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System Setup (BIOS) Simulation for the Latitude CSx H/CSR Portable Computer. - Technical Tip - 157545

System Setup (BIOS) Simulation for the Latitude™ CSx H/CSR Portable Computer.

You can find information about what keystrokes to use when navigating through your System Setup (BIOS) at the bottom of each BIOS screen. After you select an item within the BIOS, you may refer to Item Specific Help located on the right side of the BIOS screen for further information.

Page One Options (Figure 1)

  • Time - Allows you to set the hours, minutes, and seconds to adjust the setting of the system''s real-time clock
  • Date - Allows you to set the month, day, and year to adjust the settings of the system''s real-time clock
  • Primary Hard Drive - This field cannot be edited. It reports the size of the hard-disk drive installed in the system, Diskette Drive A & Diskette Drive B. These fields report the location of up to two floppy disk drives. The system will display whether a drive is attached to the optional parallel port cable, external media sleeve (modular bay), or C/Dock expansion station modular bay.
  • Diskette Reconfig - In order to properly support Softex Bay Manager and Softex Docking Services, this setting should be left on Any Time. It should only be changed to Reboot Only if certain programs run very slowly when the floppy disk drive is not present.
  • Modular Bay - This field reports the type of device installed in the external media sleeve.
  • C/Dock Bay (not shown) - This field will only be displayed if the system is docked to a C/Dock or C/Dock II. It reports the type of device installed in the media bay on the expansion station.
  • Docking Ethernet - This setting allows you to disable the embedded ethernet controller in the C-series advanced port replicators and docking expansion stations.
  • Docking IRQ - When set to Optimized, the APR or docking station is assigned an IRQ during the boot sequence. The other possible setting is to lock the setting at IRQ 11.
  • Docking Status - This field reports the type of expansion device that the system is attached to. It will differentiate between undocked and docked. In addition, when the system is docked, this field will report which of the four devices is attached (C/Port, C/Dock, C/Port II, or C/Dock II).
  • Universal Connect - Setting this field to Enabled allows several port replicators or docking stations of the same type to share a single hardware profile in Windows 9x.
  • Boot Speed - This field displays the speed of the system processor. It can also be set to Compatibility mode, which slows the processor down to a very low speed.
  • Boot First Device, Boot Second Device, & Boot Third Device - These fields allow you to determine the boot sequence. Valid options include: None, Internal HDD, Diskette Drive, CDROM/DVDROM Drive, Modular Bay HDD, PCI Slot NIC, and DockII/PortII NIC.

Figure 1

Page Two Options (Figure 2)

  • Serial Port - In the figure, the serial port is Unavailable. The system does not have an integrated serial port. When the system is docked, there is a serial port available, and this setting will change to the familiar choices: Disabled, COM1, COM2, COM3, and COM4.
  • Infrared Port - This setting will also switch from Unavailable to the familiar COM Port selection list (including Disabled) when the system is attached to an APR or docking expansion station. Infrared Mode (not shown) When infrared is available, and not disabled, this category will appear. It is set to Fast IR and cannot be changed.
  • Parallel Mode - This setting allows a selection of Normal, Bi-directional, or ECP for the operating mode of the parallel port.
  • Audio Mode - This setting is permanently set to Full Duplex, and cannot be changed.
  • Click Volume & Keyboard Click - If Keyboard Click is Enabled, the system will make a clicking noise each time a key is pressed. The Click Volume controls the intensity of the clicking sound.
  • Pointing Device - The Touch Pad-PS/2 Mouse setting allows either the integrated touchpad or an external PS/2 mouse to be used. When a PS/2 mouse is attached, the touchpad is disabled. The Serial Mouse setting allows the use of an external serial mouse. External Hot Key This setting allows the scroll lock key on an external keyboard to take the roll of the Fn key. If the scroll lock key is required for other purposes, this setting can be changed to Not Installed.
  • Primary Password & Admin Password - Allow the entry of user and administrator passwords. When set, the password must be entered before the system can be used or before any settings in the BIOS can be altered.
  • Hard Disk Drive Password(s) - This area allows passwords to be assigned to each installed hard drive. This includes the system hard drive, as well as drives installed in the media sleeve or docking station modular bay. The password must be entered before the drive can be accessed.

Figure 2

Page Three Options (Figure 3)

This page shows the current state of the battery. Unlike other systems in the Latitude C-series, the Latitude CS does not have any way to attach a second battery. Because of this, there is only one battery shown on this page. If the AC adapter is not attached, the Battery Status will be listed as Discharging rather than Charging.

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Page Four Options (Figure 4)

The final page of the system setup program allows customization of the system''s power management settings. The Display, Disk, and Suspend Time-Outs all display the APM message on the right side of the figure. This message alerts you that Windows has the capability to override these power management settings. Along with the Wakeup on LAN setting, the APM warning message was added to the AC feature-set BIOS for the Latitude C-family.

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Article ID: SLN107532

Last Date Modified: 07/30/2010 12:00 AM

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