...unless you're trying to overclock the machine..Normally, the default settings work just fine on most machines..There are only a couple of items that I confirm or change if they aren't set as default.
1. Boot order: I make sure the boot order loads as "Floppy drive, CD-Rom drive, Hard drive". (If there is no floppy drive, then simply make sure the CD-Rom drive loads before the Hard drive) This is for system recovery purposes..When reinstalling the operating system, you'll want the Floppy drive and CD-Rom drive to load before the HD.
2. BIOS Virus Protection: This option isn't critical if you already run a good quality antivirus program and as such, I tend to disable the BIOS antivirus program IF it has the option to do so..Not all BIOS have this option. The Virus Protection ability protects the master boot record from being written to..Unfortunately, enabling this option can also work against you when formatting the hard drive so if you decide to enable this option, temporarily disable it when you do any partitioning or formatting of the drive.
3. Confirm that the BIOS time is correct.
4. Confirm that all drives are recognized correctly as well as RAM amounts and locations.
If you'd like to see some of the various options in the BIOS, the link below should help:
Hope this helps.
When I put the computer together the bios was all set up already. I'm not sure the settings are what they should be...how do I find out what the best settings are for my setup?
my system components are:
MOB: DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 250GB
CPU: AMD athlon 64 3200+ Newcastle (Socket 754)
HD: WD 160Gb serial ATA 150 7200rpm
Video Card: ATI Radeon X700 PRO AGP 256mb
Mem: OCZ Ultra High performance Dual Channel Kit 1Gig 3200 (2 x 512mb)
Monitor: Viewsonic VA1912b
OS: Windows XP Pro
Optical Drives: Lite-On DVD and Plextor DVD burner
Power: Antec True power 480W