Welcome to the Intel® Visual BIOS wiki. This wiki is for users to learn the basic and advanced features provided by the Intel® Visual BIOS. It also provides several introductory tutorials on how to use Intel® Visual BIOS.

Getting Started

If you are new to BIOS or Intel® Visual BIOS technology, follow the guidelines for entering the BIOS  closely and start with Basic Setup. Additional resources including Tutorials, FAQ's, and the Wiki website address can be found in the Advanced section.

If you are familiar with BIOS but new to Intel® Visual BIOS technology, review Basic Setup before proceeding to Advanced Setup.

If you are already familiar with Intel® Visual BIOS, proceed to Advanced Setup. This section contains in-depth detail about Intel® Visual BIOS functionality.

How to Access Intel® Visual BIOS

1. Start (or restart) your computer. 

2. Be ready to quickly press the "Setup" key as indicated in the BIOS startup screen. The time given to press the correct key is usually less than 2 seconds.

3. If your computer does not immediately enter the BIOS and continues to load normally, restart it and try again.

Note: Pressing the "F2" key on your keyboard while your computer is booting opens Intel® Visual BIOS on most computers.

Search Function

Intel® Visual BIOS has a powerful Search function that allows users to search for configuration settings using keywords and modify them on the spot. The Search feature is discussed in detail on page 11. Below is a basic explanation of how it works.

Ø  Typing in a key word searches through all of the application for an option that matches the search term.

Ø  Options display in a pop-up that can be configured without navigating to that area of the application.

Ø  Certain extended functionality such as Overclocking Assistant is not available as a search result.

Ø  The search functionality does not contain any predictive capabilities. It is not case sensitive, but it will not be able to correct misspelled words.

Key terms:

·         Basic Input Output System (BIOS) - A set of routines that tests and controls the computer's hardware at startup.

·         Power-On Self Test (POST) - Built-in diagnostic program that checks to make sure the computer's hardware is present before the BIOS begins to boot.

·         Central Processing Unit (CPU) - The hardware that carries out the instructions of a computer. It is essentially the "brain" of a computer.

·         Firmware - Permanent software loaded into read-only memory on a computer's motherboard.

·         Setup Program Key - The key or keys that when pressed open the BIOS.

Mouse-over Help Text

Help text is available for many areas of Intel® Visual BIOS. In the basic section, it is located under the feature buttons. In the advanced section, it is located just above the footer at the bottom of the screen. On some settings, the help text contains extra wording indicating additional help text. In that scenario, you can right click or press the F1 key to reveal a pop-up window that contains the additional help text.