Method and apparatus for compressing system read only memory in a computing system

  • US 5,836,013 A
  • Filed: 08/11/1994
  • Issued: 11/10/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/11/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a computer having a processor and storage, a computer-implemented method for generating a system read only memory (ROM) computer file that can access the ROM of a target computer, the method comprising the steps of:

  • receiving, for processing by the processor, a system ROM computer file comprising a non-compressible portion and one or more compressible portions, including a setup program and one or more option ROM images, the non-compressible portion comprising a decompression program;

    appending, to the non-compressible portion, information on accessing the ROM of a target computer;

    compressing, via the processor, each compressible portion to generate compressed data;

    generating, via the processor, a compressed system ROM computer file comprising the compressed data and the appended non-compressible portion; and

    storing the compressed system ROM computer file in the storage.

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