Element VIA EPIA-M Bios Settings

Updated 3 months ago by Bryan Jones

The BIOS battery needs to be replaced, and the BIOS needs to be re-programmed.  This involves removing the unit’s lid and plugging in a keyboard and monitor direct to the motherboard.

Once the lid is off, the CR2032 battery can be replaced. 

To start up the Via motherboard in the Element GPIO you will need:

  • A keyboard w/PS2 connector
  • A Monitor

Power

Connect keyboard to the proper jack.  Connect power and using a small screwdriver short pins 6 and 8 together on the connector “Fpanel” (front right corner) to simulate a power on button press.  Note that Pin 15 is missing from header.

Immediately after shorting the pins keep tapping the “DEL” key until the BIOS config screen appears.

BIOS

STANDARD CMOS SETTINGS:
  • DATE [mm:dd:yy]
  • TIME [24 hours format]
  • IDE PRIMARY MASTER [COMPACT FLASH CARD]
  • IDE PRIMARY SLAVE [NONE]
  • IDE SECONDARY SLAVE [NONE]
  • Drive A [NONE]
  • Drive B [NONE]
  • Halt On [ALL, but keyboard]
ADVANCED BIOS FEATURES:
  • Virus Warning [Enabled]
  • CPU l2 Cache ECC Checking [Enabled]
  • Quick Power On Self test [Enabled]
  • First Boot Device [HDD-0]
  • Second Boot Device [Disabled]
  • Third Boot Device [Disabled]
  • Boot Other [Disabled]
  • Swap Floppy drive [Disabled]
  • Boot up Floppy seek [Disabled]
  • Boot up Num Lock Status [On]
  • Typematic rate Setting [Enabled]
  • Typematic rate (Chars/sec) [30]
  • Typematic delay [250]
  • Security option [Setup]
  • Display Full Screen Logo [Enabled]
  • Show summary info [Disabled]
  • Display Small logo [Disabled]
ADVANCED CHIPSET FEATURES
  • AGP Aperture size [128meg]
  • CPU to PCI Post Writer [Enabled]
  • Select Display Device [CRT]  (even though it will be an LCD)
  • Panel type [1024*768]
  • TV type [NTSC]
  • CPU Direct access FB [Enabled]
INTEGRATED PERIPHERALS
  • Super IO DEVICE
    • Onboard FDC Controller [Disabled]
    • Onboard Serial port 1 [3F8/IRQ4]
    • Onboard Serial port 2 [2F8/IRQ3]
    • Onboard Parallel port [378/IRQ7]
    • Parallel port mode [SPP]
  • Onboard IDE Channel 1 [Enabled]
  • Onboard IDE Channel 2 [Enabled]
  • IDE Prefetch Mode [Enabled]
  • Display Card Priority [AGP]
  • Frame Size Buffer [16M]
  • AC97 Audio [Disabled]
  • MC97 Modem [Disabled]
  • VIA OnChip Lan [Enabled]
  • USB Keyboard Support [Disabled]
  • Onboard LAN Boot ROM [Disabled]
  • Onboard Fast IR [Disabled]
POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP
  • ACPI Suspend Type [S1 (POS)]
  • HDD power down [Disabled]
  • Power Management Timer [Disabled]
  • Video Off Option [Always ON]
  • Power Off by PWRBTN [Instant OFF]
  • Run VGABIO if S3 Resume [Auto]
  • AC Loss Auto Restart [ON]  (**Important**)
PERIPHERALS ACTIVITIES
  • VGA Event [OFF]
  • LPT & COM Event [LPT/COM]
  • HDD & FDD Event [ON]
  • PCI Master Event [OFF]
  • PS2KB Wakeup Select [Hot Key]
  • PS2KB Wakeup from S3/S4/S5 [Disabled]
  • USB resume [Disabled]
  • Power On by PCI Card [Disabled]
  • Wake on LAN/RING Connector [Disabled]
  • RTC Alarm Resume [Disabled]
IRQ ACTIVITIES
  • Primary INTR [ON]
  • IRQ3 (COM 2) [Disabled]
  • IRQ4 (COM 1) [Enabled]
  • IRQ5 (LPT2) [Enabled]
  • IRQ6 (Floppy Disk) [Enabled]
  • IRQ7 (LPT1) [Enabled]
  • IRQ8 [Disabled]
  • IRQ9 [Disabled]
  • IRQ10 [Disabled]
  • IRQ11 [Disabled]
  • IRQ12 (PS/2 Mouse) [Enabled]
  • IRQ13 (CoProcessor) [Enabled]
  • IRQ14 (Hard Disk) [Enabled]
  • IRQ15 (Reserved) [Disabled]
PNP/PCI CONFIGURATION
  • PNP OS installed [NO]
  • Reset Config Data [Disabled]
  • Resources controlled by [Auto (ESCD)]
  • Assign IRQ for VGA [Enabled]
  • Assign IRQ for USB [Enabled]

Save BIOS and exit

Detection and Prevention

It is safe to hot-swap the CR2032 battery by lifting the lid and replacing while the unit is powered.  This precludes the need to plug in a keyboard and monitor and reset BIOS configurations. 

The CR2032 battery should be good for 3-5 years, so periodic maintenance every 2-3 years should suffice for routine maintenance. Schedule a unit shutdown test to verify as a part of the periodic maintenance regiment.


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