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1494Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: IBM Computer Identification

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  • Sridhar Ayengar
    Oct 7, 2005
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      chrism3667 wrote:
      > --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, Sridhar Ayengar
      > <ploopster@g...> wrote:
      >
      >>>>Also, bear in mind that there's no BIOS configuration program in
      >
      > the ROM
      >
      >
      >>Actually, a CMOS setup disk for an ISA machine has almost nothing to
      >
      > do
      >
      >>with an MCA Reference Diskette. Completely different beast.
      >>
      >>Peace... Sridhar
      >
      >
      > I sure don't know what a reference diskette is. It's bound to be
      > explained to us though. You betcha. But there inevitably is a
      > similarity between the two, cuz you said so yourself - an MCA reference
      > diskette is useful for setting up the parameters that will be needed by
      > the bios at bootup. This is exactly what a cmos setup diskette does. So
      > in that way they indeed are similar. Undoubtedly a reference diskette
      > has other functionality. Undoubtedly we're about to find out...

      It's not just parameters, but also the device descriptions in the
      firmware, and the boot configuration, and much of the BIOS itself. It
      does quite a lot.

      Peace... Sridhar
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