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Single BIOS for supporting 2 or more customized BIOS default setting.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000172125D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Jun-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Jun-29
Document File: 1 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system for providing a customizable BIOS. Specifically, the disclosure discloses a method and system in which, 1. A Single BIOS can support two or more Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs), 2. A jumper setting determines which one of a several default settings, corresponding to different OEMs, should be loaded.

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Single BIOS for supporting 2 or more customized BIOS default setting .

1. Background: Presently, manufacturers of systems must create different BIOS Images associated with each customized version of system for OEM customers, i.e.
5 OEM customers may request 5 different BIOS images. EE engineers of the manufacturers have to design customized BIOS switch or Jumper through GPIO pin on planar. Maintaining such multiple versions imposes overhead logistic complexities and costs on manufacturers of systems.
2. Summary of Invention: This disclosure can use single BIOS to support 2 or more customized BIOS requests from OEM customers. The manufacturers need to only maintain single BIOS for different OEM customers. When the system is powered on, System BIOS will detect Customized OEM switch/Jumper on system planar to identify which customer is, and then load customer default settings and customer Logo.

     The advantages of using this invention instead of the known solutions are as follows:
a. Development team doesn't need release different BIOS images for different OEM customers. Single BIOS can support customer's requests.
b. OEM customer satisfaction:


OEM customers can get BIOS updated support from a manufacturer service

web site.
c. Cost saving:
c.1 Reduce development cost- only release and maintain single BIOS
c.2 Reduce test cost - only verify single BIOS.
c....