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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Can't boot from verified bootable USB stick. Can't access BIOS with USB stick in

I have a PC which is around 10 years old, the motherboard is ABIT AN52(MCP65) which I cannot boot with a bootable USB memory stick inserted. The PC boots fine usually, and I am using it to write this ...
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What does the “Permanently Disabled” setting in my BIOS actually do?

I have two settings in my Lenovo Thinkpad BIOS, called "Computrace" and "Intel AT". I permanently disabled both of them because of privacy concerns and the fact that my computer is not used in any ...
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Samsung SSD 840/850 Pro with Encryption: how does portability work?

Context. the Samsung SSD Pro series ships with a hardware-based encryption feature which protects the disk content. As highlighted by many other questions and guides online, this feature can be "...
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VT-X is supported by cpu but not selectable

my computer's bios setting says that vt-x is supported by cpu. but I could not find anywhere to enable it. what's going on?
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Lenovo G580 Zorin OS killed my bios. I can no longer access the bios or boot menu

I am struggling with a very serious problem with my old laptop. I installed Zorin OS to my laptop and now Every time I try to access the bios or the boot menu It says please wait after pressing the ...
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Desktop wont boot - No POST

Problem Summary My Desktop was working fine. Then, when I switched on my PC after an hour of halt, it won't boot. Initially, it showed me POST screen (Gigabyte logo with options to enter BIOS, Boot ...
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series wont boot or boot any media

I am a computer technician working out of a local shop and we had this laptop come in with a perplexing issue. I will go ahead and run down what I've tried. Bios: Tried disabling secure boot, ...
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Bios flashing : copying exe to bootable external hd (cannot create regular file, read only filesystem)

I want to flash my bios so I can reset it with HP super+b boot bios reset. I downloaded the .exe flash. I created a Windows PE iso and burned it on a external HD that I will boot on, using the 'dd' ...
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Can't find option to activate legacy boot mode on Asus EFI BIOS

I installed Windows 10 on a PC but it has some incompatibilities with the graphic card. Now I want to install Windows 7, so I burned the ISO on an USB stick, and then I tried to boot the system with ...
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How do I disable the F1 “Help” key on Windows 10?

I have a non-UEFI HP laptop running Windows 10. My F keys have a variety of functions on them, and I have to press and hold Fn to access the actual F1-12 functions. My F1 key has a little question ...
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Lenovo A740 BIOS Administrator Password

Quite in a pickle here after a person who left the workplace set the Administrator password on all six of our lab machines. As funny as that might sound it is not. I have tried some common solution ...
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Why I can´t change the wifi card

it´s a HP Mini 110 (netbook). It has Trisquel 7 installed, Ubuntu 14.04 based and 100% free software, and the wifi card is not supported by it. So I bought another one, but when turning it on a ...
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How to install Windows 7 on laptop with Ubuntu?

How to install Windows 7 on laptop with Ubuntu preinstalled? (I want replace Ubuntu, as I already have Ubuntu on another PC). I have Windows installation ISO on DVD. Should I first remove Ubuntu via ...
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How to transfer MP4 to my IPhone 6? [closed]

I am new to Iphone. Yesterday, I tried to transfer MP4 to my new iphone, when I connect my iphone to computer, Iphone does not allow to do this transfer. After searching awhile, I have found some non-...
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How can I update BIOS for my HP desktop with Windows 10?

I have HP Desktop (Elite 8200 Small Form Factor) with Windows 10 upgraded. I search HP website and searched my desktop model number but they don't seem to support Windows 10. How can I update the ...
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Windows 10 USB only working if device plugged in during boot

I got a PC with a ASUS B85M-G motherboard and the following problem. None of my USB ports (neither at the back, nor at the front, neither USB 3.0, nor USB 2.0) work. Actually, they don't work for ...
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How do I find release notes for BIOS updates? [on hold]

I have an HP Pavilion Laptop. When I first got it I believe it had Insyde F.76 BIOS version. I had been getting some weird behavior and the I/O just seemed choppy at points. After about 2-3 updates I'...
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Can't change the boot order on UEFI BIOS

I've searched for an answer already, but I may not be using the right terminology. Regardless, I wasn't able to find an answer. I bought a mini PC with an eMMC HD and I'm trying to overwrite the ...
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My laptop doesn't boot when I add a new RAM

Here's the thing : I recently cleaned my laptop completely. And during my cleaning, I disassembled my CPU and then put it back (I wanted to see how it worked). Then I put everything back in (...
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Something resets BIOS time to a prior date

I have a batch of HP Prodesk 400 G2 computers with UEFI and Windows 10. From time to time, every day, the time and date reset to a fixed one, 2-3 weeks ago. I checked and reset the time from the UEFI. ...
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My screen says UEFI but windows says “Legacy” for BIOS - Which am I using?

I have a computer that right now is only configured to use Windows 10. It was originally installed running 8.1 and then upgraded to 10. I am trying to figure out if I am using BIOS or UEFI on this ...
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Deleted system reserved partition, can't access bios or boot via USB

I have 3 disks. Disk 0 has Win10 installation, and a 350MB system reserved partition. Disk 1 had a 100MB system reserved partition that I (mistakenly) believed was from an old Win7 install. I wanted ...
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Laptop doesn't boot (damaged BIOS)?

I was suffering from a network issue with my laptop (Acer Aspire 5750), so I went to acer.com and downloaded the latest BIOS update, but when it was installing, it showed an error message saying "IHSI:...
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Added new RAM that made computer slow, removed it and it's still slow

I have Windows 7 32-bit and a Kingston DDR2 SDRAM DDR2-800 400 MHz 2GB RAM module. The motherboard has two RAM slots so I added a new 2GB RAM module. This one was Kingston as well, and if I remember ...
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Forward iOS app traffic to IP address on a router

I have an iOS camera app that seeks to connect to a specific IP address. I am trying to setup a wifi device to connect to a wifi router(static ip Address) then forward the camera app traffic to the ...
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BIOS doesn't detect SSD

Just finished building a new computer. I've booted up a couple of times, and everything seems to be working fine except that the BIOS doesn't detect the SSD. I tried connecting a HDD as well using a ...
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Turn on computer with USB keyboard through PS/2 adapter

I want to wake-up my PC by USB keyboard connected through PS/2 adapter. According to BIOS settings: Resume From S3/S4/S5 by PS/2 keyboard ... [Any Key] it should be working, but doesn't. If I ...
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PCI-USB card not working in BIOS

I have got a PCI USB card for the mouse and keyboard. It works in Windows with generic drivers, but does not in BIOS. I have a P43-DS3L Gigabyte motherboard. On-board USB is not working. It's ...
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What is the reading speed of the non-volatile memory where the BIOS is stored?

So the question is quite self-explanatory i think. Is there a way to find out the specifications of the non-volatile memory chips built in the common home/office PC motherboard models on the market ...
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Samsung NP300E5E imposible to access BIOS

I have Samsung NP300E5E laptop and i would like to install fresh version of Windows. But i have read lots of comments about issue with these laptops... Basically hard drive was formatted that means ...
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ASUS F1A75-M motherboard - where is PXE boot in AMI BIOS 2.00, 2012?

I'm re-purposing a legacy computer, a short under-desk box with F1A75-M motherboard. I found the instructions on-line, I've been through every line in American Megatrends, Inc BIOS 2.00, version 2012. ...
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Changed my hard disk to an SSD but not detected

I removed my old hard disk and put in a SSD in my laptop (Acer E-5 771). However on booting the EFI informed me that there was no bootable drive. Booting into Ubuntu on a USB, I couldn't see the SSD ...
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How to explain the strange power consumption difference among OSes and hardwares and how to lower it?

I use a wattmeter to measure the power-consumptions of my computers. The following is the result: my laptop + Ubuntu 14.04: 14.5 watt my laptop + ArchLinux: 30 ...
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Problems booting from USB drive

Recently I decided to install Debian on my USB drive. I downloaded the ISO file (SHA256 checksum verified), burned it to a DVD and used that to install Debian. The installation finished successfully, ...
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ACPI Bios error on Windows 10 Lenovo Tablet

I have recently purchased a Lenovo Miix 310-10ICR tablet that came with WIN 10 by default. I was tempted to try Android on it so I managed to download and install it yesterday. But, I made a HUGE ...
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Asus mobo ASUS P8Z68-V PRO secure boot

I had the dreaded Win 7 microsoft UEFI boot glitch. I just got things back and running. I updated the bios, and I can't locate anything in the advanced bios (boot menu) about secure boot. I've ...
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Windows 10 laptop suddently needs to boot csm mode

I recently bought a new asus laptop with windows 10 on it. I did a reinstall (of windows 10) and I have been using it after that for about a month or 2. Suddenly it boots only to the bios. When I ...
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Installing a OS on a IMB Think Pad with access to network, or HHD only? How/Options

I have 2 brand new IBM T520's, and a newish x220. These came via my brother, and are laptops form where he used to work, which has closed down, and sold them to him (50 quid each with a dock, nice!!)....
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If BIOS is stored on a flash memory chip, what is the purpose of ROM now?

According to Wikipedia, in older computers the BIOS firmware was stored on the ROM chip which was attached to the motherboard. However, nowadays BIOS is stored on a flash memory chip on the ...
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No other boot option than zorin

I (pretty new to Linux) have installed the Zorin OS over my previously working Windows 10. Now I found out that the programs I need are not available for Linux, so I wanted to go back to Windows. ...
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No valid bootloader target device found(For UEFI installation)

I have windows 10 and fedora 20 in my laptop(Dual boot). I wanna install fedora 24(by replace it on existing fedora),I made bootable usb disk from fedora 24 iso file with LiveUSB Creator, but during ...
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No bootable device on Acer

Abstract Install latest version of Antergos on Acer Aspire V3 on UEFI mode Windows/Antergos cannot boot in UEFI/BIOS No bootable device displayed when on UEFI grub rescue : no grub2 folder found ...
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having problems with bios password for fujitsu a lifebook ah550

how do I reset the bios for a Fujitsu a series ah550 to get past the password? I have tried to hit f2 f4 f8 f12 nothing will work what can I do?
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1 stick of 4x4 gb wont be recognized as 16gb BUT 4gb

I have one RAM stick modell CML16GX3M4A1600C9 Corsair 1600mhz (4x4gb)16GB . First i used two RAMS sticks modell BLS4G3D1609DS1S00.16FED2 4GB each and my computer works good with 8 gb installed , and ...
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Thinkpad T410 not booting: Simple solution?

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T410 which I left outdoors overnight after a BBQ... No rain but likely some humidity. Symptoms? - Initially, screen remains black, nothing happens upon pressing power button....
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BIOS Recovery and Windows activation

Recently my PC lost its BIOS and now it can't be started. I'm again flashing BIOS which is provided by my OEM manufacturer website. But Microsoft Windows 7 activation depends totally on the BIOS ...
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My lenovo g70-80 won't start past splash screen

When I turn on my lenovo G70-80, it would load the lenovo screen, but nothing past that. Also when I turn on my laptop it would beep 20 times before stopping. I've tried reinserting the ram, but no ...
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Booting into Windows 10 on Lenovo Windows Tablet

I have an old Lenovo Miix 2 8 Tablet that used to run Windows 8 when I first bought it, but I upgraded to Windows 10 when it was released last year. However, recently, I decided to completely ...
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Is the windows 10 product key in BIOS?

My new laptop's preinstalled Windows 10 was activated as soon as it was connected to the internet. But no product keys were shown to me. There is no product key label on the laptop. Somewhere I read ...
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Computer cannot get past boot selection menu

I have a Samsung laptop that suddenly stopped booting. It will get past the BIOS splashscreen (and I can get into the BIOS settings), but get stuck on a menu that is asking me to select a boot device. ...