What are the most comon/standard CMOS setting

February 8, 2011 at 22:09:31
Specs: Windows 7
I was told to google or look up typical CMOS settings or standard CMOS settings for most computer systems running Windows xp home edition.
I am learning to manage and maintain my pc and our instructor told us to look up standard setting for a windows xp system for the average/every day home computer.

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February 8, 2011 at 22:46:19
If you have a generic desktop system, there are usually Bios Setup settings (Cmos settings) descripitions in the manual for the mboard model .
Some retail desktop mboard manuals , e.g. for Asus and Intel mboards, have more explanation in them, and may show which setting is the default setting.

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February 8, 2011 at 23:57:35
CMOS isn't, strictly speaking, the same as BIOS, but they have become interchangeable. Most BIOS have an option to 'reset to default', however these are often not how a computer ends up being set up - a prime example is that the default is always to have the harddrive boot before the optical disk, but logically it needs the optical disk to be set above the harddrive for installation and troubleshooting. I suspect your instructor is more interested in making sure you know where to find the information, rather than the information itself, in which case the motherboard manual is your first port of call.

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February 9, 2011 at 08:39:59
A bios version for a mboard has both code that is read only that you don't see evidence of in the Bios Setup, or similar, and code for the Cmos portion which displays text you do see in the Bios Setup or similar, what is shown there being according to the wishes of whoever made the specific bios version (brand name system bios versions typically show you a lot less), some of which is not changable by the user and/or is automatically set by the bios detecting the particular hardware installed in / connected to the mboard, and some of which has settings the user can change.

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