Ultimate BIOS Guide: Every Setting Decrypted and Explained!
Ultimate BIOS Guide: Every Setting
Decrypted and Explained!
Power users routinely punch into the BIOS in order to fine tune their system, but it can be an intimidating place to go exploring if you've
never before burrowed beneath the surface. And just like in real life, poking around in unknown places can be a dangerous affair if you
don't know what you're doing or where you're going. On the other hand, once you understand the inner workings of your PC's control
center, a whole world of overclocking and troubleshooting suddenly opens up. But what exactly is the BIOS?
Every modern motherboard comes with an embedded Flash EEPROM module, otherwise known as the BIOS chip. Short for Basic Input
Out System, this is the first bit of code executed when you boot your PC. The BIOS stores all kinds of essential information about your
system, such as your CPU's clockspeed, the size and type of RAM you're running, the boot order of your media, what onboard devices
are present, and much, much more. An improperly configured BIOS can prevent Windows (or Linux) from loading, while a finely tuned
BIOS has the potential to significantly improve performance over that of a similarly spec'd machine.
Whatever your goal is, this is your go-to guide for everything you've ever wanted to know about the BIOS. We cover every setting --
even the obscure ones -- so you'll never feel lost or out of your element, no matter what motherboard you're rocking under the hood.
Check out our Essential BIOS Tweaking Guide here
How do I Get In?
Whether from a cold boot or rebooting, getting into your BIOS is as easy as hitting the DEL key as soon as your system starts to POST.
You might even see a Splash screen instructing you to hit DEL, but this isn't always the case. If mashing the DEL key doesn't do the
trick (some OEM setups, notebooks, and older PCs use a different key), try punching F1, F10, or the ESC key. For really old PCs, you
might even need to hit a combination of keystrokes, in which case your best bet is to consult your user manual or the modern day oracle
known as Google for the correct sequence.
Main BIOS Menu
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