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I am trying to read an area of the bios. I can do this using debug like this:

Open Debug... Then at the - prompt I type this:

S F000:0000 FFFF "Compaq"

I went ahead and made an autoit script which hides the debug window and uses stdout functions and it works well... but... I am wanting to read this info in the bios at a specific moment within the windows install process. If I try to run debug.exe too soon it will not run because windows has not installed enough data to let it work yet.

So I was wondering if anyone knows of a way I can accomplish the same results without using debug.exe. Prefferably with only using autoit.

Thanks for your thoughts on this.

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Nobody has any ideas? :)

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What part of the BIOS data do you need, and what for?

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Basically I need to search through specific areas between F000:0000 and F000:FFFF for manufacturer strings like "Dell" "Hewlett" "Compaq" and so on and so fourth. It is a program that will recognise what type of computer system it is and place manufacturer specific files onto the system for pre activation and OEM info. etc...

I've gotten the main portion of the program functioning well... but I think it would be even better if I could figure out how to read those sections without using the debug.exe tool.

You can check out the project here:

http://siginet.ryanvm.net/forum/viewforum....9d6b99a0b9a6b38

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CMOSGET > DATA.DAT (see also ROMINFO) may be of assistance.

http://cerealport.homeip.net/cereal/pcmag/filesbbs.html

http://www.greggore.com/dln091802.htm

I used these in the 1980's to do exactly what you describe - to prep a drive and load the correct image off the network. Just booted off the floppy and came back when it was all completed. Of course it used DOS 3.3 and GWBASIC. not AutoIT to read and analyse the strings retrieved from CMOS.

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