Optimization of Loading. Part I

Tens of different BIOS parameters, for which the values by default are always optimal, influence the initial computer loading. Their correct setting allows speeding up a loading for a few seconds and preventing from problems. Here are parameters which control the loading process:

Quick Power On Self Testing (Quick Boot)

This parameter enables much faster procedure of initial testing (POST) and substantially speeds up the whole loading. Some tests are ignored, the most important of which is a complete testing of operating memory.

Possible values:

  • Enabled (On) – an accelerated test is provided. This value speeds up the loading and is recommended in most cases;
  • Disabled (Off) – a complete testing is provided.

Boot Up Floppy Seek

(Floppy Drive Seek At Boot)

This parameter enables to examine a floppy disk and determine the amount of available tracks for reading/writing. This function is already outdated and it must be switched off by pressing Disabled (Off) to speed up the booting.

Boot Up NumLock Status

This parameter controls the condition of NumLock indicator on a keyboard after switching a computer on and has no significant impact on a booting process. With Enabled (On) value an indicator is on and the additional numeric keyboard operates in a number mode. And with Disabled (Off) value an indicator is off and is used for the cursor control. This parameter has no impact on the Num Lock condition in operating systems of Windows family.

OS Select For DRAM > 64M (Boot to OS/2)

This parameter has a value only in that case when OS/2 will be set on a computer with a space over 64 MB. As such system is very rare nowadays, it is necessary to set No (Non-OS2) for this parameter.