AMI BIOS help and simulation

Updated: 12/20/2017 by Computer Hope

This BIOS simulation is an example of how to navigate through an AMI BIOS setup using illustrated graphics of the AMI 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 AMI BIOS.

How is the AMI BIOS different

  • Tab key is used to navigate.
  • Arrow keys are used to change values.
  • Values are automatically saved when changed, no need to save and exit like other BIOS setups.

Navigation information

At first glance users may consider the AMI BIOS a difficult BIOS to use. However, after a few minutes, this setup can be changed using only a few keys.

In the below BIOS screenshots, you will notice that all of the information is contained within two pages. Although this may make the pages look more complicated, this can also help with locating values you may want to change.

To navigate the AMI BIOS, the user uses the Tab or Shift+Tab keys to move between each of the available options. When highlighted, a user can then change a value by using the left or right arrow keys. If the main screen does not contain the settings the user wishes to change, they may switch pages by pressing the Alt+p keys. These keys are also printed at the bottom of the BIOS setup page.

If the help portion of the screen contains more information than the screen can show, press the PgUp or PgDn to display the other pages of information.


Below are example illustrations of the AMI BIOS. As can be seen by the picture below, this BIOS screen is divided into three sections. The main left section is the area a user will be able to define and change values. The top-right section gives a description of the highlighted section, in the example below we have the hour currently highlighted and are getting a description of how to change the time. The final bottom right section is a non-changeable section that gives additional information about the computer hardware.


Depending on the manufacturer date of the BIOS, the version, and the manufacturer of the computer or motherboard, you may have more or less options than what is shown below.

Main Screen Example

Second Screen Example
AMI BIOS second screen

Additional information