Browsing articles tagged with "bios - 2/4 - Admins Goodies"
Aug 23, 2011
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How to enable VT extensions on a Dell inspiron 1545

I am trying to install a centos virtual host on my ubuntu laptop but I cannot enable the VT extensions in the BIOS. I have updated to the latest BIOS from Dell the processor is a core 2 duo so it definitely supports the VT extensions. Any ideas? Some vendors, like Sony, for my Vaio, disable Intel VT and do not provide a BIOS option to turn it on, even though the processor supports it […]

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Aug 23, 2011
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Increase virtual hard disk size for Fedora 10 VM

I currently have a Fedora 10 VM on VMWare. I’m out of space on the Fedora 10 hard drive and need to allocate more; so far I’ve been following these instructions. A quick summary is: shut down running VM, go to options and increase disk capacity. For myself, I simply set it in Settings -> Hard Disks, rather than going to command line. download Gparted, set VM’s CD/DVD drive to load Gparted’s iso file, and […]

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Aug 23, 2011
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Does the VMWare Server 2.0 BIOS support USB?

I have a VMWare Server 2.0 installation. I have a USB hard drive plugged into the host and the USB device attached to a VM. I would like to be able to boot from one of the partitions on my USB drive. Is this possible? From the bit of poking around I’ve done it looks like the BIOS doesn’t support USB drives? you would had better results searching for it on Google… here it is: […]

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Aug 23, 2011
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ECC RAM, Background Scrubbing, and IOMMU BIOS Settings

I’m upping the RAM in one of our servers from 2GB to 4GB. Looking around in the BIOS, I see the following settings: DRAM ECC Enable (Enabled) MCA DRAM ECC Logging (Disabled) ECC Chip Kill (Disable) DRAM Scrub Redirect (Disable) DRAM BG Scrub (Disabled) L2 Cache BG Scrub (Disabled) Data Cache BG Scrub (Disabled) IOMMU Mode (Disabled) Should these be turned on? And for the background scrubbing options, various times are in nano and microseconds; […]

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Aug 23, 2011
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In Windows Server 2008, Why does my BIOS and Computer Properties Show All My Installed RAM, but Task Manager Does Not?

I am running Windows Server 2008 on a Dell Inspiron 530 as a poor Dev Shop’s development server. We are using Hyper-V, and need lots of RAM. We currently have 6Gb of RAM installed, but when booted into 64-bit Win2k8 Std Ed. – the Task Manager reports only 3Gb+ – and I cannot run my 2 VMs, configured for 2Gb each. The BOIS setup screen shows the 6Gb installed, and the Computer Properties in Win2k8 […]

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Aug 22, 2011
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Enabling Hyper-V in HP Z800 BIOS

I should be able to enable Hyper-V for my new HP Z800, but I simply cannot find the switch in BIOS. Does anybody know what they’ve called it this time? Never mind, I found it buried under Security > Device Security. Guess I should have read TFM (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=115&prodSeriesId=3718645&prodTypeId=12454&objectID=c01718191). Check more discussion of this question. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Print for later […]

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Aug 22, 2011
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Dell SC1435 always requires F1 at boot

I have a Dell PowerEdge SC1435 that has come back after doing duty at a partner site. I am trying to configure it for local use. The only problem I have with it is that every time it boots it always requres a manual F1 press after the POST sequence. The last thing it does is give me the opportunity to configure the BMC, and then it says: Press F1 to continue or press F2 […]

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Aug 21, 2011
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Dell PowerEdge: powersaving BIOS settings differences

I’m closing in on purchasing a Dell PowerEdge R710 rack server and am curious to know the difference between Dell’s power saving bios setting and their performance bios setting. Should I be concerned about choosing the power saving setting? I’ll be using this rack for terminal services and definitely want performance when performance is needed. That being said, for the other 3/4’s of the day when employees have gone home I’d prefer it if this […]

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Aug 21, 2011
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How to configure Apple Powermac to boot headless (sans keyboard/monitor)?

I have a couple of Apple Powermac G5 machines that I have deployed as servers: they’re running GNU+Linux, connected to the world only via an ethernet cable. When I need to restart these machines, they will hang at some early stage; eventually the fans will switch to full-speed and the noise will draw someone’s attention and they will call on me. I then connect a monitor and keyboard, restart the machine, and it boots fine. […]

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Aug 20, 2011
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ntpdate shows 4second time drift / day

I started ntpdate running every night as a cronjob (on two servers). And every morning I have an email telling me the outcome. On one server it’s correcting by about 0.8 seconds every day, which seems like quite a lot to me. But on the other server, it’s correcting by about -4 seconds every day. This sounds like a massive drift. Does this indicate anything wrong, like a low bios battery? (The server is quite […]

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