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Chapter 1. Desktop Annoyances > BIOS/CMOS ANNOYANCES

BIOS/CMOS ANNOYANCES

GETTING THE TERMINOLOGY RIGHT

The Annoyance:

I wish you PC geeks would stop confusing us with so many terms. One book tells me to go to the Setup menu, another tells me to check the BIOS or the CMOS. What magic keys get me into those menus?

The Fix:

The computer industry often uses these related terms interchangeably. To set the record straight, the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is a motherboard chip that stores the instructions needed to boot your PC and transfer control to the operating system. This is often called firmware because the BIOS instructions are recorded on the chip itself.


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