When you set up the basic input output settings (BIOS), you can change the way your computer starts up. The BIOS is the first computer component that operates when you press the power button and it directs the order of all other components that start up thereafter. You can set up a lot of settings in the BIOS including boot order, date and time, and overclocking settings.
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Restart your computer and press "Del" on your keyboard as it starts up. You will enter the BIOS.
Set up the "Main" screen options. Here you can change the system time and date, and the IDE connection (these can almost always be left as "Auto" unless you are finding errors). You can create a password to enter the BIOS if you like and check the amount of memory (RAM) you have installed.
Press the right arrow key to go to the "Advanced" options. Here you can set up the advanced BIOS options. If you want to overclock your processor then you can do that here by amending the "CPU Frequency Multiple" or the "CPU External Frequency (MHz)." Overclocking is not recommended unless you know what you are doing so leave these settings as default.
Press the right arrow again to enter the "Power" settings. Here you can set up what happens when you hold the power button down for 4 seconds, or the temperature at which your computer will automatically shut down.
Press right again to enter the "Boot" options. Set up the boot options here choosing the order of drives that the BIOS loads after the computer starts up. If you want to boot from a CD make sure that before the "IDE Hard Drive" your "ATAPI CD-ROM" is set.
Press "F10" to save and exit your BIOS settings and continue to boot up.
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