The BIOS setup utility stores information about your computer such as the date and time, the kind of hardware you have installed, and so on. Your computer uses this information toinitialize all the components at boot up time, and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
If the information in the setup utility is incorrect, it may cause your system to malfunction. It caneven stop your computer from booting properly. If this happens, you can use the clear CMOS jumper to clear the CMOS memory area that is used to store the setup information, or you can hold down the Endkey while you reboot your computer, Holding down the End key also clears the setup information.
You can run the setup utility and manually make changes to the setup utility. You might need to dothis to configure some of the hardware that you add to the mainboard, such as the CPU, the memory, disk drive, etc.
Running the Setup Utility
Each time your computer starts, before the operatingsystem is booted, a message appears on the screen that prompts “Hit if you want to run SETUP”. When you see this message, press the Delete key and the Mainmenu page of the setup utility appears on yourmonitor.
You can use the cursor arrow keys to highlight any of the options on the Mainmenu page. Press Enter to select the highlighted option. To leave the setup utility, press the Escape key. Holddown the Shift key and press F2 to cycle through the optional color schemes of the setup utility.
Some of the options on the Mainmenu page lead to tables of items with installed values. In thesepages, use the cursor arrow keys to highlight the items, and then use the PgUp and PgDn keys to cycle through the alternate values for each of the items. Other options on the Mainmenu page lead todialog boxes which require you to answer Yes or No by hitting the Y or N keys.
If you have already made changes to the setup utility, press F10 to save those changes and exit the utility. Press F5 to...