Breaking Through the BIOS Barrier The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide for PCs

ISBN-10: 0131455362
ISBN-13: 9780131455368
Edition: 2005
Authors: Adrian Wong
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Description: What is a BIOS? BIOS, pronounced "bye-ose," is an acronym that standsfor Basic Input Output System. The BIOS is built-in software that determineswhat a computer can do without accessing programs from a disk. On PCs, theBIOS contains all the code  More...

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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/27/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

What is a BIOS? BIOS, pronounced "bye-ose," is an acronym that standsfor Basic Input Output System. The BIOS is built-in software that determineswhat a computer can do without accessing programs from a disk. On PCs, theBIOS contains all the code required to control the keyboard, display screen,disk drives, serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions.Furthermore, The BIOS is responsible for booting your PC by providing abasic set of instructions. The BIOS performs all the necessary tasks that needto be initiated at start-up time: POST(Power-On Self Test, booting anoperating system from FDD or HDD). In essence, it is necessary to upgradethe BIOS on your PC in order to maintain or inevitably obtain compatibilitywith the PC industries latest hardware, software and operating systems.

Foreword
Introduction
What Is The Bios
How Does The BIOS Work?
The Motherboard BIOS
The BIOS Chip
What Does It Do?
Why Optimize the BIOS?
How Do I Optimize the BIOS?
BIOS Updates
How Do I Update the BIOS?
Determining the BIOS Version
Obtaining the BIOS Update
Preparing a BIOS Flash Disk
Flashing the Motherboard BIOS
Accessing the BIOS Setup Utility
The BIOS Setup Utility
Optimizing the BIOS
Special Topics
BIOS Emergencies
Unbootable System
Power Off-Power On
Keyboard Reset
CMOS Discharge Jumper
CMOS Battery Removal
Corrupted BIOS
Hot Flashing
What Do I Need To Hot Flash a BIOS Chip?
Create a DOS Boot Disk
Prepare a Hot-Flash Capable Computer
Booting Up with the Boot Disk
Swap the BIOS Chips
Flash the Corrupted BIOS Chip
Swap the BIOS Chips Again
What If You Don't Have a Similar Motherboard?
Flashing With a Different Motherboard
The Universal BIOS Flash Utility
Summary
Quick Reviews
Introduction
#.8-bit I/O Recovery Time
16-bit I/O Recovery Time
32-bit Disk Access
32-bit Transfer Mode
A
Act Bank A to B CMD Delay
AGP 2X Mode
AGP 4X Drive Strength
AGP 4X Mode
AGP 8X Mode
AGP Always Compensate
AGP Aperture Size
AGP Capability.AGP Clock / CPU FSB Clock
AGP Drive Strength
AGP Drive Strength N Ctrl
AGP Drive Strength P Ctrl
AGP Driving Control
AGP Driving Value
AGP Fast Write
AGP ISA Aliasing
AGP Master 1WS Read
AGP Master 1WS Write
AGP Prefetch
AGP Secondary Lat Timer
AGP Spread Spectrum
AGP to DRAM Prefetch
AGPCLK / CPUCLK
Anti-Virus Protection
APIC function
Assign IRQ For USB
Assign IRQ For VGA
AT Bus Clock
ATA100RAID IDE Controller
Athlon 4 SSED Instruction
Auto Detect DIMM/PCI Clk
Auto Turn Off PCI Clock Pin
B
Boot Other Device
Boot Sequence
Boot Sequence EXT Means
Boot To OS/2
Boot Up Floppy Seek
Boot Up NumLock Status
Byte Merge
C
Clock Throttle
Compatible FPU OPCODE
CPU/DRAM CLK Synch CTL
CPU Drive Strength
CPU Fast String
CPU Hyper-Threading
CPU L2 Cache ECC Checking
CPU Latency Timer
CPU Level 1 Cache
CPU Level 2 Cache
CPU Level 3 Cache
CPU Thermal-Throttling
CPU to PCI Post Write
CPU to PCI Write Buffer
CPU VCore Voltage
D
DBI Output for AGP Trans
Delay DRAM Read Latch
Delay IDE Initial
Delay Prior To Thermal
Delayed Transaction
Differential Current
Disable Unused PCI Clock
DOS Flat Mode
DRAM Act to PreChrg CMD
DRAM Burst Length 8QW
DRAM Data Integrity Mode
DRAM Idle Timer
DRAM Interleave Time
DRAM Page-Mode
DRAM PreChrg to Act CMD
DRAM Ratio (CPU:DRAM)
DRAM Ratio H/W Strap
DRAM Read Latch Delay
DRAM Refresh Rate
Duplex Select
E
ECP Mode Use DMA
EPP Mode Select
F
Fast R-W Turn Around
Fast Write to Read Turnaround
First Boot Device
Flash BIOS Protection
Floppy 3 Mode Support
Floppy Disk Access Control
Force 4-Way Interleave
Force Update ESCD
FPU OPCODE Compatible Mode
Frame Buffer Size
FSB Spread Spectrum
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