Talk:POST Lesson

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Please feel free to discuss any concerns, additions or changes you have for this page. So far, this is just a rough draft of the actual instructors guide; the volunteer's version will not contain instructors notes, and may even contain some example POST screen-caps.

Additionally, Amelia in Build has made me aware of an online resource which gives real-time exercises in BIOS navigation. This could prove to be an invaluable tool when teaching this module.

Please let me know how to make this section better.

--Walter 19:47, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

Additions made

I've altered this page a bit more. Updates:

  • I've formatted the page so that there are sections and sub-sections. You can now navigate the page using the contents portion at the top.
  • I've linked directly to the 'Getting the Processor Information' page at the beginning.
  • I've updated the definitions of Power On, POST, and Boot to be more specific to System Evaluation.
  • I've taken Richard McCune's advice and added a bolded instruction to immediately unplug the system if it attempts to boot from an OS.
  • I've completed Part III of the page, including instructions on finding and identifying processor types and speeds, as well as giving some common examples of each.
  • I've added a sub-section called 'Multi-core Processors' which should help volunteers identify dual- and quad-core systems.


  • Still having trouble with the definitions in Part I not correctly wrapping inside the text boxes. Any help with this would be appreciated.
  • I'd like to put a nice text boxes around the information for 'Processor Type,' 'Processor Speed,' and 'Multi-Core Processors.' Anyone know how to edit the Wiki to include these text boxes (as per Part I)?

--Walter 22:33, 20 September 2011 (UTC)