Aptio and AMIBIOS in Interesting Places!

Aptio and AMIBIOS in Interesting Places!

Aptio® and AMIBIOS® are everywhere – and they often show up in some interesting and unusual places!

Because AMIBIOS and Aptio UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends are installed on all types of systems the world over, from servers to desktops, notebooks and tablets, all the way down to embedded systems such as those driving digital signage systems, often times a system reboot will provide interesting photo opportunities.

We are always amused when eagle-eyed computer enthusiasts send us photos on Twitter and Facebook when they find AMIBIOS in unusual places! To get an idea, take a look at the pictures below illustrating some of the places Aptio and AMIBIOS have been:

On a regional train in Bern, Switzerland:

Image credit: @surech https://twitter.com/surech/status/920542934520430592

On a digital billboard somewhere in the UK:

Image credit: @chrisinleedsuk https://twitter.com/chrisinleedsuk/status/841915330989563904

On a digital signboard in a city in Russia:

Image credit: @ayamapolsky https://twitter.com/ayampolsky/status/542328048335728640

On a building in Bangkok, Thailand:

Image credit: @otsnid https://twitter.com/otnisid/status/880763586187939840

On a highway traffic sign in Turkey:

Image credit: @kursatzaman https://twitter.com/kursatzaman/status/469408861917818880

As you can see, both Aptio and AMIBIOS are certainly well traveled! Do you happen to have any BIOS photos in unusual places that you’d like to share? Reach out to us in the comments form below, or connect with us on Twitter at @AMI_PR. As always, thanks for reading!

T. Bigelow 10/30/2017

A note of clarification: As many readers probably already know, this can happen on older system boards. It is not actually a firmware/BIOS crash, but instead an instance where the operating system cannot load. Often, digital signage and kiosks have older system boards in them that use a battery to hold the location of the boot drive in the BIOS. Overtime, the battery reaches maturity and can no longer maintain its BIOS settings. When they reboot from power loss, the system restarts to the BIOS splash screen because it does not know the location of the boot drive. With newer system boards, the BIOS settings are not lost like before, since the settings are not backed up by battery. When looking at newer systems, you may see an onboard battery, however that is typically used for the onboard system clock and not for storing BIOS settings.


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