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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Not able to enter bios from restart

I have an asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard running BIOS revision 1604. I previously had to RMA it and they sent me a new one. Since then I've haven't been able to get into BIOS on restart, but from a ...
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can't access my bios with my usb keyboard no ps/2

my USB keyboard doesn't seem to be recognized at post. I have no ps/2 port. no port on my motherboard. Can't install my windows 7 cause I think is on gpt or else. I really need to get access to my ...
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Windows 8.1 Black Screen

I have a brand new desktop with a new SSD. So I installed my copy of Windows 8.1 on it and got it all done fine. When I first went to the desktop I thought to install a graphics card driver first. So ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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Keyboard resulting wrong keys before OS starts

My keyboard has recently started resulting wrong keys when I try to press any keys on keyboard before booting. The problem came literally out of nowhere. I have no idea why It stopped working and I ...
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Acer TravelMate 2200 BIOS Password

i found an Acer TravelMate 2200 (very dusty) far inside the storage in my house. The computer looks fine. But, there is a BIOS password on it. Ive ben trying to locate the CMOS battery but i can't ...
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pc boot sequence and bios duplicate on dual monitors

Hi I just came across this problem after disconnecting everything from my computer for cleaning purpose. after reconnecting everything back the boot sequence and bios screen is cloned on both of my ...
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Laptop turns on and off by itself

Laptop: HP ProBook 4520s I got my motherboard replaced. They tested in the repair service and everything was fine. I got the laptop home and it worked. Then I hibernated it and when I wanted to turn ...
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Is read-only BIOS flashable?

I would like to replace Chrome OS with Linux Mint on Acer Chromebook. Problem is it has a read-only BIOS (thanks...!). Would it be possible/feasible to flash this and make it into an read-write BIOS ...
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UEFI with MBR partition table?

i want to convert current GPT partition table to MBR. But my laptop has UEFI, so is it safe UEFI with MBR partition table? or maybe i am misunderstanding about UEFI/GPT things?
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How are reserved and ACPI NVS memory sizes counted?

My PC has 8GB of memory installed and is running Win 7 64-bit. I ran a tool named fwmemmap that shows the firmware memory map for the system but it's showing around 60MB more than is physically ...
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How to overclock CPU using only FSB?

According to my BIOS the CPU temperature and the system temperature are 16°C and 18°C respectively for Idle on stock air cooling. (It used to be 40°C and 48°C when I kept my computer inside a case. ...
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CPU voltage settings set in BIOS always stay the default

Default voltage is 1.5v.It can be set to the highest setting (1.55) or even to 0.8v but the voltage always is 1.5v. How to make it 1.55v? Can I somehow make it higher than listed there (like 1.6v) ...
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OS won't boot from laptop - “Media test failure, check cable”

I have a 64 bit Lenovo Z570 laptop with an Intel i5 processor. Until recently, I've been solely running linux mint on it without problems (the laptop shipped with windows 7). Yesterday I decided to do ...
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Restoring BIOS on an Asus P5B-LA motherboard after using wrong BIOS update file

I found a post and replies regarding the restoring of a computer after a failed BIOS update (flashing on an Asus P5B motherboard), and was wondering if it would work as well on the P4B-LA motherboard ...
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Determine whether or not I can install a 64-bit operating system (Linux) from the BIOS

My Windows XP installation has become unusable for some unknown reason. Since Microsoft is going to end support in a few days anyway, I decided to install Linux Mint. For optimal hardware ...
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Change the RAM used by Integrated Graphics

I have a desktop with a AMD A8 with Integrated graphics installed. The problem I have now is that the integrated graphics in the chip is using up 1GB RAM, is there a way to change it? The ...
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Bootmenu (setup menu /BIOS) for lenovo E431 does not come

I am struggling to get the boot/BIOS menu for my laptop lenovo E431, I tried Esc, F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F8, F9 F10, F12 and Del, but all failed. As per the lenovo docs: ...
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windows 7 samsung NP530U3B

I have the same problem of you. Same computer model (SAMSUNG NP530U3B) and same hard disk (HTS545050a7e380) I put the windows 7 on the USB pen drive, with the windows program to do that. I did change ...
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deleted a now-inaccessible harddrive

When formatting my computer for Windows XP, there were two hard drives available to format. I deleted the latter hard drive with 'L' option, thinking they would merge. They didn't merge. I deleted ...
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Cannot install Windows 7 with this BIOS options

I cannot install Windows 7 on Gigabyte S-series bios to SATA hdd. But have installed on XP. How to enable ACHI option? How to install Win7 for SATA hdd? Previous OS was Win7 on this PC Please help ...
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How to boot from CD even if BIOS doesn't allow this?

Recently I've helped user who had such problem: I have really old machine that has no USB ports and it's BIOS doesn't allow to boot from CD. However, it has Windows XP onboard. How can I install ...
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How to configure raid on Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3

I am trying to setup RAID 0 in the BIOS of my motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3. I have enabled RAID in the BIOS SATA mode, and I get the option to hit Ctrl+F to enter RAID option ROM utility. When I ...
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How does Daylight Saving Time work on a computer?

I was wondering does the computer's time chip itself update the time, even when the computer is turned off (for example, the BIOS or OS send a command that when you reach a certain time you go ...
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How to access BIOS with a remote keyboard [duplicate]

My Toshiba Satellite keyboard is broken but I have a USB keyboard. I want to access BIOS setting but I cant because my keyboard does not power on until after Windows starts up. What can I do?
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How to boot from new hard drive

My desktop computer is 11 years old, running Windows XP. The hard disk was crashing periodically, so I decided to buy and install a new hard drive. The computer design uses the Parallel ATA (=IDE) ...
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Why does my motherboard with SATA 2 (3 GBPS) port / cable not properly read a SATA 3 ( 6 GBPS) HDD?

I've an old G31D-M7 motherboard which has 2 x SATA2 Connector. I recently got a SATA3 (6GBPS) HDD (Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - ST500DM002) but when I try to connect to it, it takes a long time to ...
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PC turns on(sends signal to LCD and gives BIOS beep) after random number of attempts

My PC worked well until one time about 6 months ago the LCD lost signal and I have to restart the it. Since then when I want to turn on the computer and push the power button I do not get signal on ...
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Dell Vostro 1540 laptop won't start after BIOS update failed

When I try to start up my Dell Vostro 1540 after a failed BIOS update it just shows a blank screen with beep codes. The hard drive and the CD drive work. I can hear some sound, but I cannot even see ...
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Cannot pass the pre-bios loading screen (toshiba laptop)

I've just bought a toshiba laptop satellite p50-A-14K. I was struggling installing ubuntu 13.10 together with windows 8.1. I couldn't get the dual boot working so at one point, what I did is to delete ...
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How to enable Samsung EVO 840 mSATA SSD Self Encrypting Drive with Intel RST RAID 0

I have an MSI GT60-2OD (Haswell MB, UEFI enabled w/o CSM) with 3 Samsung EVO 840 mSATA SSD drives in RAID 0 mode (Intel RST AHCI RAID Controller Miniport aka Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID ...
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Asrock z87 extreme6 overheat protection

I coulnd't find any informations about this function, it's function inside BIOS/UEFI I don't know what temperature is max, does it control cpu, north brigde or what? Manual doesn't tell anything... ...
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External hardware to emulate BIOS power management (stay off, turn on, last state)

I have multiple scientific devices, each with an embedded computer and a no-frills BIOS. The single feature I really miss is the power management setting that specifies what to do after power loss: ...
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My PCIe video card does not work in POST, only comes on when Windows loads

I have an ASUS Maximus V Extreme motherboard which has onboard video. There is an Asus GeForce GTX 670 in PCIe slot 1. In the BIOS, I have PCIe selected as the preferred GPU. I've tried disabling ...
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Enabling virtualization in BIOS causes Windows to stuck while booting

I installed Visual Studio 2013 for Windows Phone and at the end it popped up that Hyper-V (virtualization tool used in Windows Phone Emulator) isn't available on my computer. I done some research and ...
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Changing the bios splash screen on a HP 1300au

I have studying your chat for changing the bios splash screen. I do also have the same laptop and trying to do the same the idea is that bios setup uses about 4 vlc file(.bin) extension why don't we ...
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Clock is standing still when the computer is turned off

Since some days I have a strange problem with a computer with windows 8.1. The clock has stopped working when the computer is off or sleeping! When I turn the computer on, the time is set to the time ...
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Enabling Hyper-V in BIOS causes Windows to stuck

I installed Visual Studio 2013 for Windows Phone and at the end it popped up that Hyper-V (virtualization tool used in Windows Phone Emulator) isn't available on my computer. I done some research and ...
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Flashing BIOS on Acer Aspire S7: wrong ROM file size?

I'm trying to update the BIOS on my Acer Aspire S7, which is only running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (no Windows), so that its fan would stop being so noisy. I followed the instructions on this person's post. ...
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Hard disk detects but doesn't boot, CD ROM gets detected as MATSHITA rv10 downloader

I started getting the Select proper boot media... notice on booting up my PC. I tried changing the slots on the motherboard, the cables, everything, but it still didn't work. I figured my SATA hard ...
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Strange sound from motherboard

I have a MSI 7222 ver 1.1 motherboard, a Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz/1M/800/04A processor and 2x1 GB of DDR2 RAM. When I boot the computer, the motherboard makes a "siren sound" (like low pitch and higher ...
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Access BIOS while Latitude is docked

I have an E6420 ATG in a Dell dock / port replicator No peripherals are connected directly to the laptop, everything is connected to the dock and the lid stays closed. BIOS vA16. Peripherals are ...
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How to configure RAID 1 on Intel Rapid Storage, and partitioning design

I would like guidance on setting up a RAID 1 system from BIOS with Intel Rapid Storage. System details: I have Click BIOS II running on a MSI motherboard (Z77A-G43). I also have 2 x 2TB hard drives. ...
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Dead SATA controller on ASUS motherboard? [closed]

I'm resigned to RMA/replacing at this point, but for educational purposes, how does a SATA controller "die"? A few nights ago, my home-built workstation was idling and froze. I restarted by holding ...
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Dell Poweredge 2850 RAM

Dell reports that 8GB is the max but Windows System spec tool indicates 16GB possible. Has anyone actually been able to add more than 8GB to this motherboard and actually have it report more than 8GB ...
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Problems building a new AMD A10-7850K based PC

I'm not sure where to start, there seem to be several issues with this build. I'll run down the specs first. That should be a good start. Specification MB: ASUS A88X-PLUS FM2+ AMD A88X FCH CPU: AMD ...
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What configurations are different between BIOS and UEFI “AFTER” OS boot?

I tried installing Ubuntu in UEFI mode to VirtualBox. The installation was fine, but after rebooting, OS started correctly while the graphic environment didn't start. This problem itself was reported ...
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Linux: Upgrading BIOS on HP Pavilion HPE so I can reclock my Radeon to the correct MHZ

I installed the rovclock program from the default Debian repository, and it says that the BIOS is returning an invalid reference of 0.0, and I assume that means the BIOS doesn't have that function, ...
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Ambulence-like sound when Thinkpad T400's battery is running out of power

When my Thinkpad T400 is on its battery and its battery running out of power, there is ambulence-like sound. I wonder how to eliminate the annoying sound? Is there a setting in BIOS? My OS is Ubuntu ...
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boot to windows from aptio BIOS

I have installed Ubuntu, but it has overridden my windows boot option, so now it boots to grub. (I can still select windows from there). I want my computer to boot to windows as I only incidentally ...