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2. Basic System Board Setup > 12. Manage Devices

Manage Devices

Take control of device configuration.

One of the basic functions of the PC’s BIOS is to identify and provide access to a variety of core components and I/O devices, whether they are embedded on the system board or plugged into an I/O card slot. Core components include the CPU, memory, internal system clocks and timers, and the I/O bus itself. Simple I/O devices supported by every BIOS include the keyboard, mouse, video adapter, I/O ports (serial, parallel, USB, and/or FireWire), and disk drive adapters. All of these devices have very predictable but limited places to be, including:

  • Preset and expected hardware addresses (to access and get data to or from the device)


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