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How can I take a screenshot of my PC's BIOS?

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up vote 30 down vote accepted

Take a camera, point it at the screen and take a picture.

Unless you have some kind of very fancy KVM switch that works over network (no, the cheap home user ones don't do that). Then you can do a direct screen capture on the receiving end, I think. Requires another computer, though.

Yet another option would involve a graphics card with TV out, a video capture card and another computer too. And some hope that video out works in text mode out of the box. I think you can guess where that goes.

Seriously, take a camera. It's by far the easiest and quickest way of getting a screen grab of something that happens way before you control the computer.

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Maybe set it on burst mode. – random Oct 23 '09 at 15:56
eight? What exactly are you referring to? – Joey Oct 23 '09 at 15:56
Was mis-thinking of the load up screen for the second it took to comment. – random Oct 23 '09 at 16:02
+1 nice, simple answer. – alex Oct 23 '09 at 16:40
That's how I do it, 5MP phone camera works well. I've also done this for error messages that are displayed before logging in. – Bratch Apr 16 '10 at 18:14

You can use an IP KVM switch with 'BIOS level access' (not exactly cheap though) and access the BIOS 'remotely' from another machine and take 'proper' screenshots there.

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Some motherboards can be set up to push the boot-up and BIOS interface out the serial port. If your's can, then you could connect it to another machine with a terminal emulator running, and take a screen capture of the terminal emulator window.

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