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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Installing Windows 8 from USB stick on a computer with only FreeDOS installed

I just bought an Asus G750JX and it has no Windows installed on it only the BIOS. When I open it I get three options: Load FreeDOS with maximum RAM free using EMM386 Load FreeDOS including HIMEM ...
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Intel Rapid Storage: Error Occured(0,1)

A friend of mine is experiencing this problem. Every time the machine starts this error Error Occurred(0,1) is shown as at the next picture: Then in Windows the RST utility shows this error ...
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2400 MHz RAM running at 1200MHz? [duplicate]

I recently built my own gaming/ daily use rig check it out here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/arvan08/saved/YjNxFT You can see that the Kingston 2400 MHz is fully compatible with the ASUS Z97-K ...
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Is a hybrid Linux USB-Stick for UEFI & legacy BIOS possible?

my idea is to create an USB-Boot-Stick with Lubuntu that is able to boot on an older BIOS Laptop and an newer UEFI Systems. This would be quite easy, when the Stick would be setup as a legacy boot ...
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Access UEFI BIOS settings

I have a NEC ultrabook with windows 8 installed, and with UEFI bios. I was told that in order to access the BIOS settings I have to press the F2 key as soon as i power it on, however it doesn't ...
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My Toshiba laptop restarts again and again

Please help on how to fix my Toshiba laptop, after reformatting all data has installed properly driver's are perfectly installed and no error, after installing I restarted my laptop as the ...
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AMD Radeon video card/display only works with UEFI Fedora

When I was using my onboard graphics, Intel HD4600, I was able to set up a dual boot on my SSD with a legacy BIOS Windows 8.1 64-bit installation and legacy BIOS Fedora 20 64-bit installation. I put ...
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how can I remove BIOS boot splash screen on HP Pavilion G series?

In my laptop (HP Pavilion G series) I would like to remove the BIOS logo at boot but I don't know how to. I've tried to flash a new BIOS firmware, but this didn't change the logo. How can I change ...
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Where is the write-protect switch/screw/jumper on the Samsung Chromebox?

I have a Samsung Series 3 Chromebox, model number XE300M22-B01US, manufactured December 2012. I would like to put coreboot on it so I can single-boot Linux without ChromeOS pulling the sad face at ...
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Windows 7 cannot be installed to this disk

I am trying to install Windows 7 from a USB onto a new computer. The installation begins properly. It asks me what language to use and then asks if I want to do a custom (fresh) install, which I do. ...
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How high can I expect to push my FSB with PC3 10666 CL7 1.8Volt Ram Moduls in Dual Channel Modus [on hold]

I´m not sure which is the best method for overclocking my OCZ PC3 10666 7-7-7@1.8Volt Dual Channel RAM with my ASUS P5KPL-SE. I would like to see 1133 MHz.
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How can I dual-boot Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit with Windows 8.1 in Legacy (BIOS) Mode?

I bought my laptop almost a year ago, came with a FreeDOS OS and I installed Windows 7. Later upgraded to Windows 8 & 8.1. When I installed Windows 8, I had done it in Legacy (BIOS) mode and ...
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Laptop USB Boot Option Disappeared

I`ve connected my USB external DVD writer to my laptop, in hopes of booting a recovery disk in hopes of backing up/restoring data from a failing HDD. The issue is that the option to boot from USB ...
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Recover a PC from a corrupted BIOS using a second PC?

This will look very similar to this question: Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update? Someone posted an answer just as I suspected -- that it was indeed possible to connect ...
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Two different physical ssd's for two different OS

i have 1st SSD formatted as ext4 and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it and i plan to get 2nd SSD and format it to NTFS and install Windows 8 on it. Can i switch hard drives in a bios? e.g.: if i want to ...
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How to reset/change owner information of Fujitsu Lifebook T4220

I have bought a used Fujitsu Lifebook T4220 tablet, but the previous owner has set the owner information in the bios, and it can't be changed after setting it, how can i remove, reset or change it?
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Acer Aspire V3-571G Fan Settings

My laptop is very hot I just bought it like 2 days ago. It most of the times up to 60 c and the only thing I have open is Google Chrome or just only Skype, I think it's way too hot for just one ...
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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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How to check if laptop supports mSATA?

I have Dell inspiron 7520 laptop which has two configurations with mSATA connection and preinstalled mSATA card and without mSATA connection. Mine is without preinstalled mSATA card, but I found in ...
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How can I tell if a Windows 8.1 machine has 'full' UEFI?

I've seen a Windows 8.1 machine that has a MBR format drive and a 'Legacy' BIOS, and it has fancy graphics that look like UEFI. If I have a GPT format drive is it still possible to have the old style ...
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How to reinstall HP BIOS

I am dual booting my PC with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. Both are working. I have no problem. Today I started seeing this error: The HP Bios application selected is corrupt or missing. Please ...
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Alienware Aurora R2 Slow Boot Up

I have an Aurora R2 bought a few years ago, and recently I decided a RAM update and new Samsung SSD would be good for speed. So now it's super fast, with the exception of booting up. It still takes ...
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HP Probook 4520 boots to white screen unable to access bios

I am an IT technician but by no means do I know everything. I have run into a problem that I am unfamiliar with and could use some help. A friend of mine bought an HP probook 4520 from a business that ...
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Desktop power supply hangs on startup after possible lightening strike

Fujitsu Desktop computer (core 2 dual 2,5 RAM), wont start after night with lightening. When the powercord is put in the computer it starts immidiately (not with the start button). The fan starts and ...
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Error code 2503 - Cannot install software on Windows 7 (64Bit)

A short while ago, I had my hard drive die on me and at the same time my 1Tb backup drive! I took it back to the guy I bought the PC from and although the backup drive could not be recovered, he ...
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Cannot enter the BIOS on a Samsung ATIV Book 2

I bought a new Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5V-K01AE Notebook. It was running Windows 8 perfectly. I downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 and after the installation the laptop just restarts ...
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CMOS Battery recharged [duplicate]

My pc was unused for several months(its a 5 year old acer desktop) and on boot up a screen came up indicating that the CMOS battery was low. Any time I restarted, as expected, the same screen came up ...
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VT-X option not available in BIOS even if Intel Core supports VT-X

Im trying to speed up an android emulator using VT-X but there is no VT-X options in my BIOS. Even worse, my BIOS is almost empty! There is only the change password, which way to boot, information and ...
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Mouse initializing at the BIOS takes long

I'm on an Acer Aspire 5738ZG laptop with a Phoenix BIOS v. 1.34. It's loading for about 15 seconds and I wondered if I could reduce that time. In the setup I have found and disabled Quiet boot (no ...
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Use external display from boot on Samsung laptop

I have a Samsung RV511 laptop, and recently my screen broke. I connected an external screen and it works fine, but only after Windows starts. I want to be able to use the external screen right from ...
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Can't start computer, it only boots into BIOS update

My son has a Compaq Presario computer running on Windows 7 and he has brought it down to me cause it's 'not working'. When I start up the computer I get a HP BIOS update that fails and keeps ...
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Computer crashes twice/thrice before booting into windows

I need help. i built a PC, and it behaves very strangely. When i press the power button, the lights come on, fan maxes out, HDD spins, bios shows up etc and then it immediately crashes (powers down) ...
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Is UEFI more or less vulnerable than Legacy BIOS?

Is UEFI more secure than BIOS on a Windows 8.1 machine? Is UEFI vulnerable to malware in ways that Legacy BIOS is not? Is it correct that UEFI can connect to the internet before the OS (or ...
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How do I get a Zotac MAG HD-ND01 to boot from a USB stick?

I have a Zotac MAG and there doesn't seem to be a way to get it to boot to a USB stick or drive via the boot menu. How can I set this thing to boot from a USB stick?
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In Windows 8.1 what are the differences between UEFI, and the UEFI style Legacy BIOS?

When using Legacy BIOS (and MBR format disc) the BIOS still looks like UEFI, has a mouse pointer, and appears to function in a similar way. I believe that you can only use Secure Boot with UEFI on a ...
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Confusing BIOS and UEFI

I've just bought an Acer Aspire E1 (572) laptop four days ago, and ran into that UEFI/BIOS problem. It was shipped with Linpus Lite OS by default. I had it installed a Win 8 pro on it, after ...
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Restarting instead of shutting down, not a software issue

My neighbour's computers is always restarting after they try to shut it down. It was happening on a Windows XP system, and also it happens on Windows 7 platform. So the software related issue is ...
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How can I know if a specific laptop is tpm ready via web [duplicate]

I have 2 laptops. One is PORTEGE Z830 PT224L-01402S tpm and Hewlet Packard Compaq Presario CQ40 I tried to turn on CPM and it didn't work. It says it doesn't. I want to know if I can enable that via ...
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Missing operation system and can't enter bios

I tried to load my default settings from the Bios. But when i did and i restarted i get the message: Missing operation system Whenever i try to restart i cannot enter the bios and change the boot ...
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Dell XPS 15 L521X BIOS Password Reset

I need to reset my bios password on my Dell XPS 15z as I cant get it to boot. I have tried removing CMOS battery and battery and seeing if that will do it but no luck. Any ideas maybe there a jumper ...
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Enabling UEFI mode in BIOS after having set it to CSM mode, and not being able to get back into BIOS

I set my BIOS to CSM only mode after being unable to boot into windows after upgrading it to 8.1 and not being able to boot from a USB stick to repair it. I ended up putting in a formatted SSD, and ...
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Enable Virtualization Technology for Acer 5750G

Acer has locked many options on their Aspire series including 5750. I need to have VT enabled for Intel HAXM and virtual machines running on x64 architecture. I followed this forum but that didn't ...
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Is there a way to prevent new OSes from being installed over the current OS?

I'm trying to make it easier to recover my laptop in case of theft. I already have Prey installed to give me my laptop's location. However, anyone can easily install a new OS, rendering Prey useless. ...
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Unable to enter RAID BIOS on X79 chipset

I have got Gigabyte GZ-X79-UD5 motherboard. It is an Intel X79 motherboard with integrated RAID controller and additinal external RAID controller. This is the first time I want to setup RAID in my ...
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Windows 8 usb boot install never works

I have two usbs, one with win 7 on it and another I have been putting win 8 installs on The win 7 stick works in all systems but the win 8 won't work with only one The evil PC is a gigabyte amd ...
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Make Windows boot after sector-wise copying from 4 GB flash card to 8 GB

I've Windows Embedded XP system installed on a 4 GB Compact Flash card (which is visible as IDE drive to operating system). I've used dd to move it sector-to-sector to another flash drive which is 8 ...
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Computer doesn't boot, shows boot screen

I have HP Pavilion dv7t-1000 laptop. It shows a boot screen with following comment This selection will direct the system to continue to booting process. And 4 options. On the right the result of ...
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Why is my external HDD mounting an extra SCSI storage device after BIOS flash on laptop?

I just flashed a HP Laptop BIOS to a client's laptop, stupidly, with an External HDD plugged into a USB slot on the laptop. That was dumb, I know. But I didn't realize it until it had finished. I ...
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Aus Z9PE-D8 WS - no POST, Q-Code is blank

I've just finished a new build, and the system won't boot, it doesn't appear to be getting to POST. Here is the system configuration: M/B: Asus Z9PE-D8 WS CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2665 (only 1, installed ...
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Computer will boot but monitor doesn't turn on until lock screen

I need to access my bios settings as I need to enable virtualization, but when I turn my computer on, (monitor is on stand by) the monitor only displays anything once the computer is at the lock ...