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Either sad I don't know or sad there is none. The question I assumed was a common virtual machine. All of them tend to use a copy of a bios in a file to use to act like a normal computer. These bios images are pretty old.
Distribution: Debian Sid AMD64, Raspbian Wheezy, Slackware Current AMD64, various VMs
I have to admit I've not tried the EFI option and have no idea how good it is. I almost didn't post because I thought people would be aware of it and it wasn't mentioned because it doesn't work or something. Hopefully it is of use.
I was wrong on that. The newer versions of some free virtual machines do allow you to select UEFI in the machine building process. I had not updated my software is so long it was way out of date. You don't change the file. You let the VM do it.
If you do not select that option then the old bios is used.
OK lemme correct that again. Oracle's virtual box under a powered off state offers a choice in system to select EFI. I am not sure exactly what version that is and it may or won't have fully UEFI compliant support.
You might wish to post a now post on this topic as it sort of strays from the original post. Might offer better solutions.
As to the virtualbox crashing then that is more rare than common. See event logs or virtualbox logs to diag it.
If you want to access the actual bios screen, you sometimes have to be really fast. You need to get screen control and press the bios key before it boots up to some os. Delete or F key.