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 POST's and draws the BIOS screens very slowly - Motherboard issue? [closed]

I have a desktop that refuses to boot into Windows. I used Hitachi DFT and the HD came back OK. I then used Memtest86+ and it took hours for the test to run. After 8+ hours it was up to test number 6. ...
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How can I re-program/flash a backup of the bios?

I have some computers that have a particular bios setting that keeps everything running smoothly. The setting is not the default setting for the motherboard. So, when the CMOS battery dies, the ...
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PCIE slot priority for BIOS boot display?

When a PC with more than one GPU installed boots, how does it determine which display adapter to use for the boot display when you have more than one GPU? My problem is that I have a PC with 2 high ...
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Acer laptop possibly wrong bios flash, what now?

the title says it all, can this be repaired? I was allways learnt that a mis flashed bios is a lost case, but that was 12 years ago, is there something changed?
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Permanently change video card clock and fan settings

Like with RivaTuner. I am thinking maybe some kind of prog that can change the video card bios/rom. Is this possible?
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Can I use a USB monitor (like Mimo) as a primary monitor?

I have an old PC in the den without Video Card (I have to remove it after it start failing). I access it through Remote Desktop. I don't want to invest in a new video card since the PC is old. If I ...
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Can we edit bios properties from desktop?

Can we edit bios properties from desktop? without going to bios like to set first boot device etc.
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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Disable HDD in BIOS

I have a computer with two HDDs, one of which is dead. Booting the computer takes forever because the OS continues trying to access the HDD for a while. Since I do not have physical access to the HDD,...
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How do I find the latest BIOS for my MB when the manufacturers provide the wrong file?

I have a BioStar M7NCG 400 7.x motherboard. (The 7.x is important, as it is physically a different board than other versions.) This is a legacy motherboard, but is still supported with official ...
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How to recover the BIOS password of Acer aspire 4720 lappy?

Am having an acer aspire 4720 laptop.It contains an phoniex security. So am unable to enter into bios settings due to the unknown password.So how can i get or remove the password.And one more problem ...
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Learning about BIOS memory, instructions and code origins

I'm learning about the BIOS and have a few questions. What is meant by, "This is the last 16 bytes of memory at the end of the first megabyte of memory"? The first instruction of BIOS is jump, which ...
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Frequent Windows 7 Blue Screens

My computer was all bought in October 09 and assembled by myself. I haven't had any problems until I moved from North Carolina to New York. Now, I've been getting blue screens such as ...
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Reset the BIOS password on a Advent 4211 Netbook

How do I reset the BIOS password of an Advent 4211 netbook? I'm hoping for a software solution to remove the password or find out what it is or even change it. It's my laptop but I can't remember ...
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Dell Dimension L866r hangs after POST after BIOS flash

I have an old Dell Dimension L866r which I flashed with BIOS version A14. Now when I turn on the system it hangs with the full-screen Dell logo. If I press Esc immediately after turning it on I ...
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BIOS backup does not match the original

I have an MSI K9A2 CF-F mainboard that its BIOS is so strange (AMI). I cannot flash the BIOS because every time after flashing it, it went to black screen after a reboot even the flash util said ...
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Compaq 610 BIOS settings

I've just bought an HP Compaq 610 and I'm generally very happy with it, except the BIOS setup utility really sucks - most of the "advanced" options, generally found in any other BIOS setups, aren't ...
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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 to upgrade Supermicro BIOS from WinPE (Norton Ghost shell)?

I need to upgrade the BIOS on a Supermicro X6DAL-G/TG/XG/XTG system that runs Linux. It has no floppy drive, so I need to upgrade from CD or USB key. I've tried booting Norton Ghost 14.0 and using ...
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How to update Bios for GigaBye ga-p35-s3 board?

I downloaded the F7 bios from their website (link). Now what? It seems as if I need to prepare some kind of a dos bootable device because there is an autoexec.bat file in the extracted files. I could ...
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How to update the bios of a Dell Optiplex GX280 with Windows XP?

My computer BIOS for Dell Optiplex GX280 with XP Pro has been failing me miserably. So, I have decived to update/replace the BIOS. Now, my questions are: What files do I put on that bootable floppy? ...
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Is it ok to flash a bios from within Windows 7

I remember back in the day when you had to boot the computer and flash outside of windows. However, the manufacturer's site doesn't say anything about doing this. So is it ok to just run the flash ...
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How do I reset/update my BIOS for Optiplex GX280?

So far this has been a nightmare for me, which has been frustrating me constantly. I am using Dell Optiplex GX280 with Windows XP home edition, which is running a BIOS version A04. Recently, i've ...
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Why is my Asus P5PL2-E using 640MB of RAM (out of 4GB)? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows XP and RAM 3.5GB+ I've recently installed 4GB of RAM on my server, which is running Windows XP SP2 32-bit and My Computer showed that only 3.37GB were installed. ...
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How can I upgrade my MSI 790GX-G65 BIOS

I have just installed a new MSI 790GX-G65 and my Windows XP freezes a few seconds after it comes out of any sleep mode (S1, S3 or S4). My mobo has BIOS 1.4; it looks like there was a 1.5 version, a 1....
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System will only boot into a Live CD with core disabled in BIOS and ACPI off

I have a system that was running a Q6600 and Windows 7 RC. It crashed last night into a BSOD with a MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION. Now it does that every time it boots into Windows. I tried using my ...
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Is it OK to update my BIOS?

I have a HP Pavilion dv5224ea laptop on which I have Windows 7 installed. I recently decided to go to the drivers page at HP.co.za and saw that under Windows Vista Drivers (There are no Windows 7 ...
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Certain thumbdrives keep a system from going out of the boot screen

I have an old r51 which I boot off USB. Apparently, if I have a Toshiba 2GB thumbdrive similar to this plugged in: ... or an old imation 1GB drive plugged in, it won't boot at all - it freezes in ...
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Bios Versions? Changelog

Where could one find a feature list or change log for Phoenix Bios? How would one compare and contrast versions? My search of the company's site and web have turned up very little. F.3D and F.39 if ...
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System chooses boot drive seemingly at random

I have a system with two identical 1TB harddrives, where I image to a backup drive using the dd command. When I boot up, though, despite setting harddrive priority in the BIOS, the system sometimes ...
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Ubuntu + Raid on HP proliant DL 160 G6

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 8.04 Server on an HP Proliant DL160 G6. The HP hardware is certified by Ubuntu for the 9.04 version, which I can't install due to company policy. The problem is that ...
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How can I enable AHCI mode after Windows Vista install in IDE mode and before/for Windows 7 clean install? [duplicate]

I just purchased a 2TB Fantom USB2/eSATA external hard drive. Unfortunately it revealed my oversight when my first custom system was built last Summer. I installed Vista Home Premium 64bit in IDE ...
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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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My Asus K40IN hangs after a ram upgrade was installed, how do I fix this?

From a 2GB RAM I upgraded the K40IN and added another ram to make it into 4GB. what happens is it hangs a lot. Especially right when I boot/startup the laptop. Would updating the resolve this problem, ...
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My Boot order changed. Why?

I have a laptop running Windows XP SP3 with one internal hard drive partitioned into C: (system), D: (storage) and I have an external hard drive, F: (external drive). Yesterday the machine was running ...
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Keyboard doesn't turn on when computer turns on

When I turn my computer on, my keyboard is off so I can't change the boot order, and other settings. I put in my XP installation disk once and my keyboard turns on when it gets to the screen that says ...
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PC freezes during startup at BIOS screen. Motherboard problem?

I don't know if this is a problem with a sort of general solution or not, but I'll be happy to edit this to include any system specs necessary. When I turn on my computer it tends to freeze at the ...
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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 I/O 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?