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BIOS Setup

At the time of tests the latest available BIOS version for Intel DP55KG mainboard was version from 10.28.2009. We reflashed it successfully and the first thing that came as a shocker to us was a total change of the color scheme. Instead of the familiar eye-friendly blue and gray interface, we got very contrasting and bright black and white one.

But not only the colors changed: the BIOS structures is also different now, some sections and sub-sections have been renamed or removed. These are definitely the changes for the best. Besides, the users will no longer risk getting confused by similar names of the two completely different sections – “Boot” and “Boot Configuration”.

At first let’s check the section that used to be called “Advanced”. Now it is called “Configuration” and contains a different set of sub-sections.

The first sub-section called “On-Board Devices” allows not only disabling sound and IEEE1394 (FireWire) controllers and configuring the USB, but also manage the onboard LEDs. Here you can also turn on the additional white LED, adjust its brightness, switch to blinking mode. You can also turn on blue lighting for the skull or turn off the HDD activity LEDs.

It is pretty funny, but looks like Intel software developers favor ASCII-art – drawing with symbols. You can see a schematic image of a skull on the right-hand side of the window, where you would normally get comments about the selected parameter. If you highlight the last parameter in the sub-section responsible for hard disk drives activity indication, then you will be offered to give the skull life:

These pictures may be not just entertaining but also useful. For example, if we go to the “PCI/PCIe Add-In Slots” sub-section of the “Configuration” section, we will see information about expansion cards accompanied with mainboard layout scheme on the right where the discussed connector will be highlighted.

To illustrate what I have just said, let’s move the cursor over the second graphics card slot and it will immediately light up on the layout on the right. The only thing I can’t understand is what’s so funny about the last PCI slot? Why is there a smiley face next to it?

However, before we get to the “PCI/PCIe Add-In Slots” sub-section we should actually check out a sub-section called “Fan Control & Real-Time Monitoring” from the “Configuration” section. Here we see very few options related to cooling fans:

All monitoring data have been moved to a separate page. It is not very convenient, but these data also aren’t too diverse, so the user will hardly go back to this section too often.

The next section has a very promising name – “Performance”. It welcomes us with a traditional warning about numerous dangers of messing with its contents.

Those who may not have the heart to proceed usually drop out at this point and only the bravest and most determined ones will be rewarded with a glimpse of a real “Performance” section.

Let me one more time point out that the BIOS settings in Intel mainboards are adjusted in a very inconvenient order. Suppose that we need to increase the base clock. On all other mainboards you simply have to select the appropriate parameter to start adjusting it.

 

However, this is not enough for Intel mainboards. you need to press “Enter” to change the color of your selection and only then you can in fact proceed to changing the parameter value.

Moreover, many mainboards allow entering the parameter value from the keyboard. With Intel mainboards you will need to go through the entire list of values until you scroll down to the one you need.

 
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