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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Computer not booting. BIOS not loading, buzzing nouse

I was installing open Suse 11.2 on a computer which had xubuntu installed. I went through the installation process when the screen went funny, many blocks of different colours. A bit like when a ...
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How do I fix a computer with no functioning IO devices?

I have an old 2003 IBM Thinkpad my father in law wants to use as a netbook. However, he got it in some sort of "wiped" condition with only a basic install of XP. The DVD drive seems to have a ...
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Get Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS to recognize SATA hard drive

My bios is Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS. I want to add a new HD to my system. The main HD is an IDE. The new one is a SATA hard drive. My motherboard has two SATA slots, so I think that it's ...
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New 320GB Hard Disk, but can only see 132GB

I have a Acer Ferrari 3400 laptop with a 80GB drive installed and Windows XP. Cloned the 80GB disk to a 320GB but could boot from it. So I loaded up Windows XP CD and at the format hard disk part I ...
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Gateway GT5220 Boot/POST Failure

I have a Gateway GT5220 I'm troubleshooting. It is, in fact, the machine I just gave my father for his birthday a couple months ago. (Prior to that, it was my home PC. My home PC is now the MacBook on ...
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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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Enable hardware virtualization in BIOS?

I am running a FOXCONN AM2+ M61PMV with an AMD Athlon II X2 240 Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. From startup I have hit the del key and the options for enabling the hardware virtualization are not there. ...
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How to recover a bios password?

Specifically Phoenix bios.
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Computer will not boot to BIOS

I have a custom-built HTPC with the following specs: * Motherboard: Intel DG45ID * CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 * Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (using HDMI) * RAM: 8 GB ...
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Error updating BIOS on a Dell Inspiron 1501

I have an Inspiron 1501 that I've installed 64bit Windows 7 on. It's running beautifully, but I am stuck trying to update the BIOS. Dell only provides the Windows BIOS flash utility and when I try to ...
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Can't update my Bios

I have a medion machine, model:PC MT 7 and type:MED 487G, which is running an msi motherboard. I have installed Win7 x64 and have 4Gb Ram installed. The operating system is using 3Gb but is aware ...
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bios/motherboard doesn't recognize/see all dimms. 2 out of 3 show in bios

OK Asrock x58 extreme motherboard 1366 ocz 6gb ddr3 kit OCZ3G1600LV6GK intel core i7 920 win7 64bit pro i plug it all together, i get 4gb in bios... all dims are seated properly, in proper slots. ...
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Location of BIOS file on asus eee pc 1005ha

I just upgraded ram from 1 gb to 2 gb. The system won't see the 2 gb, so I learned that I need to update the BIOS. Where is this located?
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Vostro 1520 crash during bios update

My Vostro 1520 (P8700 C2D) originally came with BIOS A02. This bios version have known problems with VT, so I had to upgrade to A05. During the upgrade, the notebook crashed. Needless to say, it won't ...
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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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Forgot BIOS password, need to reset it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop I want to change my BIOS setting but when I press F2 it asks for a password and I've forgotten it. However, if I press ...
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XP Restart After Power Failure

I've almost got my power settings sorted and was hoping someone could help? If I'm running XP and the power is cut, when the power is restored my machine auto restarts (this is what I want!) ...
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View BIOS on Dell Dimenion 3100

I've got a Dell Dimension 3100 machine, running on windows xp sp3, that needs an upgraded PCI Video card so I can have 2 monitors at once. I bought an ati radeon 9000 and went through the process of ...
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Dell Latitude E5500 - Cannot change boot order with keyboard, must use touchpad

We just bought a few Latitude E5550 laptops. I wanted to boot from an installation CD, so I had to change the boot order. Instead of being a text-based BIOS configuration that is easy to navigate ...
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Computer produces continuous beep on startup

When starting up my computer, this is what I hear: [YouTube video] Basically, it's a continuous beep. What does this mean and, more importantly, what can I do about this? I think this PC uses ...
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Hard drive not recognized by BIOS, but is by XP installer

I am installing Windows XP on an old Dell Dimension 2400. I have a 40 GB drive on the primary IDE controller, and a DVD drive on the secondary controller. When I boot the machine, it complains ...
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system not booting

My sys has following alert msgs.booting from hard disk drive. system security, user password required.typer ur password, then press enter. bios saving settings are hidden. no f10 key working in ...
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Keyboard error or no keyboard present

I've been fighting with this for a couple of weeks when booting my PC: Error keyboard or no keyboard present CMOS checksum error -Default loaded And of course there is no way to go any further ...
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award phoenix bios not recognizing my sata hdd

What am I doing wrong? I have a custom built comp with a Fatal1ty AA8XE mobo. It has 4 SATA ports and one IDE port. When i first got it, I had a really hard time putting in more than one hard ...
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BIOS corrupted? How to proceed? Acer Travelmate 290

I have a older ACER Travelmate 290 (manufactured in 2002 or 2003), which I recently tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10. After doing the upgrade process it appeared as if I had a problem with my x server ...
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Unable to boot - BIOS Corrupted ?? How do I flash/reset BIOS? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: BIOS corrupted? How to proceed? Acer Travelmate 290 I have a older ACER Travelmate 290 (manufactured in 2002 or 2003), which I recently tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10. ...
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Update BIOS on Dell with Linux with no floppy drive, when firmware is not in the firmware-tools repository

I'd like to update my BIOS on my Dell Studio XPS 1340. I have the .exe file for installing it with Windows, but I don't have Windows installed on this computer. I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.04 ...
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Corrupted the System partition on RAID configuration after a BIOS update, how do I recover data?

Problem: After an ASUS BIOS update to improve stability for 45 nm quad-core processors. On the next reboot, got the Windows Loading screen, and then a blue screen. Rebooted again, another blue ...
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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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How can I set up RAID 0 on a ASUS P5QL PRO motherboard?

I've got a computer with a motherboard which has the following text as product information on the invoice: Asus P5QL Pro Sockel 775 Intel P43 max. 8GB DDR2-1066 ATX 1xPCI-E 16x 3xPCI ...
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Building a machine: can I flash BIOS without a processor?

My media server is giving up the ghost after a few good years and I'm prepping to build a new one. I'm looking at the Shuttle SN78SH7 barebones box with a AMD Phenom II processor. Compatible sockets, ...
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cd drive is not list under bootable divice

how do i make my CD drive a bootable device
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BIOS Hard Drive Password Security?

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and I would like to know how secure setting a BIOS HDD Password is? Does this apply some form of encryption to the contents of the drive or is it just some simple lock on ...
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Building a new computer and it is not booting up. Continual 3 bios beeps. What should I do?

I've just built a new computer, but it's not booting up. When I press the power button, the BIOS continually beeps in 3's I checked the Intel site and said that's a memory error, so I bought some new ...
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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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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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I have a 6 year old Hp Desktop.. trying to restore it but wont go?

Iam trying to restore a Hp computer with xp. I put the disk in and it just wants to go to f12 or f2. then the blue screen comes up and say its restarting and just starts over. It wont let me push the ...
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System Works Fine but only after Very Long BIOS POST Times?

I built this AMD XP64/XP32 system in November 2008. It runs well, but it does not start well. Windows Restarts are fine, but cold starts average 4-5 minutes to POST, with the record-holder so far ...
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How can I change the BIOS serial number in VirtualBox?

VirtualBox sets the BIOS serial number of every VM instance to 0. It seems to be possible to change some BIOS settings, but I haven't seen anything that directly references the serial number. Can ...
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HDDs ~ When SATA 1 has System + OS, should PATA 0 contain Active?

Using XP64 and XP32, I have built a computer that has 3 new SATA HDDs + 1 PATA HD. I use a lot of partitions. I have only ONE partition on the whole system set as a PRIMARY, and ALL the rest are ...
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How to update a BIOS without Vista?

I'm attempting to install an OS on a Compaq Presario SR5113WM. I'm having trouble boot from CD with it, so I figured I would try a BIOS update. Well, I went to the compaq update page and the BIOS ...
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Can a virus melt the CPU?

I was just wondering if a virus could melt a CPU by altering te voltage in the bios. :) (and no, I'm not planning on making that kind of a virus...)
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Enable hidden hardware virtualization settings

I am trying to get the Windows XP emulation up and running on my new Windows 7 Professional installation and I found out that you need to enable hardware virtualization. I have a HP Media Center PC ...
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VMware: this host is virtualization-capable but virtualization is not enabled

I have a Dell E6400 - running Windows 7. I am using VMware Workstation 6.5 - trying to create a Debian VM. Upon trying to install the 64-bit version of it, it said: this host is vt-capable but vt ...
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Why won't my RAID adapter initialize correctly when my server boots up?

Server hardware CPU: Intel Pentium 4 w/ HyperThreading, 3.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache Motherboard: ASUS P5MT-M, Rev 1.03, BIOS version 0310 RAM: four sticks, each one is Corsair 2GB PC2-5300 ...
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Why won't my ASUS P5MT-M motherboard allow me to enter the CMOS setup?

When the system POSTs, it doesn't display any options for entering the system setup. The official manual for this motherboard claims that you need to press <Del> to enter setup, and I've ...
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Reinstalling AHCI SATA drivers after BIOS update?

I recently built a new PC and after installing Windows Vista x64 found that there were some overclocking features missing in the BIOS that could be enabled with a BIOS update. I ran the update ...
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bios beeps codes [duplicate]

I have a computer with a GF7050V-se mainboard but i get some beeps. There are 2 short beeps and 8-9-10 long beeps. Does anyone know what those beeps means?
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Booting from USB when BIOS doesn't support it?

I'm pretty sure my BIOS doesn't support booting from a flash drive. I know my flash drive is bootable and already has installed Ubuntu on it. Is there any way to get my computer to boot from the flash ...
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How to update GIgabyte X58 BIOS in 64bit Windows?

I want update my ex58 GIGABYTE motherboard but there is no their bios update tool is not compatible with 64bit, I'm getting this: --------------------------- Unsupported 16-Bit Application ...