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Intel Upgrades Hardware

Swedes Show Intel Sandy Bridge Running BIOS-Successor UEFI 216

An anonymous reader writes " has gotten it hands on a Intel Sandy Bridge motherboard running Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, the long awaited successor of age-old BIOS. Among the differences is a significantly more user-friendly interface, the ability to boot from drives larger than 2 TB and faster boot times. Check it out, on video, in Swedish." Here's an Google's translation of the article.
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Swedes Show Intel Sandy Bridge Running BIOS-Successor UEFI

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:16PM (#34130550)

    That's pretty big for a driver. It would take me months to write something that big.

  • Drivers? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:18PM (#34130578)

    > boot from drivers larger than 2 TB

    Just what we need, more and bigger drivers!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:25PM (#34130664)

    When will the code bloat stop? What are they doing, including a look-up table for every memory address?

  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:27PM (#34130680) Journal

    Uneeffied Ixtenseeble-a Furmvere-a Interffece-a nemed heur tu tudey's beseec inpoot ooootpoot system thet elloos intrunce-a in iernest veet zee loonch ooff Intel Sundy Breedge-a et zee ind. Bork bork bork! UEFI kun leeknes feed itt nedbuntet oopereteefsystem sum öferkummer många ef de-a begränsneenger sum feenns i det uråldreega BIOS. UEFI is leeke-a a sceled-doon oopereteeng system vheech oofercumes muny ooff zee leemiteshuns ooff zee ege-a-oold BIOS.

    Noo in UEFI

    * Ebeelity tu mudern grepheecel interffece-a
    * Uppstert från legreengsenheter större-a än 2 TB Buut frum sturege-a defeeces lerger thun 2 TB
    * Snebbere-a uppstertsteeder Fester buut teemes
    * Flexeebel uppstert från oobegränsed mängd källur Flexeeble-a buut frum un unleemited fereeety ooff suoorces
    * CPOo-ooberuende-a erkeetektoor CPOo ercheetectoore-a independent
    * Foollt utbyggd prugremmeeljö Foolly fledged sufftvere-a infurunment
    * Stöd för dreefrootiner Sooppurt fur dreefers
    * Stöd för 32/64-beeters meennesedressering Sooppurt fur 32/64 beet memury eddresseeng
    * Efuncered säkerhet inklooseefe-a kryptereeng Edfunced secooreety incloodeeng incrypshun

  • Microsoft (Score:3, Funny)

    by cashman73 ( 855518 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:34PM (#34130736) Journal
    I heard Microsoft is already working on a competitor to UEFI. It's called UFIA. ;-)
  • by cashman73 ( 855518 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:35PM (#34130750) Journal
    That's ironic. I heard that's about the size of the new kernel for Windows 8!
  • by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:37PM (#34130778)
    Really? I would've thought it would be FUIA.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:38PM (#34130798)

    > Um, you do realize that as computers get more and more powerful and having more and more memory that video and music files are going to get big, right?

    And how much disk space do you suppose it takes to store a high fidelity digitally sampled 7 channel sound that goes, "Whoooooooooosh!"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:40PM (#34130816)

    Of course, you don't get to play with it, but then why would you need to?

    The only boards that are worth having are the ones that validate my opinion of myself as an ubergeek. My entire self worth springs from my ability to adjust pointless hardware parameters through a poorly designed interface cobbled together by Korean sweatshop developers.

    I will never buy a motherboard that doesn't allow me to set the Clock Phase Skew to 0.25, or and the Memory Overdrive Voltage to 1.79. Those are the correct values. If your Apple motherboard doesn't have a byzantine boot menu that allows you to set them, then you're being kept in a walled garden. If you allow Steve Jobs to be an authoritarian control freak who prevents you from setting your memory timing to 4-3-3-2, then why don't you just an iPad and a Wii, and the rest of us will use the real computers.

    Now if you excuse me, I need to change the fuel injectors in my car. It's getting near winter, and as the air density increases I need to change the fuel air mixture. It's important that you stay on top of this. Only sheep leave it the same year round.

  • by Nerdfest ( 867930 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:47PM (#34130870)
    ... but how easy is it to recover when it gets bork, bork, borked?
  • by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @06:50PM (#34130888) Journal
    Clearly you have never used an HP printer.
  • by zooblethorpe ( 686757 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @07:32PM (#34131218)

    And just how far can someone hit a ball with a 2TB driver? Are they PGA-approved, or will the club kick me out if they find me using one? Hmm...


  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 04, 2010 @10:28PM (#34132410)

    We don't call them printers, they are Ink sale Enablement Devices, or IEDs.

  • by Jeremi ( 14640 ) on Thursday November 04, 2010 @11:24PM (#34132660) Homepage

    Yes,almost the entire 2GB of the windows kernel is a graphics driver.

    That's correct -- Microsoft optimizes their video driver by pre-rendering every possible graphic in advance, and including all of them as resources in the driver binary. That way they can display anything via a single lookup into the displays-table.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming