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Couple BIOS Setup questions

By macx
Nov 24, 2006
  1. Had to replace my crashed C drive and reload XP, added another
    SATA drive to backup (I'm NOT going to lose anything again!),
    and somehow lost my BIOS, I think while fiddling with the SATA
    settings in 1 or 2 places in SETUP cuz of some info with the 250g
    SATA drive I put in for backup. Next time, I VOW to review the
    User Manual for BIOS settings! (During boot, it says BIOS not installed)

    Have downloaded the BIOS off the ASUS site, and am ready to reinstall it,
    going to use ASUS EZFlash to avoid having to mess with DOS.

    Going thru my User Manual for setup, I don't understand a couple
    of the settings:

    ASUS P4C800-E Del board with hyper-threading, P4 2.8. 1GB RAM, XP.
    IDE WD Caviar SE C drive & NEC IDE CD/DVD, 2 SATA drives, no RAID setup.

    In IDE Device Setup, should I enable or disable 32 Bit Data Transfer?
    What does this do or not do?

    in Chipset, in Graphic Adapter Priority (described as "setting graphics
    controller to use as primary boot device") should I set AGP/PCI or
    PCI/AGP? I have an AGP 8X graphics card.
    Again, what's the significance or result?

    In Onboard LAN Controller, should I enable or disable? And if I enable
    that, I have the option of enable or disable Onboard LAN Boot ROM
    which is described as "option ROM in onboard LAN controller" - ???
    My LAN connection is on the board, not on a card.

    In PnP O/S, NO = BIOS config all devices in the system, YES =
    BIOS only config's non-boot devices when a PnP system is
    installed (i.e. XP). Which, why??

    Last, should I enable or disable "Boot to OS/2" for OS/2 compatability?
    I don't think I have any OS/2 devices, other than mouse and keyboard.

    Thanks for helping me fine tune my setup so it works properly!!
     
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    In IDE Device Setup, should I enable or disable 32 Bit Data Transfer?
    What does this do or not do?

    Not a great deal and you can leave it set as disabled

    in Chipset, in Graphic Adapter Priority (described as "setting graphics
    controller to use as primary boot device") should I set AGP/PCI or
    PCI/AGP? I have an AGP 8X graphics card.
    Again, what's the significance or result?

    Its a throwover from the old days, set it to AGP if thats what you have

    In Onboard LAN Controller, should I enable or disable? And if I enable
    that, I have the option of enable or disable Onboard LAN Boot ROM
    which is described as "option ROM in onboard LAN controller" - ???
    My LAN connection is on the board, not on a card.

    If its an onboard LAN then enable it or you wont be able to use it, as for the LAN boot, you wont be using that, its mainly used for dumb terminals that dont have a Hard Disk

    In PnP O/S, NO = BIOS config all devices in the system, YES =
    BIOS only config's non-boot devices when a PnP system is
    installed (i.e. XP). Which, why??

    PNP should be Yes as XP is a PLug and PLay OS I wont go into it as its complicated


    Last, should I enable or disable "Boot to OS/2" for OS/2 compatability?
    I don't think I have any OS/2 devices, other than mouse and keyboard.

    OS/2 is a form of OS like windows and Linux leave it disabled

    Thanks for helping me fine tune my setup so it works properly

    Changing a few piddly settings in the BIOS wont make much difference to how the PC operates, (well not that you would notice).


    Regards
     
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 712

    Thanks very much!

    I had some idea on those, but they weren't explained
    in enuf detail in the book for me to know for sure.

    Having taken only infrequent forays into the BIOS and
    SETUP, in spite of having installed and config'd the board
    originally, I am sure there is lots I'm not well informed on
    or up to date on, and just like to have things "right."
     
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