BIOS Settings Glossary for Intel® Desktop Boards


Install & Setup



The BIOS setup program can be used to view and change the BIOS settings for the computer. To access the settings, press the F2 key after the Power-On Self-Test (POST) memory test begins and before the operating system boot starts.

Note The presence of many BIOS settings is dependent on your board model, hardware components installed, and the BIOS version. BIOS menu titles can differ.

If any problems occur after making BIOS setting changes (poor performance or intermittent issues), reset the desktop board to default values with these steps:

  1. During boot, enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2.
  2. Press F9 to set defaults.
  3. Press F10 to save and exit.

If the system locks or will not boot after making BIOS settings changes, start a BIOS recovery as described in the Instructions for Recovery BIOS update.

BIOS Settings Glossary Version 19 (PDF) icon

The latest BIOS settings glossary is version 19 and includes the BIOS settings for the currently shipping desktop boards.

File name: BIOSGlossary_v19.pdf
Size: 307 KB
Date: November 2012
Version: 19

Note PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader*.

Version 13

Version 13 of the BIOS settings glossary is an archived glossary that includes settings for discontinued and legacy desktop boards.

BIOS Settings Glossary Version 13
BIOS settings glossary version 13—Alphabetical BIOS Settings Glossary version 13—Alphabetical (PDF) icon
File name: BIOSGlossaryAlpha_v13.pdf
Size: 203 KB
Date: November 2009
BIOS settings glossary version 13—By Menu BIOS Settings Glossary version 13—By Menu (PDF) icon
File name: BIOSGlossaryByMenu_v13.pdf
Size: 189 KB
Date: November 2009