The PlayStation 2 video game console was voted the best-selling game console of all time in March 2012. This was quite an achievement since the PlayStation 2 has only been on the market for 12 years. With over 10,828 different video games available for owners to play on the system, 1.52 billion copies have been sold so far.
One of the special features of the PlayStation 2, more commonly called the PS2, is its computer capability. The PS2 uses software and hardware in a manner similar to personal computers. Therefore, the PS2 Bios is crucial to the overall function of the PS2. So read on to learn what BIOS is and how the PS2 Bios works.
Basic Input/Ouput System – BIOS
The PS2 Bios is short for the PlayStation 2 Basic Input/Output System. The BIOS is attached to the flash memory drive to ensure that all parts of the PS2 system work together. These parts include, but are not limited to, hard drives, ports, CPU function, and CD/DVD drives. Like any other computer, the BIOS is just one form of software out of three that help the PlayStation 2 function properly. The other two pieces of software are the operating system and the applications. Some other functions of BIOS include:
* Providing instructions to the microprocessor upon PS2 startup
* Activating other BIOS chips that may be present within the PS2
* Managing the monitor, keyboard, and ports while the PS2 is booting
* Maintaining PS2 settings such as the time or other customizations
How Does BIOS Work?
You may be wondering how the PS2 Bios is able to manage all these responsibilities. It seems complicated to us, but the steps are quite clear to the PS2 Bios:
1. Certify custom settings
–enables BIOS to update its default programming
2. Get device drivers and handlers ready
–BIOS essentially carries messages to and from hardware within the PS2
3. Prepare power management and registers
–BIOS checks the functionality of the memory
4. Conduct a power-on self-test, or POST
–BIOS confirms that all hardware is working properly
5. Present system settings
–BIOS presents a quick checklist of the system settings
6. Evaluate whether devices are ready to boot
–This step basically confirms that the operating system is ready to launch
7. Start the bootstrap sequence
–BIOS attempts to boot the PS2 from the first available drive
All these processes of the PS2 Bios are what make the PlayStation 2 such an enjoyable game console. Evidently, the PlayStation 2 could not function without the PS2 Bios.