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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How do I get my system to find a “buried” MBR?

Following a botched Linux install, my Windows 7 install can't find my MBR normally. It's in there -- somewhere -- and I CAN access it if I use F12 during boot to access the mobo boot options: Note ...
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USB not working on Laptop before Windows 8.1 boot

I have a laptop Compaq 435 notebook pc but some of its key are not working anymore including function keys' F9-F12 which is really needed when I want to access the BIOS. So, I am using an external ...
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Windows XP x64 hangs at welcome screen (NOT A JOKE!)

So long time ago I posted a question asking how to fix my broken windows XP but it seems that I have done this on 1st April and everyone thought that it was a joke and nobody answered - LOL! (link to ...
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Computer will not boot after motherboard swap

I have a HP pavilion dv7 which came with Win8. It was dropped and broke into two. 3 days later it completely stopped working. After some diagnosis I concluded it was the Motherboard. I could not find ...
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ASUS BIOS empty boot list

ASUS X552C. Originally installed Ubuntu 14.04 on first half of SSD with efi, root, swap partition, then windows on second half which made a boot partition and an NTFS partition, all worked fine. ...
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Zorin no Kernel. Hard Drive is completely wiped after installing

I installed Zorin successfully, but I wiped eveyrthing that was previously on my hard drive. So when I boot up I'm in grub. I typed "grub> boot". But its saying I need to load a kernel. I have no idea ...
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Non-UEFI computer can't see UEFI Hard Drive

Long story short I had a computer, (Windows 8,UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD) system. I spilled coffee on that system and am sending it off to be repaired. I wanted to make sure the hard drive was okay, ...
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Lenovo T400 virtualization fails despite set in BIOS

T400 virtualization fails despite set in BIOS I found this post http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-Edge-S-series/Hardware-Virtualisation-on-E520-with-i5-2540M-2-6GHz/td-p/608633 when I searched on ...
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Drive assignments changing

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server machine set up with 3 drives: Two 2TB HDDs, and a 4GB USB drive for system. It seems that every time I boot the system it changes what drives are assigned to ...
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Where is the CMOS setup utility stored?

I am reading an old A+ certification book that is going over BIOS and CMOS. Some background info (this may all very well be incorrect): From what I understand, BIOS is a set of programs on the ...
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Windows 7 hybernation prevent on startup

I have hybernate my windows7. Now I had an issue that, my enter key is not working. I can not delete my hybernate and the system is remain in a promp window for restore from hybernate or not. I can ...
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Why BIOS(UEFI) doesn't find GPU sometimes?

i have bought new pc and got some troubles with it. Sometimes when i power on it, bios says (beeps) that GPU is not found, and sometimes after sleep mod GPU doesn't starts, and screen are black with - ...
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Change bios splash screen

I have a new HP 246 G1 notebook PC from the tamil nadu govt. The bios splash screen is a photo of the state chief minister. I used 'universal bios backup toolkit 2.0' to take a backup of my present ...
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Bios stuck on system start in ubunutu 14.04

Ok, my problem is when i press power button to start my laptop it stuck at black screen i have to wait for 10 sec then press CTRL + ALT + DEL and then my laptop reach at the grub selection. I had dual ...
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Windows 7 installation is not finding system partition

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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How to get BIOS serialnumber with WMIC command

Whenever I use the command line below wmic bios get serialnumber It outputs the BIOS Serial number with my laptop. However, I've tried that command line to get BIOS serial number with my ...
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HP pavilion dv6 blank screen, power but no hd Led

I have been dealing with this HP dv6 all day with no luck. Working fine yesterday but today I get nothing but a blank screen. I can hear fan come on, and a few keyboard lights come on, but nothing on ...
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Aptio Setup Utility - Cannot change boot

I am so sorry to ask this. I feel like a total idiot - Aptio Setup Utility has me licked. I just bought an ASUS X75V with Freedos, Version 2.15.1226. The boot configuration has "Launch PXE OpROM ...
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Is it possible to brick a computer due to corrupted CMOS?

Does the BIOS do error checking before booting with the CMOS configurations? Or does it blindly take whatever inside the CMOS and try to boot with it?
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Disconnection laptop/notebook power supply

I need to alter some settings in my BIOS and the process requires me to switch off my computer and disconnect my power source. ...
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Asus m5a97 r 2.0 RAM Dimm B1 B2

Since few days, Windows says Memory 8 GB (3.98 GB usable) BIOS detect all sticks of my RAM - Corsair XMS3 8 GB (4 x 2 GB), but only 4 GB is usable. BIOS(UEFI) is up to date (2501). I tried ...
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Troubleshooting PC power-on irregularity, narrowed down to ASUS VRM Spread Spectrum, why?

There are many resources online regarding the issue when the PC shutsdown a few seconds after pressing the power button. I have a variation of the problem which is reproducible under certain ...
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Hard drive parameter exceeded its normal operating range

I few days ago, I started seeing this message during boot: NOTICE - HD SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you backup ...
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CMOS editor on Windows?

I need some way to modify BIOS settings in the CMOS memory from within Windows. Particularly I want to change the "state after power failure" setting through a remote VNC connection. Mainboard: ASUS ...
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Does it cost extra to support more memory in bios?

Recently came across couple of low end machines with windows 7. They have 3 GB ram installed, however the bios of these machines does not support more than 4GB. I can understand installed memory ...
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Gygabyte motherboard doesn't power off

I have a home-made pc with a Gygabyte G1 Sniper.3 motherboard (BIOS version F7) and Windows 7 64bit. It has been working flawlessly for almost two years but in the last three weeks it seems to have ...
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PC Continues fast short beep or Continues long beep

I hope I can ask this one here. Can Anyone please help me on this. I was trying to format my pc since the bootmgr is missing., MY pc has a motherboard Asus H61ME. I have a Video card GeForce GT 620 ...
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ECS Elitegroup KV2 lite 1.0 Motherboard doesn't detect SATA drive and takes forever to load BIOS

my problem is as follows: I was connecting a (bootable) SATA hard drive to the 'ECS Elitegroup KV 2 lite 1.0' in my friends rig, which already had two IDE hard drives (one with bootable Windows XP) ...
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Mouse light doesn't turn off when computer is off

I've bought a Coolermaster devastator bundle with my new PC. When i shut down the computer, the light on the mouse never turns off. The keyboard lights are off. Both peripherals are plugged with USB. ...
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BIOS won't allow me to change boot order

So I recently bought a ROG G750JM because my old laptop gave up a few days ago. Since I'm on a strict budget and most of the parts in my old one still work (except for the motherboard) I choose this ...
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Remove Backup Drive, Windows 7 Fails to Boot?

I have 3 drives, 1 SSD (Letter E primary OS) and 2 backup SATA drives (C and D). In BIOS when I disable either or both of the SATA drives, the computer will fail to start. From what I have read, it ...
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How can I get into BIOS in my Sony Vaio VPCEH25EN

I have a sony vaio, model VPCEH25EN with me. This is the reference (Sony Vaio VPCEH25EN). It came up with a window 7 pre-installed. I want to install linux\fedora along with that. For that I have ...
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HDD sometimes not recognised by BIOS during boot-up, not always

I have recently built a new machine with Intel G2030 4GB RAM and Asus H61-M-K mobo. I am using a 160 GB HDD (Seagate) from an old Core2 Duo machine. In the old machine, the BIOS sometimes would not ...
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Vaio VPCSA Battery Not Detected

Out of nowhere my Vaio VPCSA stopped detecting the battery. My battery was working fine. I was getting a couple hours of streaming video on just the battery. Then last night, while on AC, the battery ...
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Raid Setup, 2 Hard drives - one shows in explorer

I got a new pc delivered to me and I go to start up the PC using a raid configuration. I then go to are you happy with these settingsand I select yes. Later on, I then notice that one of the hard ...
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What could cause a system reboot after 1 - 2 hours uptime?

Since about two weeks my system (Ubuntu 14.04) causes reboots itself (it seems to freeze for a fraction of a second). The reboot problem began at that time I updated the BIOS since I had weird ...
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How to access the BIOS in my brand new HP Laptop with runs FreeDOS?

I've just bought a HP Laptop 255 G2 with AMD quad-core processor which runs FreeDOS and I can' access the BIOS with any command that I know (I tried F1,F2,F8,F9,F10,F12 and Del) but it didn't work! It ...
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ASUS laptop stuck in splash screen loop. Can't access BIOS with HDD installed

I have an ASUS laptop (model u56e, windows 7 64-bit) that is baffling me right now. I was recently on a trip, laptop working fine, though partitioned SATA HDD a bit overloaded with vacay pics. On way ...
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I need help unlocking my Dell Inspiron (N7110) BIOS (Version: A13)

Can some please help to unlock the features for Dell Inspiron 17r (N7110). The latest revision of the BIOS is A13 and can be found at; ...
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Can't boot from USB

A few days ago, I installed Arch Linux alongside Windows 8 on a new Dell laptop. I did so by booting from a USB drive, and there were no problems with the install. I'm now trying to install CrunchBang ...
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Shortcut to UEFI firmware settings on Windows 8

I often switch out of Windows 8 to Linux on another partition, but it's awkward : Windows + I Shift + click restart click Troubleshoot click Advanced options click UEFI firmware settings and only ...
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Switch HDD mode from RAID to IDE [closed]

I made an ghost of 2 drives that were installed as raid 0 I made a ghost to one big drive. Now in the bios, the big drive can only run in raid0 modus. Is there a easy way so I can run this drive as ...
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Laptop damaged bios?

I have a Dell latitude laptop which I accidentally power cycled during boot. Now it won't boot at all.The Dell logo shows, but then the screen turns black - computer doesn't shut down, fan still makes ...
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Keyboard works on start up, but stops functioning as soon as the bios load

I have quite an unusual problem. My keyboard works fine on the OS and during start up, so I can easily hit Del to enter bios or F8 to choose disk. In either those screens, however, the keyboard (and ...
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How to reset BIOS on ASUS K53E

My BIOS is password-protected, so that I can't access the BIOS settings (I don't have problems with booting into Windows XP). The BIOS is made by American Megatrends (AMI). I've been trying some ...
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How to disable or choose the 'correct' windows boot manager?

I have recently changed motherboard CPU and Ram, my PC was growing for around a decade and it's a bit of a mess. I have 4 Hard drives 1 SSD and 3 HDD all full of valuable data (not photos). Before ...
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You chose to apply option ROM placement feature, while you knew it as risky

What does the Option ROM Placement in the bios do? I found a manual referencing this option but it is also not helpful:
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What damage can vibration cause on hard-drive?

My laptop's hard-drive completely died last week. It started with a boot-up failure, so I started up a live USB to inspect the drive. This didn't really work as it seemed to freeze the system up, but ...
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hp dl140 g3 how to repair after failed bios update

During updating bios to the new version (1.18) i got an error that computer can't read rom file. Then after reboot server did not start. Actually it starts but does not show anything, screen is blank, ...
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How to properly clone harddisk to external hardisk

First let my tell my needs: I mainly work on my desktop PC. IT is Windows XP SP3. But sometimes i have to leave my home city for urgency and from there i have to work on my pc. So, i keep teamviewer ...