BIOS Setup Utility

The BIOS Setup Utility is a hardware configuration program built into your computer's BIOS (Basic Input/ Output System).

Your computer is already properly configured and optimized, and you do not need to run this utility. However, if you encounter configuration problems, you may need to run Setup. Please also refer to Chapter 4 Troubleshooting when problem arises.

To activate the BIOS Utility, press m during POST (when "Press <F2> to enter Setup" message is prompted on the bottom of screen).

Press m to enter setup; press <C> to boot from CD-ROM; press <F12> to change boot device.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info.

Main

System Devices

Security

Boot

Exii

CPU Type: CPU Speed:

HDD1 Model Name: HDD1 Serial Number: ATAPI Device: System BIOS Ver: VGA BIOS Ver: KBC Ver: Serial Num: Asset Tag Number: Product Name: Manufacture Name: UUID:

Intel Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz 2660MHz

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Aspire 1700 acer xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

F1 Help ti Select Item F5/F6 Esc Exit <—> Select Menu Enter S

Change Values Select 4 Sub-Menu

F9 Set u F10 Sa

Setup Defaults Save and Exit

Navigating the BIOS Utility

There are six menu options: Info., Main, System Devices, Security, Boot, and Exit. Follow these instructions:

  • To choose a menu, use the cursor left/right keys (zx).
  • To choose a parameter, use the cursor up/down keys ( wy).
  • To change the value of a parameter, press por q.
  • A plus sign (+) indicates the item has sub-items. Press e to expand this item.
  • Press A while you are in any of the menu options to go to the Exit menu.
  • In any menu, you can load default settings by pressing t. You can also press u to save any changes made and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

NOTE: You can change the value of a parameter if it is enclosed in square brackets. Navigation keys for a particular menu are shown on the bottom of the screen. Help for parameters are found in the Item Specific Help part of the screen. Read this carefully when making changes to parameter values.

This menu provides you the information of the system.

Info.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info.

CPU Type: CPU Speed:

Main System Devices Security Boot

Intel Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz 2660MHz

HDD1 Model Name: HDD1 Serial Number: ATAPI Device: System BIOS Ver: VGA BIOS Ver: KBC Ver: Serial Num: Asset Tag Number: Product Name: Manufacture Name: UUID:

A3Axx x.x xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Aspire 1700 acer xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ect Item Select Menu

Change Values Select 4 Sub-Menu

F9 S u F10

Setup Defaults Save and Exit

Parameter

Description

Floppy Disk Drive

Shows floppy drive type informaiton.

Serial Number

This field displays the serial number of this unit.

UUID Number

The Main screen displays a summary of your computer hardware information, and also includes basic setup parameters. It allows the user to specify standard IBM PC AT system parameters.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info. ^HMain System Devices Security

Boot Exil

System Time: [HH:MM:SS] System Date: [MM/DD/YYYY] System Memory: 640 KB Extended memory: [64 MB]

Fast Boot: [Enabled] Power On Display: [Auto] LCD Auto Dimm: [Enabled] USB BIOS legacy Support: [Enabled] Wake On LAN From Power Off: [Disabled]

Item Specific Help

F1 Help ti Select Item F5/F6 Change Values F9 Setup Defaults Esc Exit <—> Select Menu Enter Select 4 Sub-Menu F10 Save and Exit

NOTE: The screen above is for reference only. Actual values may differ.

The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.

Parameter

Description

Format/Option

System Time

Sets the system time.

Format: HH:MM:SS (hour:minute:second) System Time

System Date

Sets the system date.

Format MM/DD/YYYY (month/day/ year)

System Date

System Memory

This field reports the memory size of the system. Memory size is fixed to 640MB

Extended Memory

This field reports the memory size of the extended memory in the system.

Extended Memory size=Total memory size-1MB

Video Memory

Shows the VGA memory size. The default value is set to 32MB

Option:1/4/8/16/32MB

Fast Boot

Determines if Customer Logo will be displayed or not; shows Summary Screen is disabled or enabled.

Enabled: Customer Logo is displayed, and Summary Screen is disabled. Disabled: Customer Logo is not displayed, and Summary Screen is enabled.

Option: Enabled or Disabled

Internal Hard Disk

Shows the hard disk types and capacity. If there is no hard disk present or unknown type, "None" should be shown on this field, otherwise the capacity must be shown.

Power on display

Auto: During power process, the system will detect if any display device is connected on external video port. If any external display device is connected, the power on display will be in CRT (or projector) only mode. Otherwise it will be in LCD only mode.

Both: Simultaneously enable both the integrated LCD screen and the system's external video port (for an external CRT or projector).

Option: Auto or Both

LCD Auto Dim

Determines if the system will automatically dim the LCD brightness in order to save power when AC is not present.

Option: Enabled or Disabled

NOTE: The sub-items under each device will not be shown if the device control is set to disable or auto. This is because the user is not allowed to control the settings in these cases.

System Devices

The System Devices screen contains parameters involving your hardware devices. It also provides advanced settings of the system.

Serial Port:

Parallel Port: Mode:

Television Type:

Help

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info. Main

Security Boot

Item Specific Help

Select Item

F5/F6

Change Values

Setup Defaults

The table below describes the parameters in the screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.

Parameter

Description

Options

Serial Port

Enables, disables or auto detects the serial port.

Enabled/Disabled/Auto

Parallel Port

Enables, disables or auto detects the parallel port.

Enabled/Disabled/Auto

Mode

Sets the operation mode of the parallel port.

ECP, EPP, Normal or Bi-directional

Television Type

Internal Touchpad

Determines whether or not to disable the internal pointing device as the PS/2 mouse is connected.

Both or Auto

Infrared Port (FIR)

Enables, disables or auto detects the infrared port.

Enabled/Disabled/Auto

Security

The Security screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info. Main System Devices Security|

Boot Exii

User Password Is: Clear Supervisor Password Is: Clear Hard Disk Security: Clear HDD Master ID:

Set User Password: [Enter] Set Supervisor Password: [Enter] Set HDD Password [Enter]

Password on Boot: [Disabled]

Item Specific Help

F1 Help ti Select Item F5/F6 Change Values F9 Setup Defaults Esc Exit <—> Select Menu Enter Select 4 Sub-Menu F10 Save and Exit

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The table below describes the parameters in this screen. Settings in boldface are the default and suggested parameter settings.

Parameter

Description

Option

User Password is

Shows the setting of the uer password.

Clear or Set

Supervisor Password is

Shows the setting of the administrator password

Clear or Set

HDD Password Is

HDD Master ID

Set User Password

Press Enter to set the user password. When set, this password protects the BIOS Setup Utility from unauthorized access.

Set Supervisor Password

Press Enter to set the administrator password. When set, this password protects the BIOS Setup Utility from unauthorized access.

Set HDD Password

Password on boot

Allows the user to specify whether or not a password is required to boot.

Disabled or Enabled

NOTE: When you are prompted to enter a password, you have three tries before the system halts. Don't forget your password. If you forget your password, you may have to return your notebook computer to your dealer to reset it.

Setting a Password

Follow these steps as you set the user or the supervisor password:

1. Use the w andy keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the e key. The Set Supervisor Password box appears:

Set Supervisor Password Enter New Password [ Confirm New Password [

2. Type a password in the "Enter New Password" field. The password length can not exceeds 8 alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9, not case sensitive). Retype the password in the "Confirm New Password" field.

IMPORTANT:Be very careful when typing your password because the characters do not appear on the screen.

After setting the password, the computer sets the User Password parameter to "Set".

  1. If desired, you can opt to enable the Password on boot parameter.
  2. When you are done, press u to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Removing a Password

Follow these steps:

1. Use the w and y keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the e key. The Set Password box appears:

Set Supervisor Password

Enter current p as s wo rd [

]

Enter New Password f

]

Confirm New Password [

]

  1. Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press e.
  2. Press e twice without typing anything in the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields. The computer then sets the Supervisor Password parameter to "Clear".
  3. When you have changed the settings, press u to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

Changing a Password

1. Use the w and y keys to highlight the Set Supervisor Password parameter and press the e key. The Set Password box appears:

Set Supervisor Password

Enter current p as s wo rd [

]

Enter New Password [

]

Confirm Hew Password [

]

  1. Type the current password in the Enter Current Password field and press e.
  2. Type a password in the Enter New Password field. Retype the password in the Confirm New Password field.
  3. Press e. After setting the password, the computer sets the User Password parameter to "Set".
  4. If desired, you can enable the Password on boot parameter.
  5. When you are done, press u to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

If the verification is OK, the screen will display as following. The password setting is complete after the user presses u.

If the current password entered does not match the actual current password, the screen will show you the Setup Warning.

If the new password and confirm new password strings do not match, the screen will display the following message.

Boot

This menu allows the user to decide the order of boot devices to load the operating system. Bootable devices includes the distette drive in module bay, the onboard hard disk drive and the CD-ROM in module bay.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info. Main System Devices Security

Boot

CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Hard Drive Removable Device Boot to LAN

Item Specific Help

F1 Help Esc Exit

Select Item Select Menu

Change Values Select 4 Sub-Menu

F9 Se lenu F10 S

Setup Defaults Save and Exit

Exit

The Exit screen contains parameters that help safeguard and protect your computer from unauthorized use.

PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility

Info. Main System Devices Security

Boot HExii^l

Exit Saving Changes Exit Discarding Changes Load Setup Defaults Discard Changes Save Changes

F1 Help ti Select Item F5/F6 Change Values F9 Setup Defaults Esc Exit <—> Select Menu Enter Select ► Sub-Menu F10 Save and Exit

The table below describes the parameters in this screen.

Parameter

Description

Exit Saving Changes

Exit System Setup and save your changes to CMOS.

Exit Discarding Changes

Exit utility without saving setup data to CMOS.

Load Setup Default

Load default values for all SETUP item.

Discard Changes

Load previous values from CMOS for all SETUP items.

Save Changes

Save Setup Data to CMOS.

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