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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No discs found when trying to install Windows 8 with UEFI

I have a Vizio Notebook (CN15-A5). It came pre-installed with Windows 8 x64 and is taking advantage of UEFI out of the box. The BIOS (APTOS AMI) is in Secure Boot mode with the OS selected as "Windows ...
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Why would my computer all of sudden reset clock, show new boot screen, and run fans loud?

I bought a new computer one year ago, it's worked fine (Windows 7). A few months ago, it started to not boot unless I removed my USB headphones connected to a USB hub, everything else worked fine. ...
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Windows 10 occasional stuck at boot BEFORE spinning dots

I have a problem where sometimes, when I start my computer it won't boot past the windows logo - the spinning dots don't even show up. Usually, a power down and power up again solves it - but ...
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Does Windows 8 RETAIL install extract OEM product key from BIOS?

I am in a situation where I cannot use Magical Jelly Bean Product Key Finder since the hard drive has failed on a particular system from HP. Sadly HP will only sell restore discs and I don't have the ...
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How to install Windows on GPT disk without UEFI BIOS? [duplicate]

My PC does not support UEFI BIOS, but it has Legacy BIOS. The motherboard is "P5LD2-X1333". I need to install Windows 8 on the 3TB hard drive with GPT scheme, since as we know, the MBR scheme does ...
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Reset BIOS on HP ProBook 4310s

I have a HP ProBook 4310s. I'm trying to reset the BIOS on it. When I took apart the laptop, I found that it doesn't have a CMOS battery to help me reset the password. Does anyone know how else I ...
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Windows 7 New SSD SATA AHCI?

I recently got a new laptop (Dell Latitude E6410) which came with a regular hard drive. I removed the hard drive and installed Windows 7 64 bit fresh. I've been doing some reading about possibly ...
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How can I disable Secure Boot, without entering in BIOS Setup?

I had UEFI Secure Boot enabled laptop with Windows 8 installed in, the problem is that I restored another OS(linux) and now I cannot enter in BIOS Setup. Is there a way to disable UEFI Secure Boot ...
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Why won't USB Plug & Play work?

We have a relatively young Acer laptop. Aspire 6930, 64-bit, 4GB RAM, Vista Home Premium SP1, Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2GHz, etc. Out of the blue the plug & play on the USB ports is no longer ...
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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 ...
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CPU temp very hot in BIOS but okay in RealTemp/Speedfan

I just built myself a new i7 2600k system with an Intel DP67BA motherboard. Booted into BIOS and was alarmed to find Processor temp reported at 75 C, and steadily rising... sat there while it rose to ...
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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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Windows 10 takes 2+ hours to boot

I am running a Dell T7600 workstation with RAID 5 configuration on a Perc 310 adapter running Windows 10. I just converted my partition from MBR to GPT. I changed the Bios to boot in UEFI mode. It ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it normal for a SATA drive to show 0MB size in BIOS?

Right, so this is the first time I've attempted to build a computer that will use a SATA disk. Disk Details are as follows Seagate 7200.12 ST3500413AS PartNo. 9YP142-303 Firmware JC45 Date Code ...
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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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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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Lenovo W540 won't enter BIOS

I have a Lenovo w540 laptop running windows 8.1. I was previously able to enter the BIOS without any issues by pressing the F1 key when the "Lenovo" screen appeared at startup, but now this no longer ...
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How to activate VT-x on a Acer Aspire E1-571G?

How to activate the hardware virtualization an this laptop if on the BIOS i don't have any options...It's very simplified ( the only tabs on the BIOs are those: I searched and the processor ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Mainboard beeping for error but running fine - beep codes corrupt?

I traded CPU, PSU and Graphics Card with a friend. When I took his parts and build my PC everything works fine. When We tried to put my parts in his PC, the Mainboard did a non-ending 2 tone siren ...
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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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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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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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My newly built tower is not recognizing the fact that there is a video card in it

The onboard video works so that i can explore the problem, but so far, i can't find the video card in the device manager, and i don't have any options for the PCI-E or the GPU, in the BIOS unless im ...
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How can I get into the BIOS with a broken keyboard?

My laptop (an Acer Aspire 5630) has the F1, F2, and esc keys broken. I need to change the boot sequence so I can install an operating system but I can't get into the BIOS to tweak that parameter. ...
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How to enable VT when it does not appear in latest BIOS?

I have Ausa Nova p20 with upgraded CPU (E6420) running Windows 7. The latest BIOS I found is AMI 0501 but I can't find out how to enable VT. Is there another way?
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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 boot Windows from new hard drive

I just bought a new, bigger hard drive. Currently I'm running Windows 8.1 with a 1TB hard drive. I just bought a new 3TB hard drive and installed it in my computer. Everything seems OK and Windows ...
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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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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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Computer in Boot Loop

My old Dell PC has recently gotten stuck in a boot loop, and I'm not sure why! I'm kind of new to troubleshooting computers, but I'm trying to learn how. I've checked the RAM, there's no problem ...
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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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Undetectable graphic card

Windows does not detect my graphic card. It worked under windoow 8 but since I formatted and installed windows 7 the card is undetectable. I have the STANDARD VGA ADAPTER card as if my card was the ...