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
System Time Hour/Minute/Second Sets the time
System Date Day/Month/Year Sets the date

Advanced Menu

Item Setting/Option Function
Reset Configuration Data Yes/No 'Yes' clears the Extended System Configuration Data
Boot Logo Screen Enabled/Disabled Display Logo Screen during boot.
Hyper threading Technology Enabled/Disabled Turns HyperThreading support on/off
Battery Low Beep Warning Enabled/Disabled Turns Battery Low Warning Beep on/off
Graphics Aperture 32Mb/64Mb/128Mb/256Mb Sets the ammount of RAM used by the graphics card.

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 Setting/Option Function
Boot Device Hard Disk C Specify the system's first choice for the boot drive
CD-ROM drive
Diskette A
Network Boot

Select a device using the 'Up' and 'Down' Keys. Use '-' and '+' to adjust the boot sequence.

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 Restore the default factory settings (the original ROM settings)
Discard Changes 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