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 F2 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
Main Date, Time
Advanced Advanced Chipset Control, shared memory, TV Output, Parallel Port type and mode, COM ports.
Security BIOS Password
Boot Boot sequence
Exit Save and Exit, Exit (no save), Default settings, Discard changes, Save (no exit)

To navigate your way around the BIOS, use the following keys.
Keys Action
Arrow / Right Arrow Moves from one menu to another
Up/Down arrows Scroll up and down through the options of a menu. Also, when an option is selected, these keys scroll through the available settings.
Enter Selects an option you wish to change.

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

Main Menu

Item Setting/Option Function
Date and Time Day/Month/Year
Sets the date and time

Advanced Menu

Item Setting/Options Function
Advanced Chipset Control Embedded Share Memory 16 mb The amount of installed memory which is to be used for the VGA display
32 mb
64 mb
I/O Device Configuration Serial Port Disabled No Configuration
Enabled User Configuration (user sets Parallel Port mode)
Auto BIOS or OS chooses configuration
(OS Controlled) Displayed when controlled by the Operating System
Parallel Port Disabled No Configuration
Enabled User Configuration (user sets Parallel Port mode)
Auto BIOS or OS chooses configuration
(OS Controlled) Displayed when controlled by the Operating System
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!

Boot Menu

Item Options
Boot Device Removable Devices
Hard Drives
CD-ROM Drive
Network Boot

To set the boot sequence of your system, highlight the device that you would like to move and use '+' or '-' to move the device up or down in the list.

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
Exit Saving Changes Save the current settings and reboot the system
Exit Discarding Changes Exit without saving any of the changes
Load Setup Defaults Restores to the previously saved settings
Discard Settings Resets any changes you may have made in the BIOS back to what they were before you started.
Save Changes Save changes which have been made, but don't leave the BIOS