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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Virtual Machine in 'VMware Fusion 2' won't detect DVD drive

My current setup is a first-gen MacBookPro with a broken DVD drive (taken out). I'm using an external USB DVD drive which is confirmed to be functional (can mount and read) on both the Macbook using ...
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Is the motherboard the cause of these errors?

Motherboard is : ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe, Rev1.01, On start up get: "cmos checksum error - defaults loaded" error BIOS is reset everytime and can't boot to Windows off HDD. POST report is ok once I ...
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Windows XP - Blue Screen

I have a Dell Latitude D810 I found in our IT storage in basement (computer graveyard) that I was going to use for parts, specifically the keyboard. When I found it, it had a note on it "Blue Screen, ...
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BIOS root kit? Or, how do I fresh install a clean BIOS?

So I was installing questionable operating system onto my EEE pc and it required me to downgrade the BIOS which I really am not an expert at. I used a patch and it appeared to work. Now, I'm paranoid ...
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Reset or remove the BIOS password on my laptop

I have a laptop but forgot the BIOS password. I cannot go beyond the BIOS password screen and need to continue. Is there any way I can reset or even remove the BIOS password on my laptop?
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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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Why did I get a bios failure unannounced?

Acer aspire one (windows XP) failed to boot. Found instructions for flashing the bios Did so and it worked. All is now well. Question: why did it fail? Was it something I might have done? If so ...
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How to enable 4GB in my Windows 7 64 bit?

I have the following machine configuration: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1 x 2048 MBytes memory chip 2 x 1024 MBytes memory chip 1 x Radeon HD 4870 Motherboard : Gigabyte 945P-S3 Windows 7 RTM 64-bit In ...
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Overclocking Intel E2180 Problems

I just upgraded to Windows 7 Pro 64bits and added 2 gigs of extra memory. I been overclocking my Intel E2180 for quite a long time now(since I got it) and these following settings always worked. I ...
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Dell E6500 virtualization BIOS settings

Do you have Any experience how virtualization related BIOS settings work In Dell E6500? I am using VMWare Workstation 6.5 and do not see any option to turn those “magic features” on.
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Why won't USB Plug & Play work?

We have a relatively young Acer laptop. Aspire 6930, 64-bit, 4GB RAM, Vista Home Premium SP1, Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 2GHz, etc. Out of the blue the plug & play on the USB ports is no longer ...
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Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update?

While attempting the update the BIOS on an Asus motherboard, i learned the Asus Update Utility for Windows doesn't fully support Windows 64-bit. It was able to erase the BIOS without problems, but ...
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What is the DSDT Table? If I change it, will I be unable to apply BIOS updates in the future?

Eddie says I can change the DSDT table on my HP laptop, using the ASL Compiler. I did this and it seemed to work. Should I be worried about future BIOS updates?
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EEEPc Won't boot/load BIOS and not responding to common fixes [closed]

My EEEPc 900HA has been experiencing this exact problem: http://wiki.eeeuser.com/bugfixes:fixbios And it is not responding to any of the suggested fixes (except the one about jumping the jumpers, ...
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My EEEPc 900HA won't turn on/boot. Can it be fixed or does it need to be sent in?

My EEEPc 900HA stopped booting up out of nowhere. It went to sleep and when I went to wake it up, it wouldn't wake up. I powered down and went to power back up, but no go. The power light comes on ...
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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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Get rid of boot priority changed press f1 to continue message

When I boot up my computer and my phone is charging or something via usb, a message comes up that forces me to press f1 to continue, due to the boot priority changing. I'm on a nforce 750i motherboard ...
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BIOS “hangs” on Serial ATA device detection

Some days ago I installed Windows 7 on a Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo EVi 2565 Windows Mediacenter PC (fresh installation on a new partition). The Windows 7 setup failed at the end of the installation ...
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Enabling Intel Virtualization VT in DG31PR

Related to this question Motherboard : DG31PR Processor: E6300 , 2.66 GHz, 64 bit, Supports VT-X as per Intel. BIOS Version : Unknown I'm unable to find Virtualization option in BIOS to enable it. ...
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How can I update the bios of my gigabyte ex58 ud4p motherboard?

Virtual PC docs say I have to disable trusted execution or update bios. I am running a gigabyte ex58 ud4p motherboard. How can I update the bios, is it risking what I have installed on my system ...
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First bootup, do I have to do any BIOS changes?`

Just built my computer, do I have to perform any bios changes at ALL? keep in mind I am a total newbie! I have a gigabyte ex58 ud4p, i7 920.
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Switch on the computer automatically

Is there any way to switch on the computer automatically at a specific time. Is there any BIOS clock trigger mechanisms available to switch on automatically. EDIT: I have a Dell Inspiron laptop. Does ...
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PSU makes a noise, Changing BIOS setting to shutdown on fan failure. Now the computer won't start

This is my scenario: The PSU is making a whining noise. It's a very high pitch noise, load enough to make it easy to hear it. It had been doing this for a while. I thought that I would buy a new PSU ...
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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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Why would BIOS count 3 GB and Vista show 4 GB RAM?

I upgraded my Vista computer from 2GB to 4GB of RAM. However, upon boot up, it shows only 3.072 GB of memory. Yet Vista says I have 4.00 GB of memory. In addition, the computer doesn't seem "twice ...
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Overclocked too far - computer will not boot

I recently tried overclocking my desktop and I went a bit too far. The machine no longer gets to the screen that allows me to enter the bios. I tried switching the CPU but this did not work, it still ...
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4GB memory seen as 3GB in BIOS

I have a 945GCM S2L Motherboard which has 4GB memory (2x2GB) running windows vista x64. The RAM is getting reported as 3GB in the BIOS, Total Physical Memory also shows 3GB, Task manager also shows ...
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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 should I choose (or not) AHCI over IDE in my PC's BIOS settings?

I've noticed in the BIOS settings of the newer PCs I own that I can configure the drive controller work either in AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode, or else in IDE mode. I'm suspecting ...
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What is DMI Pool Data and why is it verified?

What is DMI Pool Data? Every time a computer here boots up it comes a message that says Verifying DMI Pool Data............. And then it comes: AMD data changed...Update New Data to DMI! ...
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Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Windows only show about 3.5 GB of my more than 4 GB of RAM? I have this system, which has 2 times 2 GB SDRAM installed. When I check the system BIOS it shows ...
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3GB of RAM showing up as 2GB

Last year I built a Core i7 920 system based on the ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard. I have 3x1GB of DDR3 (triple-channel configuration), but only 2GB is being reported by: Windows XP, CPU-Z, the BIOS. Is ...