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Before you go raising flags against Phoenix for their bios, let me explain a few things since I worked with them directly during the Pentium 4 ramp up prior to launch.
They make the core bios, but it is like a building block. The vendors make additional changes to their bios specific to their machines. Blaming them for these issues is completely without warrant, as their bios is in far more systems than just Toshiba, and they work fine with Linux. It's like blaming Intel's Centrino for your built in webcam not working.
Now there is room to blame Toshiba, and Microsoft directly. This link has information on the acpi code in Toshibas that is specific to Windows.
Jeebiz - I have the Compaq (R4000) version of that same laptop. I have trouble with the bios period, sometimes when you boot the screen is darker like you are running on the battery even tho it is plugged in yet other times it is at its normal brightness.
I started out trying to run the amd64 flavor of Debian and had clock issues (which has been fixed), I do not think HP will ever correctly fix the bios.
I've had problems with HP/Compaq laptops too, but NEVER with my Toshiba.
Makes me wonder if this is really an anti-Windows troll or an anti-Toshiba troll... anyway.
NOTE: The above BIOS isn't designed for Windows -- it's a vast OSS conspiracy.
1.tell me something, On a new laptop, do you check the bios page of the manufacturer before installing a new OS to see if the OS you are going to install is compatible with the bios?? NO!
2. I didn't get the warning before hand. First I installed XP, then I got the error , and then I discovered this vista only crap.
I am replying to this coz I got yet another 'me too' email from a forum member.
im having the same problem that u descriped for me it was a usb external HD pc froze it ws rebooted and now I cant get rid of this password prompt. Did you solve this problem and if so what was the solution. this laptop came with vista it was uninstalled and the new OS is XP can you help.
Anyways ignoring this, I installed win xp, opensuse and all went fine. But since yesterday I have not been able to boot into anything coz the bios is suddenly asking for a password I never set! This happened ever since I attached usb-to-serial thing.
I'm surprised you got any responses at all. A mysterious BIOS password caused by connecting a USB-to-serial thingy that you suspect has something to do with Toshiba's Vista-tweaked BIOS.
Personally, I suspect it has something to do with the alignment of the planets. I know that's not logical either, you'll just have to have faith and believe it anyway.
EDIT: Come on, tell us the real story... Toshiba screwed you out of a rebate or something, right?
Do I think Microsoft has some dirty tricks up its sleeve? Yes.
Do I think Microsoft would love for a BIOS to lock out any other operating systems than their own? Yes.
Do I think BIOS manufacturers would enjoy the resulting legal and financial trouble? No.
I'd personally be more concerned about TCPA/TCG devices themselves than a system BIOS simply programmed with features for the use of one operating system or another. If you think about it, even the features like "Wake on LAN" have to interact with your system somehow. Its possible that as one poster said, you simply set a password one night while you were half asleep, and then forgot it.
try to tack it back to the store you got it from and get your money back .
as a comsumer this is the loudest statment you can make
or if you can't tack it back send it to the factory
with the bitch that vis-stool is un useable and you want XP to replace it