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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How can I use TrueCrypt under windows 8.1?

I know that TrueCrypt doesn't support windows 8 because some systems have UEFI enabled. It seems that if UEFI is disabled or Windows 8 is installed on an non UEFI system TrueCrypt just works fine in ...
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Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop?

Investigation continued Why is Intel Turbo Boost Not Working On My Laptop? (Continued) Dell Latitude E6420 is my laptop with Windows 7 Enterprise. Turbo Boost is enabled in BIOS but is disabled in ...
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Overclocked too far - computer will not boot

I recently tried overclocking my desktop and I went a bit too far. The machine no longer gets to the screen that allows me to enter the bios. I tried switching the CPU but this did not work, it still ...
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BIOS root kit? Or, how do I fresh install a clean BIOS?

So I was installing questionable operating system onto my EEE pc and it required me to downgrade the BIOS which I really am not an expert at. I used a patch and it appeared to work. Now, I'm paranoid ...
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Underclocking without BIOS option

I have never over/under/downclocked my laptop, however it is seriously suffering from overheating. I have cleaned it out and am running the fan at full speed the whole time. I also have turned the ...
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Samsung Series 5 BIOS not detecting any bootable devices

so I have a problem with my BIOS, it doesn't detect any bootable devices from the Boot tab. NOTE: I'm gonna refer to keys and tabs that show in my BIOS settings page for ease of explanation. Please ...
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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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“All boot options are tried” after updating BIOS

I have a Samsung series five laptop. I recently updated the BIOS, which completed successfully. I got the following message after it rebooted: All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to ...
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Laptop BIOS password is unknown

I have a Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile v6535 laptop (a rare 2008 machine) that has a BIOS password which I don't know. I got this laptop from a dump, and it has a Spanish keyboard. The screen and ...
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wake-up by the computer

some time ago(10 years back) I've read on PC Magazine that some mainboards have some settings which allow to a computer to open at a certain hour. I need to make my computer to wake me up in each ...
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What is DMI Pool Data and why is it verified?

What is DMI Pool Data? Every time a computer here boots up it comes a message that says Verifying DMI Pool Data............. And then it comes: AMD data changed...Update New Data to DMI! ...
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Working hard drive, but “Operating System Not Found”. How to make visible to BIOS?

I've recently been handed a 6 year old laptop (HP Pavilion ZD7000) that I want to repurpose for a family member to use. It was boxed and unused when it was given to me. However, upon boot, after the ...
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Are there any downsides to enabling Hardware Virtualization in the BIOS?

I was wondering if there are any downsides (even theoretical) to enabling Hardware Virtualization in the BIOS. I noticed that it is disabled by default, and perhaps it is that way for a reason ...
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How can I be sure that the motherboard is dead and it's not another issue?

So I have and old computer with and Intel D101GGC motherboard and a pentium 4 cpu and award bios, with a long repeating beep and not passing POST. I tried: RAM checking, they are good and working ...
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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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Is it possible to boot a consumer i7 system with a Xeon processor and ECC memory?

I have read a couple of blog posts on the Internet that appear to imply one can boot at least some i7 motherboards with unbuffered ECC memory and a Xeon 43xx processor installed. I can boot my MSI ...
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Motherboard won't power-on until it rests for ~10min with no power plugged in

I have a strange ASUS Rampage Formula motherboard issue. When the computer is off — I can't power it on: 'Power' button press gives just a short impulse on fans. When I disconnect the power cable and ...
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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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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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What is the EFI shell?

My BIOS offers me the option to launch an EFI shell, but I have no idea what that is. Does it allow me to turn on CPU flags like VT-x or something similar? Why would I want to use it?
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Can UEFI settings brick new laptops?

See closed question - this is a less localised version of the same question. Summary: changing CMS support in BIOS after attempting dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 bricked my laptop. While ...
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UEFI with MBR partition table?

i want to convert current GPT partition table to MBR. But my laptop has UEFI, so is it safe UEFI with MBR partition table? or maybe i am misunderstanding about UEFI/GPT things?
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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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Do I need UEFI enabled in BIOS for a 4TB external, non-boot disk?

I just want to use a 4TB drive to store data. Do I need to do anything about UEFI in BIOS? When I Google, it always seems to be talking about boot disks larger than 2TB, so I am not sure if this is ...
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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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How does one set boot priority to cd?

So today my dad's friend came over and showed us the fact that his laptop was not booting. It would show the acer logo, show a 'windows did not shut down correctly' message and then attempt to boot ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 won’t start up Windows directly from Intel 335 SSD [duplicate]

I recently got a Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 2 (14 inch) laptop and want to install an SSD (Intel 335 series 240gb SSD) from my old machine. So, right now, whenever I start it, it takes me to a menu where ...
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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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Samsung NP530 laptop cannot enter BIOS setup

My friend has a Samsung NP530U3C and he has changed the BIOS to CSM only. Now its stuck on a loop and will not boot up, the options "F2 setup" and "F4 recovery" are there but they do nothing. I have ...
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How to disable/reset power-on password in Toshiba satellite laptop C55DT-A5106

I hit the power button, the Toshiba logo comes on then immediately goes to a blue screen that says I need a password. I've been looking online, and I think I need to "reset BIOS password" to start ...
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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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Why won't my motherboard work with two CPUs?

I (very) recently built a computer with the following specifications: (x2) Intel Xeon X5650; Supermicro X8DTI-F Motherboard; AMD Radeon R9 280X; 16GB DDR3 FB 1333MHz RAM (4x 4GB); 1TB Seagate ...
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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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Freeze, sudden reset, SSD no longer recognized by BIOS

How it came about: On a Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit Machine. I was running an incremental backup covering the usual user specific data and a couple of manually selected directories (nothing special: no ...
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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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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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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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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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How to enable Virtualization Technology in Samsung Chromebox

I need to enable Virtualization Technology (VT) in my Samsung Chromebox (Series 5) from Google IO 2012 because of Android x86 emulator from Intel. I am on Developer BIOS, but I have no clue, how to ...
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I get a red bar when trying to install windows 7 DVD, and it freezes

I get a red bar when trying to install windows 7 DVD, and it freezes. I read here https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/aee2b86b-ab1d-409a-b8ca-e0f6a4c90b3c/windows-7-pro-...
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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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USB does not boot when trying to install Linux on my Asus EeeBook X205TA

I already made this question on the AskUbuntu (link) community, but had no good answers/help. So, here I am. I am trying to install Lubuntu on my Asus EeeBook X205TA that came with Windows 10 Home (...
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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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Why should one upgrade BIOS? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is firmware and what happens when I update it? Why do people upgrade there BIOS?What additional facilities are provided?I want to upgrade my d845-gvsr so want to know.
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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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Is it OK to update my BIOS?

I have a HP Pavilion dv5224ea laptop on which I have Windows 7 installed. I recently decided to go to the drivers page at HP.co.za and saw that under Windows Vista Drivers (There are no Windows 7 ...
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Disable HDD in BIOS

I have a computer with two HDDs, one of which is dead. Booting the computer takes forever because the OS continues trying to access the HDD for a while. Since I do not have physical access to the HDD,...
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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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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 ...