Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 214342
Request vendors to disclose BIOS settings required for RHEL
Last modified: 2008-10-28 01:46:47 EDT
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Description of problem:
If OEM vendors must configure hardware BIOS/firmware settings in a particular way it would be extremely helpful to our customers if this information is disclosed up front and an explanation/description of why the settings are necessary. This could also help our OEM partners avoid unnecessary support calls.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Depends on whether BIOS/Firmware settings need to be changed.
For an example; when a certain Vendor shipped hardware as part of the certification process the partner TAM could not get the system to boot. During a conference call it was mentioned that the BIOS needed to be "tweaked" to allow for a Linux booting.
Yang Kun, you wanna do some research on this, I guess probably in the info test
part, is possible to list all the BIOS settings?
To David Mair:
Can you please give us an example that user must change the BIOS settings in
order to install RHEL ? (machine vendor ? model ? make ?)
I've never met such machine before :-)
Following is an example of the BIOS info in my output.log:
Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 22 bytes.
Vendor: Dell Inc.
Release Date: 09/01/2006
Runtime Size: 64 kB
ROM Size: 1024 kB
PCI is supported
PNP is supported
APM is supported
BIOS is upgradeable
BIOS shadowing is allowed
Boot from CD is supported
Selectable boot is supported
EDD is supported
Japanese floppy for Toshiba 1.2 MB is supported (int 13h)
Print screen service is supported (int 5h)
8042 keyboard services are supported (int 9h)
Serial services are supported (int 14h)
Printer services are supported (int 17h)
ACPI is supported
USB legacy is supported
LS-120 boot is supported
BIOS boot specification is supported
Function key-initiated network boot is supported
Wondering if this would fix bug 175784. Any suggestions where to start?
Feature Request is specific to having vendors provide option settings in the
BIOS (eg. Press F10, what settings are used 'auto assign' or '0x2F8,0x3F8').