How To Build Your Own
Pentium III Computer
Setup the CMOS
Last updated: 4/14/99
the Computer. You will probably see a CMOS checksum error. Ignore
it. Enter the CMOS Setup by pressing the Delete key when prompted.
LOAD SETUP DEFAULTS and Enter.
the CPU settings in the CPU SOFT MENU: CPU Operating Speed to 350 (100). Reboot.
the Standard CMOS set-up and set the correct date and time and Esc to the
I also change the settings for drives not installed
to "none" and leave the others set to "Auto."
the PNP/PCI set-up and change PNP OS Installed to YES and Esc to the Main
I also Change Resources Controlled By to Manual and
set IRQs 5 and 10 to Legacy ISA. This avoids many sound card problems. Then
I go into INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS and disable Serial Port 2. Hopefully
the PnP MODEM will grab IRQ 3 and avoid some possible older software
You may want to go into the BIOS FEATURES SETUP and
disable Big Brother's "Processor Number Feature." I could
care less about it. It'll take more than a number on a processor
to the Main Menu and choose SAVE & EXIT the CMOS Setup. The remaining
CMOS default values are ok for this computer.
The next article in this series will cover installing Windows
and the remaining expansion boards.
Although, I have been building computers for many years,
I'm sure I could learn a few more things. Furthermore, I intend to
work-over all three of these Build Your Own Computer check-off sheets as
I build more computers.
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