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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Building a PC - Out of case BIOS only test - what hardware do I need?

I am building my PC and my friend told me I should try to plug a monitor in and see if the BIOS works and to make sure everything is not DOA and compatible. He's not online now, so my question is, ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 Ultimate?

I have a computer with Windows 7 Ultimate on it that I may need to reinstall. I set it up a few months ago and had problems which ended up being related to a bad IDE cable (yes, I know, old tech but I ...
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BIOS updates and flashing with new Motherboard in Linux

I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard for my desktop. I've chosen a model and I've read some reviews on it. A couple of the reviews talk about BIOS updating/flashing and stuff like that. As a ...
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How to resolve a BootBlock BIOS and BIOS ROM checksum error?

I am having a BIOS ROM checksum error when I start my desktop. Here's a screenshot: My desktop is an HP Pavilion t3530.tr Desktop PC running Windows 7. I did a search and found this and this, but ...
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Q9550 CPU Not supporting Hardware Virtualization?

According to Intel's Website, my Q9550 processor should support Hardware Virtualization. (It says on the box and many other sources too, so the website isn't wrong). However, according to Microsoft's ...
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PS/2 keyboard isn't working after bios menu.

I recently got a Windows Resume Loader error when booting up my PC, it specifically request me to hit enter. So I plug an PS/2 keyboard and it doesn't work. So I tried another PS/2 keyboard, and it ...
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Video not displaying during boot-up or in Windows 7 after new card purchase (Sapphire Raedon HD 6850)

I'm a network admin, so by no means do I claim to be a hardware genius ...but I'm not a beginner either. I'm working on a friend's PC for him installing a new video card. He has an ASUS P5N-E SLI ...
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Desktop hangs after DELL logo screen

After partitioning a Dell Precision 490 workstation, it did not start up again. The symptoms are as follows: I saw the DELL logo screen with the F2 and F12 text The next screen passes very quicly ...
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How to skip bios keyboard check on boot

is there a way to skip keyboard check "presence" on boot ? I need to boot a P4 without keyboard. But Bios (Award 6.0g) block the boot because it not find the keyboard... How can i do ?
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Resetting the BIOS on a Dell Optiplex

I always get a message when I turn my PC on: Strike F1 to Continue, Strike F2 to run the setup utility I remember that I did a BIOS reset or something similar and that fixed this issue. But I ...
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My computer has suddenly become unstable, unable to login and screen is patch green on freezes

my computer has suddenly become unstable. I run ubuntu 10.10 and the computer setup has ran well for ages. However, about 10 minuets ago that computer has become extremely unstable. I was just about ...
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Can I change&update BIOS settings simply from Windows GUI(ring 3)?

Can I change and update my BIOS settings simply from inside Windows?
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A black screen with only the mouse cursor while booting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor? Once i tried to re-install Windows 7. I formatted C drive, during installation system was ...
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Raid recovery in gigabyte GA-8I945 Pro

This was a working machine until a few days ago. Now it won't boot into the OS, during startup it makes clicking sounds (I think from one of the drives). Installed OS: Windows 2003 Web edition ...
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Locked hard drive Eee pc 1005 HAB

I have a Eee pc 1005 HAB that has a locked hard drive. I don't have a password for it or the master password. I was told i could take up the battery for the BIOS and put it back in to reset it but I ...
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BIOS and Windows cannot detect CDROM device

I have a HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4521B dvdrom device and a big problem. Some days ago everything worked fine. A friend installed some software and then the drives in winxp has been marked as corrupt. I ...
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SATA showing errors and no bios update available, what can I do?

I have a P5SD2-FM/S motherboard made by ASUS and the SATA is causing me problems. Hard drives that I know are OK and working in another computer have read/write errors on this one. I am trying to ...
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Computer boots to first screen and freezes

Computer boots to first screen and freezes. I reseated the ram and it boots until I shut down. On next reboot it freezes. Have replaced with new ram and it is still freezing until I reseat the ram. ...
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Phoenix Bios randomly appeared

I have several operating systems installed, the original being vista, which I have not booted up in at least 6 weeks. This morning when I turned my computer on, a weird never before seen(to me) screen ...
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Phoenix BIOS 2-3-4-3 beeps at startup

I looked at this site http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm and it said that it corresponds to Display non-disposable segments. What does that mean? I am experiencing frequent computer freezes due to ...
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What are the causes of BIOS corruption? Can one tell the cause of corruption?

I'm sure it is a case of bad BIOS. What I'm not sure of is how did the BIOS get corrupted. What causes BIOS failure in common scenarios? It was a Pentium 4 from 2004. Does age have to do anything ...
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I must clear my cmos to be able to boot

I have this ASUS p7p55d-e pro for about 8 months(got it last July) and for this last 3-4 days I cannot boot without clearing my CMOS. What I have is: Seasonic M12D 750W ASUS P7P55D-E Pro Intel ...
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What are ways to figure out how old my computer is? [closed]

What are ways to figure out how old my computer is?
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Can a virus attack my BIOS to disable the DVD drive?

A friend's laptop DVD drive is suddenly no longer detected. It's going to be difficult to walk him through going into the BIOS (he's not local). I wonder if it is even worthwhile i.e. whether the BIOS ...
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Boot Linux USB Drive From USB Floppy

I have a USB drive on which I want to install Arch Linux (using the installer, not unetbootin or something similar, as I want the drive to be persistent.) The computer from which I want to boot this ...
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“BIOS” Socket on Ethernet Cards

Hey, I have two Ethernet Cards flying round here. Both of them have a Socket for a ROM Chip (one with EPROM Socket, the other one PLCC Socket). Whats the Purpose of those? Can I use it to reconfigure ...
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Disable laptop screen

I recently had the display fail on my Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop. I currently have my TV hooked up to the laptop's S-Video out which works fine as long as I'm running in Windows. For the first minute ...
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HP Pavilion does nothing but beep three times on startup

White performing some sort of HP update, my HP Pavilion P6214Y PC computer froze and now will not turn back on. My computer does nothing when I try to start it up except beep three times. Nothing ...
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Why am I getting a disk boot failure when I try to install Ubuntu?

I'm encountering boot failure while trying to install a Linux distro from a CD. I'm using an older PC; here are its specs: HP Pavilion 2.66GHz, 512MB RAM with a BIOS revision of 6/30/2003 I ...
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BIOS manipulation

I have the Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 motherboard. But it does not have "quick boot" feature, I.e it does not just show the vendor logo and start up the OS; it has to go through all the steps like most old ...
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What in the heck is “GPU Bank Flip” in my bios?

"GPU Bank Flip" under Advanced Chipset Features can be either Enabled or Disabled (default is disabled). What is it???
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Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop?

I want to rescue this 7 year old laptop that has been crippled by a glitch in its BIOS: 'A "Password =" prompt may be displayed when the computer is turned on, even though no power-on password has ...
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How to tell if my Lenovo T400 laptop is with or without IEEE 1394 models

My laptop is Lenovo T400. Its ThinkVantage Toolbox notified me that I have to deal with System Issues after Battery Drain. The link asked me to update my BIOS and Embedded Controller code, for which I ...
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Use bluetooth keyboard to access/edit BIOS?

Can I use a bluetooth keyboard to enter BIOS and edit the values there? I'm thinking of two scenarios: A new machine - no OS (yet). So to me seems no possibility to pair the keyboard. Hence no ...
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BIOS of my laptop loading too slow

I have Dell Vostro 1710 17" and its BIOS for unknown problems takes more then 1minutes to load when my OS loads in less then 15seconds. Any suggestions to resolve the problem would be appreciated. ...
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Where can I learn all about the PC Video BIOS?

I've learned that one reason some computers don't work with an LCD monitor's native resolution is that certain specific resolutions can be blocked by something in the Video BIOS called the "Mode ...
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How BIOS shadowing works

I heard that BIOS shadowing works by copying the BIOS program into faster memory and running it from there. Is that correct? BIOS is responsible for certain startup tasks, so after startup, does it ...
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System failure - need diagnostic recommendation

I have big problem with my computer. Configuration is: Intel i7 + 6x2GB OCZ DDR3 Motheboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2, HDD controller configured to AHCI Main drive: OCZ Vertex 2 (SSD) - contains all ...
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Can you boot an Acer Aspire One from an SD card when no BIOS is available?

Is it possible to boot the Acer Aspire One PC from an SD card? I have bricked an Aspire One, but it does not even start the BIOS. Aspire One have this issue and a BIOS update usually work and it ...
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ATA Security (Disk Password) support by Intel P67 chipset motherboards?

I've posted a question about securing data on a HDD, but I believe I won't get much answers, so I'm going on my own idea, that is to use ATA Security feature now present on most drives. My need is to ...
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What features does enabling ACPI 2.0 support in BIOS enable?

So I was booting up my box and for some odd reason my BIOS had lost settings (again), thus resetting everything to defaults. I was digging around making sure things were configured to my liking and ...
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Which software and hardware allows BIOS control from Operating System?

Which software and hardware allows BIOS control from Operating System?
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How can one create a bootable Linux USB key that works on Mac (Intel 64 bit CPU) hardware?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB key with Linux (debian) and that can be booted on Macintel hardware. I have read that MAC's EFI can only boot GPT GUID formatted disks. I'm desperately trying to ...
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Win/Bios showing wrong RAM in Gateway Netbook?

I've seen similar problems, but this seems slightly unique, maybe... I have a Gateway LT21 netbook, Win7. I've upgraded RAM from 1gb to 2gb. It didn't work. So I updated to the latest Bios 1.25, then ...
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Dell Vostro 1520 BIOS update failed - machine is out of warranty and Dell will not assist

During BIOS upgrade of my Vostro 1520 laptop (Windows 7 Ultimate, 64bit) their update software failed to complete. In fact the software hung. Now the computer will not turn on, the BIOS does not come ...
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Looking for updated BIOS for '99 Gateway in order to format/recognize >127 GB HD

I have a '99 Gateway that's apparently too old for even Gateway to acknowledge it exists. Want to use it as a media hub and put in a 320GB HD, but it will not format above 127GB even running Win XP ...
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BIOS won't post unless I restart power supply

I have an annoying problem with a computer. The BIOS won't post after it has been turned off and started again unless I turn the switch off/on on the power supply. The fans, CD-ROM, HDD and ...
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how to update BIOS on Asus F5Z notebook?

my current BIOS version is 208 I downloaded v210 from Asus website. Unzipped it, loaded AsusTek Bios ROM Easy Flash utility v1.12 but it cannot recognize the file. Unable to recover the BIOS ROM ...
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Can you help me understand my SATA/RAID options?

I've a gigabyte GA-M720-US3 motherboard. Recently, I noticed the following during boot: IDE channel 0 Master (none) IDE channel 0 Slave (none) IDE channel 2 Master (my hdd) IDE channel 2 Slave (my ...
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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 ...