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Acer America - Beware the new Acer BIOS !
Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 12:36pm CDT by Paul T.
Product: E1-571 Acer Laptop
Company: Acer America
Location: 333 W. San Carlos St.
SAN JOSE, CA, 95110, US
Category: Computers, Software
In May of 2013, I purchased an Acer E1-571
laptop after checking the CPU's specs on Intel.
The Intel chip in the laptop was an i5 3230M,
which had an impressive list of features,
including VT-d and VT-x instruction sets, which
aid in using virtualization. To make a long story
short, what I eventually realized, is that their
choice of UEFI (the new BIOS), did not allow
access to the Intel features; so they could be
turned on or off. Actually they dropped 2 or 3
menus like "Advanced" and "Power" from the
typical UEFI menu list, ON PURPOSE ! Why ?
Most likely they received kickbacks from MS to
do so. Why ? Because MS doesn't want you to
keep using their older products that you've
already paid for ! They want you to buy their
NEW operating systems 7,8,9...etc. One of the
many consequences of this policy, is that you
now can't use all the features included in the
Intel processor, can you say "bait and switch"?
Another is trying to make it more difficult to
install a different operating system, say Linux ?
Of course with our byzantine legal system, it will
take the Supreme Court five years to finally hear
this case concerning Microsoft's collusion with
the manufacturers and Insyde software, so I'd
like to suggest a boycott of Acer's computers.
Why ? Because they could easily solve
thousands of their consumers problems, by
simply offering a different UEFI (or upgrade) for
the affected models. BUT THEY WON'T !
And only YOU can punish them. I believe some
in Europe have already started a boycott, let's
join them and hope it deters other manufacturers
from following in this protectionist conspiracy.