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If you buy pretty much any gaming motherboard, or any modern motherboard to an extent, you'll get a visually appealing BIOS menu with a lot of features, GUI, graphical representation of settings, easy updates, even RGB control. However, almost every laptop, even high-end models, still have the same generic BIOS menu from 2002. Whether it be Phoenix Setup Utility or InsydeH20, or some other third thing, they're all pretty much the same blue-and-gray menu without mouse support that's pretty hard to help people over the phone with. Couple that with the fact that most laptops lack any settings that exceed the advancement of secure boot and CSM/UEFI toggling and some laptops outright hide advanced menus or the entire menu outright with no way to enable it, and it makes for an interesting question. Why do top-of-the-line laptops still have a terrible BIOS menu? The only variation I've seen is the weird "service menu" on Dell and Microsoft's visually appealing, albeit basic BIOS menu on Surface devices. I'd like to see a lot more settings and user-friendliness in these, especially since a lot of settings are just expected to be accessed through some obscure application that only runs on older Windows versions.

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I wish more laptop manufacturers would have a "recovery" mode like Apple does, providing an OS environment with a terminal, web browser, networking, etc. The WRE kind of serves this purpose but it's really easy to get it into a state of disrepair, ignoring the inability to access a web browser or file explorer. I could see a manufacturer putting a lightweight Linux distro on a small bit of 512MB-1GB of read-only flash (though it'd be nice to let BIOS updates update it), separate from the main storage to prevent people messing it up.

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2 minutes ago, ImAlsoRan said:

I wish more laptop manufacturers would have a "recovery" mode like Apple does, providing an OS environment with a terminal, web browser, networking, etc. The WRE kind of serves this purpose but it's really easy to get it into a state of disrepair, ignoring the inability to access a web browser or file explorer. 

Recovery Mode on Macs doesn't let you use a full web browser. Besides, it's meant for recovery, not for changing settings that are normally handled by a BIOS or UEFI utility. 

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8 minutes ago, BondiBlue said:

Recovery Mode on Macs doesn't let you use a full web browser. Besides, it's meant for recovery, not for changing settings that are normally handled by a BIOS or UEFI utility. 

When I had my Mac it let me, but I wasn't necessarily saying I think this should replace BIOSes. I mentioned it since I guess that was on my train of thought, but it's unrelated to the BIOS, other than an additional function of it.

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