Simple BIOS utility settings

The BIOS can be used to set your notebook's system parameters. The system date, time, power settings and other functions are set in the BIOS. This information is stored on a non-volatile, battery-backed CMOS RAM. This simply means that the settings are saved even when the notebook itself is switched off.

To access the BIOS,when you see the message <CTRL-ALT-S> to enter System Configuration Utility (or similar) press the appropriate keys. This message is not on screen for long, and should you miss it you will need to reboot your notebook.

This page is intended merely as a guide, should you do any severe damage to your computer whilst in the BIOS, we can accept no responsibility.
The following options are available in the BIOS.

Menu Menu Items
Startup Date and time, Fast Boot, Boot Device, Display, Enable battery Low Beep, Enable LCD support, Display OEM logo, Enable S/PDIF digital output, Boot Password, BIOS Password.
Memory Cache systems, VGA shared memory.
Disks Diskette Drives, IDE Settings
Components COM Ports, LPT port, PS/2 Mouse Port, Keyboard numlock, keyboard repeat.
Power Enable Power Saving, Low Power saving, Medium Power saving, High Power saving, Customize, Suspend Controls, Resume Timer, Enable Modem Ring Resume, Enable battery Low suspend.
Exit Save and Exit, Exit (no save), Default settings, Restore settings, Version Info.

Use the following keys to navigate around the BIOS options.

Keys Action
Alt Highlights the menu bar
Left Arrow
Right Arrow
Highlighted Letters
Selects a Menu Bar option.
Left Mouse Button
Down Arrow
Opens the Menu Bar option.
Right Mouse Button
Cancels current action

Working with the pull-down menus. Once your desired menu item is highlighted, press Enter or the down arrow to see the pull-down menu options. You move about the pull-down menu using the following keys:

Keys Action
Tab Moves from one record to another
Up/Down arrows Changes the value of a field
Spacebar Selects a field
Enter Allows you to choose:
<OK> to save any changes.
<Cancel> to ignore any changes.
Esc Quits the current session

Some pull-down menu options have an arrow to the right of the entry. Choose these extra options by pressing enter or the right-arrow and another screen will be displayed. Navigate the new screen with the following keys:

Keys Action
Up/Down arrows
Highlighted Letters 
Selects a pull-down menu item
Enter Enables/Disables the specified function. A 'tick' mark indicates the function is on.
Esc Closes the pull-down menu and saves the changes.

Startup Menu

Note: if an option is not listed in the following menus, then it should remain at the factory default setting.

The Startup menu provides many options for the initial bootup of the notebook, including the order in which the computer looks for bootable drives (i.e, Hard Disk, Floppy Disk, CD). Also, there is an option to automatically expand the display to fill the whole available space of the notebook's screen, and for a beep to sound when the battery is getting low.

Item Setting/Option Function
Date and Time Day/Month/Year
Sets the date and time
Boot Device 1st Boot Device Hard Disk C Specify the system's first choice for the boot drive
CD-ROM drive
Diskette A
2nd Boot Device Hard Disk C Specify the system's second choice for the boot drive
CD-ROM Drive
Diskette A
3rd Boot Device Hard Disk C Specify the system's third choice for the boot drive
CD-ROM Drive
Diskette A
Enable battery low beep Enable A series of beeps will sound when the battery is low
Disable Disable the above
Enable LCD expand mode Enable Stretch the display to fill the entire screen of the LCD panel.
Disable Disable the above
Enable power on beep Enable Enable power on Beep
Disable Disable power on Beep

Memory Menu

Using the Memory menu, the quantity of the internal memory which is used for the video display can be set.

Item Settings/Options Function
VGA Shared Memory 8mb Select the VGA shared memory size
Warning - NEVER set the shared Memory to be the same size as the total memory of your notebook. (i.e. if you only have 64mb memory, do not set the shared memory to 64mb). If you do this, your notebook will not boot and you will have to add more physical RAM before you can access your notebook!

Components Menu

From the Components menu, the type of the Printer port can be set, also the trackpad can be switched on or off to allow the use of an external PS/2 mouse. If an external television is being used, it's type can be set to NTSC or PAL as applicable.

Item Setting/Option Function
LPT Port Port Address None Specify the LPT Port configuration
LPT1, Addr 378, IRQ7
LPT2, Addr 278, IRQ5
LPT3, Addr 3BC, IRQ7
Port Definition Standard AT (Centronics)
Bi-Directional (PS/2)
Enhanced Parallel (EPP)
Extended Capabilities (ECP)
DMA Setting for ECP mode DMA 1 Specify the ECP DMA configuration
EPP Type EPP 1.7 Specify the EP type
EPP 1.9
PS/2 Mouse Port Enable Enable the system's trackpad or external PS/2 Mouse
Disable Disable the trackpad or PS/2 mouse if an external mouse is connected to a COM A port
TV Mode TV Mode Selection NTSC Select the television standard you intend to use with the TV-Out port

Power Menu

The Power menu provides a wide range of options for conserving (or otherwise) a notebook's battery power. How much of a delay there is between the HDD last being accessed and going into standby mode. what happens to the computer when the power button is pressed. Also, wether or not the contents of the notebook's memory is saved to disk when the battery is running flat, and options of this sort.

Item Setting/Option Function
Enable Power Saving Enable Enable/Disable all power saving features
Low Power Saving Enable This setting results in maximum performance and shortest battery life.
Medium Power Saving Enable This setting results in moderate performance and battery life.
High Power Saving Enable This setting results in minimum performance and maximum battery life.
Customize Disk Standby 5 Sec The Hard Disk will enter standby mode if it is not accessed within the specified period. Hard Disk power will be restored when the disk drive is accessed
10 Sec
20 Sec
30 Sec
1 Min
5 Min
10 Min
Always On
Suspend Controls Power Button Function Power On/Off The Power Button is used to turn the system on or off.
Suspend/Resume Pressing the power button for more than four seconds will generate a power button override event to switch the system from a working state to the soft-off state.
Suspend Type Suspend to disk Specify the suspend mode for power management
Powered On Suspend
Resume Timer Alarm Resume Enable System resumes from the configured suspend mode when the resume alarm timer expires.
Disable Disable the above.
Resume Month/Day/Hour/Minute The system will resume at the specified time (month, day, hour and minute)
Enable Modem ring resume Enable Resume the system from STR or POS mode when a modem ring is detected (the modem should be connected to the serial port)
Disable Disable the above
Enable battery low suspend Enable Automatically suspend the system to disk upon a low battery condition
Disable Disable the above

Exit Menu

The exit menu provides the user with options for leaving the BIOS, with or without saving any changes which have been made, as well as the options for restoring default settings or returning to previous settings. From here, the user can also find out which version of the appropriate BIOS they are using.

Item Function
Save and Exit Save the current settings and reboot the system
Exit (no save) Exit without saving any of the changes
Default Settings Restore the default factory settings (the original ROM settings)
Restore settings Restore the current setup to the previous one.
Version Info Show the current BIOS version information.