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Advanced Setup Procedure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105908D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Agoglia, RJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is the provision of an advanced setup mode for a computer, which can be entered by depressing a particular key sequence, such as "Control-S" from the initial screen or main menu displayed when the "Reference Diskette" is read into a computing system. After entering this mode, the user is able to manipulate values directly in the POS (Power On Sequence) registers, and in the CMOS and NVRAM memories.

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Advanced Setup Procedure

      Disclosed is the provision of an advanced setup mode for a
computer, which can be entered by depressing a particular key
sequence, such as "Control-S" from the initial screen or main menu
displayed when the "Reference Diskette" is read into a computing
system.  After entering this mode, the user is able to manipulate
values directly in the POS (Power On Sequence) registers, and in the
CMOS and NVRAM memories.

      This advanced setup mode is aimed at the knowledgeable computer
user, customer engineer, or systems engineer, providing, for example,
means to define configurations of system and adapter option
parameters which may be considered "non-standard" but which may be
required in special applications.  This mode can also be used as a
test and debug aid in servicing systems.  In Micro Channel* systems,
it can allow access to such features as the "sleep mode," disabling
certain adapters while isolating faults when servicing a system.
This mode can also be used to apply field updates including
configurations which have not been released.

      The advanced setup mode also has the capability of saving
configu ration information and of restoring the configuration of the
system to a previously defined level.

*  Trademark of IBM Corp.