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Time Control of Start Up Behavior of Personal Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014895D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 64K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

A method is disclosed that allows users of personal computers to control the start up behavior of PC's based on time of day. Background: There is existing technology used in personal computers marketed by the IBM Corp. that allows the user to specify the systems behavior when system power up is caused by various different stimulus. Specifically, this technology allows the user to specify which device to boot from depending on the stimulus that turned on system power.

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Time Control of Start Up Behavior of Personal Computers

A method is disclosed that allows users of personal computers to control the start up behavior of PC's

based on time of day.

Background:

There is existing technology used in personal computers marketed by the IBM Corp. that allows the user to specify the systems behavior when system power up is caused by various different stimulus. Specifically, this technology allows the user to specify which device to boot from depending on the stimulus that turned on system power.

Example: Power switch causes boot from the local hard disk but a power up event caused by a command from a local area network causes the system to boot to the network server. This technology is covered by US patent #5,860,001. Although this technology is useful, it is somewhat inflexible; I.E., a specific power up stimulus always causes the same system power-up behavior and selection of boot devices.

Our disclosure extends the utility of this technology buy allowing the user to specify particular time frames in which he wishes the system to behave in different manners. In addition to allowing the user to specify which boot devices to use during specific time intervals, our invention also allows the user to specify time intervals during which he does not wish the system to power on. The logic to implement this function resides entirely within the systems BIOS code.

Usage example:

With our invention the user would be able to specify the following...