Dell M14x Laptop User Manual

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System Setup
Alienware®M14x Service Manual
Configuring the System Setup
Configuring the System Setup
The System Setup options allow you to:
l Change the system configuration information after you add, change or remove any hardware in your laptop.
l Set or change a user-selectable option.
l View the installed amount of memory or set the type of hard drive installed.
Before you use System Setup, it is recommended that you write down the current System Setup information for future reference.
Entering System Setup
1. Turn on (or restart) your laptop.
2. While the laptop is booting, press <F2> immediately before the operating system logo appears to access the BIOS Setup Utility. If an error occurs
during Power On Self Test (POST), you may also enter the BIOS Setup Utility by pressing <F2> when prompted.
System Setup Screens
The BIOS Setup Utility window displays current or changeable configuration information for your laptop. Information is divided into five menus: Main,
Advanced, Security, Boot, and Exit.
Key functions appear at the bottom of the BIOS Setup Utility window and lists keys and their functions within the active field.
System Setup Options
CAUTION: Do not change the settings in System Setup unless you are an expert computer user. Certain changes can cause your computer to work
NOTE: Keyboard failure may result when a key on the keyboard is held down for extended periods of time. To avoid possible keyboard failure,
press and release <F2> in even intervals until the System Setup screen appears.
NOTE: If you wait too long and the operating system logo appears, continue to wait until you see the Microsoft Windows desktop, then shut
down your laptop and try again.
NOTE: Depending on your computer and installed devices, the items listed in this section may not appear, or may not appear exactly as listed.
Main Menu
System Time (hh:mm:ss)
Displays the system time.
System Date (mm/dd/yy)
Displays the system date.
Displays the model number of your computer.
Service Tag
Displays the service tag of your computer.
BIOS Version
Displays the BIOS version.
EC Version
Displays the EC firmware version.
ME version
Displays the Intel ME firmware version.
Displays the type of processor installed.
CPU Frequency
Displays the speed of the processor.
CPU L3 Cache
Displays the processor cache size.
Displays the ID of the processor.
Integrated Graphics
Displays the integrated graphics
Discrete Graphics
Displays the discrete graphics
Total Memory
Displays the total memory available in your computer.
Memory Bank 0
Displays the memory size installed in DIMM 0.
Memory Bank 1
Displays the memory size installed in DIMM 1.