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BIOS Error Detection and Troubleshooting

The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) is an essential component of home computers, but many people are simply unaware of it, or do not investigate it. The BIOS runs before Windows even starts to load, and enables the computer to recognise hard disks, memory, the processor and any other pieces of hardware that may be attached to the computer. As the BIOS is a very small program which only performs basic operations, during the boot process evidence of it presence only appears on-screen very briefly. In the normal course of events most people will never have to venture into the various settings it contains, but should something go wrong its important to know what to do. After all, a poorly configured BIOS can lead to serious performance and stability issues or even an unbootable computer.

Category: Hardware
Issue: 2009 Issue 2 March/April
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Article Reference: B11



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