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 Post subject: BIOS Settings
PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:45 pm 
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I have some questions about my (AMI) BIOS Settings, in general...
1. What are I20 Devices?? ie. "Init I20 Devices" and "I20 Boot Device Index"
... I take it some kind of Boot Device... haha
2. Parity Check? (Is this for ECC RAM, and why does it need to "check"?)
3. CPU Microcode Updation?
4. I've heard to turn off Caching of BIOS and VGA.. mainly for performance boost.. is this true?
5. Difference between Suspend, Standby and Sleep modes and recommended settings?
6. Emulate Primary, Secondary, etc "ARMD" as.... Auto, Floppy, etc.?
Sorry for so many questions... I just cant figure some of these out. Thanks so much in advance for any help!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 4:02 pm 
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I was curious myself, so I googled the phrase "BIOS guide"

The first good site I looked at was this one http://www.adriansrojakpot.com/Speed_De ... _Index.htm

It seems to have some indepth advice on tweaking the BIOS for optimal use. I'll have to read more when I have the time.

Dan O.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 4:04 pm 
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Looks like you might want to do some googling. That site hasn't been updated since 2001 :(

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 4:31 pm 
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check with your mobo maker


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:36 pm 
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I haven't seen any in depth info at Abit's site.

Their manuals say things like:
CPU Trottleing: allows you to change the setting to 10%, 20% 35%, 50% etc,
50% is the default.

But what the heck is CPU throttling?

I finnally found out at an online guide to the BIOS. Most BIOS's are made by Award Flash, so the info is pretty much universal, it's just that some manufaturers have more or less features.

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 Post subject: yeah
PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 10:37 am 
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... Abit?
It's a P.O.S. Jabil Kadoka AMD 750 Chipset (Irongate)... from Gateway.
I asked about the BIOS settings, in general though...
This is one of the WORST Motherboards I have ever used. No, wait. THE WORST. My AGP is stuck at 1x mode b/c either AMD or Jabil couldn't get their stuff straight when creating this chipset / Mobo. According to Nvidia's driver documentation, it's stuck that way b/c of "signaling problems with the chipset". I also had to use a BIOS editor program to unlock the settings that lovely Gateway hid from users. I know they do that so not everyone could just go in and fiddle with things, but dammit, I'm more knowledgeable than the average Joe Corn user.
What a piece of CRAP. I'm going to bust the hell out of it with a sledgehammer when I'm done using it and upgrade to an actually *useable* mobo.
Anyways, back to the BIOS settings, I'm emailing Jabil, but I'm expecting no reply.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:20 am 
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Yeah, I was talking about motherboards manufacturers in general when I said that Abit doesn't offer much info about the BIOS. I was just using Abit as a more specific example.

Is it an Award BIOS? If so, you should be able to find some pretty standard info on the web.

BTW, if you have a spare $240, you can swap out the guts of that Gateway for an Abit NF7-S mobo, AMD Barton 2400+ Mobile which can easily be oc'ed to 3200+, and 512mb Mushkin Enhanced DDR 400, though you need to overclock the CPU FSB to get it to that speed.

I'm running the same mobo and RAM with an AMD Barton 2500+ oc'ed to 3200+. The ambient temp is about 27C, the mainboard temp is about 40C and the CPU temp is 56C. That's why I would reccommend the 2400+ mobile instead, less wattage, less heat, unlocked by default (though my 2500+ was too), thus better oc'ing.

Once you get that stuff you can smash the hell out of your old gateway crap with a 5lb sledgehammer :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 11:31 am 
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Here's an upgrade that would be pretty good. If you have some spare cash, I would reccomend gettting a second chip of RAM. That would enable Dual Channel DDR.

http://secure.newegg.com/app/WishList.a ... &ID=833093

Oh yeah, I couldn't find that 2400+ mobile at Newegg, so I replaced it with a 2500+ mobile.



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