Understanding the BIOS

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The Bios


Basic functions:  will cover the basic's of


The Peripheral BIOS



The Battery

Types of CMOS batteries

Life time of a CMOS battery

Important BIOS Settings:  will cover the basic's of

Standard Settings

Advanced Features

Advanced Chipset Features

PCI/PNP Configuration

Power Management

Integrated Peripherals

IDE Device Setup/Auto detection

Security/Password Settings

Hardware Device Settings

Auto configuration and Defaults

Identifying and Flashing the BIOS: will cover the basic's of

Flash BIOS Procedures,


Back to Understanding Hardware

Vendor Resource Links:

Gateway: General | Setting the BIOS | Flashing the BIOS | BIOS error codes

IBM: Hits generated after a search for 'BIOS'

Dell: Knowledge base article on obtaining and updating the BIOS

HP: Pavilion updates for: XP | ME | 98