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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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 ...
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Boot from mini PCI-E SSD Hard Drive?

Not sure if anyone has attempted this before, so if you don't know for sure, please don't answer. I have the Acer Aspire One A0531h with 3G. It has two mini pci-e slots. One has the wifi adapter and ...
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Dell A19 Bios unable to add USB Device

I am trying to add a USB path for UEFI installs. Since this Bios doesnt load on Start up, I have to manually add the device port and device itself. The problem is its not recongized, yet the ...
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How to enable VT-x and reach BIOS settings [duplicate]

I need to enable my Virtualization feature on my laptop because of using the android studio emulator. The only trouble is that i don't know where to go to enable it. I heard hat I had to go to my BIOS ...
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BIOS of Dell R410 resets for no good reason

We run a Dell R410 server. The trouble we are facing is that it does not remember it's BIOS settings. The pain in that is that we need to be physically at the server when it reboots. Let me list some ...
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Which GPU does BIOS use for video output? Or is GPU involved at all?

As the answer to my question may differ depending on the specific hardware of a computer, I will limit my discussion to common PCs that we use everyday. The reason for asking this question is to try ...
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Advanced settings in InsydeH2O bios

I have hp 350 g1 laptop and bios version is InsydeH2O-F.12 .... I want to get to advanced settings menu in bios which is not found in bios setup .. How to unlock it and get this menu ?
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BIOS on custom built PC won't show up at home but works like a charm in store [closed]

A couple days ago my father bought a pre-built computer without any OS on it from a store. Once at home, I wanted to boot it and install Windows. When I booted it up, fans started turning, LED ...
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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Does boot properly and emits a lot of beeps [on hold]

My PC has been working fine for more than a year but recently it simply stopped booting. When I press the start button the fans start spinning but instead of booting I get a long series of beeps and ...
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Install Server 2008 to 3TB drive on Vostro 260

It is possible to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a 3TB GPT hard drive on a Dell Vostro 260? I know that hard drives must be GPT to recognize over 2TB so I formatted it GPT thinking I did ...
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Running into many issues cloning Win 8.1 Tablets, wanted recommendations? [closed]

Basically our enterprise is pushing the use of these Lenovo Thinkpad 10 tablets running Win 8.1. Currently we add/remove bloatware, add the device to the domain, install our enterprise antivirus, add ...
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Firmware update on external HDD -> system not booting

After updating the firmware of my external HDD WD My Book, my toshiba laptop with a toshiba internal HDD, is no longer able to boot and I can't enter the BIOS either. The internal HDD has three ...
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4 beeps, no video on start up ACER MB [closed]

This is the board off Amazon: For descriptive purposes only. Here's the thing: I had this board in a working computer for roughly 3 years. One day, when I hit the on button, it just wouldn't boot ...
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Laptop only boots from USB

I'm using a samsung 9 series laptop with windows 8.1 and was trying to run the Gparted ISO from USB on it. In order to change the boot settings I was trying to get into the BIOS, but for some reason ...
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SSD not detected in Windows and BIOS

I have an Intel 530 ssd on my Asus Q550LF, and one more HDD, the one that came with laptop. SSD is connected instead optical drive. When I try to install windows on SSD partition, there is none! ...
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Can't get past bios screen after changing On-Chip Frame Buffer Size

I changed the On-Chip Frame Buffer Size on my desktop PC to a high value (something like 468mb?) from the original 64mb+2mb, in hopes of increasing the dedicated video ram. After saving this change I ...
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BIOS Update Before Installing CPU

I finally got around to builing a (shiny) new machine. So do I need to update BIOS before installing the new CPU? New hardware components include, Motherboard: ASUS H81M-PLUS CPU: Intel Core ...
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Does Wake-on-LAN (WoL) depend on the motherboard or the network card?

This question was spurred by discovering the Acer M670G seems not have an Wake-on-LAN (WoL) settings in the BIOS and in general, wondering whether WoL is controlled by the BIOS/NIC or the OS. One of ...
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Windows 8 Tails Uefi to legacy and legacy to uefi

Recently I downloaded tails os, and want to boot it from usb stick. My pc is running in uefi mode, and I heard that it's possible that windows 8.1 won't work after changing to legacy. How can I ...
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Incremental BIOS update or direct update to latest version?

I have been having some BSOD issues, and one of the recommendations to the STOP: Error that I have been experiencing is a BIOS update. I went to ASUS website and found the motherboard I am using ...
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eeePC 900 Windows — Bios boot order locked

I'm trying to repurpose a Windows XP eeePC 900 for Qimo linux. I can't get the computer to boot anything but the hard drive. When I go into the BIOS to try and change the boot order, I get the message ...
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How do I password protect usb boot?

I want usb booting to still be allowed but only with an admin password. I found out this is possible from trying to usb boot a live usb of linux on a school computer but it required the admin ...
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I want a generic vga driver supports 1440x900 resolution [duplicate]

I think my NVIDIA GeForce 8300 gs display adapter is dead !! .It shows the windows xp logo with black dots! And after I hear windows startup music ..with no image on the screen the pc restart itself ...
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How to clear the BIOS security password on this notebook?

I recently got an Acer Aspire E11 (E3-112m) and in order to install another OS I had to set a Supervisor password, so I used a well known password to me, the problem is that such password contains a ...
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Reboot and select proper boot device error after changing partition table

I have a problem with starting installation of Windows from a pendrive onto my Samsung NP700G7C-S01 laptop. Here are things which I did: I formatted all disks on my laptop via GParted from Ubuntu on ...
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Why does my Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 laptop automatically power off after 2 hours? [closed]

I am having an problem with automatic power off problem on my Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 laptop. When I power on my laptop it’s running only for only 2 hours and after that it automatically powers off ...
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How to add dedicated RAM on video card without BIOS?

I have Windows 8.1 on a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with AMD Radeon 3100 Graphics card. The video card has only 256 MB of dedicated RAM. I saw that to add dedicated RAM to the video card I would ...
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Is this a BIOS bug (?) or is it a serious hardware failure? [closed]

Today I wanted to start up my laptop and I usually boot from an external HDD. I wanted to enter the BIOS, so that I can change my boot priority. It took nearly 1 minute to get into the BIOS (which ...
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Keep having to reset BIOS for computer to function

I have a year old computer that keeps just showing a black screen. As in there is nothing being sent to the monitor. Upon taking out the CMOS battery to reset the bios it works again however it only ...
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Acer Travelmate does not boot (not even from CD)

I've got an old Acer Travelmate 7740ZG. Recently it broke somehow and now it refuses to boot. I know tons of users ask about booting problems again and again but there's something that seems really ...
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GTX680 GPU BIOS OverClock stuck to 1150MHz

I started to overclock my GTX680 by editing its BIOS. Problem is that the Boost Clock is stuck at 1150MHz at full load even though I set the Boost Clock to 1228MHz, then 1254MHz and finally 1280MHz. ...
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What to do with this defective hard drive, recognized by BIOS but not by OS?

I’m trying to recover a 2.5-inch Toshiba HDD drive from a laptop, which suddenly stopped working. When powered on, the disk was totally silent and thus not spinning anymore. Since it is out of ...
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HP Pavilion Windows 8.1 Fn key + function key doesn't work in the System Startup to access BIOS

HP Pavilion Windows 8.1 Fn key + function key doesn't work in the System Startup to access BIOS. I can get to the system startup page but I cannot access the BIOS screen because the function keys on ...
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Did malware take over my BIOS, preventing the utility from reading all of the blocks?

At one point I updated my BIOS to add UEFI version for Windows 8. I recently went back to Windows 7 after testing Windows 10 for a bit. However I have now found that my BIOS cannot be flashed, neither ...
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Why choose SATA 2 over 3?

Just installing an SSD into an HP Probook 6560b and noticed that Samsung Magician states that the drive is connected with SATA 2. I looked in the BIOS and SATA 2 (3.0gbps) was chosen, rather than SATA ...
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Dual/Triple Booting without BootMGR/GRUB/others using PHYSICAL HDD's

For starters I have looked over EFI Boot: Two independently bootable physical hard drives? but TBH it's a little complicated for me, maybe just because I'm unfamiliar with the terminology. All I know ...
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Need help on Alienware 17 R2 AMI BIOS - editing /SP /SF /BP /BPH parameters

When I received the first technical intervention on my Alienware 17 R2 some days ago, the Dell technician replaced my defective frontal speakers and also motherboard, when rebooting the system he ...
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Bios doesn't see MBR Hard Disk

I was trying to install steamos as a dual boot but it used to fail because it didn't see windows' free spaces. Someone said convert HDD from GPT to MBR. I did it with gdisk and now my Windows doesn't ...
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Intel Turbo Boost temperature safety limits? [duplicate]

I have read many posts about Intel turbo boost technology and I am still a little confused. I get how it works and I even went as far as turning it off but it didn't seem to do anything. When I ...
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How do I prevent HP BIOS from remapping my function keys? Or map them back without reboot?

I want to prevent my machine firmware from mapping the function keys on the keyboard in the way that HP thinks that they should be mapped, and map them in the way that I think that they should be ...
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Motherboard incompatible with RAMs not in its compatibility list?

My Biostar G31-M7 TE seems to be incompatible with DDR2 modules of apparently supported size, speed and depth. The MB supports up to two banks of DDR2, with a max capacity of 2x2GB and clock at 800 ...
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How To Choose a Better RAM [duplicate]

My laptop came with 2gb RAM but i am thinking to extend it to 6 GB By keeping 4gb ram in The Other slot. Is it better to take 4gb RAM and extend ny system memory To 6GB or Take 2GB RAM and extend it ...
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NVIDIA GTX 680 GPU BIOS flash failed and card is bricked

I own NVIDIA GTX 680 GPU and I wanted to flash it’s BIOS because I read that it is possible to flash it to GTX 770. So I downloaded GTX 770 BIOS and read all tutorials. Now all what I got is a bricked ...
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Bios doesn't recognize ram

I have an old pc that has a motherboard called "Pegatron IPM31" with two slots for ddr2 ram, an intel celeron processor, and 1GB ram-800. I got another 1GB-667 for it, and here is what happens: - If I ...
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BIOS RESET TOSHIBA C50D-A-13G [duplicate]

I’ve recently bought a Toshiba laptop. Model C50D-A-13G. Previous owner has set up a BIOS password and forgot it (!!) My job now is to unlock it. BIOS doesn’t generate any code after 3 wrong ...
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Verifying dmi pool data boots into windows

I have googled all over the place, but seems that everyone who gets this message "Verifying DMI Pool Data.." gets stuck at it. In my case I am able to load into Windows after few seconds of that ...
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Is there any way to reset the BIOS password on a Toshiba Satellite Pro C50B?

An elderly disabled neighbor organized this new laptop. However, she has forgotten the password when prompted on booting “Enter Password.” I think it is set by the Toshiba software in Windows 7.1. How ...