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#1 Shane Hudson  Icon User is offline

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Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 04 October 2010 - 02:48 AM

Hello everyone,

Just read this news article and am very glad they are finally making some progress on this "ancient" technology!

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Bios' replacement, known as UEFI, will predominate in new PCs by 2011.

The acronym stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface and is designed to be more flexible than its venerable predecessor.

"Conventional Bios is up there with some of the physical pieces of the chip set that have been kicking around the PC since 1979," said Mark Doran, head of the UEFI Forum, which is overseeing development of the technology.
Mr Doran said the creators of the original Bios only expected it to have a lifetime of about 250,000 machines - a figure that has long been surpassed.


Source: BBC Technology News

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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:12 AM

That's a big change. Hope that be used soon.
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 04 October 2010 - 04:11 PM

I suppose it's always good that old technology passes away, but it will be some dramatic change and bootloaders have to be backwards compatible for another 5-6 years.
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#4 Shane Hudson  Icon User is offline

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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:32 AM

Ah yes that is a very valid point, though perhaps some bootloaders could check which component it is? That way, people using the UEFI can benefit from the speed while still working with BIOS. Really depends on how they work, which is not my area of expertise haha.
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 05 October 2010 - 09:36 AM

I am going to be in the market for a new Macbook Pro next year, hopefully this will be implemented by then!
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:36 AM

Hmm don't take my word for it but I am pretty sure I remember reading that Mac does not use BIOS but have their own. It would be interesting to see how their's compare with UEFI if that is true.

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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:56 AM

I would like to think that UEFI would be developed for Macs then. If I am going to put out that kind of money, I want it to be worth it!
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 30 October 2010 - 11:16 AM

EFI has actually been talked about for a while, and Macs already use EFI. I don't know if UEFI is significantly different.
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:47 PM

Will PCs be able to upgrade from bios to UEFI?
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Re: Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds

Posted 03 December 2010 - 07:48 AM

From what I can tell it will still be part of the motherboard, so no (though I may be wrong!)
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