The BIOS (basic input/output system) of an IBM-compatible PC is a ROM which performs the POST (power-on self-test), initializes the peripheral devices, and provides a basic firmware interface.

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Interesting RAM hardware Issue

I am having an odd issue with my desktop computer. I have 8 GB of installed system memory, (MSI 990FXA-GD80 Mobo and AMD FX-6300 CPU) and occasionally, usually after changing settings in BIOS and ...
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How to get Toshiba A105-S4344 to boot to USB?

I am fixing up an old computer and have everything ready and just need to install my OS of choice (Kubuntu) on it. Unfortunately when I insert the USB and turn it on it does not start from the USB. ...
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BIOS hangs when SATA drive is attached, works with hotplug

The American Megatrends BIOS (latest version as of manufacturer) of a Shuttle XPC SH87R6 hangs at the very beginning (not even showing the CPU type) whenever a WD 3.0TB SATA harddisk is attached. It's ...
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Wrong total ram ( 8 GB installed, 4 appears and used in total )

I have this motherboard: GA-X38-DQ6 which can hold up to 8 GB of Ram. When I got this computer it had 4 memory sticks, 1 GB each, and everything was fine. Now, I have two sticks, 4 GB memory each: ...
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Where exactly are Windows 8 product keys stored?

I'm repairing an Acer Aspire V5 571p laptop for my roommates. They bought it off some dude on Kijiji. To make a long and not very interesting story short, I could not access the BIOS, so about an hour ...
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Dell laptop repeated, rapid beeping after POST, no error message, restart loop

Yesterday my laptop was running okay. I started it up, restarted it again to refresh it from hibernation, then ran Windows Update (just security updates). After it restarted following the updates it ...
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Why does running Linux eventually cause my ThinkPad T430 to refuse to boot or enter diagnostics?

I have a Thinkpad T430. Every time that I install Linux (Latest CentOS) on it, after a while, the computer refuses to boot, go into bios, or boot / diagnostics menu. I've run Windows on it, and it ...
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How to boot USB stick in BIOS mode?

I have an UEFI-motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-MPRO. It supports CSM(Compatible Support Module). My Win7 is installed in BIOS mode, I've checked it. This because, I must install ArchLinux in the same ...
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Booting SD card from UEFI

I've come across the problem. I'm trying to boot a bootable SD Card using UEFI. However, this doesn't work, as there is no "SD Card" boot option AFAIK. I have tried putting all the USB-related ...
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Remove Fujitsu Lifebook Bios Password on Startup

I Tried to remove the Boot up Bios password in a Fujitsu Lifebook Bios SH530 Model. But it still asking for password on bootup and now may password did not work. Can anybody help me? Here's what I ...
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Unable to update Bios in Lenovo T61 due to damaged battery - What is the way to bypass this issue?

I would like to update bios on my T61 but unfortunately battery died back in the stone age. The whole notebook is a Dual core T7100 1.8 Ghz Centrino Duo without Nvidia graphic card (it has intel ...
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Windows refuses to detect mouse/keyboard input

I was away for the weekend and when I came back this morning my PC booted up just fine but I couldn't input anything via mouse or keyboard in Windows. I've already tried rebooting, different usb ports ...
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Strange Bootup Screen on Sony Vaio

Having some issues with my Sony Vaio at the moment (Do ask if the model/make is needed however for this particular issue I don't think its that necessary) Some background information: My Sony Vaio ...
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Win7 x64 UEFI install error

I bought a Grundig 1452 b1n2 Laptop. It had Win8 x64 (2GB RAM, very slow) I decided to install Win7 x86 via USB (no DVD drive on the laptop). After some struggle with the BIOS I managed to boot into ...
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WD Blue Hard Drive - BIOS Shows 0

I recently replaced the HDD in my Samsung RV411 and upgraded it to 500 GB. After a few days, it gave me the message "No System Found." When I looked in the BIOS, it shows the HDD, but the size is 0 ...
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Flashing BIOS using an external SPI programmer

Has anyone succeeded with BIOS flashing using an external SPI programmer ? I saw some cheap serial flash spi programmers on eBay for very cheap price such as $3. (CH341A based programmers) I was ...
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What is that “partial poweroff” feature?

Sometimes, when computer boots, I see motherboard logo, and sometimes, I don't. The situation depends on how computer was turned off. I.e. operating system (software) can turn it of "partially", so ...
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Dell Laptop - 100% CPU usage when using Docking station

Update 2: On further investigation, I have reproduced the issue on my windows side. I put the laptop on the dock while in sleep mode and woke it to find it climbing to 100% cpu usage. removing from ...
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Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy

I've gone through several of these caddys. My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay ...
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Asus motherboard P5P43TD BIOS doesn't show Intel Virtualization Technology option

My motherboard is an Asus P5P43TD. It has default values loaded, and in the advanced menu in the CPU Configuration section, the Intel Virtualization (VT-x) option is not listed. I have upgraded and ...
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System does not boot DVD drive in secure boot/UEFI mode

I had to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Support to be able to boot a Windows 8.1 64bit DVD from the CD drive in the BIOS menu to install Windows. Is there any reason why this happens? Is there ...
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When I hit DEL during start up, am I entering CMOS or BIOS?

For the longest time I assumed I was entering the BIOS setup and CMOS is a chip that holds the settings I set in BIOS in its memory. I recently read somewhere that when I am configuring the boot ...
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No Southbridge IOAPIC fedora 21 workstation live USB

I get the follow errors when I try to boot with a Fedora workstation 21 live USB on my computer: [ 0.175275] [Firmware Bug]: AMD-Vi: IOAPIC[7] not in IVRS table [ 0.175279] [Firmware Bug]: ...
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Graphic card connected but bios shows as empty slot

I build computer and i plugged graphic card (MSI Radeon R9 270X) to motherboard (MSI H81M-P33) and connect this to power supply (Corsair VS450) 2x6 pins but BIOS does not detect graphic card in PCI-E ...
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Does only BIOS define how F1-12 and media keys behave?

I use a Lenovo ThinkPad E430 laptop running linux mint. By default the media keys work without the Fn key and the F1-12 work like Fn+F1-12. I inverted them in BIOS, so I don't have to press the Fn ...
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USB only boots in other computers instead of mine

I don't have an operating system in my laptop, my CD-ROM was broken a long time ago, and for some reason, my USB won't boot. I keep receiving an error message about my BIOS not detecting any OSs while ...
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Installing Ubuntu - Boot Manager Troubles

Specs - Acer Aspire - Intel Based System - UEFI Firmware I'm trying to install Linux Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1. I had the issue of my Boot Manager not finding other bootable devices (my external ...
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Is my motherboard broken?

I restarted my computer yesterday morning . It started to boot back up, but hung on the motherboards' boot screen. I could not select any options with my keyboard, which was working at the time. The ...
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HP Spectre x360 How do I get into the BIOS?

My HP Spectre x360 boots really fast and I can't figure out how to access the BIOS screen?
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DELL XPS Bios update to resolve battery issues

The battery on my DELL XPS (edit: @ author insert model) does not charge. A BIOS update should resolve the battery issues, but when I try to run the bios update file downloaded from dell support, it ...
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How to access the BIOS in a damaged Sony SVE151C11M

This is a computer I was given that I had not worked with before. The owner said that it made weird noises and failed to boot intermittently before finally not starting anymore. A first step would be ...
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Unable to access my BIOS although the OS boots fine

I have an MSI GT602OC Laptop upon which I'm using an Ubuntu 15.04 (only OS). I can access my OS, it boots fine, no problems here. But when I try to access the BIOS (through the DEL key that I used ...
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Can I update BIOS through Windows Live CD? [closed]

I was wondering if it would be possible to do it. I have 5 laptops and 3 desktops and non of them run Windows only Linux. Thanks.
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How to Enable Hard Drive Encryption with Seagate Constellation ES.3 SED Drive on AMI BIOS with TPM

I'm building up a new machine with a Supermicro MB equipped with a TPM and a Seagate Constellation ES.3 SED drive (ST200NM0053). The MB has the AMI BIOS which does see the TPM. I've installed ...
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Need image of BIOS screen for Lenovo IdeaPad S300

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad S300 laptop with a broken screen. The only way I can use it is with an external monitor. (Aside from the screen, it works 100%.) Recently I've installed the Catalyst driver ...
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Black Screen With just mouse

I have an ACER Veriton. Desktop. 4 GB Ram and an Intel Processor. BIOS is American Megatrends. Version 2.15.1236. Whenever I start up my computer in the morning after logging in with the user ...
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Toshiba Satellite E45t Stuck on Initial Splash Screen

I have a Toshiba Satellite E45t-A4100 laptop which won't get past the Toshiba Leading Innovation screen. Yesterday I used it until the battery drained out completely, then I plugged it in and powered ...
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Int13 device un/recognized?

I am writing the OpROM(BIOS) for a specific SCSI controller. The BIOS works fine before it is plugged into an Intel server board S2600CW. A HDD is attached to the SCSI controller, and is scanned and ...
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BIOS has detected unsuccessful POST attempt(s)

I had the BIOS message: BIOS has detected unsuccessful POST attempt(s). Possible causes include resent changes to BIOS Performance Options or recent hardware change. Press 'Y' to enter Setup ...
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4T RAID 0 Partitioning issue

I am building a new workstation 1.2T 10K SAS X 4 for Win 7 Pro SP1 x64 I must use RAID 0 for this workstation. What I would like to have is C = 500G D = rest of spaces So BOIS based system with ...
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Laptop not charging when running OS/BIOS, charges when off

I am facing this problem in my laptop since last 3 days or so. Make : HP Envy Touchsmart 15 (Core i7, 4700MQ), approx 1.5 years old. The problem is that whenever I am running any OS (Win/Ubuntu), ...
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BIOS screen hangs

When I start up my PC the BIOS splash screen appears and then hangs: When I then pres Del, the BIOS POST screen appears but also hangs: And I cannot get past these two screens. I have already ...
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Computer boots to fast to see/read POST screen

I have a new HP ProDesk 400 G1 SFF desktop computer. When I start-up the computer, I get the screen where all the options are. (I believe it's called the POST screen, it's used for entering modules ...
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remove BIOS password of Lenovo g500 [duplicate]

I have forgot my bios password of Lenovo G500 Laptop.My Bios type/version is Lenovo 78CN25WW(V2.03).could you please suggest some solution on it as i have already applied the metods 1.removed the CMOS ...
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What exactly is present in CMOS when system is turned on for the first time?

Also, how does the CMOS get all the hardware information/parameters and store them?  Does the BIOS write them into the CMOS or some other hardware? BIOS has the facility to do POST. Is POST somehow ...
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PC cant even boot after BIOS clock changes

I've been having problems with my RAM and tried to overclock it to fix the issue. I changed NorthBridge from 2400mhz to 2800mhz. When turning on, monitor does not react at all, GPU and monitor all ...
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Is there any way to install any linux distro without acesssing the bios? (broken screen)

I am trying to run a Linux system from my y500 Lenovo ideapad but I can not access the boot menu or bios at all. This is because I have a broken screen and am using an external display to make use of ...
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Laptop won't boot and screen won't come on

I have an old Asus G60VX that I'm wanting to put Linux on but when I turned it on this morning the laptop appears to start normal with the laptop startup sound(the sound it makes BEFORE BIOS starts), ...
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How to bypass BIOS password of a dell Inspiron 14z 5423? [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 with a system password that I can't figure out. The service code is 8JHKMT1. I have tried codes like "gabswqnd" and "1ohj8n3o" and "b42FW5RjqeVBKe6R". None of them ...
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Can't access BIOS with usb keyboard ANYMORE?

So, I read some of the related posts on here but couldn't really find the solution. I have a ps/2 port but my ps/2 keyboard doesn't work on it anymore. Maybe it's broken or something. So, I got a new ...