[CentOS] boot process glitch due to missing 2nd disk

Tue Jul 20 20:26:19 UTC 2010
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Tue, 20 Jul 2010 20:49:23 +0100 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> This is not a "Dell-specific BIOS hack". Dear child, ask your folks about
> PCs. I think it was only this decade that PCs would actually boot
> *without* a keyboard. EVERY PC EVER MADE before would not.
> Nah! Every BIOS since I remember (at least from 1990) had a choice on 
> the first page, Standard BIOS Setup. "Halt on all errors, Halt on 
> keyboard/video errors, Halt on no errors". At least these three were 
> always present.
> Of course the default is always "Halt on all errors". Unless you modify 
> the settings on purpose, that's what happens.

And some *early* Dell *servers* (*late* 1990s -- 1998 or so), would
*always* halt on keyboard errors, with no option to suppress this.

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