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- What Exactly Is a BIOS?
BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System and is a critical component of your computer. BIOS helps the chips, hardware, ports, drives, and CPU work together. For example, the CPU starts with a microprocessor, which is a piece of hardware. This microprocessor executes instructions from software such as the operating system or a third party program. Before this can happen, BIOS must be up and running, so that it can launch the operating system. For example, the microprocessor can't start loading programs because programs are located on the hard drive. The microprocessor doesn't know how to access the hard drive unless it receives instructions from the BIOS. That’s why the BIOS must load first, so that it can provide the instructions to the microprocessor about the computer's configuration.
Think of BIOS as a type of software that is used to connect the computer's operating system with its hardware components. In addition to providing the operating system with basic information about the components, the BIOS has other functions including the POST test (a Power On Self-Test that checks your hardware devices and makes sure they are working properly), activating other BIOS chips such as those found on graphics cards, managing settings for different devices, and providing basic routines for managing the input and output devices when the computer boots up.
When a computer boots up, the BIOS goes through a sequence of events including checking the CMOS chip for detailed information about your computer, loading device drivers and interrupt handlers, initializing registers and power management, POST testing, displaying system settings, determining bootable devices, and starting the bootstrap sequence. Want to see the BIOS in action? Simply reboot the computer and watch as BIOS goes through its boot up sequence. Most computers display BIOS progress status text. This text includes information about the computer's memory, processor, hard drive, display, BIOS version, and other details.
Once BIOS goes through and prepares your computer for startup, it checks various attached storage devices in search of a bootable drive. When it finds your primary bootable drive, it launches the operating system.
BIOS needs to be updated on a regular basis, as new hardware standards evolve. It is also possible to configure BIOS to reflect custom setting. Both of these processes require great care and should never be attempted without performing detailed research.
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