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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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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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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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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How to enable hardware virtualization on AMD Asus motherboard

I have an Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard, and an AMD fx-4350 processor. I know you have to go into bios to enable virtualization technology, but i can't find it anywhere. Online it says this processor ...
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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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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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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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How to get it in Bios Samsung Series 5 NP530U4CL

I have a Samsung Series 5 NP530U4CL Laptop and I can not get into the BIOS, I have been trying using all function Keys, Tab, Esc, Del and nothing works, can anybody help me? The Model Code is ...
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Toshiba satellite L850 key for BIOS

I cant get in BIOS to my Toshiba laptop. Probably I turned on the fast boot or because of Fn key. How can I get in bios BIOS?
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My BIOS is gone

After GRUB replaced my MultiBoot Menu and I couldn't change my Boot Device, I got sick of it and opened nautilus and deleted the /boot folder, and I thought doing that would make it go and let me open ...
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Seagate 2TB HDD Not Showing up in BIOS

I have a 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD that a friend gave me to try and do some data restoration on but I am running into some strange issues. First off, the drive still spins up when you apply power. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I change the BIOS serial number in VirtualBox?

VirtualBox sets the BIOS serial number of every VM instance to 0. It seems to be possible to change some BIOS settings, but I haven't seen anything that directly references the serial number. Can ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Why I Was Supplied With Power Supply Less Than Recommended?

Yesterday I was studying the BIOS of a DELL Latitude E6420 laptop and enabled notifications that check and warn if the power supply is not appropriate for laptop. Immediately I got this message: ...
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How do i get rid of words on my bios splash screen?

I have a dell optiplex gx620 and on the bios splash screen above the dell logo it says the name of a college and i would like to get rid of that so its normal. I have tried to flash the bios by ...
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Cannot stop my computer from going into the BIOS automatically

I bought a laptop ASUS PU500CA with FreeDOS installed. First time when I turned it on I got a FreeDOS command line. I tried to run dir to check that everything is all right. It returned a list o ...
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BIOS doesn't show the Advanced tab

I am busy with repairing a laptop. (fujitsu siemens amilo m1437g, BIOS: v02.57) I want to repair its Windows XP. So when I tried to do this I got this error: -> setup could not determine the type of ...
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This should be simple: “winload.efi missing or corrupt” yet neither. Win8.1 not booting

I have a desktop PC that was running Windows 8.0 from a slow HDD. I unplugged the old drive and installed a new SSD and Windows 8.1. Once I got it running, I unplugged the SSD and plugged the HDD ...
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'UEFI boot source (windows 8)' and 'Legacy source (RHEL 6)', dual boot issue, after installation

On new system where windows 8.1 installed already, I have shrieked the partition and tried to install RHEL 6. But the DVD is not detectable (may be because it is not supporting UEFI boot source). ...
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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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Is it possible to repurpose a Trend Micro IGSA (Cisco 1113) appliance server?

I have a practially unused Trend Micro IGSA appliance without any valid license. It's not hyper fast or anything but it is a x86 box with the same motherboard as in a Cisco 1113 and sports a ...
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Computer runs slow in the startup screen and booting of windows, programs fade in and fade out slowly

I think I have the exact same problem that is described here: PC running slow like molasses from BIOS to OS. Everything was working fine, and then suddenly, out of nowhere it took forever to boot my ...
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Is there any way to boot Windows 7/8 using BIOS on GPT?

I'd like to know if there's a method to get Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview to install to a GPT disk on my traditional IBM PC BIOS setup. Windows 7, of course, rejects my GPT partition, ...
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System doesn't function properly without hardware reserved memory

I've got a Foxconn Renaissance motherboard, and I'm using the newest supportable version of BIOS, 6GB memory, 2GB memory on my GTX760 graphics card, and WIndows 7 x64, Unfortunately, there's no ...
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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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why my DVD and USB device can not be read by bios?

I can use my usb drive and DVD drive to read and write when I enter into Windows 7. When ENTERING into bios by pressing F8, in the boot menu, I can not see the USD and DVD device, what is the matter ...
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Hard disk not detected in BIOS, disk does spin up when powered

A friend asked me if I could fix his laptop, with the description "black screen on boot". Having tried using his laptop I immediately noticed that the laptop's BIOS claims there is no hard disk ...
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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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Can't install Windows on GPT device

I have a bit of a conundrum here. My windows installation doesn't boot with EFI, so the only way to boot from it is to turn off efi boot on my BIOS settings. Then I can boot into the disk, but my ...
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Bios won't boot my HDD (but he can see it)

I have a laptop ASUS A56CA moderboard model K56CA. I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and everything was working then I updated to a new Bios version flashed using Asus FlashUtility. The ...
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How do I get into BIOS on a everex amd 64 athlon?

I have tried F1, F2, Esc, del and nothing will let me change the boot order so that I can update my Mint 10 and run Mint 13 from my USB. Please help
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BIOS requires password which was nulled

In BIOS (Acer emachines e730 specific one) I found that it asks for password as I knew it I decided to remove it. There was option to change password so I did that, but instead of filling new password ...
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UEFI Legacy boot hidden - tricks to unlock it?

I bought an Acer Aspire E1-510P-4459 with Windows 8.1... And I am considering installing Linux on it; maybe Win7, but I'd need to get a USB CD for that. So I downloaded a live image of my favourite ...
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Is clearing CMOS and flashing BIOS same operation?

My friends' desktop PC won't boot, shows nothing on display, confirmed that everything's working fine, but BIOS is corrupted..need to flash the BIOS using bootable CD/USB (Hiren's boot CD or Ultimate ...
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Disable ATI card on Acer Timeline 5810TG

This laptop has a huge problem: The switchable graphic card system (INTEL / ATI) can be configured in BIOS to use the ATI or the INTEL+ATI, but not the INTEL (low power). I want to move on to Windows ...
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Anyone has and is willing to share BIOS update for Sun X4170?

I have a Sun X4170 server and would like to update its BIOS (for one, Windows 2008 does not work on it). However, since Sun was bought by Oracle, there is no way to download any BIOS update. Does ...