Updating bios in linux
Luckily, most of the newer BIOS' set/read the drive parameters automatically.On the screen above, I scrolled down to the 'Primary IDE Drive' and hit ENTER. In this machine, the primary IDE drive is a 40GB Samsung drive. Here, we want to let the BIOS set the parameters if the drive is capable.If you set it too high, your computer may become unstable, it may be unable to boot and/or it could overheat.If you ever make a BIOS change that prevents the computer from booting, you can clear the CMOS memory with the 'clear CMOS' jumper.
The appearance and features of the various BIOS configurations from various manufacturers vary significantly. Above, you can see that the 'Standard CMOS Features' is selected.Both newer and older motherboards will have different options/features. Others may have a different type of BIOS and may look significantly different.For most motherboards, the owner's manual is available online at the manufacturer's web site.Some older drives don't have the capability to communicate that information to the BIOS and the parameters have to be set manually.Thankfully, most of the older drives have been taken out of service.