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BIOS

 (bī′ōs)
n.
The set of routines stored in read-only memory that enable a computer to start the operating system and to communicate with the various devices in the system, such as disk drives, keyboard, monitor, printer, and communications ports.

[b(asic) i(nput/)o(utput) s(ystem).]

BIOS

acronym for
(Computer Science) Basic Input Output System: the built-in software which controls the primary functions of a PC

BIOS

(ˈbaɪ oʊs)
n.
computer firmware that directs many basic functions of the operating system.
[B(asic) I(nput)/O(utput) S(ystem)]
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Legacy USB floppy support is provided in the BIOS to enable booting to DOS with a USB floppy drive for emergency recovery in case of a corrupted BIOS or for easy BIOS upgrades.
These menus and options can be used to offer maintenance utilities, such as BIOS upgrades and virus scanning programs, or to deploy other operating systems to client PCs on a network.
With regard to computer hardware, these fixes will usually consist of ROM BIOS upgrades and operating system patch files or service releases obtained from websites or the vendor.
a provider of system management software, which includes BIOS upgrades, PC Diagnostics and Year 2000 Solutions.
VCC's intuitive graphical user interface and robust feature set facilitate hardware discovery, power management, hardware-level monitoring, remote server management and remote BIOS upgrades.
TouchStone Software expects continued strong financial results as a result of rapid gains in new subscribers and renewals of existing subscribers for its Driver Agent service as well as an increased demand for BIOS Upgrades as a result of the recent launch of Microsoft Vista