Windows® 98 BIOS Setup
BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output system. This is the most important component of a computer. This is actually a firmware interface between hardware, software, and the user. This is the first code that runs in a PC when it is booted.
- Importance of BIOS in Windows® 98
- Why should I get into the BIOS set-up of Windows®98?
- How to access BIOS set-up in Windows® 98?
Importance of BIOS in Windows®98
“BIOS” is the component that configures your PC in a manner that it identifies the Windows® 98 Operating System and also it configures all the hardware components so that the OS recognizes it. The importance of the BIOS can be summarized into four distinct tasks. They are to test the components of the computer by using the POST program (Power-on-Self-Test) to ensure that they are working properly, to configure the components so that the OS recognizes it, to boot your operating system from the CD/DVD or the primary hard drive and to provide access to the computer’s components and other features.
Why should I get into the BIOS set-up of Windows® 98?
Since BIOS is the most integral component of a system it is very important that you access it at will to ensure that there is no problem whatsoever to your system. Some of the issues that could arise because of problems in the BIOS are given here which will tell you the importance on why should you get into the BIOS set-up. Most of the new software or applications like games, utility software etc. that come into the market need specific driver software for it to be recognized by your system. You might install the driver into the system but still your system might have some troubles in reading the software. This might be because of the BIOS driver being obsolete. So, it is very important that you have to update your BIOS driver. Updating BIOS driver can be done by accessing the BIOS set-up. Moreover, if there are any bugs or certain BIOS-related issues, it is invariably important that you access the set-up to resolve it. In addition to this, if you can access the set-up, which contains the CMOS set-up, Chipset set-up, power management set-up etc, you can also keep customized BIOS settings for your computer.
Accessing the BIOS set-up is easy, and it is independent of the OS you are using as it is a hardware function. Pressing the “Delete” while your system is restarting (make sure that you do this well before your system loads the personal settings) will help you access the BIOS set-up. Actually accessing the BIOS set-up is different in the case of different brands. There are some brands which use the “F2” keys to access it. However, “Delete” key is the normal norm to access BIOS set-up.