Your Dell computer contains an Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM) chip inside it that stores all the information the motherboard needs to communicate and regulate its components. As the CPU temperature increases, for example, the EEPROM chip regulates the cooling unit's fan speed to increase output and decrease surface temperature. EEPROM chips within computers have another name: Basic Input/Output System (BIOS), which refers to all the components sending and receiving data within the motherboard.
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Turn on the computer and wait for the monitor to start its display.
Press the "F1," "F2" or "Del/Delete" key on the keyboard to access the Dell BIOS. On most Dell models, one of these three keys works. If one doesn't work, try the next one after resetting the computer.
Press "F10" to save the changes you make to the Dell's EEPROM/BIOS once you get into the screen -- usually coloured blue or grey -- and finish editing the settings provided for you. This also exits the system, restarting the computer.
Tips and warnings
- To move between menus and options, you must use the keyboard's arrow keys. Dell's EEPROM/BIOS does not support mouse operations.
- Some configurations should be left alone. Do not edit the EEPROM/BIOS unless you have absolute certainty of what you do. For example, you should never change the CPU's multiplier ratio unless you know what this means and what consequences might arise. Abusing settings might threaten the functionality of the computer.
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