This article provides information on the event logs stored in the System BIOS on Dell Laptops.
Starting with the E-series of Latitude laptops and some Precision laptops, diagnostics both ePSA (extended Pre-boot System Assessment) and DOS based, BIOS thermal and power events can all be logged in the BIOS. The system stores logs in each category moving the oldest one down. Each log consists of a date and time stamp, and a description of the type of event. In the case of the diagnostics the event may show an error code (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Sample of the BIOS Event Logs
The logs come under the following categories
This field allows you to view and clear BIOS POST events. It includes the the date and time of the event as well as the LED code.
This field allows you to view the diagnostic results from DellDiags and PSA. It includes the time and date, the diagnostic and version which was run and the resulting code.
This field allows you to view and clear thermal events. It includes the the date and time as well as the name of the event.
This field allows you to view and clear power events. It icludes the the date and time of the event as well as the power state and reason.
These logs can be very helpful in troubleshooting, especially tracking down intermittent problems which can be the most difficult. For example, if the computer is randomly and intermittently shutting down, it might be due to a thermal events that will be logged. It can then be much easier to determine from the time and type of thermal event that the problem could be caused by either behaviour, environment, or hardware failure.
Article ID: SLN60453
Last Date Modified: 09/19/2017 04:17 PM