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Autonomic System Boot Order Determination

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019783D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 28K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Temporarily modify the boot order provided in BIOS to allow for autonomically choosing a boot device on next boot.

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Autonomic System Boot Order Determination

   There is a function provided in BIOS to allow the computer to select and prioritize the devices that the computer can boot from. The problem with this function is that it is static only allowing the user to alter the boot order manually. User changes may not take into account the optimal boot sequence or factor in temporary changes. The default boot order priority in BIOS is Floppy, Hard Disk, CDROM, and then the Network. The boot sequence can be changed either permanently by entering BIOS setup or temporarily by pressing the F12 key during system boot. This means that if recovery via CDROM is required, the user must change the boot sequence, otherwise the system will boot from the hard drive, via the default boot sequence, rather than the desired CDROM. This is necessary because the CDROM recovery method may require one or more reboots from the CDROM as opposed to the hard drive during the recovery process. By temporarily changing the boot order the recovery process may not run to completion as the user may not know to press F12, and reselect the CDROM, in-between reboots of the recovery process. If the user selects to permanently change the boot order for the recovery process, they may not remember to restore the original settings back. Changing the boot sequence is inefficient, unnecessary, and may generates help center calls for IBM as well as being a customer satisfaction issue.

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