BIOS (basic input
/ output system) is basically the "software" the computer
uses for it's most basic operations (accessing memory, disks, processors,
etc.). This "software" is built into the computer's motherboard,
so don't worry about losing it if your hard drive crashes.
Note that these
are NOT Windows settings, these are the "core" settings for
your computer. You normally can get at them by pressing the DEL key
a few seconds after you turn your computer on (this can vary from machine
to machine though).
Most BIOS setups
allow you to configure hard drive parameters, set the time, type of
floppy disk drives, memory timing, and so on. It's probably an area
that's best left alone unless you are an experienced computer user.
I've seen more than one computer that was rendered useless from tampering
with these settings.
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