1. "COMPUTER HARDWARE - Information about the computer BIOS" is a pretty decent site for BIOS/CMOS informational material. Don't know how to access the BIOS? Under the "Technical Support" topic, click Information and help with CMOS.
2. When booting a computer, the system basic input/output system (BIOS) reads information stored in the CMOS so the BIOS can use those settings during configuration. The CMOS information can generally be divided into five major categories:
? Basic configuration information, which usually includes an auto-configuration utility that detects the correct parameters of your hard drive
? Settings to tweak system performance
? Selection of power saving features
? Password setting for your hardware
? Configuration of integrated peripherals
2. Most computers show a message on the display screen during the initial boot process indicating a key or combination of keys to press to start the CMOS Setup utility. The manual that came with the machine or mother board should provide this information. One of the more common methods is to press the Del key during the initial boot sequence, but may be F1, F2 or Esc. When all else fails, sometimes the Setup utility will become available by changing the configuration of the machine - for instance, if you unplug the keyboard and then boot the machine - because the system configuration no longer matches the settings stored.
3. Changes to most of the items in the CMOS setup can be changed by highlighting the selected item and then pressing the Page Up or Page Down key to toggle through the choices available. If you press the F1 key, a help screen pertaining to the highlighted item will open. Unfortunately, most of these help screens offer little information beyond listing the available choices and indicating the default settings.
4. BIOS upgrades are generally possible but nobody can tell you what the BIOS limitations are on somebody else's machine or where to get information specifically without knowing a lot of other details.
5. Please read the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) article, subject "General Computer Basic Input/Output System Overview (Q299697)."
6. Perhaps you may find out by acquiring the BIOS information during an initial boot and writing that information down -- if there is no printing option. Otherwise check the documentation for your mom-board/BIOS or acquire this small utility to do it for you: "CT BIOS", which is a direct download of a zipped file. Once uncompacted and the executable file is run, a simply text file is created which can be read for determining the BIOS information.
7. Please access these sites for possible resolution/help:
a. "List of BIOS Manufacturer Web Sites Part 1 (Q243909)."
e. "mycomp.com.tw", and many others.
8. How to obtain BIOS information use the System Information tool in Win98:
Caveat: The information reported in this tool will not be accurate if you have updated or changed the BIOS since Setup was last run. However, you can always search the Registry with some item listed in the BIOS information and update it manually after you verify the exact BIOS information displayed during a computer boot. I also find that this display doesn't have spaces between certain words and edited the Registry to place a blank space after an item that runs into another.
a. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Information.
b. Click Windows Report Tool on the Tools menu.
c. Either click the item near the bottom labeled Change System File Selection or from Options in the Tools menu, click Collected Information.
d. View the contents of the BIOS= line in the System settings to copy box section by using the vertical scrawl arrow. This line contains your BIOS information.