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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "External Electronic Device", for Approval

July 3, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors LEE, Meng-Hsiung (TAIPEI, TW); HUANG, Pai-Ching (TAIPEI, TW), filed on August 9, 2013, was made available online on June 19, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Asustek Computer Inc.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to a computer system and, more particularly, to a computer system controlled by a basic input/output device.

"More and more users assemble computers by themselves, and they usually manually set their computer to get better performance. The operation mode of the computer can be controlled by setting the basic input/output system (BIOS), such as the operating frequency. However, due to improper settings of the computer, the computer may crash and even cannot reboot after the host is shut down. Therefore, users cannot restore the BIOS by generally setting the BIOS.

"If the host crashes due to improper settings, the longer the shutdown state remains, the much serious damage of internal components may be caused. Conventionally, the power button should be pressed to cut off a power supply, and power lines of a power supply should he disconnected from the socket; another method is to open the casing of the computer and connect the jumper to a specific pin of the front panel of the motherboard to clear/reset basic setting values of the computer, which is usually called 'clearing CMOS'. However, the sequence of clearing the basic setting values of the computer system is rather troublesome, and the computer may be damaged and cannot reboot due to a careless operation.

"On the other hand, if the computer setting values is suitable and can improve the performance of the computer, the computer system should finish the booting process and operate under these setting values, and the setting values does not need to be cleared."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to an embodiment of the invention, power supplying and a booting process of the computer system are controlled by a basic input/output system The computer system includes a super input/output chip, a south bridge chipset, and a power supply module. The super input/output chip includes a timer. A counting time is set by the BIOS and the timer counts down when booting the computer, wherein the counting time is longer than a normal booting time. The south bridge chipset is electrically connected with the super input/output chip and exchanges data between a host and. a peripheral device. The power supply module is used for providing power to the computer system. The BIOS controls the timer to stop counting down when the computer system is capable of booting normally.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, power supplying and booting of the computer system are controlled by a basic input/output system. The computer system booting and setting method includes the following steps: setting a counting time of a timer of a super input/output chip when the computer system boots, wherein the counting time is longer than a normal booting time counting down by the timer; stopping the timer counting down when the computer system boots normally.

"The computer system and its booting and setting method disclosed in these embodiments can avoid entering the power-off process when the computer system can normally boot and provide power to the computer system to support it to normally operate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a computer system in an embodiment;

"FIG. 2A is a block diagram showing the computer system in another embodiment;

"FIG. 2B is a signal sequence diagram showing steps of a power-off process of a computer system in an embodiment;

"FIG. 2C is a signal sequence diagram showing steps of the power-off process of a computer system in another embodiment;

"FIG. 2D is a signal sequence diagram showing steps of the power-off process of a computer system in another embodiment; and

"FIG. 3 is a flow chart showing, a computer system booting and setting method in an embodiment of the invention."

For additional information on this patent application, see: LEE, Meng-Hsiung; HUANG, Pai-Ching. External Electronic Device. Filed August 9, 2013 and posted June 19, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=496&p=10&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140612.PD.&OS=PD/20140612&RS=PD/20140612

Keywords for this news article include: Asustek Computer Inc.

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