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Both. CMOS stores BIOS configuration information. When you "enter setup", you are running the BIOS's configuration program, which loads the settings defined in CMOS. You are "setting up" the CMOS, by providing configuration information the BIOS will use as it runs. The BIOS is a program written as Firmware onto a ROM, so it cannot be written to (except by ...


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My USB won't boot I am going to assume that this means an USB pen drive (and not a USB printer, USB scanner, USB network card....) This can have several reasons: The device is not bootable. The deivce is not bootable unless it was present early. The computer does not support booting from that type. The computer does not support booting from that ...


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Definitely not the hard drive. It could be the screen or the graphics card, but it's more likely the graphics card given that the computer spontaneously rebooted. Easiest way to tell would be to hook up a different screen and see if you get the same results. If you do, then it's the video card. Your only option is to replace it.


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"I tried pressing F12 to select devices, but nothing happens." F12 does not seem to be the correct key ... Source BIOS Access Keys for Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Dell, Gateway, and More! Sony VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.


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Your system has a UEFI firmware. Because of this, Windows requires you to format your hard drive as a GPT disk instead of an MBR disk (which you have). GPT disks do not have the concept of an "Active" partition the way MBR disks do. That's why the option is grayed out. In a BIOS world with MBR disks, the computer simply boots to whatever partition has the ...


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According to the picture, your HDD will fails soon: because you have some uncorrectable and some pending sectors. The BIOS seams to detect this during boot: "Test failed. Drive replacement recommended. Completion Code: 7" and skips the HDD, but still allows you to boot if you ignored a different boot drive like a DVD. Backup all data to a different ...


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You need to change your boot sequence. Some laptops require you to prioritise the boot sequence. Make it in this order: Removable devices Hard Drive CD-ROM If this option can be disabled then do it


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It appears to be either the screen itself or the connection to the computer. Do the artifacts appear over the built-in monitor menu? If so, it's the screen. Does reseating either end of the video cable help?


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This seems like malware, or at least ad-ware, possibly incompletely installed (since it doesn't go directly to the wrong site). Check the browsers (including IE) for add-ons. Malwarebytes and Kaspersky Security Scan are free antivirus scanners, and free Avast! also has a browser extension check. If you want to find the cause of startup, use free Autoruns ...


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After trying what was suggested in the comment section, I found out that my new Memory sticks or cards are not compatible with my old memory cards. My new memory cards by themselves in the memory slots work fine, but as soon as I put any of my old memory card (1GB or 256MB) my system crashes horribly. Somehow these new cards are different from my old cards, ...


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this happened to me once, some files got corrupted in some way. If you have a CD boot the windows from the cd , if not create a bootable usb which you add windows 8 on it and you'll have an option to format or to repair damaged error.


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Sometimes it helps to create a "Stuck key" situation. Keep an arbitrary key pressed while the laptop boots. It will think the keyboard is faulty and give an erro-message about that. Then it may allow you to get into the bios. ("Press F1 to continue, F2 for Bios setup" or something to that effect.)


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These symptoms sound like the machine you've got has a motherboard chipset that's more recent than Windows 8.1. This sort of problem is fairly common, and the solution is to download drivers for the chipset (or at least for the disk subsystem) from the manufacturer. I just checked, and Intel has quite a few Windows drivers for that computer here: ...


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There could be several ways this is launching: 1) Startup options as you rightly said. By disabling processed in Task Manager > Startup, you should be able to eliminate this 2) Registry Startup. Check all of the following registry keys and see if it is launching from there: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] ...


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It's possible, but not certain, that you'll be able to boot the image you copied using my rEFInd boot manager. You can test this without installing anything to your hard disk by downloading the USB flash drive or CD-R image, preparing a boot medium with it, and booting it. If you're lucky, you'll see one or more entries for the Linux kernel(s) and/or the EFI ...


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Windows 10 Technical Preview, as the name suggests, is not for production. I think it's your fault, that you can't access your files. What I have read, Windows 10 automatically locks if you don't update it, but I don't know how to do it, because I'm not using it. The only thing that comes to my mind is accesing the Windows 10 partition offline from Ubuntu ...


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Assuming you are not required to load special drivers for your disk, when you're done with your disk test (which you may as well finish), note that your question implies you may have an unclean partition layout. A format doesn't wipe partition layouts, which Windows will care about but SeaTools should not). This is just one idea so all the advice is the ...


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Other option is to obtain a USB-to-SATA interface (Cheap enough on Ebay) and boot from a desktop CDROM drive connected to this and a 5v/12v psu. That will almost always work even if flash ram boot will not.


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Are you able to enter the F8 list before the windows restart ? If so you can use the "Last known good configuration" option to try a clean startup. If not, I suggest to download a Hiren BootCD from here: http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd and to burn it to a blank CD. It contains many tools that can help you explore the ssd and try to recover files if you ...



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