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BIOS Tuning Guide - BIOS Tuning - Page 5

Whether you like it or not, the PC industry is evolving at an ever increasing pace. You can purchase a top of the range computer for around $4000, only to find that after a period of six months it is already outdated and not fit to run the latest games/software. What if I told you that you could squeeze extra speed out of your computer without spending a cent or moving out of the chair you are sitting in right now? Sounds crazy doesn't it? Join Asher "Acid" Moses as he explains how to tweak your BIOS for maximum performance.

| Guides | Posted: Feb 26, 2002 5:00 am

- Standard CMOS Features

 

 

Date - Pretty self-explanatory really. Set the current date.

 

Time - Similar to the Date option, set the current time.

 

IDE Primary Master - This is your primary master IDE device, usually the hard drive. Selecting this option and hitting enter will bring up a sub menu that allows you to set the access mode, capacity, cylinders, heads, landing zone, sector and precomp of the device. I recommend that you set these to auto detect if you are not sure what you are doing.

 

IDE Primary Slave - This is your primary slave IDE device. It has the same sub menu options as IDE Primary Master.

 

IDE Secondary Master - This is your secondary master IDE device. It has the same sub menu options as IDE Primary Master.

 

IDE Secondary Slave - This is your secondary slave IDE device. It has the same sub menu options as IDE Primary Master.

 

Drive A - Select the first floppy drive that is installed in your PC. This is usually a 1.44MB 3 1/2" drive.

 

Drive B - Select the second floppy drive that is installed in your PC. If there is only one floppy drive installed, select "none".

 

Video - Select the type of display adapter installed in your PC. This is usually EGA/VGA.

 

Halt On - This is where you can choose what errors your system will halt on during POST. I sometimes boot up my PC without a keyboard, so I selected "All, But Keyboard".

 

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