Gadget Savvy: BIOS Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

On virtually every computer available, the basic input/output system, or BIOS, makes sure all the other components function together smoothly. Without BIOS, you wouldn't be able to load your operating system. How much do you know about BIOS?

What is BIOS' most important role?

The BIOS provides instructions to the microprocessor for how to access the operating system.


BIOS is a type of:

Along with your operating system and applications, the BIOS is the third type of software your computer needs to work successfully.


Where is the BIOS usually stored?

The BIOS is normally stored on a Flash memory chip on the computer's motherboard.


Small pieces of software that act as translators between the hardware components and the operating system are called:

When you turn on your computer, BIOS loads the interrupt handlers, which act as translators between the hardware components and the operating system.


How many bytes of RAM are located on the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip?

The 64 bytes of RAM located on the CMOS chip provide detailed information particular to your system.


Incorrect settings in the CMOS setup may prevent you from doing what?

Incorrect CMOS settings may prevent your computer from booting up.


Which of the following is not one of the common options included in the CMOS setup?

Common options included in CMOS setup include setting the time and date, setting passwords for security and configuring hard drives.


Pieces of software that identify the base hardware components are called:

Device drivers identify base hardware components such as the keyboard, mouse and hard drive.


What helps BIOS to run faster?

Since BIOS is constantly intercepting signals, it's usually copied, or shadowed, into RAM to run faster.


What do most computers use as their central processing unit?

Almost every desktop and laptop computer in use today contains a microprocessor as its central processing unit.


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