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Date:      Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:38:48 +0100 (BST)
From:      Anton Shterenlikht <mexas@bristol.ac.uk>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   laptop with no BIOS? or BIOS reflash pain
Message-ID:  <201210191038.q9JAcmq7073341@mech-cluster241.men.bris.ac.uk>

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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?

Thanks

Anton



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