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AMIsetup is an external setup program for 386/486 PCs with modern AMI BIOS (AMI Hi-Flex BIOS).

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AMIsetup 2.60 - External Setup (new AMI
BIOS required). If you ever considered
your built-in setup as incomprehensible,
boring, inconvenient or incomplete, you
have been waiting for AMIsetup. AMIsetup
can save your configuration on disk and
restore it. You can even change setup
options missing in your BIOS! AMIsetup
cracks your password, auto-detects hard
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A M I s e t u p

Documentation

Copyright (c) Robert Muchsel 1992-1994
All rights reserved.



AMIsetup is an external setup program for 386/486 PCs with modern AMI
BIOS (AMI Hi-Flex BIOS).

If you ever considered your built-in setup as incomprehensible,
boring, inconvenient or incomplete, you've been waiting for
AMIsetup.

AMIsetup can save your configuration on disk and restore it. You
can even change setup options missing in your BIOS! AMIsetup cracks
your password and prints your setup as a list. You can install IDE
hard disks automatically! Add comprehensive on-line help, Soundblaster
support and an on-line reference that explains many setup options.
Of course you can protect AMIsetup itself with a password.

For diagnostic purposes, AMIsetup can on many machines measure the
DMA frequency (avoid burnout of the DMA chip due to overload) and
display the CMOS error flags. You can compare the CMOS real time
clock and DOS time, change setup registers manually (experts only)
and display the BIOS ID. Switch AMIsetup to high resolution video
mode (EGA/VGA) and use the mouse...

And once you are finished, AMIsetup can reboot your computer.

Professionals will like the batch mode of AMIsetup. Configure
identical computers in blitz speed!


Important





USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!
This program is based on undocumented data structures.
Improper use, program errors or bad luck can cause hardware,
software and stored data of the computer be irreversibly damaged!
The user is advised always to make adequate Back Ups of all
valuable files or Data. Because he can have no control over how
this program is used
THE AUTHOR ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE!




No part of this documentation may be reproduced, transmitted,
transcribed, stored in any retrieval system, or translated into any
other language or computer language in whole or in part, in any form
or by any means, whether it be electronic, mechanical, magnetic,
optical, manual or otherwise, without prior written consent of the
author, Robert Muchsel.

The author disclaims all warranties as to this software, whether
express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties
of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, functionality,
data integrity or protection, in so far as permitted by applicable
legislation.

All trademarks are property of their respective owners and appear for
identification purposes only.



Shareware



Writing this program has taken lots of work. If you continue
using it after a reasonable trial period of 30 days, you have
to pay a small fee to the author.

SHAREWARE is NOT FREE SOFTWARE. You can, however, test shareware
before purchasing it.

For detailed information, see appendix A.


You are encouraged to copy and pass on the unregistered shareware
version of this program, if
- the program is distributed in its original form
(complete, unmodified, uninstalled)
- the distribution fee does not exceed the equivalent of DM 15.-.

It is forbidden to distribute the program bundled with books,
magazines, etc. (including "bookware").

The information contained in the on-line reference for registered users
must not be copied, published or separated from the program. The author
has taken every care to ensure the technical correctness of the
information, but cannot accept any liability in case of any error.



If you have comments or find an error, please send them to the author!



Contents


1 Caution!
2 Starting the program
3 Menus in detail
3.1 (System) menu
3.2 BIOS menu
3.3 CMOS menu
3.4 Setup
1. Standard setup
2. Extended/chipset setup
3. Change register
4. Password
5. Load ROM setup defaults, load ROM power-on defaults
6. Print current setup
7. Analyze ID string
8. Save changes and quit
9. Exit without saving
3.5 Options dialogue
3.6 Help menu
4 Key shortcuts

Appendix

A Registration, limits of the shareware version,
addresses, upgrades, about the author
B AMIsetup and OS/2 2.x, AMI BIOS and OS/2, Windows, Windows NT
C Known problems
1. Is AMIsetup compatible with your BIOS?
2. Frequent errors with compatible BIOS versions
3. Stopgap: -OVERRIDE
4. Additional trouble shooting options
D Glossary
E If the machine won't boot...
F Switching to the English user interface
G Soundblaster
H EISA
I Batch mode
J Obtaining new or bug fixed program revisions
K Tested BIOS revisions


What's new

Changes are described in a separate file, AMISETUP.NEW.



1 Caution!


If you are not familiar with setup options or if you don't know
what they do, please consider whether changing the setup options
is really necessary.


On many PCs, the DMA clock speed can be changed.
This may work at first, but later the DMA chip may be destroyed,
thus making the motherboard useless!

Another critical point is the password option. Since you cannot
erase CMOS RAM on some main boards (see appendix E), it may
happen that because of - forgetfulness, BIOS errors, different
keyboard layout, etc. - you are irreversibly locked out of your
computer.


Before making ANY change, ask yourself:
- is it necessary?
- what are the consequences?

AMIsetup saves your configuration into a file after installation
and whenever you invoke the program. However, this works only if
you don't use AMIsetup on a write protected diskette.



N E V E R C H A N G E A R U N N I N G S Y S T E M !!!


WHEN DID YOU DO YOUR LAST COMPLETE BACKUP???


2 Starting the program


First of all, please read the manual and the file "AMISETUP.NEW".

The program needs write access to the current directory. Diskettes
must not be write protected if file operations are to be used.

Normally, you start AMIsetup without additional command-line options.
There are exceptions though (see appendix C). You should read
appendix B if you want to use AMIsetup under OS/2.

If you are using an LCD screen, invoke AMIsetup by "AMISETUP -MONO".

If using AMIsetup for the first time, you have to choose the desired
language:

Welcome / Willkommen !

This is a bilingual version of AMIsetup.
For English help texts and user interface,
press [E].

Dies ist eine zweisprachige Version von
AMIsetup. Drcken Sie [D] fr deutsche Hilfe-
texte und Benutzeroberflche.

[E] English version [D] deutsche Version

AMIsetup

Should you decide on the German version, please continue reading in
the file "AMISETUP.DOK".

Next you must to accept the warning message with a "Y":

C A U T I O N

USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This program is based on undocumented data
structures. Hard- and software and stored
data could be damaged irrevocably!

THE AUTHOR WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES!

[Y] accept and start program [N] back to DOS

AMIsetup

If you have set a password in the "Options" dialogue (3.5), you will
be prompted to enter it.

Password

AMIsetup is password protected.
Please enter the current password.

Password ****


OK Help



Next, a dialogue box containing program revision and registration
number (or "UNREGISTERED") appears. If you haven't yet paid for
AMIsetup and a registration number appears anyway, you've got an
(illegal) pirated copy. Please contact the author.

[] Information

AMIsetup v2.60
REGISTERED (#.........)

Copyright (c) 1992-94 Robert Muchsel
All rights reserved


Heap memory: 84080
ISA System

OK Help



You can also view this entire file from AMIsetup ("Help|View
AMISETUP.DOC").


Quick start


The most frequent error stems from use of AMIsetup with a memory
manager (386MAX, QEMM-386, EMM386) loaded - EMM386 is installed
automatically by the DOS 5/6 and Windows setup.
Please note para 3.2 "BIOS|Write image to file" and appendix C.


3 Menus in detail


Using the mouse or pressing , you get to the main menu bar.
There, you have the following pull down menus at your disposal:

BIOS CMOS Setup Options Help


Pressing gets you help. The on-line help contains nearly all of
the manual.

Hint for mouse users: The right button is equivalent to .


3.1 (System) menu


BIOS CMOS Setup Options Help

About Shift-F10
Evaluate DMA clock
Test coprocessor status

Video mode Alt-V

Reboot
Exit Alt-X




About
Shows a dialogue box containing program revision and registration
number (if any).

Evaluate DMA clock
Tries to determine the current DMA clock speed (this operation is
very hardware dependent and it is possible it won't work - "Error"
is displayed then).

The measured clock speed is displayed in
green (up to 4.25 MHz): Everything OK
yellow (up to 5.10 MHz): Caution, possibly decrease DMA clock speed
red (from 5.10 MHz): The clock is too fast and can cause damage!

Conditioned by "DMA waits" it is possible that too low a clock is
shown (especially on fast i486 systems). I.e.: If AMIsetup detects a
"red" DMA clock, then it is truly time to decrease it - the DMA chip
can be destroyed by overclocking!

On many systems, DMA clock is coupled with bus clock (e.g. ETEQ,
OPTI, SIS, UMC).

You can compute the bus clock using the following formula:

Bus Clock = 2 * DMA Clock

Depending on the DMA waitstates, the factor can be 2.75
(1 Waitstate) or 3 (2 Waitstates) instead of 2.

It is neither possible to measure the bus clock nor the number of
DMA waitstates directly.

The routine doesn't work on some faster machines (i.e. Overdrive
(tm), 66DX2) (it displays garbage values then).

This function is disabled under OS/2.

Test coprocessor status
This function performs a coprocessor hardware check and compares the
result with the BIOS coprocessor presence bit, which is set during
system boot.

If both results correspond (i.e. "Coprocessor present" and "Status
bit set" or "No coprocessor present" and "Status bit not set"),
everything is OK.

If both results do not correspond ("*ERROR*" is displayed in
addition), the BIOS most probably doesn't sense the coprocessor.

If you have problems with applications which support a math
coprocessor and the above error is shown, you should first look into
"Setup|Extended Setup" and see if you can enable "Numeric
Coprocessor" or "Numeric Coprocessor Test".

If no such setting is available, you can create a small "SETNPU"
program and add it to your AUTOEXEC.BAT.
Please copy all characters exactly as shown:
C:\> DEBUG SETNPU.COM
The specified file name expression was not found.
-a
....:0100 mov ax,40
....:0103 mov ds,ax
....:0105 or byte ptr [10],2
....:010A mov ax,4c00
....:010D int 21
....:010F [Press Enter]
-rcx
CX 0000
:0f
-w
Writing 000F bytes
-q
C:\>

Video mode
Toggles the display mode between 25 lines and 43/50 lines and requires
an EGA/VGA graphics adapter.
AMIsetup automatically stores the last used video mode.

Reboot
Executes a cold boot. The keyboard controller is programmed to trigger
a hardware reset.

The "Reboot" function can be turned off using the "Options" dialogue.

CAUTION! If you use a hard disk cache or disk doubler, this function
could possibly cause data loss.

AMIsetup first tries to flush the SmartDrive cache (if it is
installed, you can disable this feature using the command line
argument "-NOSM"), waits 2 seconds and then resets the computer
(OS/2: only the program is closed).

Exit
Exits the program.


3.2 BIOS menu


BIOS CMOS Setup Options Help

Test version

Write image to file



Test version
Verifies whether the BIOS and AMIsetup are compatible. This check
is executed automatically whenever you start "Setup". If this test
fails ("*ERROR*") and you use a memory manager (e.g. QEMM-386,
EMM386, 386MAX), you may have to create a BIOS image (see below), or
reboot from a plain vanilla DOS diskette. Please read appendix C for
more information about compatible BIOS versions.

Write image to file
Using this function, you can create a "BIOS image" file. This file
is necessary if you use a memory manager like QEMM-386, EMM386 or
386MAX. Otherwise you don't need an image file. "BIOS|Test version"
tells you whether you need an image file.

To create a "BIOS image" file, do the following:
1. Reboot the PC WITHOUT memory manager and WITHOUT shadow RAM (if
possible). It's best to boot from a floppy disk.
Example: To disable the DOS 6 memory manager, type
"MEMMAKER /UNDO"
2. Start AMIsetup.
3. Turn off "Use BIOS image" in the "Options" dialogue.

4. Select "BIOS|Test version" and verify that everything checks out
OK.
5. Select and execute "BIOS|Write image to file" (you can change the
file name in the "Options" dialogue, if need be. Default is
"BIOS.DAT").
6. Finally don't forget to turn on "Use BIOS image" in the "Options"
dialogue to use the newly created BIOS image.
7. Now you can use both AMIsetup and your memory manager.


3.3 CMOS menu


S CMOS Setup Options Help

Test checksums

Print

Write image to file
Restore from image
Write EISA NVRAM to file
Restore EISA NVRAM from file

Reset CMOS RAM

Information
Time compare



Test checksums
Verifies the CMOS RAM checksums. There are two areas - the first is
in all AT computers, the second only in PCs with an AMI BIOS. If
one of these two tests fails, the program declines to run "Setup".

If you have written your Setup to a file before this error occurred,
you can correct the problem through "Restore from image".

AMIsetup saves your configuration automatically
- when you first use the program into the file SAVECMOS.SAV
- whenever you invoke the program into the file CMOSBKUP.SAV.

Print
Prints the CMOS RAM contents and is used for diagnostic and
reference purposes only. To get a readable, plain English print,
use "Setup|Print current setup".


[] Print CMOS

Print to file
PRN


[ OK ] [Cancel ] [ Help ]




If you enter a name different from "PRN", the output will be
redirected to a file, e.g. "CMOS.TXT". Of course you can also use
device names (e.g. "LPT2")

If your printer cannot print graphic characters, you must turn off
"Extended character set" in the "Options" dialogue.

Data is written in the following format:

Reg Current value

00 13 00010011
01 23 00100011
... ...
7E 00 00000000
7F 00 00000000

Opposite to the register number (hexadecimal), the current value is
printed in hexadecimal and binary format.

If you don't want a form feed at the end, turn it off in the
"Options" dialogue.

Write image to file
Copies contents of CMOS RAM to a file. You can change the default
directory in the "Options" dialogue.

Restore from image
Reads this file back to CMOS RAM and restores the saved state. Time
and date are not set, however!

Write EISA NVRAM to file
Restore EISA NVRAM from file
On some EISA computers, you can also save and restore the EISA
NVRAM (parts of the configuration data are stored in the EISA NVRAM
on these machines).

See appendix H for more information.

Reset CMOS RAM
Caution: Reset CMOS erases the complete CMOS RAM contents,
including checksums, date/time, hard disk parameters, etc.
Please make a paper backup of your configuration before
resetting the CMOS RAM!

Information
Shows the date of the RTC, the alarm time and information about
errors at system boot.

Information about CMOS RAM contents

Date
03/19/1993


Alarm
00:00:00 off OK


Status Print
Battery:
Power:
Checksum: Help
Configuration:
Memory size:
Hard disk C:
Time:
Cache:



Date
The current system date of the real time clock (RTC).

Alarm
The RTC supports an "alarm clock" mode. You need an external
program (TSR) that processes the RTC message and then activates.

Status
Shows possible errors from the last system boot. A "" means
"no error found".
- Battery: CMOS battery is discharged and CMOS contents were invalid
- Power: RTC power supply failed
- Checksum: CMOS checksums were invalid
- Configuration: Self test results and CMOS configuration were
different
- Memory size: Memory size determined by self test and memory size
stored in CMOS were different
- Hard disk C: Hard disk C: (if available) couldn't be initialized
and couldn't be booted from
- Time: Time was invalid
- Cache: Self test revealed cache error

The cache status bit is set by the BIOS at boot time and shows
an *ERROR*, when the cache is bad, missing or disabled. This
information is is to be taken seriously, but not implemented on
all machines.
In any case you should check the cache: If performance ratings of
your test program are the same with enabled and disabled cache,
the cache is most probably kaput. A program you can trust is e.g.
PC-Config by Michael Holin.

Errors often disappear after a reboot (e.g. Checksum).

Time compare
Compares the current DOS time and the RTC time and is used for
reference purposes only. If the difference is more than approx. 2
seconds, you should check hard and software.


3.4 Setup


BIOS CMOS Setup Options Help
Setup

05/05/91(C)1990 American Megatrends Inc., All Rights Reserved
ROM BIOS (C)1990 American Megatrends Inc.,



Standard setup
Extended/chipset setup
Change register
Password
DATE: Load ROM setup defaults WARNING:
05/05/91 Load ROM power-on defaults Improper
Setup may
Print current setup severe pr
Analyze ID string

Save changes and quit
Exit without saving


30-0201-ABCDEF-00101111-050591-OPWB


If the CMOS RAM checksums and the internal BIOS copyright strings are
valid, the above Setup screen is displayed.
If you are a registered user (see appendix A), you can begin with this
screen automatically at program start. Simply set "Options|Auto start
setup" to on.

AMIsetup searches for two specific copyright strings at several
locations. One of these is displayed at the top. At the left is
the BIOS date, at the bottom the BIOS ID string (as displayed at
system boot).


3.4.1 Standard setup


You can change the following settings:

[] Standard setup

Base memory: 640K
Extended memory: 16384K Auto detect hard disks

Drive A Drive B HDD 0 HDD 1

( ) None ( ) None Type: 47 NONE / SCSI
( ) 360K 5" ( ) 360K 5" Cyl: 1024
( ) 1.2M 5" (x) 1.2M 5" Heads: 64
( ) 720K 3" ( ) 720K 3" S/Trk: 26
(x) 1.44M 3" ( ) 1.44M 3" Size: 832M
( ) 2.88M 3" ( ) 2.88M 3"

Display adapter Options
( ) Not installed [X] Keyboard installed
( ) Color 40x25
( ) Color 80x25
( ) Monochrome
(x) VGA/PGA/EGA OK Cancel Help



At top, the memory size as determined by the BIOS is displayed.

Drive A
Drive B
Allows you to change the type of installed floppy disk drives.

2.88 MB disk drives:
Using AMIsetup, you can configure the drive type "2.88 MB" on
any computer. To run a ED drive, you need a diskette controller
capable of the 1 Mbps data rate (e.g. AHA1542CF).

If your BIOS does not support 2.88 MB drives, AMIsetup displays
a warning message (BIOS versions earlier than 06/12/91).

Lack of BIOS support can cause the following problems:
- Problems booting from diskette (especially 720 KB diskettes)
- The built-in ROM "Standard setup" displays a line containing
garbage characters (this does not adversely affect other setup
functions).
- You'll need software support for your floppy drive. OS/2 2.1
automatically detects 2.88 MB drives. DOS 5.0 or later requires
a device "DRIVER.SYS" (please consult your DOS manual). The
author is currently developing a flexible BIOS enhancement which
must be installed in CONFIG.SYS, supporting 360 KB to 2.88 MB
floppy drives on any port, IRQ or DMA channel.
- Dependent on your hardware, it might be better instead to tell
the BIOS the drive was 1.44 MB.
You can disable the warning message (displayed if your BIOS does
not support 2.88 MB drives) using the command line parameter
"-288".

Display adapter
With this you set the type of the installed graphics adapter.

( ) Not installed
( ) Color 40x25
( ) Color 80x25 = CGA
( ) Monochrome = MDA, Hercules
(x) VGA/PGA/EGA

Often you have to change a jumper on the main board besides this
setting.

Options - Keyboard installed
If the keyboard should be checked at system boot, check this box.
Should the keyboard not be checked or if there is no keyboard
installed (e.g. LAN server), leave it empty.

Auto detect hard disks
You don't need to enter the parameters of your hard disks manually
if you have IDE type drives installed (maybe this works with ESDI
drives, too). AMIsetup can detect the correct cylinder/head/sector
values automatically (non-OS/2 systems only).

[] Confirm

Install the following
hard drives into setup?

HDD 0: Conner Peripherals 170MB, CP30174E
HDD 1: Not installed / SCSI


Yes No Help



If no hard disks are found, it's most likely you have SCSI type
drives (or old MFM or RLL drives).
In the case of MFM/RLL type drives, you must enter the disk
parameters manually; this also holds true for some SCSI
controllers.

HDD 0
HDD 1
With this you can set the type of installed MFM, RLL or IDE
hard drives. Using a SCSI controller, you mustn't define a hard disk
here - please read your controller and hard disk manual to prevent
momentous wrong settings!

The current parameters are displayed below the push-button - type
(number) of the disk, cylinders, heads, sectors per track and the
calculated size.
Note: The disk size is displayed in real Megabytes, 2^20 bytes.
Many disk vendors calculate in 10^6 bytes (this number is larger!).

If you push the button, a list of predefined disk types appears:

[] Hard disk 0 parameters
Type Cyls. Heads Precomp LZone S/Trk Size

32 1024 15 NONE 1024 17 128M >
33 1024 5 1024 1024 17 43M
34 816 15 NONE 816 32 191M
35 1024 9 NONE 1024 17 77M
36 1024 8 512 1024 17 68M
37 615 8 128 615 17 41M
38 745 4 512 745 28 41M
39 987 7 987 987 17 57M
40 820 6 820 820 17 41M
41 977 5 977 977 17 41M
42 981 5 981 981 17 41M
43 755 16 NONE 755 17 100M
44 887 13 NONE 887 34 191M
45 968 10 NONE 968 34 161M
46 751 8 0 751 17 50M
47 USER DEFINED <


The columns contain type (number) of the disk, number of cylinders,
heads, the precompensation cylinder (see glossary), landing zone,
number of sectors per track and the calculated size (rounded) in
megabytes. Please compare these items with the data sheet of your
hard disk.

It's likely you CANNOT find the specifications of the hard disk to
be installed in this list. In this case, select type 47 (USER
DEFINED).
The following dialogue appears:

[] Change type 47 parameters


615 Cylinders

4 Heads

300 Precompensation (65535 for NONE)
[ Save ]
615 Landing zone
[ Cancel ]
17 Sectors/track
[ Help ]



Here you can set the parameters yourself. Note that the value of
precompensation has a special meaning: 65535 means DISABLED for the
whole hard disk. 0 means ENABLED for the whole disk.
Modern drives ignore precompensation and landing zone. For reasons
of software compatibility, set precompensation to "NONE" and landing
zone to the highest available cylinder+1.


3.4.2 Extended/chipset setup


A list of options and their current settings is displayed:

[] Extended setup
Option RegisterBits Current setting

Typematic Rate Programming 11 10000000 10000000 Enabled
Typematic Rate Delay (msec) 11 01100000 00000000 250
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) 11 00011111 00000011 21.8
Mouse Support Option 13 10000000 10000000 <1>
Above 1 MB Memory Test 13 01000000 00000000 Disabled
Memory Test Tick Sound 13 00100000 00000000 Disabled
Memory Parity Error Check 13 00010000 00010000 Enabled
Hit Message Display 13 00001000 00000000 Disabled
Hard Disk Type 47 Data Area 13 00000100 00000000 0:300
Wait For If Any Error 13 00000010 00000010 Enabled
System Boot Up Num Lock 13 00000001 00000001 On
Numeric Processor 14 00000010 00000010 Present
Weitek Processor 2D 10000000 00000000 Absent
Floppy Drive Seek At Boot 2D 01000000 00000000 Disabled
System Boot Up Sequence 2D 00100000 00000000 C:, A:
System Boot Up Speed 50 00000100 00000000 High
Cache Memory 2D 00001000 00001000 Enabled
Internal Cache Memory 2D 00000100 00000100 <1>


The four columns have the following meaning:

Option
The name of the setting to be changed, peeked from the BIOS.
The signs "" and "" denote options that cannot be changed from
the BIOS and are marked as "disabled" (see explanation under
"Options|Display ...").
If you change settings of options marked in this way, be especially
careful. You can disable the display of these options selectively
in the "Options" dialogue.
By the way, blame the BIOS manufacturer for reversed letters in this
row, not AMIsetup.

Register
Hexadecimal number of the CMOS register that stores the setting.
This information may help experienced users to change settings
by hand using "Change register". If a "+" sign is displayed behind
the register number, possibly more than one registers are affected.

Bits
Bit mask for the setting. Only Bits marked with a "1" are used
for the specified setting (see also Register).

Current setting
Bit mask of the setting stored in the program copy of CMOS RAM
and the corresponding text in clear. If plain language is not
available, a decimal value in acute brackets is shown. E.g.: <2>
denotes the third possible setting, since <0> is valid, too.
If there is the possibility that more than 8 bits are used for
the setting, the bit mask is not shown.

Now you can select an option with the mouse or the enter key, as
appropriate. A new window is displayed (see below).

Instead of pressing the enter key, ,
or increase or decrease the current setting
respectively by one (for the hurried user, not available for options
marked with a "+").

List: Radio buttons:
[] Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) [] Typematic Rat

Options Bits Options
30.0 < 00000011 (x) Disabled
26.7 00011111 ( ) Enabled
24.0
21.8 [
20.0
18.5 [
17.1
16.0 [
15.0 >
[



Marked below "Options" or "Setting" is the current setting. To change
the setting, scroll the list or press the appropriate button.

The "Bits" field shows you which bit mask corresponds to the selected
setting. Listed below the bit field are once again the bits that can
be affected by the option.

"Save" copies the changed setting into the program copy of CMOS RAM
(use "Save changes and quit" to make the change permanent), "Cancel"
cancels the operation.

Caution: Some settings are "Reserved" or "RESERVED". Do consider
whether you really want to set an option to "Reserved". For safety
reasons, these changes have to be confirmed.

"BIOS help": Sometimes, the BIOS ROM has an own (English) help text
to the respective option. You can view this text using "BIOS help",
e.g.:

[] BIOS help
The base address changes in
steps of 16k and 512k


"Reference": Registered users can look up explanations to the setup
options.

Options that are controlled entirely by the BIOS (these usually change
more than eight bits and are marked with a "+") display a window
containing the buttons " < > "; you can also use ()
and (). The buttons " " are intended for fast
leafing and don't work on all machines. On some machines, a window
appears after pressing " < > ". Here you can enter data - this input
window is controlled by the BIOS, so mouse input and function keys are
disabled.

Setting controlled by BIOS:
[] Non-Cacheable Block-0 Base



[BIOS help]
Setting
_0 KB_______________________ [Reference]

[ ] [ < ] [ > ] [ ] [ Save ]

[ Cancel ]

[ Help ]



Note that some options affect each other!


3.4.3 Change register


You may not be able to set the CMOS the way you want from the
"Extended/chipset setup" menu. In this case, you can make the change
manually.

Caution: Use this function only if you are absolutely, positively sure
about what you're doing!

[] Change register

Enter register number:
__ Range 10 to 7F (hex)


[ Change ] [ Cancel ] [ Help ]



[] Change register 12
Current value: 00

Enter new value:
__ Range 00 to FF (hex)

[ Set ] [ Cancel ] [ Help ]



First, you have to enter the register number in hexadecimal and then
the new value.


3.4.4 Password


This function enables you to display the current CMOS password and to
change it.

This password can be called for at system boot or when entering the
ROM setup.

[] Password

Current password is "AMISET".



[Change] [Cancel] [ Help ]



[] Change password

New password: FIDO__



[ OK ] [Cancel] [ Help ]



Caution! If you use a foreign language keyboard (i.e. non-USA),
note that no foreign keyboard support is loaded at boot time.
Example: On German keyboards, "Z" and "Y" are reversed.

Often you can enable the US-American keyboard by pressing
and then test which keys are which. Use
to re-enable the foreign keyboard.

On some machines the password function has to be activated by the
"Password" option in "Extended/chipset setup" (3.4.2).

CAUTION! If you set the "Password" option to "Always", you cannot
boot your machine if you forget the password!

Hint: Try the setting "Setup" first.


3.4.5 Load ROM setup defaults, load ROM power-on defaults


There are two tables of predefined CMOS settings in the ROM. One of
those, the "power-on defaults" is used to eliminate all possible
hardware problems; thus the processor is switched to low speed, the
cache is turned off, etc. Using "power-on defaults", the machine should
boot in any case.

Using this function, you can load a predefined configuration or simply
view it for reference purposes, since all settings will be written to
the program copy of CMOS RAM first and only be saved if you use "Save
changes and quit".


3.4.6 Print current setup


With this function, you can print the current settings of the program
copy of CMOS RAM to the printer or to a file.

[] Print current setup

Print to file
PRN______________________________

Format
(x) Standard (current/possible) Margin
( ) Alternate (current bin&hex) 79_


[ OK ] [Cancel] [ Help ]



First the settings of "Standard setup" will be printed; then, a list:

Standard
The list is formatted as follows:

Option Current Possible settings

Typematic Rate Programming Enabled Disabled
Typematic Rate Delay (msec) 250 500 750 1000
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) 24.0 30.0 26.7 21.8 [...]
Mouse Support Option <1>
Above 1 MB Memory Test Disabled Enabled
...

"Margin" (61-254) is the maximum width of the list. "Possible
settings" will be truncated to "[...]" if exceeding the maximum
width.

Alternate
The list looks as the list displayed in "Extended/chipset setup".
"Margin" is ignored.

Option RegisterBits Current setting

Typematic Rate Programming 13 10000000 10000000 Enabled
Typematic Rate Delay (msec) 13 01100000 00000000 250
Typematic Rate (Chars/Sec) 13 00011100 00010000 15
Mouse Support Option 11 10000000 10000000 Enabled
...

Note: If your printer cannot print extended characters, disable them
in the "Options" dialogue.

Hint: If you disable "" and "" in the "Options" dialogue, you can
create a list of those settings that can be changed from the ROM
setup. This list you can distribute e.g. to your customers as a
reference.


3.4.7 Analyze ID string


This function explains the meaning of the BIOS ID string displayed
in the lower left corner.
Note: The information determined by AMIsetup is not always 100 per cent
correct, since not all manufacturers adhere to the standard (this is
especially true for "Required processor").
The ID string displayed at boot time shows the keyboard controller
revision level in addition to the information displayed by AMIsetup.
Example: 30-0201-ABCDEF-00101111-050591-OPWB-KF, where F is the
revision level.

Analyze BIOS ID string

30-0201-ABCDEF-00101111-050591-OPWB
23H-0-0000-00-00-0000-00-00-000
23H-1-0000-00-00-0000-00-00-00-2

Required processor: 386 OK
BIOS size: 64 KB
Version: 2.01
Reference number: ABCDEF Print
BIOS date: 05/05/91
Chipset ID: OPWB
Clock switching pin: 23 Help
Cache control pin: 23
BIOS modified flag: 02



Use "Print" to print the information or to write it into a file.


3.4.8 Save changes and quit


Not until you use this function will changes be made permanent. "Save
changes and quit" writes all CMOS settings from the program copy of
CMOS RAM into the real CMOS RAM and exits setup.

If "Options|Enable reboot" is enabled, you will be asked whether you
want to reboot your computer (cf. "Reboot").


3.4.9 Exit without saving


Quits setup without changing the CMOS RAM.


3.5 Options dialogue


[] Options

Setup Display
[ ] Use BIOS image [X] Options
[X] Auto start setup [ ] Options
[ ] Print form feed
[X] Extended character set [ ] Soundblaster
[ ] Enable reboot command
[X] Beep on error
[ ] Reverse mouse buttons Password
[ ] German language

BIOS image file CMOS and EISA image files
C:\SETUP\BIOS.DAT C:\SETUP\


Save Cancel Help



Customize the program to your own needs using this dialogue.

Use BIOS image
Usage of an image file instead of peeking directly into the ROM. See
"BIOS|Write image to file" for more information.

Auto start setup
Instead of selecting "Setup" manually each time using the menu,
"Setup" can also be started automatically at program start
(registered copies only).

Print form feed
Do a form feed after printing.

Extended character set
This box must be left blank if your printer doesn't print the extended
character set (code page 437), e.g. characters like "" or "".

Enable reboot command
If this box is blank, the "Reboot" function in the "" menu is
disabled and you will not be asked whether you want to reboot
after saving your setup.

Beep on error
If this option is checked, the program beeps if you enter incorrect
values in (hexa-) decimal input boxes.

Reverse mouse buttons
You can reverse right and left mouse buttons (for left-handers or
southpaws).

German language
You can disable the English user interface and work with the German
one instead.

Display
...
...
There are two types of disabled options in the ROM BIOS.
1. Some options are actually there, but marked as "inadmissible".
This can be e.g. redundant options. AMIsetup displays a ""
in front of the option. Mostly the "" options work perfectly.
2. Some options are marked as "inadmissible" AND there are no valid
known settings. AMIsetup then displays a "". Often "" options
don't work.
You can enable and disable both types. If neither "" nor "" are
enabled, then AMIsetup shows the same set of options as the ROM
setup.

Soundblaster
See appendix G.

BIOS image file
CMOS and EISA image files
You can change file name/directory of these files.

Password
You can define a password that will be needed at program start.
Password protection reduces misuse of the AMIsetup.

[] Change password

New password: ****

Confirm: ****



OK Cancel Help



For security reasons, you have to enter the same password in both
lines.
If you enter an empty password (simply press Enter), the password
protection will be disabled.

Changes of the password are written into the file AMISETUP.EXE,
which must not be write protected for this operation.


3.6 Help menu


BIOS CMOS Setup Options Help

Contents
View AMISETUP.DOC
Print order form

On-line reference



Contents
Gives an overview about on-line help.

View AMISETUP.DOC
You can view AMISETUP.DOC without leaving AMIsetup. It is necessary
that AMISETUP.DOC be installed in the same directory as AMISETUP.EXE.

You can leave the AMISETUP.DOC window in the background while
working with AMIsetup.

Print order form
To order AMIsetup, you can print an order form to the printer or
to a file.

On-line reference
Registered users (read appendix A how to become a registered user)
can read explanations of approx. 100 of the most widespread setup
options.

Select "On-line reference", and the index is displayed.

[] On-line reference

Index


General advice


Caution!
Beep codes


Tuning tips



Setup options


256KBMemoryRelocation
256K/384KMemoryRelocation
7CLK2CASPulseWidth


You can mark one of the bold terms using or the mouse and get
a closer explanation:

[] On-line reference

Fast Gate A20 Option [Disabled] [Enabled]
Gate A20 Emulation Option

Activates a faster method for enabling and disabling address line
needed for accessing extended memory.

The address line A20 is normally toggled by the keyboard controlle
comparably slow 8042 processor.

For reasons of compatibility with PC/XT systems (8086/8088), addre
A20 is disabled under DOS in most cases. PCs with the 8088 had onl
address lines up to A19. When on the 8088 PC address FFFF:XXXX (se
first 64KB was actually addressed.

In order to access memory above 1MB (extended memory) on 286 or ne
address line A20 must be toggled. This also holds for switching be
line A20, allowing the first 63 KB of extended memory to be access
mode (and used as "high memory").

Control by the keyboard controller can be replaced by a faster tec
option became famous as "OS/2 optimization".

Modern software uses other methods of switching (triple fault or 3


Use the key to switch to the next highlighted topic (the
cursor keys are for scrolling only).



4 Key shortcuts


Help
Close active window
Zoom active window
Move active window (Cursor keys)
Change window size (+Cursor keys)
Start Setup
Activate main menu
Show program information
Exit Setup or program
or

NB: <> =
, <> =
<> =


A P P E N D I X


A Registration


If you want to continue using AMIsetup after 30 days, you have to
register.

The shareware version is limited in the following ways:

The on-line reference is disabled
Starting the setup automatically doesn't work

See REGISTER.FRM for the registration fee valid for your
country (DM 40.- to DM 55.- depending on the country).

Commercial users in the European Union ONLY: Please provide your
VAT registration number and save 15% VAT!

Inquire for more than 2 licenses!

Send DM Eurocheques (other cheques: add DM 10.-), cash or postal
money order to the following address:

Robert Muchsel
Hegaublick 2
D-78465 Konstanz
Germany

FAX +49-7533-3151


Please use the form "REGISTER.FRM" included with this program.
You can print it using "Help|Print order form" directly from
AMIsetup.



Email:
FidoNet 2:246/8100.11
mccs BBS, Singen/Germany, +49-7731-69523


AMIsetup is shipped on 3.5" disks. If you really need a 5.25" disk,
please indicate <5.25"> in BIG letters in the upper right corner of
the order form.


Upgrades


If the user has a modem, upgrades are free. Other registered users
only have to pay the fee of their shareware vendor (usually DM 5).

However, upgrades will cost DM 10 ($6) to DM 20 ($12), if
- there are too many illegal pirated copies
- there are major enhancements

Read README.!!! on your registration diskette for more information.


The Author


...studies Computer Science at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology) in Zurich/Switzerland (this is the explanation of the
"Additional contributions" field on the order form).



B AMIsetup and OS/2 2.x, Windows, Windows NT


OS/2 Version 2.1

The program will run in a DOS session of OS/2 2.1. DMA clock speed
detection and "Auto detect hard disks" will be disabled, however.

OS/2 Version 2.0

The program will not run in a DOS session of OS/2 2.0, not even in a
DOS image (VDM). Write accesses to the CMOS RAM are redirected to a
buffer by OS/2, which is discarded when exiting the virtual machine
(source: "Redbooks, Vol. 2: DOS and Windows-Environment, Virtual CMOS
Device Driver"; IBM Document Number GG24-3731-00).

An OS/2 version of AMIsetup is impossible, since AMIsetup directly
executes code of the real mode BIOS.

If you create a DOS boot disk and copy AMIsetup as well as a disk
editor there, then you've got a sort of "emergency disk".


AMI BIOS and OS/2


There are NO general problems with OS/2 2.x and the BIOS versions
supported by AMIsetup. OS/2 runs with BIOS versions PRIOR to 05/05/91
and with keyboard controller revision -K8.

However, problems might arise e.g. when using faulty memory chips,
too low refresh rates, wrongly installed cache memory or wrong
bus clock. Because of the protected mode architecture, OS/2 is much
more sensitive to errors than DOS software, which often ignores
or doesn't even notice them.


Windows

Running AMIsetup under Windows is not recommended.
The icon file, AMISETUP.ICO, contains an OS/2 icon which cannot
be displayed under Windows.

Windows NT

The Windows NT DOS emulator is not compatible with AMIsetup.



C Known problems


1. Is AMIsetup compatible with your BIOS?

For technical reasons, AMIsetup only works with the newer generation
of the AMI BIOS, the so-called "Hi-Flex BIOS".
On one hand, the BIOS must be manufactured by "American Megatrends
Inc." ("AMI") (this you can see when powering on your computer).

Example of power-on screen:

05/05/91(C)1990 American Megatrends Inc., All Rights Reserved

(C)1990 American Megatrends Inc.,







30-0101-ABCDEF-00011001-050591-FORX


On the other hand, a compatible BIOS has a colored ROM setup
(or built-in setup) and normally three levels of setup ("Standard",
"Advanced" and "Advanced Chipset"), "Password" and "Hard Disk
Utility".


BIOS SETUP PROGRAM-AMI BIOS SETUP UTILITIES
(C) 1990 American Megatrends Inc., All Rights Reserved


STANDARD CMOS SETUP
ADVANCED CMOS SETUP
ADVANCED CHIPSET SETUP
AUTO CONFIGURATION WITH BIOS DEFAULTS
AUTO CONFIGURATION WITH POWER-ON DEFAULTS
CHANGE PASSWORD
HARD DISK UTILITY
WRITE TO CMOS AND EXIT
DO NOT WRITE TO CMOS AND EXIT



Standard CMOS Setup for Changing Time, Date, Hard Disk, etc.

ESC:Exit |-|-:Sel F2/F3:Color F10:Save & Exit

Custom-made BIOS versions are NOT compatible with AMIsetup, even
though they are from AMI. These have a so-called "XCMOS Setup" (and
they are black & white).


2. Frequent errors with compatible BIOS versions



Checking 34 .. 3F: *ERROR*


Possible causes:
- A program has overwritten your CMOS. Restart your PC and follow
the instructions of the ROM BIOS.


Checking "AAAAMMMMIIII": *ERROR*


Checking "American Megatrends": *ERROR*


CX overflow - BIOS not compatible!


Possible causes:
- You are using a memory manager that overwrites parts of your
BIOS. Create a BIOS image following instructions in 3.2.
- You are using an image file that is faulty (it was created while
a memory manager was loaded?).
Repeat the procedure EXACTLY following instructions (part 3.2)
- Your version of AMIsetup is obsolete


Checking 16 bit checksum: *ERROR*


Normally (if all runs well) you can ignore this error.
Possible cause:
- Memory manager, see above
- It might be necessary to disable "(Main) BIOS Shadow RAM" before
creating the BIOS image file.


Setup incomplete - may not work!


Your BIOS seems to be hacked. There could be some options that
AMIsetup doesn't display. If your image file is OK (see above),
your BIOS may have been patched by the manufacturer.


The BIOS register table contains invalid entries!
Register: XXh, CMOS RAM = ... Bytes


Your ROM setup defines values for CMOS registers that don't
exist. AMIsetup ignores all missing registers, so pressing "OK"
is perfectly OK.

All entries where AMIsetup reports a register >= XXh will contain
garbage values, changes made to these registers will be ignored.

This error is caused either by an EISA BIOS (additional setup
information is stored in a separate EISA NVRAM, see appendix H)
or a BIOS that doesn't fit to your hardware. This error also
occurs when running AMIsetup under OS/2 2.0 (not 2.1).

If you have Headland's SHASTA chip set, you can modify your
computer (you'll need a new clock chip and a BIOS patch). Other
than this, there is no way to circumvent the problem.


3. Stopgap: -OVERRIDE

As a last resort you can start the program with the command-line
option "-OVERRIDE". This option disables all error messages;
faulty operation or a locked-up computer may result, though.


4. Additional trouble shooting options

While loading, AMIsetup displays the current initalisation phase.
If the program hangs, you might try the following phase dependent
switches: "-NOPCI" (on ISA/EISA systems) or "-PCI" (on PCI
systems), if the PCI check fails. If the EISA detection hangs,
edit EISA.CFG. If the program fails in any other phase, please
contact the author.

If the program hangs when you start the "Extended setup",
you may want to try the parameter "-NOROMJUMPS".

There are two more parameters built into the program,
"-EOBIOS:xxxx" and "-IMAGE:xxxx". Please use these two parameters
only if the author tells you to do so.


D Glossary


Some frequently used abbreviations and terms (explanations for setup
options only on-line and only for registered users):

AMI
American Megatrends Inc., a BIOS manufacturer

BIOS
Basic routines contained in a nonvolatile memory (ROM) of the PC
which e.g. drive the hard disk, but are also needed for system boot
and system setup.

BIOS Checksum
AMIsetup calculates a 16 bit checksum (addition w/ overflow) over
the BIOS ROM. If this checksum is 0, AMIsetup assumes that the BIOS
is OK. Else, it is possible that parts of the BIOS have been
overwritten (e.g. by memory managers). Overwritten parts of the BIOS
can cause AMIsetup to hang, since it executes BIOS code directly.

CMOS RAM
This chip can be read from and written to; unlike normal memory the
contents are buffered by a battery or an accumulator after turning
off the PC. CMOS RAM contains data like type of installed floppy
disk drives, the time, etc.

CMOS RAM Checksum
A checksum is calculated for parts of the CMOS and stored in CMOS.
If checksum and CMOS RAM contents differ, either the battery is
defect or the CMOS RAM contents are invalid. In any case you must
reenter the data, possibly replace the battery or accumulator,
too.

EISA
See appendix H.

Extended Character Set, Graphic characters
Characters like or . Some printers cannot print these.

NVRAM
See appendix H.

Precompensation
Precompensation is used with some hard disks to compensate for the
higher recording density in the inner tracks during write.
Normally, precompensation and reduced write current begin
approximately at half the cylinder count. The precompensation
logic shifts certain bit patterns by +/- 12-15ns.
Precompensation only affects writing, not reading of data.
Many hard drives work perfectly with or without precompensation,
newer hard disks ignore the setting (you should turn it off then).

ROM
Read Only Memory - memory that can only be read from and not
written to.


E If the machine won't boot...


If the setup has been altered so that the PC doesn't even display
"Press for Setup", some models have the following possibilities:

1. On newer models, you can press while powering on. All
settings will be reset to standard values.

2. On many machines there is a jumper on the main board which you can
use to erase CMOS RAM. Sometimes this takes several hours.

3. Often there is the possibility of connecting an external battery
pack. To install it, you have to remove a jumper residing on a
4 pinned connector. This jumper does the same as (2).

4. Only when encountering password errors and only with BIOS from
12/12/91 on: Pin 32 of the keyboard controller can be grounded
to erase the password.

Please note that after these steps all configuration data must be
reentered. Make certain that you set the correct hard disk parameters!
If you are not a hardware expert, you should contact your dealer first
before destroying your hardware by wrong handling!


F Switching to the English user interface


If you have installed the German version and want to switch,
do the following:

Disable "German language" or "Deutsche Oberflche" in the "Options"
dialogue.
Select OK, exit and restart AMIsetup.


G Soundblaster


To make the monotonous task of setting up computers a little more
fun, AMIsetup supports the Soundblaster audio card.
Soundblaster support must be explicitly enabled (AMIsetup is, after
all, a serious program).

- Turn on "Soundblaster" in the "Options" dialogue (default: OFF)

- The environment variable "BLASTER" must be set correctly, e.g.:
SET BLASTER=A220 I5 D1

The BLASTER variable has the following meaning:

A220 : Port address of Soundblaster card
I5 : IRQ (Interrupt) level
D1 : DMA channel

(all other settings, e.g. T4, will be ignored)

If the variable is NOT set, the default values A220 I7 D1 will
take effect.

Note: The program could crash if a wrong DMA channel is given!

- You must have the VOC files.

Included are:

CONFIRM.VOC - Confirmation
COPYRIGH.VOC - About AMIsetup
ERROR.VOC - Replaces the error beep
ERRORBOX.VOC - Error
EXIT.VOC - Program exit
WARNING.VOC - Warning

Not included:

HELP.VOC - Help


AMIsetup has its own, built-in Soundblaster driver. This built-in
driver should work with all Soundblaster and compatible cards with
DSP level 1.05 and higher.

If the driver CTVDSK.DRV is included with your Soundblaster card,
AMIsetup can use it and adapt itself to the special features of your
card (e.g. Stereo sound).

AMIsetup looks for CTVDSK.DRV in the following directories:
1. in the current directory
2. in the directory of AMISETUP.EXE
3. in the subdirectory "DRV\" of the directory specified by the
environment variable "SOUND"
4. in the subdirectory "DRV\" of the directory specified by the
environment variable "CPSPRO4"
5. in the PATH

The built-in driver will only be activated if CTVDSK.DRV cannot be
found.

You can delete single VOC files and the corresponding action will be
"quiet".

You can replace these files with your own. VOC replay should sound
exactly the same way as VPLAY (included with your Soundblaster)
does. Please send your own, better collection of VOC files to the
author!

AMIsetup can play files any size you want; if disk activity is too
heavy, you can increase the replay buffer which defaults to 4*4 KB.
Set the DOS enviroment variable SBBUF to the desired value.
Example: SET SBBUF=16 -> replay buffer will be set to 4*16 KB.

All sounds are turned off immediately when the corresponding
action is aborted/finished.


H EISA


EISA is an "Extended" and faster bus architecture found in better
machines. AMIsetup tells you whether you have a standard "ISA" or
EISA system.

On some EISA computers, parts of the setup data are stored in the
EISA NVRAM (Non Volatile RAM). On these machines, AMIsetup needs to
access the NVRAM. On others, AMIsetup doesn't need to know about EISA
NVRAM and simply ignores it.

Since EISA NVRAM access is chipset dependent, AMIsetup uses EISA.CFG
(see EISA.CFG for explanation of the syntax).

If AMIsetup detects an EISA system and EISA.CFG contains valid data,
"CMOSWrite EISA NVRAM to file" and "CMOSRestore EISA NVRAM from
file" are automatically enabled. Setup registers 40h to 7F are mapped
into the EISA NVRAM.

However, it is possible that AMIsetup doesn't know about YOUR
particular EISA computer and displays "The BIOS register table
contains invalid entries!". Please mail a copy of your BIOS.DAT,
CMOS.SAV and EISANVR.SAV (if available). EISA.CFG can then be extended
to include your computer.


I Batch mode


You can use AMIsetup in batch mode. This is especially useful if you
- want to configure several identical machines (you don't have to use
time consuming ECU, CMOS setup any more!)
- want to document CMOS settings and/or save CMOS/EISA NVRAM
automatically

The batch mode of AMIsetup understands the following commands:
-SAVE:CMOS:FILENAME Save CMOS RAM into FILENAME.
-SAVE:EISA:FILENAME Save EISA NVRAM into FILENAME.
-RESTORE:CMOS:FILENAME Restore CMOS RAM from FILENAME.
-RESTORE:EISA:FILENAME Restore EISA NVRAM from FILENAME.
-PRINT:DEVICE Print setup to DEVICE.
-PRINT:ALT:DEVICE Print setup (alternate style) to
DEVICE.

Examples:
You want to save CMOS & EISA NVRAM in a file:
AMISETUP -SAVE:CMOS:CMOS.BIN
AMISETUP -SAVE:EISA:EISA.BIN
And now configure several more machines with the same settings:
AMISETUP -RESTORE:CMOS:CMOS.BIN
AMISETUP -RESTORE:EISA:EISA.BIN
Finally, print setup to a parallel printer:
AMISETUP -PRINT:LPT1


J Obtaining new or bug fixed program revisions


There are lots of different BIOS/chipset combinations out there.

If the program doesn't work with your machine, please do the
following:

1. Read the manual, especially appendix C (you did, didn't you?).

2. Use the newest version of the program only. You can get it from
your shareware vendor or, if you have a modem, from the mccs BBS
in Singen/Germany.

mccs BBS Singen/Germany (Sysop Martin Grass, Fido 2:246/8100-8103)

Line 1: +49-7731-65833
Line 2: +49-7731-69523
Line 3: +49-7731-69524
Line 4: +49-7731-69525
Line 5: +49-7731-60195

FidoNet users: Request the file using the "magic" name AMISETUP.

Others: Please log in as "GAST", password "GAST" and download
AMISETUP directly from the main menu.

3. ONLY if the NEWEST version doesn't work and you are sure it should
work (appendix C!):

Send a BIOS image and a CMOS RAM image produced by AMIsetup to
the author.

Please follow the instructions in the manual; ensure that NO
memory manager is loaded.


Thank you.


K Tested BIOS revisions


The program has been successfully tested on the following chip
set/BIOS combinations:


Chip set BIOS date ID string

Opti 04/15/91 OPWB
05/05/91 OPWB
05/05/91 386WB
05/05/91 OP386WB
06/06/91 OPWBSX
06/06/91 OPWB493
07/07/91 OPWBSX
07/07/91 OPWB3/B
07/07/91 OP3DX/PI
07/07/91 OPTIEISA
08/31/91 OPWBDS
12/12/91 OPEISA
12/12/91 OPTIDXBB
12/12/91 OPSXPI
12/12/91 OPTI8290
12/12/91 0495AUTO
06/06/92 OPT495SX
06/06/92 OPWB4SXB
06/06/92 OPT4 498

Eteq 02/02/91 ET/386H
02/02/91 ET/486H
05/05/91 ET/486H
07/07/91 ETEQ486C
12/12/91 BENG486
12/12/91 BENG386

Forex 05/05/91 FORX
07/07/91 FORX
12/12/91 FORX

SIS 05/05/91 SIS-486
07/07/91 SISAUTO
07/07/91 SISD
07/07/91 SIS486
12/12/91 SIS-EISA
06/06/92 SISAUTO
06/06/92 SIS3486
06/06/92 SIS486
06/06/92 SISEISA
06/06/92 SIS-EISA
11/11/92 SIS3486
11/11/92 SIS461
12/12/92 SIS-EISA

Symphony 03/15/91 SYMP
05/05/91 SYM-486
05/05/91 SYMP
05/05/91 SYM_386B
07/07/91 SYM486
10/25/91 SYMPH_1B
10/25/91 SYM_386B
12/12/91 SYMP
01/20/92 SYM486B

Contaq 07/07/91 CTQ486
12/12/91 CTQ 386
12/12/91 CTQ386&486
12/12/91 CTQAUTO
06/06/92 CTQ596
11/11/92 CTQ596

c&t Peak 02/02/91 PEAKDM
05/05/91 PEAKDM_B

c&t NEAT 07/07/91 ACER1409

Headland 12/12/91 SUMMIT_C
11/11/92 SHASTA (may have problems accessing
registers >= 40h)

UMC 05/05/91 UMCWB
07/07/91 UMC480A
07/07/91 UMCWB
07/07/91 U391B
07/07/91 UCF/1
12/12/91 UMCBAUTO
12/12/91 UMCAUTO
06/06/92 UMC480
11/11/92 UMC480B
08/08/93 UMC491F

Intel 05/05/91 ITOPDX
IntelEISA 07/07/91 80486

PC Chip 07/07/91 PC CHIP
12/12/91 PC CHIP

ACT 07/07/91 ACT

ACC 12/12/91 ACC2046
06/06/92 ACC2046

Acer 07/07/91 ACER1217

UNI 12/12/91 UNI480
12/12/91 UNICHIP
06/06/92 UNI-4800

Morse 05/05/91 KP386DX

USER 12/12/91 USER

PICO 06/06/92 PICO168

TOPCAT 05/05/91 TOPCATSX

March 17th, 1994


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