I want my BIOS open
Posted by Aapo Rantalainen on September 26, 2011
My very first laptop from somewhere 2000 was not used very much on last years. It is Compaq Presario 700 with 384M memory. This autumn I got work for it.
Compaq Presario 700, running Ubuntu 10.04 (long term support) with LXDE desktop. Everything works even laptop is older than 10 years. Did I say everything? Actually there is one fault. There are no working battery any more. This is not issue. But laptop’s internal CMOS battery (used for clock) is empty. Why this is issue? Now computer doesn’t know clock until it checks it over Internet. This is not issue at all. But before Operating System starts there are one player called BIOS, who ‘checks everything is OK’ and that realized there are no power in clock’s battery and thinks it is so critical that user must read error message and press F1 to continue booting. Every boot.
Funny (or not-funny) thing is that BIOS is only closed source part of my computer and it is only/last part causing troubles. (And for records: even every other part is open source, I haven’t modify the code. Somebody before me have fixed every issues relating using old laptop without any batteries).