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Is there a software to run any BIOS virtually without having the motherboard?


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#1 azisel

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 10:21 PM

Let say you want to mess around with a BIOS of a specific manufacturer and just try it out and explore it. And all you have is the BIOS update from their website. Is that possible? Does the software exist? It doesn't have to work like 100%, the important thing is you can see the settings, open each settings but doesn't have to run. All I care is how it looks and can switch from different tabs to scan available features.

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Posted 28 July 2016 - 11:39 PM

BIOS is just a type of firmware. AFAIK firmware is not standardized to the point where one emulator could render any firmware flash. Many different companies build emulators for their devices, is there a manufacture or type of hardware you predict needing? Do you mean motherboards BIOS? Routers? Servers?



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Posted 29 July 2016 - 12:14 AM

Yes motherboard BIOS only. For any BIOS out there I want to try.



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Posted 29 July 2016 - 12:22 AM

I looked around and I couldn't find anything that would be useful. No GUI emulators, only text based. you might find a emulator for a certain model(or screenshots) but the type of program you are talking about doesn't exists. Shouldn't you have access to all the companies manuals? I work in network support, so all the emulators I use are for routers and switches. Maybe someone else will have a idea. 


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Posted 29 July 2016 - 12:24 AM

I looked around and I couldn't find anything that would be useful. No GUI emulators, only text based. you might find a emulator for a certain model(or screenshots) but the type of program you are talking about doesn't exists. Shouldn't you have access to all the companies manuals? I work in network support, so all the emulators I use are for routers and switches. Maybe someone else will have a idea. 

 

Okay no worries, thank you for helping me searching for answers on this!



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Posted 29 July 2016 - 12:29 AM

But what if I run one of my virtual machines (Windows 10) using my MacBook Pro and flash/update the BIOS inside virtual machine to a different kind of BIOS. For example Intel to Asus. Will that mess up my MacBook Pro even if everything is happening inside the virtual machine? (VMware)



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Posted 29 July 2016 - 05:00 AM

Lot's of different BIOS simulators in this Google search:  https://www.google.com/search?q=bios+emulator&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=bios+simulator

I don't know how you'd run them in a Window'd environment so you could switch tabs tho'


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