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Old 03-08-2005, 12:00 AM   #1
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WHY is Linux Sidesteppin' the BIOS?

OK , I know that Linux is completely disregarding the system's BIOS and does its best to "re-invent the wheel" on its own.(And doesn't do too good a job at it , if you ask me...)
Pretty ridiculous , if you ask me....
And it causes me major annoyances like my NumLock , being disabled , which I hate.

Could anyone explain the reason for this to me in plain english?
Old 03-08-2005, 12:06 AM   #2
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You have xwindows configured to disable numlock at startup, for example?
Old 03-08-2005, 12:07 AM   #3
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What do you mean it disregards your BIOS? I've never experienced that.
Old 03-08-2005, 01:22 AM   #4
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If you use BIOS functions, you can only work in 16 bit compatibility mode on an x86 processor. That means no memory usage beyond 640K, no multiuser or multitasking capabilities possible, etc. Every modern operating system (Linux, Win32) ditches the BIOS shortly after boot. Unless you actually want to just use DOS...


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