Down the stretch they come

You’ve installed a memory upgrade into a PC, and the instructions tell you to check the POST to confirm the memory installation. What is the POST?

A) A memory testing application that’s included with the memory modules

B) The Windows memory diagnostics utility

C) The computer startup process

D) The Windows memory manager

E) The start of the horse race

The answer: C) The computer startup process

The Power On Self-Test is the built-in hardware test that performs a basic check before starting the operating system.

Want to know more? Watch “BIOS and CMOS.”

We rely on the BIOS to test our computer and start our operating systems, but what is really happening under the surface? In this module, you’ll learn about the BIOS works and we’ll demonstrate the basics of starting and configuring BIOS settings.