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 P ress F2 to enter System Configuration Utility (or similar) press the appropriate key. 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
Main Date and Time, Boot Sequence.
Advanced LPT Ports, COM Ports, VGA shared memory.
Security BIOS Password
Exit Save and Exit, Exit (no save), Default settings, Restore settings.

Use the following keys to navigate around the BIOS options.

Keys Action
Alt Highlights (activates) the menu bar
Left Arrow
Right Arrow
Selects a Menu Bar option.
Left Mouse Button
Opens the Menu Bar option.
Right Mouse Button
Cancels current action

Main Menu

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

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

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!

Advanced 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 Output Only
Bi-Directional (PS/2)
Enhanced Parallel (EPP)
Extended Capabilities (ECP)
VGA Shared Memory 8mb Select the VGA shared memory size

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.

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.