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Bios Update Could Make Modern Computers Boot Faster

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The computer Bios, one of the most important parts of the PC, is finally about to undergo its long overdue upgrade. The change, which is the first for the 25-year-old start-up software, could make computers start in a matter of  seconds and remote management much more easier for system administrators.

The Bios controls the most basic computer processing functions and the launch of its operating system. In spite of its importance, it has been regularly adapted to modern computers rather then replaced which perhaps explains why so many computers take so long to start up in this day and age. The Bios’ replacement, known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), is expected to be installed in new PCs by 2011. This will make it possible to developed more advanced computers than the basic desktop and laptop computers available today. The UEFI will free computers from being based around the requirements and specifications of the original PC so that for example, it does not have to specify that a keyboard can only connect through a specific port which will make it easier to use alternative input mechanisms such as gestures on a touch-screen.

Alternatives to the UEFI are already available in the form of Open Firmware and Coreboot although they do not run on machines based on intel’s x86 chip architecture.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mike

    October 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

    There many things we can do to make computer roboot and run faster! Shutting off other process can help too.

  2. news.raafatrola

    October 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I guess you can mention the weight of cache memory too in speeding up computer once booted, as speed requirement is more while working , rather booting, while bios boots faster.anyways nice to know stuffs.

  3. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    October 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I am using Window 7 and it takes less than 90 seconds to boot. I hope the bios upgrade will make system more faster than before.

  4. silpada

    December 24, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Your research is novice and I agree with your point too.

  5. Blogger Salsan

    June 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    you are right. latest version of the Bios program can really reduce the system’s boot time. I am also experienced the same. But should be very careful when you go for an update. You have to make sure that you are downloading update from files from manufacture’s website only and should have no power failures during updation because of carelessness may make your computer become unusable or unstable..

  6. Techroid

    October 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I updated my PC’s(winXp) bios few moths ago. I think you’re right. My system is booting fastly more than before.

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