Some producers of motherboards, for example, Intel, ASUS and ASRosk use another type of the main window of BIOS Setup program where the menu bar is satiated at the top. Here are the main sectors of this menu:
In the opinion of the developers, here you can find the main BIOS settings: time and date, drives’ parameters and system information. “Main” is almost a complete analogue of “Standard CMOS Features”.
This section is usually the largest one in the number of parameters and consists of several subsections. Here you can find settings for operation of processor, chipset, memory, video system and peripherals. In comparison with the classical interface, “Advanced” section contains the contests from “Advanced Chipset Features”, “Integrated Peripherals”, “PnP/PCI Configurations”, “Frequency/Voltage Control” and some parameters from “Advanced BIOS Features”. Sometimes BIOS developers separate a part of parameters from “Advanced” into another section, thus increasing the number of points in the main menu.
This section also includes the parameters of power supply, as in “Power Management Setup” and monitoring settings of working temperatures, voltages and fan speeds as in H/W Monitor.
Here you can find parameters for appropriate procedure of polling devices and some other booting settings. Besides, the parameters password administration may be included here but in some versions they have their own section called ‘Security”.
This section usually contains the following commands:
- Exit & Save Changes – exit with saving all changes;
- Exit & Discard Changes – exit without saving any changes;
- Load Setup Default – setting default values;
- Discard Changes – cancel all changes.
After choosing any of these commands, you will see the window where you must confirm or cancel its implementation.
Sometimes the main menu of BIOS Setup with horizontal menu bar may contain additional sections. For example, some boards from ASUS have “Tools” aimed to update BIOS, save the profiles of BIOS settings and to check network connection.