Phoenix BIOS help and simulation

This BIOS simulation is meant as a way to give users an online example of how to navigate through an Phoenix BIOS setup using illustrated graphics of the Phoenix BIOS and brief explanations of the navigation.

Using this simulation, users can get a better understanding on how to navigate, change values, and otherwise manipulate the Phoenix BIOS.

How is the Phoenix BIOS different?

  • Arrow keys are used to navigate.
  • Plus and minus keys are used to change values.
  • Users must save values before exiting.

Navigation information

The Phoenix BIOS is a very intuitive BIOS setup and is fairly easy to navigate. To navigate the Phoenix BIOS, the user uses the up and down arrow keys to navigate the current screen they are on. If the user wishes to change menus, pressing the right or left arrow keys will switch between each of the available menus.

Once an item is selected that the user wishes to change, a user can either press the Enter key or the + or - key to change between the available options.

Screen shots

Below are example illustrations of the Phoenix BIOS setup screens. As can be seen from the picture below, this BIOS is broken up into different menus. In the below illustration of the Main menu portion of the BIOS, a user can see the computer specifications and change the time, date, and other system specific settings.

Phoenix BIOS Main setup screen

The Advanced menu, as shown below, is most likely the section of the BIOS the user is most likely going to be entering to change their settings. As can be seen, this menu is broken down into an additional six more sub-menus that enable the user to change settings for each of the different categories. To the right of the illustration is a brief description of what is found in each of these categories.

Phoenix Advanced BIOS setup screen Peripheral Configuration

The Peripheral Configuration section of the BIOS enables the user to setup and change the settings for the computer's Serial Ports and Parallel ports as well as enable or disable Legacy USB Support.

IDE Configuration

The IDE configuration allows a user to define or change any values relating to IDE devices connected to the computer. This includes you hard drive, CD-ROM drives and any other IDE drives.

Diskette Options

The Diskette Options enables the user to enable, disable, and change settings relating to the diskette drive connected to the computer.

DMI Event Logging

The DMI Event Logging enables a user to view the DMI event log, clear the log and enable or disable this feature.

Video Configuration

The Video Configuration allows the user to Set settings related to the video including the Palette Snooping, AGP Aperture Size, and the default adapter.

Resource Configuration

The Resource Configuration enables a user to reserve or make available any memory or IRQ resources.

The security section enables the user to set BIOS passwords on the computer. In this case, the user can set a user password, which causes a password prompt each time the computer boots or set a setup password that will prompt for a password each time someone enters the BIOS setup. If a user sets a BIOS password and forgets that password, he or she must clear the CMOS or jump the BIOS jumper on the motherboard. Additional information about doing this can be found on document CH000235.

Phoenix BIOS Security setup screen

The next section, or Power menu, enables a user to enable and disable the power management options on the computer. Because this section really has no more than disabling and enabling power management and the hardware with power management features, this illustration is not shown.

The next and final section in this example of the Phoenix BIOS is the Boot menu; this section enables a user to setup how the computer and its peripherals should load during the boot process. As seen below, users can define the boot sequence of bootable devices. This section is important for when the user wishes to boot from a floppy diskette or CD-ROM. In addition to the available options in this menu, there are three sub-menus that enable a user to select from a listing of available hard drives or other removable devices.

Phoenix BIOS boot setup screen

Additional information