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Self-configuring computer system

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CA2150742A1
CA2150742A1 CA 2150742 CA2150742A CA2150742A1 CA 2150742 A1 CA2150742 A1 CA 2150742A1 CA 2150742 CA2150742 CA 2150742 CA 2150742 A CA2150742 A CA 2150742A CA 2150742 A1 CA2150742 A1 CA 2150742A1
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Jack L. Hammer
Jeffrey V. Ford
L. Bowen Caldwell
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Lenovo (Singapore) Pte Ltd
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06FELECTRICAL DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
    • G06F9/00Arrangements for programme control, e.g. control unit
    • G06F9/06Arrangements for programme control, e.g. control unit using stored programme, i.e. using internal store of processing equipment to receive and retain programme
    • G06F9/44Arrangements for executing specific programmes
    • G06F9/4401Bootstrapping
    • G06F9/4411Configuring for operating with peripheral devices; Loading of device drivers

Abstract

A self-configuring computer system, which configures and loads appropriate software to support custom configurations without manual intervention by the user or the manufacturer, is disclosed. The invention includes an "interrogation" module, stored on a system disk and loaded when the computer is first activated, that scans the system for components requiring specific software to operate. The interrogation module obtains identification data from these components and, based thereon, enables a startup module to select the appropriate software from a series of disk-based files. The startup module also executes configuration software having a characteristic naming pattern when the system is first activated, performs various one-time setup or configuration operations on at least the main system disk to render it compatible with the operating system, and selects the proper version of the operating system for the purchased system.
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