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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Does Windows 8 Consumer Preview already support installation on UEFI-capable systems?

I recently bought a new Acer laptop that I believe already has UEFI, so I just want to know if I install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it, will it be installed as a GPT partition using all UEFI ...
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USB Keyboard won't work after Post but before OS loads

On my new build I just installed Windows 7 x64 and realized that I had put it on the wrong partition. I pop my OS CD back to re-install. My keyboard will work to access the BIOS but when the little ...
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Why would my computer automatically restart after “shutdown” and “sleep”?

After my "firmware lost the hibernation information of my Windows 7 computer" I have fixed everything except the problem that the computer now will not shut off. If I choose "shut down", it shuts ...
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How is the NVRAM/EPROM which contains the firmware placed and used

From this link - Chapter 9, section 9.1.4, it says: The first instruction that is fetched and executed following a hardware reset is located at physical address FFFFFFF0H. This address is 16 ...
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How to re-sign the Windows boot loader to re-enable secure boot on an HP laptop?

I just purchased a "HP Pavilion 15-B055ca (C7C80UA#ABL) Ultrabook" from my local computer store the other day, as well as an SSD hard drive. I removed the original 500GB HDD, installed a 120GB SSD, ...
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How to take a screenshot of my PC's BIOS?

How can I take a screenshot of my PC's BIOS?
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How do I reset BIOS to user factory setting

I have a motherboard ECS H61H2-M2 1.0 bios One day I noticed that aero doesn't show up unless I disable the sound. I guess it just need a better driver. So I search for google and find a driver. ...
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How to change/remove BIOS splash screen on Lenovo B460e laptop?

I got a Lenovo B460e laptop yesterday (given by the Tamil Nadu (India) Govt). It has Windows 7 Professional preinstalled. The BIOS has a funny looking flash screen. Is there a way to get rid of it ...
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Removing the BIOS password on a Dell Laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop I have a Dell D620 laptop. My younger brother set password by mistake on BIOS Setup and forgot it. How do I reset the BIOS ...
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Can I use a USB monitor (like Mimo) as a primary monitor?

I have an old PC in the den without Video Card (I have to remove it after it start failing). I access it through Remote Desktop. I don't want to invest in a new video card since the PC is old. If I ...
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UEFI vs non-UEFI options in boot menu

I just built new PC based on Asus Z87-Plus motherboard and in BIOS boot menu I now have my removable devices listed twice - once as a device itself and once with "UEFI: " prefix. It looks like this ...
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Limiting RAM and CPU cores

I want to limit the number of CPU cores and RAM which the OS sees. Is there any way of doing this in BIOS ? I tried changing the grub file with maxcpu parameter. Is there something which I can do in ...
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Computer Freezes navigating BIOS

Computer started acting up, and this is where I am. I have only the CPU, RAM and video card plugged in, the main power line to the mobo, the CPU power line, and the PCI-E to the video card. Specs: ...
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Windows XP - Blue Screen

I have a Dell Latitude D810 I found in our IT storage in basement (computer graveyard) that I was going to use for parts, specifically the keyboard. When I found it, it had a note on it "Blue Screen, ...
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Howto fix RAM Utilization in BIOS? [duplicate]

Begin: Windows 7 Home 32-Bit I addded 4gb of RAM to the computer (3.12gb of 8gb Usable) I upgraded my PC to: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Added New Hard Drive Added New Graphics Card End: Windows 7 ...
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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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How to change the BIOS splash screen on HP Pavilion G4 1303AU?

My cousin got a laptop model HP Pavilion G4 1303AU from the government of my state. The laptop dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows 7. Everything is great except the BIOS logo at boot which I would like to ...
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Installing Windows 7/8 64-bit on GPT partition table without UEFI [duplicate]

I'll start by saying I tried everything I found. And still nothing worked. Preface I've converted my old MBR to GPT partition table. I actually thought I'll just have to reinstall GRUB2 and ...
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How do I get my ThinkPad T420s to boot Ubuntu 12.10 (on disk) instead of trying to netboot first?

I just installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my ThinkPad T420s (no other operating system installed), and it is working. But there is a small thing which I just don't like... Everytime I shutdown and reboot, it's ...
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Hyper-V and BIOS Virtualization enabled cause Windows 8 to hang on boot

When I enable both Hyper-V and hardware virtualization in BIOS, Windows 8 hangs after POSTing. It sits at the Windows logo indefinitely, but disabling either Virtualization in the BIOS or Hyper-V in ...
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Brand new Asus U500VZ bricked - can anyone shed light on why? [closed]

EDIT: Replaced question with this one. I was wrestling with this, got to a certain point, changed one BIOS setting (I turned off CMS support), and the laptop died. Blank screen on power on, keyboard ...
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SATA Drive Order Scrambled on Reboot; Windows 7 / Asus P5Q MB

I've noticed that the drive order (when viewing through computer management) on my Windows 7 box is not consistent between reboots. More often than not, the drive order is maintained across a reboot, ...
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Cannot Boot to USB with PCChips A13G+ Motherboard

Basically, I want to install a new OS on an old computer I built a while back. It doesn't have a CD drive. I made a Live USB stick using unetbootin and my main computer has no issues booting to it. ...
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Why doesn't my computer work at full speed?

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-8I915PL-G with an Intel Pentium 4 630 3,0 GHz which doesn't run at it's default speed. It's currently at FSB 800, CPU Host 200 and CPU 3000 MHz; but sometimes it runs ...
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CPU Temperature required for auto-shutdown

At what temperature do most motherboards/cpus power down to prevent damage? And what determines this? Is it the bios, the motherboard, the cpu itself? I have a cpu that stays on in the bios until ...
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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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cant connect to any wireless network

today i connected to my friends wifi and try to troubleshooting my old problem low ram in windows 8.1 update for the last trick i went for bios update and hdd regenerator . i have vostro 3300 and ...
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Keyboard no longer works when entering BIOS

I am trying to boot from USB so I can install a couple different Linux distros. I can enter the BIOS, but as soon as I enter the BIOS the keyboard lights switch off (Num Lock and Caps Lock) and I ...
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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 ...
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PC won't POST after Windows Update

I ran Windows Update on my Windows 7 64-bit machine recently, and elected to reboot after the updates completed. My machine failed to completely power off after starting the reboot and I had to hold ...
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How to change boot settings correctly?

I have a hard drive with system and sometimes I want to boot from an USB flash drive. How to change settings of booting correctly so that: Boot from hard drive if there no flash drive. Boot from ...
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FastGate A20 Line And Himem.sys Issue With Updating BIOS

I have been persistent with a thought to perform my first BIOS update ever through MS-DOS but have been postponing this task until today. Despite people telling me any bootable ISO will do it either ...
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Can't enter the BIOS on Samsung laptop after installing Fedora 17 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install BIOS on samsung laptop Since changing the OS on my laptop from Windows 7 to Fedora 17, I've been unable to enter the BIOS. I need to change the boot order ...
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SSD Drive not being recongized in BIOS

Well I bought my first drive Mushkin Chronos 180GB and got it installed in my computer and loaded up. I went to windows 7 and initialized the drive and then I installed "SSDlife Free" and loaded it ...
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How to reinstall the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM

I have a Dell Precision R5400 rack mount computer. It originally came with a the Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM installed. But then we decided to remove the RAID drives and replace them with ...
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Enable hardware virtualization on Asus P8P67 motherboard?

I have the aforementioend motherboard and it appears that hardware virtualization is disabled on it (as according to vmware). I've looked at the bios options as well as the manual and haven't found ...
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Why can my Windows 7 32-bit only use 2.3GB of RAM?

I have 4GB of RAM installed. According to the "System" section of the control panel, 2.3 GB of the 4 GB is usable. I tried adjusting msconfig.exe, but it made no difference. I changed the "dedicated ...
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180 microcode update error (HP Dc7600) any solution

when pc start its ask for F1 BOOT. missing invalid processor microcode update microcode update to support stepping .
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Gigabyte motherboard (890gpa-ud3h) won't shutdown USB power

what the thing the Gigabyte engineers were thinking about their BIOS? How to disable USB being powered while standby/off by button? If I do hard shutdown by button (not related to my another question ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 Only Sees 244 MB RAM, while BIOS and Windows Sees 1.5 GB

I have 1.5 GB of RAM installed on an older Dell, Pentium 4. I just installed Ubuntu 9.1 and the system is only seeing 244 MB of RAM, even though there is 1.5 GB on the system. The BIOS sees all of ...
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POST screen ultra slow [closed]

the boot screen is REALLY slow... here is a video: http://yfrog.com/5kfile18156z not much more i can explain. it's new computer build.
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How do I enter the BIOS setup on an HP P6210T

I hit every Function key, but that just got me into the "Recovery Manager".
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Aspire 5820T POST error

I have a laptop here, Aspire 5820T (SNID:02104847625) and I have the following problem. When I try to power it on, at first it does nothing. The power light stays on, but the fan is not working and ...
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HP Pavilion BIOS Failure. Unable to restore

My laptop BIOS seems to be dead. When I turn it on the CapsLock light blinks for 2 times and nothing happens on my screen. I tried to remove battery and power cable for some minutes, but nothing ...
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Cannot execute a DELL BIOS update for a VOSTRO 260 machine

I am trying to update my DELL VOSTRO 260 BIOS. I am struggling to get anywhere. If I download the exe and try to run it using a FreeDOS USB drive: ...
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All boot options are tried loop

I have read several questions and answers from different sites including: "All boot options are tried" after updating BIOS ...
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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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PC does start but cannot boot from USB/CD

Today I got the problem that the password on one of my PCs doesn't work anymore. I know it's the correct one but the system doesn't accept it. So I thought I'll restore a backup. Now I have to boot ...
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BIOS won't allow me to change boot order

So I recently bought a ROG G750JM because my old laptop gave up a few days ago. Since I'm on a strict budget and most of the parts in my old one still work (except for the motherboard) I choose this ...
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Bios Raid and Windows that wants to format them

I shutdown my PC improperly by holding down the power button. Now Windows sees 2 HDD's with a RAW filesystem instead of my RAID. After the fast shutdown my raid went though the "Verify" stage with 0 ...