Lesson 1: BIOS Setup - build your own PC
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In lesson 1 we will setup the computers BIOS or Basic Input Output System. This is where the computer sees the hardware components at a very basic, low level. We will cover all of the functions and settings you need to know in order to build your own PC.
We'll power the computer on and this is called a BIOS information screen. This screen usually goes by very quickly so we pressed the Pause Break key to pause the process so we can take a look. We can see its detected our CPU, the type of RAM and the amount of RAM as well as our two hard drives and our DVD drive.
On your computer, if the system has trouble identifying your CPU or your RAM it may stop here and ask you to press F1 to continue the boot process or F2 or Delete to go into the BIOS setup. On this computer it's Delete to go into set up. Before we go into the BIOS we're going to continue the boot process and see what else comes up before we make any changes in the BIOS.
We'll press any key. We can see a Marvell IDE controller coming up. This is an extra controller built into the motherboard. There's also another Marvel controller coming up. We'll take a look at these in the BIOS. The boot process has stopped and its asking for a proper boot device or boot media. What this means is that it doesn't see an operating system to boot to. At this point you would normally put in your Windows install disk and start the installation process. Before we do that we're going to reboot and go into the BIOS to make some changes.
We can press Control Alt Delete or the reset button on the computer to restart. To watch all of our complete video lessons with full written instructions you will need to purchase a login for the site. Buy Now..