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Re: "Hard Install"

On Mon, Feb 09, 1998 at 09:56:49PM +0000, George R wrote:
> On 02/10/98 at 01:47 PM, Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> said:
> >Well, anything can happen in a good-sized crash. Windows 95 can't change
> >individual settings because their locations aren't standardized between
> >BIOS manufacturers (AMI, Phoenix, Award, MR BIOS etc). Some of the basic
> >settings are (like hard drive types) but none of the settings you spoke
> >of are.
> Is this just Win95 or do other OS's mess with the CMOS?  In 10+ years I've
> only experianced this with Win95.

Well, Windows 95 has only been out for two and a half so that could be 
difficult! :-) But in nearly 10 years I've never seen anything do it at all.

If certain junk gets written to the appropriate IO ports the CMOS will
get trashed. I can't think of a reason why Windows 95 in particular
would cause this more than other systems, but there might be a reason
and it's not necessarily a Microsoft plot either.

> Once again the answer to a weird Win95 question comes from a Linux user. 
> Am I seeing a trend?

I don't understand what you mean.

Hamish Moffatt, hamish@debian.org, hamish@rising.com.au, hmoffatt@mail.com
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