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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Modify Windows 7 for unsupported motherboard BIOS

I have a board that supports only XP and Server 2003. It has been EOLed, so the manufacturer has not, and will not, update the BIOS for Vista and above. W7 has the Serverworks HT1000 chipset driver ...
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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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Can random writes to a non-formatted raw partition from linux corrupt the boot loader?

In brief: suppose I create a non-formatted raw partition on my hard drive, and read and write block IOs to and from it using the standard c interface: open, pread, pwrite, etc. Is there any reason why ...
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How can I boot to DOS with a UEFI BIOS? (re: updating BIOS)

I have a Supermicro X9SCM-F motherboard and I'd like to upgrade the BIOS because I'm having trouble installing Windows 8.1 (and apparently I'm on a very old BIOS). However, I can't seem to boot to ...
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Ubuntu Efi disk read & boot error

I have fujitsu lifebook. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS via USB. It works well but, the problem is I can't boot from other installation media anymore. When I try to boot from a CD or USB I ...
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Acer Travelmate P253-M Freezes on BIOS

I was trying to create a dual boot of Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I successfully installed Ubuntu on the hard disk but it wasn't able to boot so I went through boot-repair which said that I should put a ...
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How do I find the storage capacity of the E²PROM chip on my motherboard? How much space is needed for UEFI to be implemented?

I'm looking at a solution for upgrading BIOS to UEFI on a motherboard that doesn't natively support UEFI. Another user, Rod Smith, replied to a question as to how this would be done stating: "It's ...
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Can't find/enable virtualization

I have a AMD Athlon 7850 Black Edition and I can't seem to find VT-x or AMD-V. I've looked literally every where in my BIOS. My BIOS is a ASUSTeK M2N68-AM Plus (AM2). I looked it up and yes, my CPU ...
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Dell Studio Slim 540s JBOD RAID

I'm working on a Dell Studio 540s that has dual 750GB drives in what appears to be a JBOD configuration. The computer reports "Missing operating system" at boot. The BIOS appeared to have been wiped/...
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1-2 controller cards in system: How to initialize onboard controller first?

I have an older mobo in my system whose Promise PDC20376 onboard controller sometimes causes minor problems when other external cards (bus is good ol' PCI) are present and the onboard one gets ...
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Sudden and spontaneous shutdown when using ACPI

On a Dell Optiplex 755, when I bring the system out from ACPI S3 (suspend) to S0 (normal running mode), the system stays on for perhaps 10 seconds, maybe more. Then it very suddenly shuts the power ...
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Windows 7 will not boot unless I enter the BIOS or try to boot from CD

I have an amazingly confounding problem. A friend has an HP Pavilion P6000 series computer circa 2010. Recently, a storm came through and flickered the power a few times in rapid succession. After ...
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BIOS not able to boot from USB

I'm using an HP Pavilion dv7-3165 dx. (BIOS version F15 of Insyde H20) I can go into the boot selection menu by tapping ESC, and then F9, and I can see my TOSHIBA EXT HDD, but whenever I plug in a ...
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How do you fix a laptop with a corrupt hard drive and encrypted bios?

I have a laptop with a fully encrypted hard drive. Recently, the drive got corrupted and I am unable to boot up the laptop. The bios is password-protected so I cannot change the boot drive. Is there ...
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Vaio VGN FW41j/PCG-3H1M black screen with 8GB DDR2

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FW41j(PCG-3H1M) which I configured and bought in 2009 on the German Sony Website. The relevant specs are: CPU: Intel Core2Duo T9800 GPU: AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon 4650, 1GB DDR3 ...
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Computer not booting when Hard disk is connected

I bought a new system with Seagate 2 TB internal hard disk about a week ago. I have Windows 7 running on my PC. Till yesterday my system working fine. Today when I tried to start my system, I see ...
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Hard drive will not boot, does not show up in BIOS

When I turned on my computer today, I received the message "missing operating system." Since I have a backup of all my files, I don't care if they all get erased, so I put in my recovery disk, which ...
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Getting around stop error/missing driver for XP boot off BootDisk

I have a workstation attached to a very expensive machine (cost>$150k) where the manufacturer of said machine stopped offering support. The machine itself seems fine but I have been unable to boot ...
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Second SATA harddrive not showing

I've been tasked with wiping the data of a ton of hard drives. To wipe I use DBAN from a System Rescue CD. The tower I'm using has multiple SATA connectors. I can wipe one hard drive no problem but if ...
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Dell Inspiron mini laptop - access Bios blind?

I picked up a Dell laptop Inspiron 1018 mini at a school fund raising sale cheap. Screen is cracked so it only works on external screen which is OK, but here is the kicker... we also don't have ...
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Freezing on HP bios update?

So, my computer (HP Pavilion g7) has been funky for the past few days and it eventually got to the point of when I turned it on, nothing would happen, only the lights would flash. I left it alone for ...
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New Samsung ATIV Book 8 - looking for advice regarding linux installation

I just bought a new laptop, Samsung ATIV Book 8, and I'm now researching how to approach installing linux alongside Windows 8. Unfortunately I have been reading Samsungs have an issue with booting ...
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Gateway Laptop boots to BIOS, but not OS

I have a Gateway MP8708. These are the following symptoms: able to boot to and enter BIOS can change BIOS settings and remembers them does not show any problems during BIOS boot can push F10 to ...
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No EFI boot possible with Clover EFI

So I have this Vaio Duo 11 sitting next to me, and it works very nice. But to have some sort of bootloader which also is compatible with Hackintosh, I wanted to install Clover. I used my MacBook Air ...
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Slow POST after resetting BIOS

After I did a BIOS reset (by taking out the CMOS battery and putting it back in), every time I boot now, POST takes ages. Not necessarily the POST itself, but it will stay stuck on "Loading Operating ...
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BIOS update validation?

I have downloaded a BIOS update for the Shuttle XH61. In the description field on the download page it says "Checksum : BC33h". I want to confirm that the BIOS update is valid, but I can't find out ...
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Laptop Screen Only Runs External In Bios

My laptop screen runs blank. I sent it to get fixed and it came back working okay for a day now it has broken again. I took it back and he said he was unsure, possibly motherboard or screen issue. ...
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Disabling BIOS error without graphics card

I've recently inherited an old HP M7000, and decided to make a headless server out of it. My only problem is, that the included motherboard (Asus P5LP-LE) does not have an integrated graphics card, ...
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Windows 8 is not booting

I was working on my Toshiba c650 laptop when it crashed and restarted. Now the computer freezes after the boot menu and does not work until I reboot it and the same thing happens. I tried chkdsk, ...
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Asus P8Z68 Deluxe Memory Disappeared

There was a time when they where working(16 Gigs-4 x 4GB dual chips which is on the vendors list), but now only 8GBs are seen by Windows 7 Ulti/64bit. I have just reinstalled everything, Windows, the ...
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Dell Precision 690 workstation - Boot device not found

My Dell Precision 690 workstation has stopped booting into Windows 7 altogether. About a week ago, the BIOS started giving me a message that the amount of memory had changed from the default ...
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Acer Aspire One a0531h/zg8 BIOS suddenly asks for password

I have an old Acer Aspire One a0531h/zg8 with Arch Linux installed on it. I think it had Windows 7 before. I've never had any problems with it after I started using Arch. However, recently, I turned ...
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Asus A52F Laptop Hanigng on BIOS

The laptop first showed a problem about 'no bootable media', so I tried going into system restore. It was very slow and once I tried system restore it hung on a blank screen with the windows 7 login ...
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ASUS M5A97 UEFI BIOS - Where the heck are the C-State settings?

I've been getting coil whine since switching to a new PSU, and I'm worried about power stepping affecting my SSD RAID0 performance, so I did some reading and decided I needed to disable some C-States. ...
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Not booting to portable USB DVD Drive, though showing in Boot menu?

I have an AMD Duron, BIOS version is 2001 (an old PC). I want to do a clean install of Win XP. When i connect the USB DVD drive, it detects in the Boot Menu-F8, but soon the message comes - Insert ...
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How to read and save BIOS from GeForce GT630M to change throttle temperature in Acer V3

ORIGINAL POST Please skip to EDIT Hello I am using the Acer V3-571G which has set GPU throttling temperature to really low value(lower than other manufacturers) it makes GPU useless it throttles ...
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Control screen brightness of HP Pavillon DV 9643 EG 17 with OpenSUSE 12.2

I'm running an HP Pavillon DV 9643 EG 17 with OpenSUSE 12.2 and KDE. I don't know how to adjust the brightness of the screen. Would looking at /usr/bin/nvidia-settings help?
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Dell XPS M1330 BIOS upgrade adversely affects battery behavior

I upgraded from A11 to A15 using the executable M1330A15 (via DOS) and was successful. Before the upgrade, I left the laptop alone for several months. The battery showed 4 out of 5 pips when ...
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Gateway LT210 wrong ram size reported by BIOS after restart

Just upgraded a Gateway LT210 from 1GB to 2GB, BIOS 1.26 When it boots, 2GB are recognized by both Bios and Windows. This is consistent, I can do it any number of times. However, if I reboot (...
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OC'ing a Sapphire 7950, problems with memory clock

I bought a new rig with sapphire radeon 7950 flex w/ boost. Good scores initially in 3dmark 11, around 7300 stock. Problem is, as soon as i start overclocking, issues arise. the core clock is at 860, ...
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Why does BIOS runs really slow sometimes?

Sometimes, the BIOS runs really slow on my Dell Vostro 1550 computer (10 seconds). When I go to the BIOS setup and switch to a different tab, the new tab shows up slowly. My OS (Kubuntu) runs normally ...
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AST Bravo MS 5166 does not start and signals POST Error

I'm trying to help a friend fix an old AST Bravo MS 5166 that doesn't want to start. When the computer is powered on, the screen stays black, and the POST beep code goes like this: 3 short - 3 long -...
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Using UEFI to access CPU features which are locked in BIOS

I have Dell Latitude E6420 with SandyBridge i5-2520M and standard issue Dell BIOS (version A15). In certain situations computer produces annoying high-pitched noise (it is not loud but it is ...
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Does updating BIOS solve certain BSODs?

Specifically speaking I am wanting to update my BIOS for my P8Z77 Asus M-PRO motherboard. I'm running a ivy bridge i7 3770k with a GTX 570, 2 X 8GB G.Skill 1333 DDR3 RAM I have the latest driver ...
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ACPI events delayed or not logged in Linux

I have a samsung ultrabook (NP530U3C) that is not working good with ACPI events: lot of ACPI events randomly stop to be logged on kernel messages either in acpid logging. the lid closing is ever ...
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No hard drive detected on compaq presario m2000 (IDE hard disk)

My laptop crashed. At first I thought it was a hard disk problem. I bought a new one but the computer keeps telling me that no hard drive is detected. I have tried to install Windows XP SP2/3, ...
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Win7 Pro x64 task manager hangs when restarting explorer.exe after waking from sleep

I have a desktop running Windows 7 x64 Pro, set for Hybrid Sleep on a wired network. Wakeup is only enabled from the keyboard (wake on mouse and Wake-On-LAN are both disabled). Sometimes when it ...
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Windows 7 hangs after going into sleep a second time

I've searched everywhere around Google and can't figure out why this is happening so I decide to ask here to see if anyone has a problem like this. Like it says in the title, whenever I sleep ONCE I'...
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Asus n61Ja notebook bios update

I wanted to update the bios, with an official bios update, from version 207 to 211. I didn't use winflash, I used easyflash in the bios. Everything seemed to be going okay; it deleted the old files, ...
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Why does an HP dv6 laptop get stuck on the bios screen?

I have an HP dv6 laptop which has been giving me few problems lately, before even booting to Linux/Windows. So, I have a dual boot Windows/Linux setup, and the screen is stuck at the HP logo, with a ...