The Basic Sections of BIOS Setup. Part I

Most versions use classical interface of the main window of BIOS Setup where sections are placed into two columns. Although each model of a motherboard has its own unique set of parameters, the titles of the basic sections of BIOS Setup, as a rule, do not change. Let’s take a short look at the basic sections AwardBIOS and AMIBIOS.


Standard CMOS Features

(Standard CMOS Setup)

The title shows that this section has joined the standard settings of computer including drives’ parameters, date and time settings and other. The information about the amount of memory and other information on the system can also be found here.


Advanced BIOS Features

(BIOS Features Setup)

This section usually includes boot parameters of the computer, general operating parameters of processor, chipset, keyboard, cache and other devices.


Advanced Chipset Features

(Chipset Features Setup)

This section includes chipset settings and its content depends on the type of chipset, on which the motherboard is built. More specifically, here you can find the parameters relating to the northern bridge of chipset and defining the work of memory, processor, video system, AGP and PCI Express buses and some other devices. The settings from this section can have a major impact on the speed and stability of the system, so they need to be changed with great care.


Integrated Peripherals

This section contains parameters for different integrated peripherals which are supported by the southern bridge of chipset: controllers of hard and floppy drives, sound and network adapters, serial, parallel and USB-ports and other. The list of settings in this section depends on the composition of peripherals of a certain system.


Power Management Setup

This section contains the parameters of power supply and energy-saving. It is available to set automatic switch of the computer to low-powder mode and also induce it to return into working condition in case of certain events.