My laptop is an engineering miracle

Mike Shapiro recently integrated some x86/x64 RFEs that allow us to make use of the System Management Bios facility which is in newer PC bioses.

Amongst other things this does is finally give us prtdiag(1M) support on the x86 and x64 platforms.

So of course I had to try it out. This is what I get on my laptop:

$ su root -c ' /usr/sbin/prtdiag -v'
Password:
System Configuration: MiTAC
BIOS Configuration: Insyde Software O1.06  02/20/2004

==== Processor Sockets ====================================

Version                          Location Tag
-------------------------------- --------------------------

==== Memory Device Sockets ================================

Type    Status Set Device Locator      Bank Locator
------- ------ --- ------------------- --------------------
DRAM    in use 0   [snip bogosity]     \*\*nks 0/1
DRAM    in use 0   DRAM Slot 1         Banks 2/3
DRAM    in use -   DRAM Slot 2         Banks 4/5

==== On-Board Devices =====================================
ECP Port
16550 UART
IrDA Port
CardBus Bridge
IDE Controller
VGA

==== Upgradeable Slots ====================================

ID  Status    Type             Description
--- --------- ---------------- ----------------------------
4   available PCI              MiniPCI
So, I've got 2x512mb dimms in this beast --- but all the slots are in use.... strange. But how many cpus do I have? Oooh none! It's a miracle!

I pinged Mike Shapiro about this --- I've got a non-DMTF-compliant bios because there are no CPU records and no cache records.

So who should I hassle about this? I kinda think it should be Insyde Software, but they could very well blame MiTAC, who could blame Insyde....

When I get my home workstation up to current I'll just have to see how good Gigabyte is with their bios.

The story continues......

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