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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Laptop BIOS clock resets on reboot?

I have a fairly new Sony Vaio laptop that had some power problems, and they put in a new motherboard yesterday. It fixed my old problems, but now the clock is acting weird. The BIOS clock gets reset ...
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Does a BIOS have any special function that another program could not do?

I just want to ask, when I was searching informations about BIOS, I found mostly outdated articles, so I just have a few simple questions about how it works today. If I am correct, main BIOS purpose ...
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Two short beeps and nothing on the monitor

I am building a small Mini-ITX computer. But I can not make it boot. When I start the computer I hear two short beeps from the motherboard and nothing is shown on the monitor. How can I fix this? ...
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Why shouldn't I disable legacy USB on a laptop?

By default the BIOS enables this feature. What are the advantages of doing so?
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PC won't post, black screen

I was formatting some old harddrives and toying with my desktop recently and now it wont post. When I turn it on the LEDs turn on, the DVD drive has power. The harddrives seem to have power to them as ...
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Is a system fan crucial to a computer if you already have a CPU fan?

I was poking around with an old desktop I own when I noticed it has a CPU fan, but not a system fan. What's the difference between the two? Can I use the computer safely without a system fan? Here's ...
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PC startup: 2 long beeps + 1 short beep; what does it mean?

It's a gigabyte motherboard. When I press the button, nothing comes on the screen and it beeps: *LONG BEEP* *LONG BEEP* *short beep* What does it mean?
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What is CMOS and how does it work?

im new to this forum but i get confused when people are like "Uhh yeh i can upgrade CMOS without causing damage to the random access memory" which i understand, but what is CMOS? There dont seem to be ...
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Want to clear my BIOS password on Toshiba Portege M200

First: I know my BIOS password - but there is no option to remove it in the BIOS (or I don't see it) I can enter the BIOS (v1.40, the newest 1,80 had some problems with upscaling my processor), it ...
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Windows 7 cannot be installed to this disk

I am trying to install Windows 7 from a USB onto a new computer. The installation begins properly. It asks me what language to use and then asks if I want to do a custom (fresh) install, which I do. ...
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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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Why would my computer all of sudden reset clock, show new boot screen, and run fans loud?

I bought a new computer one year ago, it's worked fine (Windows 7). A few months ago, it started to not boot unless I removed my USB headphones connected to a USB hub, everything else worked fine. ...
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3 short beeps continuously

I have old IBM Thinkpad R31. It boots up and Windows XP working normal, but all the time I hear 3 short beeps continuously. ???
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shuttle sh55 not POSTing

I bought a Shuttle SH55 and an intel I7 1156 to go with it Since the i7 chip doesnt have integrated graphics, I have to use a separate graphics card I'm using a GeForce GT240 I only have the video ...
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How can I access my BIOS?

I am interested in developing a small operating system between 2-3 MB and put it in my BIOS.I want to develop a text based operating system that is very fast. Please tell me how to push my program ...
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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 ...
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How to edit BIOS information for a virtual machine in VMWare?

The manufacturer, as set in the BIOS of my VM, is "VMWare". I want to change that to other string. How to do that?
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How to disable HT in a Intel Atom D425?

I can't find in the BIOS the option to disable HT. Is this a BIOS problem or the processor itself doesn't support running as a single core?
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Can I download files while Windows is sleeping?

Can I? If not is it because in the low energy mode the network card or the hard drives shutdown? If they do is there any way to prevent this (ie. with a custom low energy mode)?
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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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Does a gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 need any Bios settings changed with intel Lynnfield 2.93?

I bought and assembled a GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard With Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor ...
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RAID Hard drive partition from one motherbord to another?

I had ASUS P5K3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP which was working for 4 years. Yesturday it burned out... literaly with smoke and fire... So I plan on getting DFI LanParty LT X48-T3RS (Intel X48, DDR3) as a ...
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Can BIOS be eventually upgraded to EFI?

I have an Intel PM55 chipset in my notebook. Reportedly Windows 8 (aka Windows Next) will not support BIOS-based systems. Is my motherboard forward-compatible to house an EFI firmware?
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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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HP Pavilion does not boot

I own a HP Pavilion DV5 notebook. Yesterday evening, everything was working perfectly. Today, it does not boot. It does not boot from HDD and any CD. Yes, I tried connecting HDD to another PC, it ...
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How to speed up hardware detection?

My system which has an Asrock Conroe865PE motherboard takes one minute to detect its hardware. After powering it on, I have to wait 30 seconds until all the disk drives are detected (and maybe other ...
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What can I do to fix a PC that won't run its bios?

I have a Win 7 home premium PC that has been giving me trouble with the bios. I've noticed when different devices (ipod, iphone, external hard drives, etc.) are plugged in or taken off the system, ...
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How come I get the error 'CDBOOT: Couldn't find NTLDR' when trying to boot from Windows XP Professional SP2 CD?

Problem I tried to install Windows XP Pro SP2 over the current Xubuntu 10.04 install on my laptop using the original factory CD but got the error CDBOOT: Couldn't find NTLDR First I will let you ...
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Will the BIOS in an old PC recognise a SATA controller and drive?

I have an old PC I would like to use for Spinrite hard rive repair. The PC is a Dell Optiplex GX1. This is approx Pentium 1 class PC with 128MB memory, and built in IDE controller, made around 2000. ...
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My BIOS hangs at “Testing Memory”, what could cause this?

Just last night, when I went to boot my computer, it's started hanging at the BIOS screen. It beeps once, loads the main page, then hangs at the "Testing Memory" line... it doesn't display the ...
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System will not boot/bios freezes with PCI-E graphics card installed

I've just built my first system, and it works fine... until you plug in a graphics card (I can boot into Windows 7 easily using the onboard graphics). I've tested it with two separate cards now, and ...
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How to install BIOS on a computer

My new desktop did not come with any BIOS. When I boot it, the screen stays black for about a minute and suddenly shows the OS. Are there any free BIOS programs out there, and how does installing them ...
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How to boot from CD?

On any other computer I would just pop in the cd, restart the computer and wait for the "press any key to boot from cd" prompt at start up. The problem is, on this desktop I have I never get this ...
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How can you update bios on p5k-e motherboard without a floppy?

I have an ASUS P5K-E motherboard and I need to update the bios but I don't have a floppy drive or floppy disks. Is it possible to set up a CD so I can boot from it and flash the bios? Thanks!
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Enhance Video Card

I would like to know about ways to enhance a video (graphic) card performance and/or increase its memory (perhaps virtualizing memory, I personally don’t know if it’s possible). For over-clocking or ...
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How to enable VT when it does not appear in latest BIOS?

I have Ausa Nova p20 with upgraded CPU (E6420) running Windows 7. The latest BIOS I found is AMI 0501 but I can't find out how to enable VT. Is there another way?
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Bootable CD for Phoenix BIOS recovery?

My BIOS got bricked during updating process. On the Internet I found solutions which suggests to create a bootable USB and then hold FN+esc keys etc to restore BIOS but unfortunately neither my USB ...
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No Hard Disk found Message on Boot up, but everything works fine, SSD

I just built a computer, with a SSD Hard Drive. I also have 2 other hard drives in the computer which are regular SATA. Upon boot up, I get an error that states, "No Hard Disk Found" but in reality ...
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Laptop keyboard wont work after bios boot process

I have a strange problem in a ASUS Laptop: after bios screen, the keyboard just stop working. No FN Keys or other keys works. I have replaced the keyboard to a new one from the manufacter, but it ...
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Windows 7 refuses to enter sleep after bios reset and OS install

Now, my Windows 7 system will only turn the screen black and then is immediately woken up after I hit the sleep button, through either start menu or the keyboard, and the same issue exists with ...
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overclocking my first processor

So I've never overclocked before, but it sounds like you just change some settings in the bios @ startup and you're good to go. So I got some freeware called CPU-Z and it tells you lots of stats ...
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DELL Vostro 1520 bios crashed during update. now not giving even startup display

my dell vostro 1520 crashed while i was installing drivers of windows 7 64bit. when i tried to update the bios it suddenly hanged. it remained in that state for a long time and was not getting off ...
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Motherboard Does Not Get Past CPU Check?

I was recently playing around with the BIOS of my motherboard (ASUS PC-DL Deluxe w/ 2 2.2 ghz Xeon processors and 4 1gb sticks of RAM) and I chose to set my BIOS settings to fail-safe mode. After I ...
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How can I detect which driver my bios is running on with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

I just got off the phone with an ACER support technician and he says I should make sure I have the latest BIOS driver (the installation of which could solve my overheating problems...) He helped me ...
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PC hangs at BIOS after replacing 2nd HDD

I have two HDDs in my PC, one is SATA which is my Master and my primary disk with Win7 installed. My Slave is an 40GB IDE which I use as a backup. So running out of space on my Slave I pulled it out ...
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Options for laptop with burnt video card

So the graphics card on one of my laptops is officially dead. I'm currently using it as a web server, by logging in remotely to the machine whenever I have to configure something. Where I'm uncertain ...
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Can't set BIOS password

I have a pair of HP DC7700 's that I'm about to deploy to a computer lab here. Because it's a public lab situation I'd like to prevent users from entering the BIOS. This works fine on one of the ...
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How to determine if my motherboard supports wake-on-LAN?

Okay, so I ran the following command: sudo lshw -html > some_file.html and determined the following: id: core description: Motherboard product: 30D2 vendor: Quanta ...
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How to properly flash BIOS from floppy boot?

I have a machine with an ECS K7SEM (V3.0C) and I'm trying to flash the BIOS to the newest version so that I can support an AGP 4X video card that I want to install. So, first, I formatted a floppy ...