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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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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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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PC reboots after “Welcome to Grub” unless booted from BIOS

I have a Linux machine running on an ASUS P8H77-I. The boot drive is correctly set in the BIOS. If I let it boot normally, I see the Welcome to Grub line, then it reboots, and repeats forever. If I ...
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Sony Vaio VPCEE2E1E memory upgrade issue

I own Sony Vaio laptop VPCEE2E1E and I recently upgraded RAM MEMORY from default 3GB to 4GB after that operation I'm facing serious problem with performance.Windows shows that I have only 1.74GB ...
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Issue using a “used” SSD as a Windows 8.1 Boot Drive

So, I'm something of a Mac person, but decided to take a stab at this whole "build yourself a PC" thing - right now, the thing is assembled, posts just fine, and can get to the BIOS. The problem is ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 on pre-installed Windows 8 laptop

I have a newer HP laptop with preinstalled Windows 8. I want to dual boot Windows 7 with it, but am unable to boot to the USB. To start with, I downloaded an .iso from Microsoft that I then copied ...
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BIOS Setup inaccessible

I know this could be question for Lenovo support but I strongly believe that my issue originated from stupid "Security by obscurity" policy. So I am asking rather experienced FREE people than ...
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Inconsistent problems with backlight, booting, and troublesome hanging with an HP DV5 laptop (2008). Thoughts?

Main Problem: I've got an HP DV5-1125nr with a backlight that seems to work when it pleases. This started about a month ago. An image is still present on the screen and it works with an external ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 on a non-ACPI computer?

I have a computer with a BIOS that doesn´t support ACPI. I tried to install Windows 8 but the setup said I cannot install Windows 8 without ACPI. After some research I found out that this is since ...
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Windows 8 Logon Screen Error

I was messing around, and my windows 8 logon screen is now black/blank. If I could get my computer to safe mode, I could fix it, but I can't access the windows 8 advanced boot options since I can't ...
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System does not work anymore after migrating to UEFI

I have recently updated my BIOS to UEFI (big mistake...). When I boot in Windows 7 x64 now, it does not recognize any USB driver (even mouse and keyboard).I tried to use Windows Repair Disc to Restore ...
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Increase fan speed

I'm currently trying to speed up my fan in an attempt to keep my laptop cooler and running a lot smoother when gaming. I've tried using programs such as speedfan and these can't access my fan. I ...
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Computer randomly turning off after BIOS update?

I recently built a new PC, which has been running fine up until a BIOS update yesterday. I normally wouldn't update BIOS unless there were issues and in this particular case, the AMD FX-6100 CPU I'd ...
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Dell OptiPlex 755 Hex Code on BIOS Launch?

We have a Dell Optiplex 755 which is freezing at POST and displaying what appears to be a hexadecimal string in the top-left corner of the screen, like so: Any ideas on what is causing this?
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Correct CPU Frequency in BIOS

One of the machines I have is a 10 year old one. I can't discard it due to some sentiment (Mom). Legacy board: Mercury 810e, 133 MHz FSB Processor: Pentium III Tualatin 1.2 GHz Observation: I see ...
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BIOS boot manager for Windows Vista Boot Camp Macbook partition

I am trying to find the BIOS boot manager for my Windows Vista Boot Camp partition of my Macbook. How do I access this during sartup?
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Some USB drives not showing in BIOS

I have a GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard. I have an old USB drive that it will boot from just fine. I have two (identical) newer ones, but they will not boot. I found out that the newer ones aren't even ...
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Why boot fails with bios SATA Mode as AHCI?

In a nutshell, I am trying to figure out for some Jetway engineers and myself, why the custom bios they made me does not allow SATA devices to boot in AHCI mode. Obviously, this is difficult to ask ...
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1TB Caviar Green no longer detected after BIOS upgrade

Just after I upgraded my BIOS, I enjoyed a constant black screen after the BIOS Screen, which said something like CTRL + ALT + DELETE to reboot. It was no longer detecting something. So I removed the ...
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new pc build— CDROM not booting

I've just finished a new PC build using a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ motherboard and SATA DVDROM and HDD. I've set up the bios to use the following boot order: CDROM HDD I know that the CDROM drive ...
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SATA Drive Order Scrambled on Reboot; Windows 7 / Asus P5Q MB

I've noticed that the drive order (when viewing through computer management) on my Windows 7 box is not consistent between reboots. More often than not, the drive order is maintained across a reboot, ...
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ECS Elitegroup KV2 lite 1.0 Motherboard doesn't detect SATA drive and takes forever to load BIOS

my problem is as follows: I was connecting a (bootable) SATA hard drive to the 'ECS Elitegroup KV 2 lite 1.0' in my friends rig, which already had two IDE hard drives (one with bootable Windows XP) ...
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What could cause a system reboot after 1 - 2 hours uptime?

Since about two weeks my system (Ubuntu 14.04) causes reboots itself (it seems to freeze for a fraction of a second). The reboot problem began at that time I updated the BIOS since I had weird ...
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ASUS laptop stuck in splash screen loop. Can't access BIOS with HDD installed

I have an ASUS laptop (model u56e, windows 7 64-bit) that is baffling me right now. I was recently on a trip, laptop working fine, though partitioned SATA HDD a bit overloaded with vacay pics. On way ...
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You chose to apply option ROM placement feature, while you knew it as risky

What does the Option ROM Placement in the bios do? I found a manual referencing this option but it is also not helpful:
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Is it possible to repurpose a Trend Micro IGSA (Cisco 1113) appliance server?

I have a practially unused Trend Micro IGSA appliance without any valid license. It's not hyper fast or anything but it is a x86 box with the same motherboard as in a Cisco 1113 and sports a ...
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Is there any any 802.11AC card that will work in X230?

Lenovo X230 provides a BIOS whitelist for the PCMCIA cards. Any cards not in that whitelist are denied. I don't think that whitelist is published either. Are there any 802.11ac cards supported on ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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CPU voltage settings set in BIOS always stay the default

Default voltage is 1.5v.It can be set to the highest setting (1.55) or even to 0.8v but the voltage always is 1.5v. How to make it 1.55v? Can I somehow make it higher than listed there (like 1.6v) ...
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Cannot install Windows 7 with this BIOS options

I cannot install Windows 7 on Gigabyte S-series bios to SATA hdd. But have installed on XP. How to enable ACHI option? How to install Win7 for SATA hdd? Previous OS was Win7 on this PC Please help ...
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Why does my motherboard with SATA 2 (3 GBPS) port / cable not properly read a SATA 3 ( 6 GBPS) HDD?

I've an old G31D-M7 motherboard which has 2 x SATA2 Connector. I recently got a SATA3 (6GBPS) HDD (Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - ST500DM002) but when I try to connect to it, it takes a long time to ...
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Enabling Hyper-V in BIOS causes Windows to stuck

I installed Visual Studio 2013 for Windows Phone and at the end it popped up that Hyper-V (virtualization tool used in Windows Phone Emulator) isn't available on my computer. I done some research and ...
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Flashing BIOS on Acer Aspire S7: wrong ROM file size?

I'm trying to update the BIOS on my Acer Aspire S7, which is only running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (no Windows), so that its fan would stop being so noisy. I followed the instructions on this person's post. ...
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How to configure RAID 1 on Intel Rapid Storage, and partitioning design

I would like guidance on setting up a RAID 1 system from BIOS with Intel Rapid Storage. System details: I have Click BIOS II running on a MSI motherboard (Z77A-G43). I also have 2 x 2TB hard drives. ...
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Modify Windows 7 for unsupported motherboard BIOS

I have a board that supports only XP and Server 2003. It has been EOLed, so the manufacturer has not, and will not, update the BIOS for Vista and above. W7 has the Serverworks HT1000 chipset driver ...
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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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how to disable hard drives in UEFI bios?

sometimes I need to disconnect a hard drive. I have to open my computer and unplug the sata power cable. I am wondering if its possible to disable the hard drive in UEFI bios. I am using asus p8p67 ...
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Can random writes to a non-formatted raw partition from linux corrupt the boot loader?

In brief: suppose I create a non-formatted raw partition on my hard drive, and read and write block IOs to and from it using the standard c interface: open, pread, pwrite, etc. Is there any reason why ...
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How can I boot to DOS with a UEFI BIOS? (re: updating BIOS)

I have a Supermicro X9SCM-F motherboard and I'd like to upgrade the BIOS because I'm having trouble installing Windows 8.1 (and apparently I'm on a very old BIOS). However, I can't seem to boot to ...
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Ubuntu Efi disk read & boot error

I have fujitsu lifebook. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS via USB. It works well but, the problem is I can't boot from other installation media anymore. When I try to boot from a CD or USB I ...
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Acer Travelmate P253-M Freezes on BIOS

I was trying to create a dual boot of Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I successfully installed Ubuntu on the hard disk but it wasn't able to boot so I went through boot-repair which said that I should put a ...
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How do I find the storage capacity of the E²PROM chip on my motherboard? How much space is needed for UEFI to be implemented?

I'm looking at a solution for upgrading BIOS to UEFI on a motherboard that doesn't natively support UEFI. Another user, Rod Smith, replied to a question as to how this would be done stating: "It's ...
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Dell Studio Slim 540s JBOD RAID

I'm working on a Dell Studio 540s that has dual 750GB drives in what appears to be a JBOD configuration. The computer reports "Missing operating system" at boot. The BIOS appeared to have been ...
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1-2 controller cards in system: How to initialize onboard controller first?

I have an older mobo in my system whose Promise PDC20376 onboard controller sometimes causes minor problems when other external cards (bus is good ol' PCI) are present and the onboard one gets ...
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Sudden and spontaneous shutdown when using ACPI

On a Dell Optiplex 755, when I bring the system out from ACPI S3 (suspend) to S0 (normal running mode), the system stays on for perhaps 10 seconds, maybe more. Then it very suddenly shuts the power ...
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Windows 7 will not boot unless I enter the BIOS or try to boot from CD

I have an amazingly confounding problem. A friend has an HP Pavilion P6000 series computer circa 2010. Recently, a storm came through and flickered the power a few times in rapid succession. After ...
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BIOS not able to boot from USB

I'm using an HP Pavilion dv7-3165 dx. (BIOS version F15 of Insyde H20) I can go into the boot selection menu by tapping ESC, and then F9, and I can see my TOSHIBA EXT HDD, but whenever I plug in a ...
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Error 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) - Lenovo Twist

I have a Lenovo Twist (S230u). When I boot it up, it shows the LENOVO logo, then under that it says ''To interrupt normal startup, press Enter''. Then it says ''2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main ...
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Random freezes on Linux Mint 15 KDE under an UEFI Asus motherboard

I'm running Linux Mint 15 with KDE, fully updated. For some reason, I'm experiencing seemly random lock ups. The GUI doesn't respond to input from mouse & keyboard, plus the interface doesn't ...
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How do you fix a laptop with a corrupt hard drive and encrypted bios?

I have a laptop with a fully encrypted hard drive. Recently, the drive got corrupted and I am unable to boot up the laptop. The bios is password-protected so I cannot change the boot drive. Is there ...