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Gadget Savvy: BIOS Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • loading the operating system
  • initiating the microprocessor
  • running applications

BIOS is a type of:

  • hardware
  • software
  • operating system

Where is the BIOS usually stored?

  • on a hard disk
  • on a Flash memory chip
  • in a device driver

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

  • device drivers
  • interrupt handlers
  • peripheral component interconnects

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

  • 34
  • 64
  • 124

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

  • accessing your e-mail
  • logging on to the Internet
  • booting up your computer

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

  • system time and date
  • Internet provider
  • security

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

  • interrupt handlers
  • device drivers
  • drive chips

What helps BIOS to run faster?

  • buying an older computer
  • getting rid of RAM
  • copying it into RAM

What do most computers use as their central processing unit?

  • microprocessors
  • parallel ports
  • BIOS chips