Which motherboard component contains the startup firmware for the computer?

When a computer starts, it loads startup firmware from a component on the motherboard. What is the name of this component?

A) Northbridge

B) Southbridge

Super I/O controller


The answer: D) BIOS

The Basic Input Output System keeps the basic configuration of the computer and gets things going when the system is powered on.

The incorrect answers:

A) Northbridge
One of the primary goals of the Northbridge is to connect the CPU to memory.

B) Southbridge
The Southbridge manages connections to expansion slots, peripherals, and the BIOS.

C) Super I/O Controller
The super I/O controller manages slower speed interfaces such as serial ports and floppy drives.

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