• New BIOS security standards aimed at fighting rootkit attacks

    Posted August 23, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    There's a growing threat of attacks on computer basic input/output system (BIOS) firmware, and to deter it, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is putting in place new security guidelines for updating the BIOS. And in doing this, NIST is getting high-tech manufacturing to raise the bar on security.
  • New Windows 8-ready hybrid tablet, convertible laptop from Fujitsu

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Fujitsu Monday unveiled two devices optimized for Windows 8: the business-friendly Stylistic Q702 slate tablet--which has an optional keyboard dock--and the 13.3-inch Lifebook T902 convertible laptop.
  • Should I update my BIOS?

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Rohkai asked the Answer Line forum if a PC's BIOS, like an operating system or an antivirus, should be kept up to date.
  • The IBM PS/2: 25 years of PC history

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Twenty-five years ago, IBM announced the Personal System/2 (PS/2), a new line of IBM PC-compatible machines that capped an era of profound influence on the personal computer market.
  • PC building best practices: software

    Posted July 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Building a PC is a protracted, multistep process. First you must pick a platform and choose a case to best suit your needs. Then you have to do some research and acquire the individual components. Finally, once you've chosen all of the components, you can begin the actual assembly. See the first installment in this two-part series, "PC Building Best Practices: Hardware," for our complete guide.
  • How to update your PC's BIOS

    Posted April 7, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Your PC doesn't immediately launch into Windows when you first turn it on; first it must run a more rudimentary bit of code called the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). The BIOS code is stored on a chip on your motherboard, so it's more precisely described as firmware. The BIOS works by identifying all of your computer's components and letting Windows know how to work with them.
  • How to secure your BIOS

    Posted April 7, 2012 - 7:34 am

    You probably don't interact with your PC's BIOS (Basic Input/Output Operating System) much, but it occupies a unique and highly privileged position in your computer's architecture. Since the BIOS loads before the operating system--and before you enter your user credentials--malware surreptitiously introduced into the BIOS could activate itself long before any anti-malware software has an opportunity to detect it. A sophisticated and malicious program operating at such a low level could take control of your PC without providing a clue that it was there.
  • R.I.P. BIOS: A UEFI primer

    Posted January 19, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    If you have used a PC during the last three decades or so, you should be familiar with the PC’s Basic Input / Outpit System, or BIOS. The fact that it has been around for so long should also be all the indication you need that it has outlived its usefulness. UEFI is poised to replace it, and take our PC experience to the next level.
  • Windows 8 ARM bootloader games

    Posted January 17, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Windows 8 limits owners from booting non-Windows operating systems on ARM tablets.
  • Goodbye BIOS, hello UEFI

    Posted November 10, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Your computer's basic input/output system (BIOS) is about to become history and be replaced by Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) -- and that brings both advantages and problems.
  • Make your PC boot faster with these BIOS tweaks

    Posted January 20, 2011 - 9:28 am

    If there's a universal truth among computer users, it's that all of them want their PC to start up faster. Nobody in the history of computing ever said, "Wow, I love this 2-minute wait between pressing the power button and actually using my machine!"
  • How to make sure your BIOS update goes without a hitch

    Posted April 6, 2010 - 7:47 am

    Updating your BIOS can cut boot times, fix compatibility issues, improve overall performance or brick a system if done wrong.

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