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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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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Can I install Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 in without IDE mode?

Good day guys, I just installed ubuntu and it replaced my current OS Windows 7 Ultimate. Now I want to go back to windows and try to install XP but now I'm unable to install ANY VERSION OF WINDOWS ...
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use external monitor as primary (bios supported) monitor for my laptop [duplicate]

Can I use external monitor as primary (bios supported) monitor for my laptop? My thinkpad t61 has non-working screen. I use it with external monitor. But that does not show me win 7 dual boot option ...
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Freenas box Motherboard sometimes does not boot from USB

I have a Freenas box that boots from a USB stick. It has been fine for a few years, but recently it has stopped detecting the USB stick at boot time and will not boot from USB. Instead it goes into ...
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“We couldn't create a new partition…” error while installing Windows 8.1 on Samsung 530U

So I've been trying install Windows 8.1 on Samsung 530U, but I keep getting this error "We couldn't create a new partition...". I'm using 16GB usb stick that I made with Windows USB/DVD tool. I ...
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CMOS failure MSI motherboard

I recently tried to get an old MSI P965 Neo motherboard working, but the cmos is getting cleared every time i boot the pc. I tried a new 2032 3v battery, but it still wasnt working. I can get into the ...
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Error Message: Primary Slave Drive - ATAPI Incompatible

So I recently switched towers and now, all of a sudden, I'm getting this error message as soon as I boot my system. The error message reads "Primary Slave Drive - ATAPI Incompatible". This has really ...
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How to create an EFI System Partition?

TL; DR How do I create an EFI system partition from scratch? How do I put the EFI firmware on it onces it is created? Long version I hava Toshiba T430 laptop. I received it with Windows 7 installed ...
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Change GUID on Dell E6420

I'm working in a school who have recently updated to Windows 7 and purchased a whole batch of new laptops. While everything else works swimmingly, there are 6 laptops that appear to have the same BIOS ...
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Can I use headphones to hear diagnostic beeps from the motherboard?

I've many times problems with the motherboards so when I disassembly laptops I prefer do disconnect the speakers, and use the headphones but I don't know if some sort of diagnostic beeps could be not ...
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Lenovo Ideapad Z570. There is a method to recover BIOS?

I have a Lenovo Ideapad Z570. I try to update the BIOS with the 45CN38WW.exe downloaded from the lenovo website, I don't know how in the update process the laptop shutdown and now doesn't work, just ...
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Laptop seems to be stuck in a boot sequence where it wants to boot from hiberfil.sys, which doesnt exist on the harddrive

So a friend of mine messed up his ASUS K70AB with windows 7 64bit laptop. Probably by closing the lid and removing the power too soon after. He asked if I could take a look at it so I went and tried a ...
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Unknown CPU detected, Bios Update is Required to Unleash it's Full Power

I have Asus P5K SE motherboard i recently changer the CPUfrom core2quad to core2due after the change i got a message at the very beginning of the boot "Unknown CPU detected, Bios Update is Required ...
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can't install Win7 on Asus X200MA [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Win7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit on my new laptop but it seems impossible! Finally I was able to wipe out Win8 on the hd through a Ubuntu LiveCD. Now when I turn on the computer it goes ...
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Disable RAID Controller at BOOT and Partition Each Disk

I have some decent HP Proliants server that come with "HP Smart Array P410i Controller" enabled, I am using these boxes to set up a Hadoop cluster and I know, RAID is for sure a no-no for Hadoop since ...
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BIOS loading screen is not visible

I have a single operating system (Ubuntu). When I start my computer, I get a black screen, and after a few seconds, the Ubuntu loading screen, and after that I'm able to use my computer as usual. I do ...
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How to View BIOS Settings During Runtime

We write applications that provide component data up to a server for system health monitoring. One of our customers was testing our product and noted that the temperature reported by BIOS is hotter ...
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What is required to reflash a Sony VAIO BIOS?

I have a US model Sony VAIO laptop whose motherboard recently failed. I purchased a replacement board of the same specification however I believe it has come from a Chinese model Vaio. The computer ...
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Booting a GPT USB key on older BIOS laptop

I have an old HP EliteBook 8530p, which does not support booting from GPT USB (GPT HDDs are fine though). Lately I had the wish to have a fast-to-start OS for browsing, smaller web tasks, etc., so I ...
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How can I dual boot a UEFI OS and a legacy boot OS, or convert stock Windows 8 to BIOS?

I have a computer (HP Pavilion g6-2342dx) which came with Windows 8, and thus the new UEFI boot system. I would like to install a few OS's which are not EFI compatible, and Arch GNU/Linux with BIOS ...
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Can't go inside BIOS

I can't open BIOS in my laptop Sony Vaio. I already removed the HDD and DVDrom, and see message that BootNG is missing. I booted in bios before. There was a password and one day I forgot it, but ...
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Dell BIOS update appears inefective

My Dell XPS M1330 currently has BIOS version A11 which is too outdated to install windows 7 Home Premium. I followed the instructions on the Dell support site, downloaded the appropriate BIOS update ...
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Overclocking and Intel Speedstep in GNU/Linux?

OS: Gentoo CPU: i7 920 (2.66 GHz) Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (BIOS: 1202 (this is the most recent version)) Having overclocked for some years with Speedstep simply disabled to allow for as high ...
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Guess correct stable memory/RAM CAS?

I have several APACER 8GB UNB PC3-12800 CL11 but i could not find any document about correct CAS . Usually the CAS written on piece of paper which attached to RAM . Motherboard bios shows the part ...
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Motherboard BEEPS Code

I am using Gigabyte motherboard, today my PC suddenly when black and the beep sound begins. I tried to restart my PC, but when it try to boot into windows, same beep sound appear again. I have to ...
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Is there any any 802.11AC card that will work in X230?

Lenovo X230 provides a BIOS whitelist for the PCMCIA cards. Any cards not in that whitelist are denied. I don't think that whitelist is published either. Are there any 802.11ac cards supported on ...
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Is power outage dangerous in BIOS?

I recently had problems with my adapter for my laptop, and I think there is a problem with the connector. But to know that, I have no other solution but to test if my computer is powered or not. Since ...
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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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USB keyboard works in bios, but stops working when installing XP sp2. PS/2 not an option

All, I have an old (2007) computer (Dell Optiplex 745) on which the hard drive failed completely. I have a new hard drive, formatted to NTFS but otherwise blank. The USB keyboard works fine in ...
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Monitor won't turn on when I change BIOS settings

I need to change the BIOS settings on my computer. When I get to the BIOS settings, though, my monitors won't display anything, making it impossible for me to make any changes. (During normal startup, ...
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Unable to access BIOS, computer just restarts

I've got a custom built PC with an Intel i3 processor built in. This has never happened before but all of a sudden when I go to turn on my computer, and at the splash screen when I press 'DELETE' to ...
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Cant access BIOS settings through F2

I have a DELL Optiplex GX260 Series, and umm i cant access my bios settings, F2 gives me the setup and F12 the Boot Menu. There are no advance settings in my setup as well. I have searched everywhere ...
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Unable to boot off of previously bootable external hard drive

My previously bootable Seagate external hard drive has had Ubuntu on it for quite some time and after making some changes to my main hard drive(installing Windows 8) I can no longer boot into my ...
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Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherbaord and Archlinux UEFI boot

Is it possible to UEFI boot Archlinux using the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 motherboard with an SSD attached. I have tried several things specified on their wiki, including EUFI boot from a USB drive, ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual booting problems

I think I have destroyed my PC system and now it won't even boot. I was trying to configure dual boot with Ubuntu installed after Windows 7. However it always booted into Windows, bypassing the dual ...
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Resetting Bios Password on ASUS Transformer T300L

So, I have a ASUS Transformer Book T300L. I usually set a pass on my BIOS just in case (I'm a paranoiac). This time I tried to set it, introduced it slowly to see I introduce it correctly, confirmed ...
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Windows 8.1 installation from USB after deleting Windows Boot Manager in BIOS/UEFI

I removed Windows Boot Manager option from BIOS (UEFI) with EasyUEFI, after reboot I got an error message about broken BCD, need to be recovered, I tried to reinstall Windows 8.1.1 Pro X64 from USB ...
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How to read what's written in a memory cell [closed]

Fairly simple question, is it possible to read what's stored at a given memory address? e.g. you can type in 0x000f0000 and you can see what data is being held at that address. Thanks.
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RAM issue: Laptop fails to boot with two different RAM modules?

My laptop (scan report from crucial website) currently has 4GB memory: 2GB onboard, and a SO-DIMM module, 2GB 1066MHz, inserted in the ONLY slot the laptop offers. Here starts my odyssey: I bought a ...
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GRUB rescue : Can not access BIOS

I just got a grub rescue after installing Debian Jessie, Here is what I've done : error: file not found. Entering rescue mode... $ ls (hd0) (hd1) ... (hd1,gpt2) (hd1,gpt1) (cd0) $ set ...
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How to flash Dell Precision 390 from linux (debian)

I am trying to update my BIOS: $ sudo dmidecode -s bios-version 2.1.2 With a newer one: 2.6.0. I went to this page Dell Precision System BIOS, 2.6.0 After downloading the file WS390-020600.BIN, ...
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Booting Windows from HDD when bios doesn't recognize it

I bought a new SDD for my laptop. It is SATA3, compatible with SATA2 but the BIOS doesn't recognize it. On the other hand, if I boot a Linux Live CD I can access the contents of the SDD. So I can be ...
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What memory modules work in a Intel DP55WB?

I have an Intel DP55WB Motherboard with an i3 processor and two 2GB RAM cards (total 4GB). I went to a store with my CPU to buy a 4GB RAM card in order to have a total of 8GB. The salesman ...
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What sort of tests does POST run on ram?

This is loosely related to a homework assignment I'm currently doing, for a part of it I am trying to work out what sort of memory tests a standard POST test will run on ram, i.e: the ways it will ...
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How to read the DMI strings in Windows?

How can I read (dump) the DMI strings in Windows 7? I tried the APSoft DMIScope application, but it shows nothing. Thank you
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Can't access BIOS and can't boot from USB when HDD is plugged in

I have a Samsung Ultrabook series 5 notebook (NP530U3C), and recently I've been tinkering with Linux distros. I've had a dualboot setup with Windows 8 and Linux on this computer before, and all went ...
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Why does AMD CPU temp in BIOS creep up to shutdown/crash but temp ok under OS?

ASRock FM2A75PRO4, A10 5800K. Watched CPU temp in bios for a while to check that heatsink was seated properly with even contact to CPU for heat transfer. Temp started at typical idle (30 Celsius), ...
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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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What is this boot option?

When I try to modify the BIOS boot sequence , I have this option: Embedded Gb NIC1 IBA GE Slot 0638 v1300 To be honest, I have no idea what is it. Could someone highlights me, please ?
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Beep ×11? Computer beep when booting

This is an issue which is happening me with a computer having Asrock 939A8X-M motherboard. When it is all complete (with everything connected) the fans do start but the rest of the components seem ...