The BIOS on a motherboard is the fundamental set-up of the computer. BIOS stands for "Basic Input/Output System" and contains the definitions that allow all other hardware to function. The BIOS options allow you to see what hardware is connected to the motherboard, configure which hard drive is the primary hard drive, and set a number of other options. Fortunately, setting this up is relatively easy, requiring primarily keyboard commands.
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Boot or reboot the computer. While it is booting, look for a message at the top of the screen that says "push F10 to enter set-up." Push F10.
Navigate the screens that appears using the keyboard controls. In this screen, you can set which devices are active, which are primary, and control settings such as time and date.
Press F12 to save your changes and exit.
If setting up the computer for the first time, install any BIOS updates and drivers that came packaged with the motherboard.
Tips and warnings
- This motherboard is made by Asus, but marketed by HP. For support on this board, go to the HP website.
- If you are unfamiliar with a setting the BIOS, be careful about changing it. Incorrect BIOS settings can cause major computer failures.
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