Wednesday, April 27th 2011

Gigabyte Gives Touchscreen Support to Latest BIOS Setup Program

Apart from a brand new CPU architecture, Intel's Sandy Bridge LGA1155 platform saw the mass introduction of EFI (extensible firmware interface) to the PC, a new BIOS-replacement component that can eliminate several limitations of BIOS, most notably, the ability to boot from volumes bigger than 3 TB in size. While most motherboard manufacturers have given their LGA1155 models support for UEFI, not everyone has a graphical user interface (GUI) based UEFI setup program that uses mouse as a pointing device, and presents users with UI elements such as radio buttons, drop-lists, and checkboxes to make changes. Gigabyte has been one such manufacturer with its first wave of P67 and H67 based motherboards.

With its newest B3-revision motherboards that include the upcoming Z68 chipset based motherboards, Gigabyte wants to make amends. It has to, being the number two motherboard vendor in terms of volumes. Gigabyte wants to go a step ahead of other vendors, and design a UEFI setup program that not only supports mouse, but also touchscreens, and present a user interface with large icons and design elements that resemble tablets, which are designed to make configuration easier than on mouse-driven UEFI setup programs. The TouchBIOS ("BIOS" here is just used as a verb) from Gigabyte should be available on Gigabyte's upcoming motherboards, as well as in the future, on Gigabyte's all-in-one PCs, tablets, and notebooks.

UPDATE: It turns out that TouchBIOS isn't a firmware application, but rather a Windows-based utility that makes BIOS management easily for the people less acquainted with it. Let's hope the "less acquainted" don't touch the wrong colorful button in their "ooh what does this button do?™" moments.Source: OCWorkbench
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11 Comments on Gigabyte Gives Touchscreen Support to Latest BIOS Setup Program

#1
TheLostSwede
Gigabyte NEVER had UEFI of any kind, they modified the Award BIOS to add support for GPT boot and drives larger than 2.2TB.
This doesn't look like a UEFI either, it looks like a Windows utility to me, but hey...
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#2
hanzi
I don't know if it is just me, but the design of every UI the motherboards or GPU programs have look so outdated. Too much glossy rounded buttons and shadows.
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#3
Imsochobo
by: hanzi
I don't know if it is just me, but the design of every UI the motherboards or GPU programs have look so outdated. Too much glossy rounded buttons and shadows.
I can't say I like mouse n stuff in bios, we have it on hp laptops here at work and everyone hates it.
its slower than the old method, the posetive side about EFI is that they can put in the manual, and more information now.
thats about all we need isnt it ?
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#6
Trackr
So.. is P67 getting UEFI or not?
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: TheLostSwede
Gigabyte NEVER had UEFI of any kind, they modified the Award BIOS to add support for GPT boot and drives larger than 2.2TB.
This doesn't look like a UEFI either, it looks like a Windows utility to me, but hey...
Since when does a manufacturer need to change anything in a BIOS to support 2TB+ drives? 3TB is still far away from the 48bit LBA limit. Booting from one can't be done though due to that GPT requirement.
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#8
wiak
sounds to me its a virtual EFI inside windows :P
much like Virtualbox, runs windows inside windows
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#9
AsRock
TPU addict
by: DanTheBanjoman
Since when does a manufacturer need to change anything in a BIOS to support 2TB+ drives? 3TB is still far away from the 48bit LBA limit. Booting from one can't be done though due to that GPT requirement.
Don't know but MSI's last update added it to mine too.
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#10
TheLostSwede
Well, you try to install a 3TB hard drive on a motherboard without BIOS support and you'll see how well that goes...
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#11
VIPER
by: TheLostSwede
Gigabyte NEVER had UEFI of any kind, they modified the Award BIOS to add support for GPT boot and drives larger than 2.2TB.
This doesn't look like a UEFI either, it looks like a Windows utility to me, but hey...
Try 3TB and you are right: GIGABYTE Announces 3TB+ Unlock Utility
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