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BIOSDECODE(8)									    BIOSDECODE(8)

NAME
       biosdecode - BIOS information decoder

SYNOPSIS
       biosdecode [OPTIONS]

DESCRIPTION
       biosdecode  parses  the	BIOS memory and prints information about all structures (or entry
       points) it knows of. Currently known entry point types are:

       o SMBIOS (System Management BIOS)
	 Use dmidecode for a more detailed output.

       o DMI (Desktop Management Interface, a legacy version of SMBIOS)
	 Use dmidecode for a more detailed output.

       o SYSID

       o PNP (Plug and Play)

       o ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)

       o BIOS32 (BIOS32 Service Directory)

       o PIR (PCI IRQ Routing)

       o 32OS (BIOS32 Extension, Compaq-specific)
	 See ownership for a Compaq ownership tag retrieval tool.

       o SNY (Sony-specific, not decoded)

       o VPD (Vital Product Data, IBM-specific)
	 Use vpddecode for a more detailed output.

       o FJKEYINF (Application Panel, Fujitsu-specific)

       biosdecode started its life as a part of dmidecode but as  more	entry  point  types  were
       added, if was moved to a different program.

OPTIONS
       -d, --dev-mem FILE
	      Read memory from device FILE (default: /dev/mem)

       -h, --help
	      Display usage information and exit

       -V, --version
	      Display the version and exit

FILES
       /dev/mem

BUGS
       Most  of  the  time,  biosdecode  prints too much information (you don't really care about
       addresses) or not enough (because it doesn't follow pointers and has no lookup tables).

AUTHORS
       Alan Cox, Jean Delvare

SEE ALSO
       dmidecode(8), mem(4), ownership(8), vpddecode(8)

dmidecode				  February 2007 			    BIOSDECODE(8)
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