"You take any computer out there, and you can be sure that it
houses a BIOS chip. BIOS is an acronym which stands for Basic Input
Output System. You have various companies like Award, Phoenix and
the likes which manufacture BIOS chips and your machine will most
probably be using a BIOS chip from one of these companies.This
ubiquitous chip is the starting point of the booting process in
your computer which eventually loads a fully functional operating
system. If there is no BIOS chip, then your machine will not
boot--irrespective of the type of OS you are using (this might
change in the future when flash memory gets cheaper and its use
becomes more prevalent)..."
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