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Although the MSI P45D3 Platinum looks like a regular Core 2 motherboard, it breaks new ground. Out goes long-standing PC technology the Bios and in comes UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) in its place.

UEFI is the successor to the Bios and seeks to take us away from the antiquated method of changing core computer settings using the keyboard to a more graphical world where we generally use the mouse to make adjustments instead.
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Gah, now we just need more makers to follow suite.
    
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EFI (which is now called UEFI) has been around for over 10 years.... BIOS should just be dropped at this point....
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About god-damn time. Now let's hope someone else follows, about the last thing in the world I'm buying again is an MSI product.
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C'mon people. No love for the DOS like interface anymore? That's what makes it so cool. Any monkey can use a mouse.
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Why do we need more bloat at the lowest level of our PC?

Did everyone forget how to use keyboards or something?
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Electronic Fuel Injection for PC? Why do i need gas now?

kidding. But this is great news, time for the BIOS to move outta the stone age.


Cookie for someone who knows what BIOS stands for...

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currently it’s not that important to an end user,
So they are spending time creating a pretty interface that they freely admit isn't very important to their customers...not a company I would want to own stock in, I have to tell you.

Honestly, if the keyboard interface to the BIOS is too "complicated" or "scary" or whatever to someone, then they have no business being in the BIOS in the first place!!!

I'm not against this necessarily, although it sounds like it. I just find it to be pretty pointless. That Asus ExpressGate they mentioned...I have it, I looked at it for five seconds, and decided it was stupid and pointless. Why would I do any of the crap they offer in their BIOS interface when, if I just wait for 30 more seconds, I can do the same thing in Windows, with ten times the capabilities?
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Stick with what works please... character interface with primary colors. Anything else is just a waste of resources. I couldn't give a damn about GUI. Functionality FTW!
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Originally Posted by losttsol View Post
C'mon people. No love for the DOS like interface anymore? That's what makes it so cool. Any monkey can use a mouse.
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Originally Posted by Arkanor View Post
Why do we need more bloat at the lowest level of our PC?

Did everyone forget how to use keyboards or something?
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Originally Posted by VulcanDragon View Post
So they are spending time creating a pretty interface that they freely admit isn't very important to their customers...not a company I would want to own stock in, I have to tell you.

Honestly, if the keyboard interface to the BIOS is too "complicated" or "scary" or whatever to someone, then they have no business being in the BIOS in the first place!!!

I'm not against this necessarily, although it sounds like it. I just find it to be pretty pointless. That Asus ExpressGate they mentioned...I have it, I looked at it for five seconds, and decided it was stupid and pointless. Why would I do any of the crap they offer in their BIOS interface when, if I just wait for 30 more seconds, I can do the same thing in Windows, with ten times the capabilities?
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Originally Posted by OC'ing Noob View Post
Stick with what works please... character interface with primary colors. Anything else is just a waste of resources. I couldn't give a damn about GUI. Functionality FTW!


The important part of UEFI isn't the graphics. That's just a side benefit.


http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT3790951165.html
Advantages of EFI:
* More reliable booting structure
* Easier to test
* Modular code
* Platform-independent reducing coding required
* Faster boot times
* Firmware based (no need for CMOS battery)
* VGA output not need
* GPT support (MBR only support up to 4 partitions and up to 2TB)

EFI allows the hardware to be seperated from the OS. You can access your hard drive with running the OS.... that means it would be easier to repair corrupted files and fix driver issues.
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/24/08 at 9:31am
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