I decided to comment back on this thread. I like to think of all the information I post online as a guide for anyone in my predicament who can be lucky enough to find a solution in my sturggles. I always feel so grateful when the favor is done for me and when I can I do the best I can not to leave threads open ended and/or update additional information when necessary.
In my spare time away from school work I am completely fascinated by the UEFI specification and have contiued my research. I consider posting a thread of the subject at LQ, but for that I have a picture of a tut in mind and Im no where near that. I am reading the manuals of EFI and UEFI from the website http://uefidk.com
Ha. I just realized the abbrevation looks kinda like "uef idk .com". Anyways Im taking UNIX again in college and today the professor went over secure boot and called UEFI- "something like UEFA ... or something ..." I wanted to raise my hand and inform the class on all the interesting facts I have been gathering on the UEFI specification, but decided that it felt too much like trying to brag I knew something the teacher didn't. So I'll just wait if it comes up then if I get a chance I'll inform the class on the information.
UEFI is a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
specification. A firware is the software within a hardware device. This platform firware acts as a virtual machine within your motherboard. That is what UEFI is. It an Interface that does no other job except to look for an operating system on your computer and tell it to boot. That is its only function. Its a small computer that boots up and automatically searches your motherboard for the software OS and starts it.
Thats why when they are advertising Win8 computers they brag how fast it can boot "with-in seconds!"
It IS a replacement for BIOS, no it is not a BIOS, and there is still BIOS from your computer, but there is no function for it in booting up the operating system in a UEFI specificated system. In fact I came across a video advertising a new way to boot into BIOS will be a button on the outside of the tower that is like a "reset button" and you will press this when access to the BIOS is required.
So the end definition-
"UEFI is designed as a pure interface specifications. One of the key points of UEFI is that it can be extended (EFI). THe intent of UEFI is to define a way for the OS, and platform firmware, to communicate only information necessary to support the OS boot process."
I took some of these sentences out of other paragraphs in the description in the manual which is enormous. So its out of context because it isn't all together like this, but thats what it means.
Also as for the EXTENDED part Im still learning.
Originally Posted by cascade9
Yes. Even though its a small (mITX) motherobard, that doesnt mean that people wont use big HDDs with it. Because its made in part at least for HTPC use, big HDDs were always a good posibility.
Well, 2.2TB+ wasnt the only reason, UEFI is also 'new and shiney'.
Old windows OSes not supporting UEFI isnt a problem IMO. With MS 'desktop' OSes, XP is near enough to dead, 32bit vista should be dead, everything else that is current (64bit vixta, win 7, win 8) will work with UEFI.
I actually dont think its a move for the best. Apart from 2.2TB+ booting, for regular users UEFI is a solution looking for a problem.
Have a look at this for example-
The main issues UEFI is trying to 'solve' is 2.2TB+ booting, and lots of 'enterprise' features. IMO having UEFI network aware is a nice feature for enterprise use, for most users it just adds risk IMO. Having UEFI seem 'OS like' is at least semi-pointless, and just adds complexity to the system......
I'm extremely exhausted (I just tried to type on my writing paper), but I'll get to this seriously later. So all I can think right this moment is, how many 1024TB=?
Me n my friend are wondering this