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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Issues when upgrading Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14 with an SSD

After purchasing a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14, I tried to upgrade it and replaced the HDD with an SSD from my older laptop. After putting in the SSD, I encountered a numerous amount of problems. First, ...
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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 utilization,...
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Will my computer be able to run Windows 8 without UEFI?

Will I be able to run windows 8 on my system, even though I am not using UEFI? Is there a work around if I don't want to use UEFI?
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3GB of RAM showing up as 2GB

Last year I built a Core i7 920 system based on the ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard. I have 3x1GB of DDR3 (triple-channel configuration), but only 2GB is being reported by: Windows XP, CPU-Z, the BIOS. Is ...
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Updating BIOS on DOS

I am using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 motherboard on my computer. I wanted to migrate from Award BIOS to UEFI. I downloaded the binary file from the Gigabyte product page, but when I tried to run, it ...
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I can't update my BIOS because the current version is an empty string

I am using an Intel D945GCCR motherboard. I want to update the BIOS but the current installed BIOS has an empty string for the BIOS version which causes an error and prevents me updating. The error ...
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Desktop bios “After Power Failure” setting behavior

I know what the bios setting does but I have seen 2 different behaviors when this "After Power Failure" setting is set to "power on" Here are my main questions, does the bios know if the PC was ...
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c000021a BSOD on Windows 7 boot

I guess I can't since I'm getting the error message: The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of Windows you're trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that ...
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What does a TPM error message when booting mean?

I have a Gateway MT6728 laptop I was given to have, if I could fix it. When the computer boots, it displays the message: No TPM or TPM has problem. Allegedly, this problem occurred after browsing ...
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Laptop Malfunctions After UPS Failure? I Have Got What I Deserved

My UPS failed today and laptop ceased working. UPS failed me before 1 time and it was when laptop was on standby but nothing happened to the laptop however. Also there were times when laptop was ...
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How can I remove BIOS unknown password on HP 620 laptop

While installing a new virtual machine (Windows Server 2008 R2 x64) I got a message saying : This virtual machine is configured for 64-bit guest operating systems. However, 64-bit operation is not ...
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H MB problems

I installed a new system last week. I've some issues with it. The system consists of a: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H with F9 BIOS (latest) Intel Core i5 3570K proccesor Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2x 8GB ...
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“Bios Not fully ACPI compatible”

Why would a computer that has been working for month's suddenly start having a "Bios not fully ACPI compatible" blue screen error, when the bios has not changed?
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How to install BIOS on samsung laptop [closed]

My laptop BIOS is broken, when I hitting F2 key it enter GRUB... Maybe it replaced by Grub2. So I can't set boot order from USB boot. Now I can't get into Fedora 17 ( cos I converting sda disk ...
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Why shouldn't I disable legacy USB on a laptop?

By default the BIOS enables this feature. What are the advantages of doing so?
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Bios password protection

I have my system on drive C: and also I have all my important folders on drive D:. I want to lock this drive with a password. Any advice?
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Motherboard BEEPS Code

I am using a Gigabyte motherboard. Today my screen suddenly went black and the beep sound began. I tried to restart my PC, but when it tried to boot into Windows, the same beep sound appear again. I ...
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Error with WinPE “The BIOS in this system is not fully ACPI compliant”

I have some WInPE based media.. I think they're WinPE based.. One is a WinPE based Macrium Reflect bootable USB. (The linux based one boots fine). Another is WinPE 32bit. Clonezilla which is ...
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Certain thumbdrives keep a system from going out of the boot screen

I have an old r51 which I boot off USB. Apparently, if I have a Toshiba 2GB thumbdrive similar to this plugged in: ... or an old imation 1GB drive plugged in, it won't boot at all - it freezes in ...
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Is my new Graphic Card cause for my PC hanging?

My Computer Specification My Motherboard specification My new Graphic Card Some days ago I bought a GeForce 8400 GS Graphic card. My computer satisfied all the minimum system requirements it ...
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CPU sounds beep loud When It's start

When I start my PC, my computer plays a loud BEEP for 2 seconds and after that it starts abnormally like press F1 To Start. I found some video in that many of the video tells to clean the RAM. After ...
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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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Acer Aspire s7-391 BIOS recovery

Model: Acer Aspire S7-391; 256GB SSD/4GB RAM; OS: Windows 10 Before going dead, the laptop used to randomly display 'no bootable device found' warning while turning it on. But usually it booted up ...
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Remove BIOS password on netbook

A friend of mine asked me me to fix her daughters netbook. It has a BOOTMNG missing error, so I decided to install windows again. But, windows is not installing, because the BIOS has a password, and ...
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BIOS administrator password reset - Dell laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop I forgot the BIOS password for my laptop (Dell). I have to enter the password before my computer boots. What can I do to get ...
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How to speed up a PC with two OS on two hard drives

I have installed Windows 8, 64 bit on one drive and windows 8, 32 bit on another hard drive. At the time of booting, the system pops up the choice giving me the option to choose from the two volumes. ...
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Enable Virtualization in BIOS if my computer isn't giving me the option

How would I enable Virtualization in BIOS if my computer isn't giving me the option to do so? Thanks
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Slow BIOS bootup

This is a new HP DV-7 laptop. When you turn it on SOMETIMES it will wait at 15 minutes on the press escape for menu and sometimes it will boot correctly. IS this a hardware failure issue or is this a ...
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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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Toshiba Satellite C655-S5225 bios reset/remove [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop? I am helping my cousin, with getting her laptop backup and running and it appears her ...
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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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4GB memory seen as 3GB in BIOS

I have a 945GCM S2L Motherboard which has 4GB memory (2x2GB) running windows vista x64. The RAM is getting reported as 3GB in the BIOS, Total Physical Memory also shows 3GB, Task manager also shows ...
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Hard Drive Not Recognized,BIOS Supervisor Password

I have a Toshiba P855-S5200 laptop that I bought from Ebay around a year ago. It was running fine and smooth until I wanted to upgrade the existing hard drive to SSD. I exchanged my SSD (that was ...
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How to clear the BIOS security password on this notebook?

I recently got an Acer Aspire E11 (E3-112m) and in order to install another OS I had to set a Supervisor password, so I used a well known password to me, the problem is that such password contains a ...
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How to enable virtualization without using bios?

I am using android studio.I want to run my app on simulator but it is asking me to install intel haxm,.When i install intel haxm it says that vitualization is not enabled/.To enable virtualization i ...
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Can't enter BIOS password containing “!”

Yesterday, I added a password containing a ! to my BIOS. Unfortunately, the password prompt that asks for the password when you boot doesn't let you write a ! (i.e. the little * isn't added and it ...
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Where is the BIOS stored?

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS: BIOS software is stored on a non-volatile ROM chip on the motherboard. ... In modern computer systems, the BIOS contents are stored on a flash memory chip ...
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Why is the first BIOS instruction located at 0xFFFFFFF0 (“top” of RAM)?

I know that BIOS loads its first instruction from 0xFFFFFFF0, but why this specific address? I've a bunch of questions and hope you can help me with some of them, at least. My questions: Why is the ...
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Using virtual box is it possible to set your virtual machine time to be different from host time

Using virtual box is it possible to set your virtual machine time to be different from host time. Say 1 year into the past. If I wanted to run the windows XP images provided by Microsoft from here. ...
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Why should I choose (or not) AHCI over IDE in my PC's BIOS settings?

I've noticed in the BIOS settings of the newer PCs I own that I can configure the drive controller work either in AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode, or else in IDE mode. I'm suspecting ...
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What is the difference between BIOS and firmware?

Could anyone elaborate on the differences between BIOS and firmware please?
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What hardware device used to eat up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM, and now suddenly after no hardware changes eats up 2.2GB?

This is more or less a continuation of What hardware device eats up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM? While I have more or less accepted the solution there that for some mysterious reason, after a BIOS upgrade ...
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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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System found unauthorized changes on the firmware

I have a PC with an Asus motherboard running Windows 7 Pro. Yesterday I installed latest Windows updates, restarted, and shortly afterwards hibernated the machine. This morning on un-hibernating I ...
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Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? [closed]

Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? How can I set up the boot device priority? My problem occurs when switching on my computer. It immediately goes to Windows 8 loading screen without ...
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When I hit DEL during start up, am I entering CMOS or BIOS?

For the longest time I assumed I was entering the BIOS setup and CMOS is a chip that holds the settings I set in BIOS in its memory. I recently read somewhere that when I am configuring the boot ...
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Possible to install 64-bit Windows on 32-bit UEFI?

I recently purchased an HP Stream 7, which I was led to believe would have Windows 8.1 64-bit installed. However, it has 32-bit Windows, even though it has a 64-bit processor. Installing 64-bit has ...
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Can't Boot from USB - even with Bios set correctly

I can't boot from USB even though the BIOS is set to boot from USB first. Windows Boot manager somehow seems to be taking precedence. I have Windows 7, Linux Mint and Ubuntu installed on my hard-drive....
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Linux on UEFI - how to reboot to the UEFI setup screen like Windows 8 can?

makeuseof.com explains that Windows 8 certified hardware has a new way to enter the UEFI setup screen (equivalent to BIOS). From How To Access The BIOS On A Windows 8 Computer: No longer do we ...
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Who loads the BIOS in RAM during computer bootstrap

When the computer starts up, the code in BIOS is executed first. However, how is the code in BIOS loaded into the RAM for execution ? I have referred to this question - Is BIOS read from the BIOS ...