Phoenix BIOS help and simulation
In this article, we simulate a Phoenix BIOS to give you an idea of how it might be configured. We'll show you some illustrated graphics of the Phoenix BIOS, and brief explanations of the options and how you might use them.
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.
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. 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.
Menus and screenshots
The pictures included in this section are from one version of the Phoenix BIOS. The version of the Phoenix BIOS on your computer may be different, and therefore it could look different than shown in these pictures. These pictures are meant to provide you with a general idea of what to look for in the Phoenix BIOS.
Below are example pictures of the Phoenix BIOS setup screens. As you can see in 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.
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.
The IDE configuration allows a user to define or change any values relating to IDE devices connected to the computer (e.g., hard drive and CD-ROM drive).
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.
The Resource Configuration enables a user to reserve or make available any memory or IRQ resources.
The Security menu enables the user to set BIOS passwords on the computer. From here, you can set a User Password, which prompts for a password each time the computer boots or set a Setup Password that prompts 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 BIOS password.
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 final section in this example of the Phoenix BIOS is the Boot menu. This section enables a user to configure how the computer and its peripherals should load during the boot process. As seen below, users can define the boot sequence of the bootable devices. This section is important for when the user wishes to boot from a floppy diskette or CD-ROM. There are three sub-menus that enable a user to select from a listing of available hard drives or other removable devices.