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Method to Shorten Start-up Time Of Personnel Computers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014048D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed herein is a method for improving the start up time of a personal computer. In current practice, when a personal computer starts operation, it is necessary for the ROM based BIOS program to ascertain what hardware resources are fitted to the system. These can include such items as hard disk, optional feature cards, and memory modules. In the case of memory modules, it is common in current designs to verify their presence and characteristics by reading the contents of a EEPROM that is present on each memory module. (This is commonly referred to as the "SPD" information.