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Ability to select Parties Partion as a possible boot source Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015035D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Aug-11
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20

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When a system has multiple partitions within the Parties partition, the BIOS must stop and query the user to enter which partition must be booted. This makes the Parties partition not useful when the system is booted from a remote source (Wake on Lan for example). This is because there is not a person physically at the machine to input which partition should be booted. This disclosure details a method to make Parties more usable in a remote boot environment. This invention basically adds setup line items to the ROM based setup which allows the user to specify which partition should be booted. For instance, the user can select, for the primary boot sequence, that they always want to boot to partition 1 (which might be a virus checker). For the alternate boot sequence which is invoked by a remote wake-up request, the user might want to boot to partition 2 (diagnostic) or 3 (flash utility). By giving the user the option to specify which partition is being booted in the boot sequence, it opens the usefulness of having a reference partition. This invention allows the user to treat logical partitions in a Parties partition as a physical device as it relates to booting. 1