if there
> is
> >> new hardware added such as a new disk drive type. A standard IDE or SATA
> >> disk drive would not need it unless you were trying to boot off a new
> disk
> >> interface card.  Since most of that has been installed on the
> motherboard
> >> for the past several years, BIOS should not be an issue.
> Generally, if you're not having problems, the reccomendation is not to
> update the bios.
> David

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