Windows XP BIOS

It is true, we slowly heading towards a time in which we no longer need to fiddle around our home pc’s like we had to on our cars and motorcycles back in the 1850’s.

But as for now we still have to kick in our garage doors, hose the flowers in the garden and only there after should we dare to reboot Windows based computers after any issues, right??

So, we’ll get here to something that most of us ordinary users hardly ever come across nor even know it exists on our pc’s somewhere.

We are not even sure why this should be called BIOS, but let’s just assume that who ever gave “burp” to it all knew what they where naming and all is well in hell (or so).

When would it be that BIOS could step forward and become something we need to know?
Well, say you happen to have a case of very slow starting up of your pc with a Windows XP operating system, perhaps after you had to put in a new hard drive or the like where something was not set up precisely as it should have been done.

So, where do you find that infamous BIOS on a Windows XP based computer??
That is easy.
Press the power button – and instantly thereafter press the F2 button on your keyboard!
This will bring up a short sentence plus tell you to now press the F1 key, do so.
What you will get now is again a black, DOS-like screen, the
System Setup Screen.
It contains a bunch of vital Windows settings panels that can be edited in DOS mode.

Most of these vital panels show 1 letter in bold font, meaning you can press that letter on your keyboard to get to this panel, but since there are only 2 pages with maybe a total of 10 or 12 panels you might as well just use the up and down arrows to move to where you need to go.

In our case the slow loading of Windows is caused by a wrong setup order in the Boot Priority > Network Boot Protocol PRE.
Once you moved the cursor to this panel and have the variables for the Network Boot Protocol PRE selected (high lighted) you observe perhaps something like FDD > CD-ROM > LAN > HDD.
No clue what this is?
Well, partly it is self explanatory, and the rest we did not want to know either, but what we found out that this order is the reason why one of our pc’s took half a century to boot up.

How can you change the order?
The BkSp (backspace) and Enter keys can be used to shuffle the order around, in our case all we had to do is get the LAN showing up AFTER the HDD.
We ended up with the Network Boot Protocol PRE set to HDD > CD-ROM > LAN > FDD.

Finally all that needs to be done is to hit the “End” key to safe the new settings and automatically exit DOS and let Windows XP boot up – which it now did like it should!


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