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Any desktops with a write-protected bios?

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Can anyone tell me a make/model of desktop tower that has a write protected bios or at least the option to enable it by a jumper or whatever? The newer the better, but any will do.

I am only interested in true bios write protection, not bios 'security' passwords.

Thanks!
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I haven't seen any of those in a while. I use to run across old Intel mobos that used jumpers to protect the bios.
You still might find some server mobos with it, but I don't know of any off hand.
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Hmm.

You've got the Gigabyte Dual Bios systems http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/MicroSite/55/tech_081226_dualbios.htm which enable you to recover from corrupt bioses.  Doesn't mean the working BIOS can't be altered though.

Gigabyte evidently did make or does make boards with Flash Bios protection http://www.gigabyte.co.nz/webpage/20/HowToReflashBIOS.html  Unsure if they still do.  MSI as well http://www.msi.com/service/bios-note/
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out of curiosity - why do you need it that way?
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Because there are spyware in use that target the bios remotely, and due to the nature of my work I need to be safe from these by default. In this case one needs physical write protection.

Seems to me this feature should be offered as an option on all pc's.
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tx for the info; but as you see from the above, they are not common.
here a DIY solution   http://pcproblemswithsolutions.blogspot.be/2008/04/disabling-write-protected-bios-chip.html
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Ok thanks for the infos. Makes you wonder though why they phased this feature out of production so quickly? Perhaps our computers would be too secure with it.
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because nobody needs it?
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Sure
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