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LCD panel to display key information of the system by getting rid of labels

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031864D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Oct-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Oct-14
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is an easy, reliable solution to identify a computer system and to collect the key information about the system using Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit.

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LCD panel to display key information of the system by getting rid of labels

A simple character based LCD can be added to the computer system (if the system does not have one), and the key information like hostname, ipaddress, system type, etc. information can be displayed on the LCD in a scrolling or non-scrolling mode. This information can be stored in Basic Input Output System (BIOS) or firmware by the system administrator. As the key information to be displayed on LCD stored in the BIOS or firmware, it can be changed by the system administrator only. This invention also prohibits manipulating the displayable key information by any unauthorized people.

Most of the high end servers do come with simple character based LCD panels. These LCD panels can be anywhere from single line eight character through double line 24 characters. Similar LCD panels can be added to low end systems as needed, and the size of the LCD panel can be determined based on the demand. The system BIOS or firmware can allocate some space to store the key information which can be displayed on LCD panel. The size of the space can be determined based on the demand and resources of the system. This information can be updated from BIOS, firmware menu or from the operating system.

The key information can be useful to the system administrator of the environment. It can be divided into two parts, primary key information and additional key information. Primary key information is the one that can fit i...