Main Setup & Standard CMOS Settings
This is the main screen that you will be greated with upon entering BIOS. Not much to point out here. Most of your attention will be focused in the Genie BIOS Settings
page (for overclocking). We will be covering all pages for complete explaination though.
Load Fail-Safe Defaults
loads the troubleshooting default values permanently coded in the ROM chip. These settings are not optimal and turn off all high performance features. Use this feature only if you have hardware problems.
Load Optimized Defaults
, followed by a save and reboot immediately after flashing the BIOS and manually clearing the CMOS by moving jumper JP4.
Set your date and time here under Date and Time. These don't need to be perfect as Windows (if you use it) will update these fields automatically sync next time your system connects to time.windows.com (default internet time syncronization server used by MS).
Selecting Integrated Peripherals -> OnChip IDE Device -> SATA Mode to RAID will results in the screen shown above (on subsequent reboot). Otherwise, Channel 2/3/4/5 Master and Slave settings will be available, meaning that the Intel AHCI and Matrix RAID BIOS Add-on modules are not active. You would then see your hard drives and optical drives listed here. We recommend you leave all settings at their default ("Auto") which will always auto-tune best performance.
Even though IDE Channel 0 Master (Slave) refer to actual IDE devices attached to the IDE header, provided by the JMicron chip, we recommend that you leave these on Auto in the submenu fields as disabling auto detection can cause the POST screen to fly by so quickly that it can be difficult to hit the DELETE key in time to enter the BIOS. If you have nothing attached to the IDE header you will see "None", as shown above.
Set Drive A to None if you have no legacy 3.5" floppy drive attached.
Leave Video set to EGA/VGA.
Set Halt On to No Errors unless you want the POST screen to pause (requiring you to hit F1 to continue or DEL to enter BIOS) for keyboard or floppy (disk) errors (essentially that they are not detected during boot up). Since I personally don't use a legacy floppy I set this to "No Errors" because my keyboard is USB and therefore hot-swappable in Windows. Tip: Keep an inexpensive USB floppy drive around; handy for the ocassional DOS-mode video card ROM or motherboard CMOS flash.