Patents by Inventor Michael R. Terrell

Michael R. Terrell has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5867714
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system for detecting and avoiding faults stemming from conflicts in hardware and/or software configurations in a computer system. The system comprises communications circuitry that, from time to time, automatically transmits at least part of the current hardware and software configuration data of the computer system to a remote data source capable of identifying inherent conflicts in the hardware and software configuration. The remote data source then transmits to the computer system software revisions that are capable of resolving the inherent conflicts. After the communications circuitry receives the software revisions, processing circuitry in the computer system modifies the current software configuration according to the received software revisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: David K. Todd, Michael R. Terrell
  • Patent number: 5579529
    Abstract: A method for the configuration of peripheral adapters in computer systems. The method examines a flag in a Configuration Space of the peripheral adapter to determine if user-selectable configuration options are required for the peripheral adapter. If the flag is set, then a configuration file is retrieved and interpreted to determine how the peripheral adapter should be configured and to determine how the configuration options should be presented to the user. Such configurations options may be conditional and based on previous user selections. Once the user's selections have been made, the method updates registers in the peripheral adapter with the selected option values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael R. Terrell, Jeffery W. Kaisner, Jonathan D. Amsden, Thomas C. Burke, David K. Todd