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[Hexus]MSI launches first EFI-based BIOS

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It was way back in January 2008 that Taiwan's Micro-Star International announced its plans to adopt the EFI BIOS specification in its next generation of motherboards.

Today, those plans have finally materialised with the launch of MSI's first EFI-based BIOS for its P45 Platinum, P45 Diamond and P45D3 Platinum motherboards.

The all-new BIOS, dubbed MSI Click, makes use of the EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) specification - managed by the Unified EFI Forum - to bring an easy-to-use GUI with mouse support to the traditionally tired-looking BIOS. Shown below in early pre-beta form, it promises easy one-click access to all the usual BIOS features.




Although currently available on only three motherboard models, we'd expect MSI to roll out an EFI-based BIOS for additional boards in the near future.

The key benefits, as listed by MSI, are as follows:
Supports graphical menus and features
Supports mouse-controlled interface
Supports pre-OS applications, file oriented (ex: System recovery, games, media player, Internet browser, etc.)
Supports multi-language
UEFI support for x64 versions of Windows Vista are included in Service Pack 1

Do you own an MSI P45 motherboard, and will you be putting the MSI Click BIOS to the test? If so, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the HEXUS.community forums.

Official press release: MSI's first EFI BIOS, more now available!

Official product page: MSI.com.tw
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=16610
post #2 of 17
very nice....

I remember a few years back when Dell and E-Machines had a GUI interface integrated in the bios...

boot to the bios and you had a mouse cursor and just click through the options....I always wondered why that didnt get more popular..? it was very easy and looked good as well...

Hopefully this works well...As i dont like the original Award bios design...seems every board maker has jumped on it as of late and all switched..

I much rather have the Phoenix bios or atleast the Award bios that looks like the Phoenix....
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efi-based bios??? it's one or the other. either EFI OR BIOS i don't understand how it could be both.
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They call it BIOS to avoid confusing ignorant people, even though it's actually more confusing to call it that.

It's EFI, not BIOS.
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So would this make it extremely easy to install OSX on a computer without the requirement of a modded disk image that injects EFI code emulation during boot?
    
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post #6 of 17
As you can see from the picture, by "EFI-based", they mean the BIOS is based on efficiency, flexibility, and intelligence.




PROTIP: Do not take this post seriously.
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So would this make it extremely easy to install OSX on a computer without the requirement of a modded disk image that injects EFI code emulation during boot?
this might make it possible to install OSX from a regular retail CD but only as long as there are drivers for everything. which is unlikely because Apple uses Gigabyte boards. (or atleast that's what the people over at EFI-X are saying)
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I'll be glad when everyone picks this up. This will be more useful than one would imagine at first glance.
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post #9 of 17
1. this is old.
2. Its MSI.
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efi-based bios??? it's one or the other. either EFI OR BIOS i don't understand how it could be both.
yeah i'm rather confused.
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