Setup it is an English term that is not part of the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) . It can be translated as configuration , organization or provision .
The concept is common in the field of computing . The setup is a tool of the operating systems and the computer programs that allow you to configure various options according to the user's needs.
Most of the programs have some type of setup, thanks to which the user can adapt the software to its hardware and configure everything related to the use it intends to give to the computer tool. Until the mid-1990s, given the constant evolution of computers, which in a matter of months obsolete a component until then considered of the latest technology, the configuration of an application before using it was an essential step, and had to be done manually .
At a time when having a card Graphic or sound was a luxury that a few could afford, it was essential to establish this information so that the program took advantage of available resources in the best possible way. The differences between the experience offered by a basic computer and one with specialized plates for rendering the images and processing the music were abysmal.
Even today, developers must face a potentially infinite number of combinations between the different pieces of hardware offered by the market; although they usually establish a list of minimum requirements for the execution of an application, the computers They are characterized by offering a high degree of customization to their users, allowing to modify the resolution (1920 × 1080, 1280 × 720, 1024 × 768) and the aspect ratio (16: 9, 4: 3), enable or disable certain effects graphics (shadows, reflections, particles), choose the type of sound technology (Dolby, LPCM) and the number of speakers you will use (2.0, 5.1, 7.1), as well as the location of the elements on the screen and the actions you will take each key
As a result of so many possibilities, it is impossible to get the same application It is displayed in the same way on all devices. Among the points at which the execution differs is the fluidity, which is measured in frames (frames) per second, the percentage of the program that is seen simultaneously on the screen, which is directly linked to the aspect ratio, and the complexity and sharpness of the elements, especially if it is a video game with three-dimensional models.
The hardware, meanwhile, is configured through the setup that is present in your software and is usually included on a CD. However, it is very common that the drivers (code that acts as an intermediary between the computer and each of its components, teaching you how to communicate with them) are updated frequently, so it is more advisable to go to the site Web manufacturers and download the latest version, even ignoring the one included in the packaging.
Setup is also used as a synonym for BIOS (Basic Input-Output System ). This is the Basic Input-Output System , a software that recognizes the necessary devices to load the operating system in the ROM memory of the computer. He BIOS It is installed on a motherboard chip.
It can be said that the basic configuration of a computer is in the BIOS and, for that reason, it is also known as setup. This program checks the hardware, initializes the circuits, manipulates the peripherals and dispositives at low level and load the boot system to initialize the operating system.
He Setup of the Year Award Finally, it is an award given to recognize the best pitchers of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League .