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Setup the CMOS
Last updated: 4/8/99

Power-up and push the DEL key to enter the CMOS Setup when prompted.

  Enter the Standard CMOS set-up and set the correct date and time and Esc to the Main Menu.

I also change the settings for drives not installed to "none" and leave the others set to "Auto." 

  Enter the BIOS Features Setup and Enable HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability and Esc to the Main Menu.

  Enter the PNP/PCI set-up and change PNP OS Installed to YES and Esc to the Main Menu.

I also Change Resources Controlled By to Manual and set IRQs 5 and 10 to Legacy ISA.  this avoids many sound card problems.  I change IRQ 3 to ISA/PNP if I am using a PnP MODEM.  Then I go into Integrated Peripherals and disable Serial Port 2.  Hopefully the PnP MODEM will grab IRQ 3 and avoid some possible older software problems.

In the Chipset Features Setup, I change the CPU warning temperature to 127F to give me an earlier warning of a bad CPU fan..

I usually change the "Soft Off by PWRBTN" from "Delay 4 Sec" to "Instant-Off in the POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP.  Without this change, you have to press the power button at least 4 seconds (it's usually longer) to turn-off the computer with the power switch.

  Esc to the Main Menu and choose Save and exit the CMOS Setup.  The remaining CMOS default values are ok for this computer.

The next article in this series will cover installing Windows and the remaining expansion boards.

Although I have been building computers for many years, I'm sure I could learn a few more things...


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