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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Windows 7 Ultimate [64bits] - 12GB installed but 3,18GB usable

I've got a Packard Bell iXtreme M5800 and I've added two new memory sticks (2x4G) to upgrade the RAM from 4G to 12G. The new memory stick are the same type of the old sticks (DDR3-1333) and the BIOS ...
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Two SATA hard drives on one SATA channel

If you connect two SATA hard drives to one physical SATA port using SATA splitter cable, what BIOS will display under that SATA port? How can such splitter cables work? SATA is designed in the way ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 : new Graphic card slower boot

I installed a GeForce GTX 650 on my desktop but since then when my PC boots it stays on the BIOS approximately 30 seconds. Before it was only 2 seconds and I don't know why. Maybe I read that I need ...
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hp probook 6570b flash bios utility

i have an hp probook 6570b i need to flash the bios but cant find any specific flash utility based on my motherboard can some one please help Hewlett-Packard 17AB motherboard and Hewlett-Packard ...
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Windows 10 TP UEFI requirements?

Some documentation indicates that Windows 7 can be "upgraded to" (replaced by) Win 10TP. Other documentation says the hardware requirements for Win 10TP are the same as for Win 8. My understanding is ...
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Asus uefi bios is not detecting the bootable disk

i bought a new asus b85mg mobo and processor for my new build ... but i used my old hard drive, so that i dont have to backup my files or add a new os to it .. but after a sudden restart .. the ...
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Thunderbolt on PC on an X99 motherboard (and the R9 295x2)?

How do you get a ThunderboltEX II Dual card working on a X99 motherboard? The instructions are worthless and only talk about Z87 motherboards.
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BIOS update went wrong

I decided to update my BIOS via MSI's Live Update utility and it goofed. Now it will boot to BIOS but won't boot into Windows. It just ends up in an infinite loop of restarting and not loading. ...
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Replacement motherboard, no audio in Windows 7 or Ubuntu - Hardware or software fault?

I recently got a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P motherboard. It appeared to be working fine, but blew a week or two ago. I got a replacement sent out (and changed my power supply, to be safe) that arrived this ...
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How does BIOS display a character? (Trying to repair a faulty GPU)

I have got a faulty Radeon HD 6850. I was only told that it stops working after windows boots and that the former owner is going to throw it away if I don't take it. So well, now I am trying to ...
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How to boot from DVD Lenovo W540

I have a Lenovo W540 laptop currently running windows 8.1. I have burned an ISO image of a linux-based OS onto a DVD-R using the Mastered burn type (not live file system). I cannot figure out how to ...
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Computer wont start (even to bios)

My laptop (Lenovo G580) just wont start. I can't enter even to BIOS. With power supply everything is OK. I tried to boot w\out battery. Nothing changes. RAM: 4GB. laptop is Not overclocked. I also ...
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Unlocking SSD (known password)

I got a Samsung NP900x4D for data backup & a simple Windows re-install. At first boot, after the logo, it just displayed 'Boot error' on a black screen. So I said to myself that the MBR is ...
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Disable Intel AMT

I was trying to enable NIC teaming on my system when I ran into an error stating that I was trying to add an AMT enabled device to the team, which was not supported. Intel AMT is not something that I ...
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Cannot access BIOS after installing a Linux distro

Some time ago, I went and installed ElementaryOS on my Samsung NP530U3C. After that, I could never access the BIOS again. Pressing F2 had absolutely no effect (neither any other common BIOS-accessing ...
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Toshiba Satellite c55-a-1rg no bios password prompt

Have an eerily similar issue like the individual here: Toshiba Satellite L75D-A7280 BIOS doesn't ask for set administrative password Tried the solution posted there, did not work. My bios is ...
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Is it possible to use the InsydeH20 BIOS on a chromebook?

Ok, right now I have an acer C710 chromebook with a custom BIOS flashed on it. Chromebooks can usually only boot chrome os, but flashing the BIOS I did, a special build of coreboot, allows it to boot ...
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replace efi firmware with old legacy bios?

So I bought a new laptop with 64-bit windows 8 pre-installed, and in preparation for downgrading to win7 32-bit, i've been reading about EFI and MBR etc.. It seems like the firmware which boots disks ...
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Black screen, no bios, advice appreciated

A neighbour handed me her HP Pavilion dv4 laptop. The screen is black and no bios (or anything else) appears after starting. The LEDs for audio controls and WIFI are all illuminated constantly and ...
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How to access Sony Vaio's BIOS?

I'm trying to access my BIOS so I can turn on virtualization. I'm running Windows 7 on a Sony Vaio PCG-71913L. I have tried every single F-key and even my Assist and not one key will bring me to the ...
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Changed laptop BIOS boot settings - Black screen

Laptop concerned is an Acer TravelMate P453-M. Already asked the question on Acer forums, but maybe you guys can add more insight! I recently had a motherboard and HDD replacement on the laptop. I ...
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Grub installed as UEFI instead of legacy

I've been seeking answers to my GRUB problem for a while, but now I have a theory. When I first set up my computer (Alienware M17x) my research told me that Linux would have to be booted in an ...
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RAM and Motherboard compatibility

Firstly, I apologize for my English. It's really hard for me to write this lines; please, understand if I'm not clear enough or I explained very briefly way. My motherboard is an Intel DX38BT. I ...
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Why Acer hid Vt-x?

Can anyone give me good logical reason why would acer hid Vt-x even if the laptop processor supports it. I paid good money for my acer laptop and yet they hidden probably one of the most important ...
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samsung np355 bios version PO7ABF does not recognise usb

I wiped my hard drive, now the system doesnot recognised usb port. The BIOS is PO7ABF. When turned on the laptop reverts strat to the setuo utility.
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ASUS G74sx - after BSOD, HDD & CD-Rom dissapears even from BIOS

I have an ASUS G74sx DH-71 laptop. Prerequisites: HDD running in AHCI mode. HDD S.M.A.R.T. 100% Health - Tested no bads, realocs or other issues. Ram Tested with memtest86+ 6 Cycles - No Issues. ...
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I cannot find my VT-X in my BIOS

I currently using an Acer Aspire 5742G Laptop. It has an I3 processing core and according to intel, it supports virtualization. However, i was suppose to enable it right now for my android emulator ...
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How long should a BIOS RAM diagnostic test take?

I've added more RAM to my PC and it's not starting up properly - Windows hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen at some point during the flag/window animation. I'm trying to use my BIOS diagnostics ...
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Laptop occasionally boots - bios issue?

I've got a 5 year old ASUS, Windows 7, 64 bit laptop. When I Press the power button, the buttons green light turns on. The display stays black, no display, not even a flicker. The fan does not turn ...
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Motherboard intermittently won't load peripherals

I am having some trouble with my home Desktop and I am trying to figure out whether or not the problem is likely to be BIOS / hardware or software. Any and all help would be much appreciated! System: ...
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Go2Bios utility not proper working when trying to acces into bios

i have this motherboard, msi h97 gaming 3, now msi have go2bios an utility which gives the access to bios during a windows session. In a fairy way the system reboot into the bios, but when i click on ...
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Unable to switch from UEFI to Legacy mode or disable secure boot

Disregard - Problem Solved I'll leave this up in case it's relevant to anyone else, but I found the very simple thing I'd overlooked in my case. After disabling secure boot (or changing to legacy, ...
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Default Boot Device Missing or Failed

A few days ago I bought a used laptop Acer Aspire E1-572 with Windows 8.1, it is working fine but I don't like windows 8, and prefer Windows 7. I change BIOS settings from UEFI to Legacy, and ...
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ASUS x551ma wont boot from DVD-ROM, when chosen in BIOS

I have gone through stages of ensuring that FAST START option in WIN-8 was disbled, to restarting and going into BIOS via F2, then choosing all fast boot options were disabled, then to BOOT ORDER. ...
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How do I upgrade BIOS on my Asrock E350M1

I've downloaded the latest BIOS for the Asrock E350M1 motherboard to have DDR3 1333 compatibility. I followed the instructions: I formatted my USB drive with sudo mkdosfs -F 32 -I /dev/sdb1 and df ...
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“Please enter SETUP to recover BIOS setting” message on boot

When I boot the PC it gives the following error: Please enter SETUP to recover BIOS setting Press F1 to run SETUP Press F2 to load default values and continue I have tried to set these ...
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Dell Optiplex GX270 Compatibility mode

How I can set to Compatibility (IDE) mode on Dell Optiplex GX270 BIOS? The version of BIOS is A04. I'm trying to install Windows Xp, but everytime I get 0x0000007B BSOD. I've tried with Windows 7 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't see my SSD drive

Just recently I'd bought a two disc Asus G750 laptop with intention to use Ubuntu and Windows 8.1. I decided to install Windows first. I've assigned 350 out of 450GBs to Windows leaving the rest of ...
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Boot from USB not working - Acer Aspire E1-522

I've been trying to boot a Windows 7 (yup) USB in this laptop, but neither using UEFI nor Legacy boot would work. In UEFI, always boot the HD even if it's last in priority list. In Legacy boot, ...
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How can I get a Dell XPS 8300 to boot from some medium?

I recently attempted to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on my Dell XPS 8300. Before the installer there was a blank partition, some windows7 partitions, and an ubuntu install. Issues occurred ...
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PC stuck in BIOS with 4 TB harddrive

So, I've got a pretty weird problem here. I have a 4 TB harddrive which worked perfectly fine. Today I bought an external case for it, inserted the drive and connected it. Somehow it got ...
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Drive error in RAID 10 (1+0), How to proceed?

I have a 4 drive (3TB WD Red) RAID 10 array. I'm running Windows 7 Professional, and -- at least as far as I understand -- my BIOS is controlling the RAID array. Windows Disk Management tells me the ...
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Lowering DDR3 speed back to 1333 after enabling XMP

I have following setup: GA-P55-UD3 Motherboard CPU i5-750 2.67Ghz I recently bought 8GB of Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz CL9 RAM but my system showed it as running at 1333Mhz so following some internet ...
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HP Elitebook 8470p LAN/WLAN Switching Setting Does not Affect Setting In Windows

My notebook (which is an HP Elitebook 8470p) could be connected both to WLAN and LAN at the same time before it gets formatted. But now, although I unchecked the "LAN/WLAN Swithching" option in its ...
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BIOS not detecting a fully functioning HDD that has worked in a different system

Hey guys I have a Samsung NS310 netbook and I seem to have the following problem that I cannot figure out.. maybe you will be able to help me :) So... My hard disk is not being recognized by the BIOS ...
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Installing AMD/ATI Radeon R9 290 graphics card

I am trying to upgrade my desktop system with an ATI Radeon R9 290 graphics card. The first time I boot with it plugged in, it doesn't even show the BIOS splash screen (the one with the press ...
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Can't boot from usb 3 port (Asus p6x58d-e)

When entering the boot menu (F8) on boot, I can't see devices in my USB 3 slots. As soon as I move the thumb drive to the USB 2 slots it boots fine. Thumb drive is a SanDisk Extreme 64gb USB 3.0 ...
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Recover BIOS Password

How can I reset or recover the BIOS password on a Toshiba Satellite l505? I have tried the backdoor list and I don't see where the "jumper" is to use on this one? I am unable to boot into Windows - ...
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Install Windows 8 in legacy vs. UEFI: advantages or disadvantages? [closed]

I installed Windows 8 on an SSD under legacy with partition MBR. The mobo supports UEFI BIOS. Now I would like to know: Are there are other kinds of advantages of UEFI apart from having secure ...
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Can the HDD/SDD password on Toshiba Satellite laptops be reset?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop model 855D-S5320 from my sister-in-law that "mysteriously" has a BIOS and HDD/SSD password set on it. She knows the BIOS password, but doesn't know the HDD/SSD ...