Configuring the BIOS.



After you turn on your PC, you should see a message that says something like "Hold down DEL to enter Setup" displayed at the bottom of the screen; your message may be different so pay attention to what key or combination of keys it requires. Hold down this key until you reach the BIOS setup screen.

The following procedure will walk you through this initial setup. Please bear in mind that this serves as an outline. Your actual settings and names may vary for different BIOS versions. Consult the manual that came with your motherboard for a detailed explanation of these settings. In most cases, you should not really have to change anything. If you are using a SoftMenu, jumperless motherboard, you can leave all settings on Auto. The only things you have to do in this case are auto-detect your hard drive, set the time & date, and disable the virus protection.

1. Auto-detect your Hard Drive. Just about all BIOS versions are capable of auto-detecting the hard drive. You should see a menu option for this, do this now. If it does not successfully detect the drive, then make sure the drive is properly connected. The BIOS will auto-detect your drive and offer you three options to choose from. Usually, just choose the first option at the top of the list. It will then try to auto-detect your other drives, whether they are there are not. Pressing ESC will skip the detection of drives that are not there.

2. Now enter the "Standard Settings" option. Configure the following items: The date and time. The date is in MM/DD/YY format, and the time is in 24-hour format. Floppy Drive(s): Just set the correct type. On our system we only have one floppy drive so drive A: would be set to "1.44MB". Video Display: If you have this option, set to VGA Halt On: "All errors", to be sure you see all errors.

3. Now, go into "Advanced Features". Set Virus Protection/Warning: Disable (Make sure to enable this again after you have installed your operating system.)

4. Go to the "Chipset Advanced Features" menu: leave all defaults.

5. Disable Power Management Features for now. You can go back and enable these after you have your computer up and running.

6. Set PCI/PnP Configuration Settings. If you will be using Windows 95/98, set the PnP Aware OS to enabled. All other options set to Auto.

7. Go to "Integrated Peripherals". Configure these items: Integrated Floppy Controller: Enable. Integrated IDE/ HDD Controller: Enable those you are using. Integrated Serial Port. Both COM 1 and COM 2 are usually enabled. Integrated Parallel Port: Enable on most systems. Parallel Port Mode: Set to either "EPP" or "SPP". PS/2 Mouse: Set to "Auto" if available, otherwise, enable if using a PS/2 mouse. USB: Enable on most systems.

8. If you are using a "jumperless" motherboard equipped with "SoftMenu", enter this option. Here you will have the opportunity to select "Auto" detection of your CPU. If the BIOS detects your CPU incorrectly, consult your motherboard manual for possible solutions or web sites where you can download BIOS updates.

9. Save and Exit the BIOS setup program. This will reboot the machine. Make sure your system disk is still in Drive A:.


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