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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Is there a way to make my Windows know about my BIOS settings?

For a very specific situation on a project, I need to make a Windows machine know about some specific settings at the BIOS(such as Enabled/Disabled PXE boot, Boot Sequence, Bios Version, and ...
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Can I trust this weird BIOS Message ending in 'thanks'?

So I started up my laptop today and was greeted with the following message (not a direct quote): The type of the AC adapter cannot be determined. This may interfere with your computer's performance. ...
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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 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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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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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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hard drive recognized by bios but not by windows

I'm adding a new hard drive (A seagate ST31000340NS; I had links in here but I don't have enough reputation to post them. Interestingly, the bios recognizes it as a ST31000340AS, but it was bought as ...
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How do I enable the on-board graphics card?

This information is based on an ACER Aspire M1641. I have a Nvidia NForce 620 chipset with a GeForce 7050 on-board GPU. I have added a second Nvidia GeForce 6200SE TC PCIe GPU, which automatically ...
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Can´t access BIOS to change boot device

The monitor of my HP Pavilion is damaged. I have been using an external monitor to work. Now I need to change the boot device order. However, the external monitor does not display the BIOS menu, ...
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Why don't computers start loading the OS earlier in the boot process?

I was reading an article referred to me from another thread on the Windows OS boot process, and while reading, I couldn't help but wonder -- When a computer turns on, why can't it start loading the ...
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“Boot from CD” waits for ever?

THE PAST I have a Windows 2003 system that for a long time has had a CD drive with a non-bootable CD stuck in it (it's really stuck - the paperclip trick does not work) The boot sequence included ...
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Windows 7 SP1 installation hangs during boot when CF card present in sata card reader

as per subject I have a nasty problem with Windows 7 and a CF card in a SATA card reader, first some details. Hardware specifications: Asus P8C WS (Intel C216 chipset) with BIOS version 3202 ...
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How do I change HDD boot priority on AMI BIOS ver0308?

I have three hard drives on my PC, two of which are bootable. One has my current Windows 7 installation and the other has an old broken Windows XP installation (missing hal.dll) that I'm not ...
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How can I tell if a 2TB drive is too much for my bios?

2Tb Drive, several years old Pentium 4 HP dc7100 machine with v 1.05 of the C786C1 Bios. There is an 80GB SATA drive connected already, which is recognized, the 2TB drive comes up as 0 Mb in the setup ...
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PCI Expansion card resource allocation by a Plug-and-Play BIOS

Plug-and-Play BIOS spec says that if you have a PnP BIOS, it can configure the hardware. This means that your BIOS reads the resource requirements of all devices and configures them (allocates ...
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hard drive Password setup in BIOS - How to use?

I want to use the hard drive Password feature in the BIOS on my Asus 1015-pe netbook but the manual mentions nothing about that feature or anything within the BIOS. BIOS Options: Hard Disk Security ...
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Why is my computer 'freezing' during OS loading & POST?

My computer is suffering from seemingly random crashes, that get progressively worse the longer a computer session runs. Initially, the system will start, appear to run fine for some time, then a ...
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Flashing BIOS under DOS

I've got a bootable USB stick with a particular flavor of DOS. I need to flash a BIOS of a Compaq Presario CQ61-330EN. The problem is, however, that I can not flash under Windows (for circumstantial ...
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Hard Disk marked as Unallocated on Windows 7

I had an XP System and I installed Windows 7 on another Hard Disk so now I have a dual boot. However, when I boot windows 7, the hard disk where XP is installed does not always show up. This started ...
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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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Is there anyone using hardware encrypted HDD on their laptops?

Some laptop manufacturers are providing support for hardware encrypted disk drivers. One of them is Lenovo. Using a drive that supports this encryption is much better than using software encryption ...
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Why I'm unable to use up/down arrows in my BIOS?

My BIOS is loading and when I wanted to change anything, the up/down arrows aren't working. What might be the problem? I want to change boot options, but I'm unable to select the boot from CD option. ...
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PC won't boot unless boot drive is manually selected

I have machine with an Asus P8H77 motherboard, which contains a series of SATA disks. One of them has grub2 installed, and boots Debian. I have the boot disk defined as the priority in the bios, and ...
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Setup BIOS to network boot to FOG server

I have a FOG server installed on my Ubuntu 12.4 OS. The FOG server is setup and running. On the client machine, I am trying to network boot into my FOG server, but it never connects. I can't figure ...
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Laptop freezes before/during post

I have an Asus K70AB which has had an issue for a while. When it boots, there's a chance it'll freeze for an indefinite time before it seems to start doing anything. What it will do is: The lights ...
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Hard drives not recognized on Windows 8 unless entering BIOS first [closed]

I've built a new computer. My old computer had two SATA 3GB drives: 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (ST31000340AS) 750 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (ST3750640AS) The new computer uses an OCZ Vertex ...
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c000021a BSOD on Windows 7 boot

I guess I can't since I'm getting the error message: The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of Windows you're trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that ...
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Enabling AHCI in BIOS for SSD

I am trying to help a friend with a desktop upgrade. It is an old machine with an Intel DG31 main board. The board has 1 IDE port to which a DVD-ROM drive is connected, and 2 SATA ports. 1 SATA port ...
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Enable NX-bit in Atom N270 for Acer AOA 150-1570?

I tried looking in the BIOS settings for an NX option but I did not find any. Is there any trick or hidden menu in the BIOS or elsewhere that I can enable the hardware support for NX? Have I missed ...
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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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Why is my Windows 7 installation failing when a new bootable Linux drive is inserted?

Ok so I just got a new SSD for my laptop. I have installed Windows 7 on the SSD and can successfully boot into Windows 7. I took the SSD out and put in the normal hard drive and installed Ubuntu onto ...
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External DVD drive is recognized when Windows has started but cannot boot

I wanted to connect my external DVD drive to my old laptop and boot from a CD. But my computer doesn't show the DVD drive in the boot menu. After trying to change BIOS settings and finally restored ...
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how can I make a USB stick bootable in EFI

I have a MacBook and I would like to check out Fedora. I have created a bootable USB stick with UNetbootin, but it won't boot on my mac. It does on a friends PC (win7). I think this has to do with ...
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Windows doesn't recognize Ubuntu DVD

I want to dual boot my laptop, but Windows doesn't read the Ubuntu DVD. It doesn't recognize it, nor a Linux Mint DVD. Two days ago I installed Mint 13, then removed it because of installation ...
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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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My BIOS datetime is resetting to 2002, what should I do?

I bought my PC brand new in mid-2006. I'm currently dual booting Win XP 32 bits and Ubuntu Karmic Desktop. Over the last few days, when I boot up my computer, it tells me that my BIOS time is not ...
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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 ...
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Why is my PC boot time slow when USB HDD attached?

I have a USB Hard disk that I am using as a secondary drive just for extra storage. When this is attached and I start my PC the second screen says searching for mass storage dives for about 5 minutes ...
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Bios password protection

I have my system on drive C: and also I have all my important folders on drive D:. I want to lock this drive with a password. Any advice?
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CMOS Time problem

Whenever i switch on the system an error is showing that Date & time is not correct. I have to set the time manually in bios to work the system. What is the reason for this error. How can i solve ...
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Configuring BIOS to boot from disk drive before hard drive

How do I configure BIOS to have a higher boot priority from my disk drive than from my hard drive? If there is no disk, will it boot from my hard drive instead? Thanks, I am trying to run Ubuntu off ...
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X200 Tablet notebook won't start after BIOS Update

I have LENOVO X200 Tablet and I ran the BIOS Update and the computer won't start after the BIOS update. When I ran the BIOS update utility it ran everything fine and asked to restart the computer but ...
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Laptop Malfunctions After UPS Failure? I Have Got What I Deserved

My UPS failed today and laptop ceased working. UPS failed me before 1 time and it was when laptop was on standby but nothing happened to the laptop however. Also there were times when laptop was ...
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Windows 7 unable to boot

My system is working fine but when I want to format it from my Windows 7 Install Disk I am unable to do so. My CD/DVD drive is reading CDs and DVDs fine in Windows, but when I restart my computer ...
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Resetting a BIOS password

I was recently given a laptop off of a family relative, and they said they have set a password trying to be secure, however they have forgotten the password :I. It is an Acer 5750G laptop, and I am ...
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How to upgrade the BIOS of Mac Mini 2007

How to upgrade the BIOS of Mac Mini (2007) with windows 7 Ultimate updated (32 bit, IE version 9.0.8112.16421) and boot camp (no Mac OS) ? I have installed Windows 7 32 bit ultimate with Boot Camp ...
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Random crashes and beeps

Lately I've been hearing some beeps from my computer speaker. Usually when playing games. The beeps are like beep beep beep (3 short beeps) and repeated 3 times. To be clear: beep beep beep ... beep ...
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Motherboard battery and clock

my girlfriend just built her new PC on her own. Everything is fine except that the motherboard (890GX Pro3) doesn't remember settings, boot preferences and datetime every time she turn the power ...
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What is UEFI? How do I know if I have it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know if my BIOS supports UEFI? Just watched the Win8 keynote thing, and seemed like the fast boot times required something called UEFI(?). What is that? How do I ...
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What does “RAM R/W test failed” mean?

I had problems installing an operating system and booting my computer, so I disabled the system's "Intel® Rapid Boot BIOS" feature. Now, whenever I start the computer, I get a message telling me ...