laptop with no BIOS? or BIOS reflash pain
mexas at bristol.ac.uk
Fri Oct 19 10:38:57 UTC 2012
I've HP compaq 6715s laptop.
It's all right with 10-current.
I've got wireless and at one point
I even managed to get flash working.
My problem is with BIOS.
Apparently it's wrong and John Baldwin
provided me with a pci.c patch to get
it to boot.
There is an updated BIOS version, but
so far I failed to get it installed.
HP only provide MS and freedos executables.
I tried BartPE - doesn't work.
I tried plugging in a MS disk - doesn't work.
The only think I haven't tried is getting
a spare disk, installing freedos on it
and then running the freedos executable
from USB - what a fucking pain...
For proper hardware (servers) HP provide
images which are executed from management
console, but not for laptops.
I guess the idea that one might
use their laptops for anything other than MS
is so wild, that it never crossed their maid.
Anyway, I think I've heard there are some laptops
with no BIOS, is this true?
Or perhaps there are brands where BIOS
reflash is not such a great pain?
I remember on Compaq Armada the BIOS was
stored on disk and Compaq provided a floppy
image to boot from and reflash BIOS.
That was easy.
Anything like this exist these days?
Are there any EFI laptops?
Any model people would recommend?
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