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Setup Program Manual

Your motherboard manual should come with instructions on how to use the setup program; the BIOS program and its settings typically take up the second half of the entire manual. Unfortunately, most of these manuals are pitifully inadequate. They will usually provide a list of each setting with one or two sentences to describe them, and that's about it. Better motherboard companies will do better than this.

Warning: Be sure to check the manual closely and compare it against the settings you actually see on the screen. If you see mismatches, I would recommend you try to get an updated manual from the various sources on the Internet. It is, unfortunately, all too common to find incorrect or outdated BIOS manuals shipped with motherboards. This is usually worse with cheaper motherboards, but even good ones tend to come with bizarrely cryptic or inaccurate documentation.

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