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allan
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Posted:3/5/2008 12:41:00 PM # 1
I'm having a problem understanding the "OS Installation - Start/Finished" setting in the BIOS - what exactly is its function?  I've installed about a half-dozen different operating systems on my Eee already, before settling on MiniMe 2008... and in each installation, that particular BIOS parameter was always left set at "Finished".  It didn't seem to make any noticable difference!  All of the systems I tried installed normally, and without problems... so; what is that setting really for and what does it really do, then?

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BigEEEUser
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Posted:3/6/2008 3:34:00 AM # 2
Here is the Google results for MiniMe 2008.

There is forum at EEE User that might that answer. They might want to hear about the MiniMe 2008 installation.

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Posted:3/6/2008 3:38:00 PM # 3
Are there any performance issues that stem from using a USB port instead of a IDE or SATA drive?
in a desktop computer, yes... but in the EeePC you wouldn't notice a difference....

USB: the theoretical maximum transfer speed of a USB2.0 interface is 60MB/s, but it's effective (real) transfer rate tops out between 30MB/s~40MB/s.

PATA:  ATA/PATA interface has a maximum transfer rate of 100MB/s (can reach 133MB/s in short bursts).

SATA:  SATA150 interface has a maximum transfer rate of 150MB/s.  SATA300 has a maximum transfer rate of 300MB/s.

-NOTE:  PATA and SATA drives are both IDE.

HDD:  regardless of which interface is being used, a mechanical hard disk drive still has it's own maximum speeds.  in general, they can't even reach PATA speeds, nevermind SATA speeds, but they can easily max out a USB connection.

SSD:  the EeePC's SSD has a transfer rate around 30MB/s, so a HDD connected through USB could be just as fast, or faster.

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allan
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Posted:3/7/2008 12:42:00 AM # 4
Thanks guys, but I'm still looking for an answer to my original question: what does the "OS Installation - Start/Finished" setting in the EeePC's BIOS really do?  As I said, I've installed a number of different operating systems in my Eee so far; in every case I never bothered to set that particular BIOS setting to "Start", and yet each installation proceeded normally - so: why is that setting even in the EeePC's BIOS then, if it doesn't actually do anything?

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BigEEEUser
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Posted:3/8/2008 3:22:00 AM # 5
EEE User Forum
You might want to the forum above.

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Posted:4/14/2008 12:06:00 AM # 6
Hello to You and All EeePC-Users from Germany!
You have to set the the START and FINISH-Botton to
access 1.the BIOS and 2.the S.S.D.-DEVICE correctly,
also it is needed for to 3.Open/Close the MBR correctly
and to Protect Your EeePC against any Demage!
You can Think-Obout the S.S.D.-DEVICE like a CAN
with TOP-CLOSE,and by this You open/close this TOP-
CLOSE in All three Cases!You can try it wthout doing so,
mosttime You will be Xeccesfull,but withtime there will
come Problems and Demages!
Best Wishes to All!
"Der Fehlerteufel"!

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