HP's Novel Solution to Pre-Boot Threats and Borked Firmware Updates is a Self-Healing BIOS

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bjoswald

Great idea, but how about BIOS with a built-in update feature too?

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lordfirefox

EliteBoks?

HP is making shoes now?

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Innomasta

So it sounds to me the benefit here is that if your BIOS is corrupted, you can restore it to an older, safe, state. The CMOS reset would do nothing if the actual firmware were damaged.

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legionera

Long live CMOS battery reset! It makes me look like a pro every time in the eyes of so many b... i mean nice girls. ;)

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Renegade Knight

I thought EUFI replaced the Bios.

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John Pombrio

It is called the "clear CMOS" jumper available on any PC since, say 1985. HP also makes the WORST BIOS interface that I have ever seen, if you can get access to it at all.

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davelray

Really? I've been working with HP Desktops and Laptops for years. I haven't had an issue with their interface so far myself. Nor have I had problems getting in.....

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John Pombrio

The interface is just OK. The access to anything of use is very limited.

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davelray

Anything of use?

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leetNightshade

Yes. By buying an HP computer, you're inherently buying a computer with a locked BIOS. Compared to assembling the computer yourself and using the motherboard manufacturer's BIOS, untouched by the computer manufacturer. I'm not saying all prebuilt computers have a locked BIOS, but many of them have, and I'm sure many of them still come locked.

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davelray

Which, in a round about way, was what I was getting to with John. If you want more control and a whole lot of bells and whistles from BIOS, build your own. HP has to design their computers to the common denominator of their user base. The more "access" you put in, the higher the risk of someone screwing the pooch. The HP BIOS gives the standard things you need to be able to do in BIOS. Set boot drives, control peripheral interrupts and enable/disable onboard devices like sound and network. Even has a nice little quick hard drive and memory diagnostic built in. And if your a user that wants or needs more than that, then buying an HP in the first place is probably not the way to go.

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legionera

You apparently have never encountered Sony's. It is even more limited than the guy with the pirate flag.

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d3v

"on its EliteBoks beginning this fall."

This is different.

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H1N1theI

So, it's just automated reset of BIOS whenever a the checksum fails?

This sounds somewhat trivial, and sounds possibly buggy and/or exploitable.

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Nastyman

Hope it works as advertised! I will be a boon to pc users everywhere.