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Breaking Through the BIOS Barrier: The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide for PCs Paperback – Sep 6 2004


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Outdated Feb. 12 2007
By G. Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Unimpressive. I bought this to help with overclocking an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard (launched mid 2006) and it didn't even mention most of the BIOS options I wanted to know about. The book advertises that it gives you 3 months access to the online Bios guide that is supposedly updated, but when I went online to activate that, it said the "promotion had expired". It's a dictionary of bios terms, not a guide. And the items covered are more pertinent to motherboards of 2004, not those made in 2007. One could use google or wikipedia and get the same or better explanations as those in this book.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Explaining the Arcane Sept. 27 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When you are starting your computer if you hold down F8, or the DELETE key or perhaps some other key, you get into the BIOS setup routines. When you look at these screens you are presented with a bewildering array of optional settings. They are all, of course, clearly identified with some kind of gibberish like AGP to DRAM Prefetch.

This book is organized so that inside the front and back covers are a listing of the BIOS options. Looking up AGP to DRAM Prefetch you are told that there is a Quick Review on Page 40 and a Detailed Description on Page 169. And after a little reading you will understand what this option does, and why you probably want it enabled. About 250 BIOS options are explained in this manner. There have been many times in the past when having such a book would have been invaluable. It is clearly written using words that will make sense to the computer literate and those maybe one step above novice.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Outdated Glossary with Some Recommendations. March 19 2007
By J. Panepinto - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is little more than a glossary of BIOS entries which may or may not match the ones in your computer. If you purchased a computer within the last year, this book will be of no help. It does not cover PCIE cards or dual video-card platforms. The terms rarely match up to specific BIOS terms, so you have to read through to find what you are looking for. What's worse this book is organized alphabetically. This is just the glossary to a book that was never written. There is no logical layout that will let you know what you need. For example, why not group all of the topics that affect RAM in one? Discuss RAM and how your BIOS interacts with it? No, instead you have to look through until you can find the entry for the BIOS menu. If I had the exact BIOS Mr. Wong had when he wrote this, it would be useful. However, I don't. I have a more recent BIOS and without a guide to how the thing works and why, this glossary is useless. I got more out of the guide posted on Tom's Hardware than this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This book is amazing July 28 2005
By C. Enterprises - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Inside it you will find everything you want and need to know about the BIOS. If you're an overclocker, it's indispensible. If you're just curious about what all those settings do, it's great. The author's website is well-known in the enthusiast community and for good reason. Buy it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bios Bonanza July 27 2005
By Flopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This guy knows his stuff. Plenty of information that can be practically applied. Recomended for anyone who is interested in tweaking or checking their Bios settings.


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