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I cannot get into bios settings, whenever I press del it just goes to boot select screen. It is AMI BIOS.

It is a new motherboard, P4M800 pro-m_V2.0, with Vista. It is only recognising 1gb of ram but there are 2x 1gb sticks in it.

CPU-Z (CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system) shows both sticks.

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More detail would be helpful. What brand and model of computer is this? Did it work previously? – CharlieRB Sep 14 '12 at 11:17
it is a new motherboard, p4m800 pro-m_V2.0, i recently put vista on it, and it is only recognising 1gb of ram , but there are 2x 1gb sticks in it, and tried cpu-z and that shows both sticks, so i want to av a look at the bios settings but i cant get in it just goes to boot select screen , thanks – ryanraz Sep 14 '12 at 11:24

Often there is another key you need to press instead of del. You should see a message telling you which key when the computer is first switched on. Try F2 or F12. Also, some laptops, Lenovo ThinkPads for example, have a special key for this.

You should search for your specific hardware. The motherboard model if you are using a desktop, or the laptop model if a laptop.

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it does say press del but just goes to windows boot select page – ryanraz Sep 14 '12 at 11:30
Try pressing del repeatedly, starting as soon as you reboot the computer. Modern systems have very short POST times and it is sometimes hard to do it on time. – terdon Sep 14 '12 at 11:32
yer i can see why that would be the case, i was waiting for it to flash up and then pressing del, i will give that a go and get back to you thanks – ryanraz Sep 14 '12 at 11:35

According to the User Manual, downloaded from the ECS web site, either Del or F1 are used to enter BIOS setup. Try F1.

If neither work, you may have a defective motherboard and will need to contact the manufacturer.

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@ryanraz The detail described is from page 28 of the manual – Dave Sep 14 '12 at 12:23

I would guess you have the BIOS protect jumper plugged in? Open the manual on page 9.

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