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BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.

Q: BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.


This is my first post here, so hi to everyone.
I just got an ASUS X401a Notebook and I want to use a flash drive to boot from Linux.
I need to change the sequence in the BIOS so that the flash drive is first choice to boot from.
I have no problem accessing the BIOS utility, but it allows me to alter only some settings. Those in blue colored font I can change those in black font I cannot. What drive to boot from first is in black and not adjustable.
I used command line to work as admin and I also set up a password for admin in the BIOS to access the BIOS utility, but still no go; some things are allowed to be changed some aren't.

Any help is appreciated.

A: BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.

Is it asking for a password or something?

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 Hi,trying to change BIOS language using HP Bios Configuration Utility but get Error code 6 - Access Denied (failed due to BIOS permissions).BIOS version is THI vA0.08.I can read (get) successfully but cannot change any setting...tried to change other settings unsuccessfully.What am I missing? Do I need to set a password first?

A:Can't change bios language - HP BIOS Configuration Utility -...

I should have mentioned...language is currently Dutch and I would like to set it to English. I removed the * and placed in front of English...essentially following instructions in the manual so that is not the issue.thanks in advance for your help ?

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My computer is so messed up Version 8.1 . I first noticed that I had a problem with Kaspersky. It said my license was unable to verify and to update data base to solve. It wont let me update. In fact it wont even let me uninstall, and secondly I cant download ANYTHING off the internet. My main problem is OFFICE keeps freezing and I need that program it also says there is a problem with my license and I have not been able to fix it it just freezes. So I thought I will download open office, but as I mentioned I cant download anything when I click run nothing happens when I click save it says corrupt or unreadable file. I thought no problem I will just hit F2 (yes I have tried hitting every single key after this and nothing) and enter bios screen and recover from my USB but do you think F2 (or any other key takes takes me there, no. Products like Kaspersky, Office, I have paid for etc say they are unlicensed which they are not. Anything I try to download, anything, like a new virus program will not work. I can't download, I cant even get into Change my PC settings it just freezes when I click this. I have had people try and trouble shoot this, Kaspersky has not gotten back to me and everyone is telling me stuff I cant do. I cant download, I cant access bios, I cant even access Change my PC settings. Ready to hear all the generic "it should" or "you should be able to" I have found a few people on other forums with the problem and I have yet to see a fix.

A:Unable to access BIOS or Change Pc Settings

Hello neverislence, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if this may be able to help with the PC settings issue.

PC settings - Fix and Restore in Windows 8.1

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Good evening!
A week ago I reinstalled Windows 7 in EFI mode on my laptop, and now I've got this problem: whenever I turn on my computer after a shutdown, the BIOS says "System Resuming" instead of "Press F2 to enter settings". This makes impossible for me to access BIOS settings. Previously, my BIOS used to say "System Resuming" only after a hibernation. The weird fact is that - as far as I remember - this thing started happening only after a few days.
Can you help me?
Thanks in advance :-)

A:I can't access BIOS settings because BIOS assumes Windows is resuming

Try doing a shutdown command from a CMD window, or Start button / Run
The command is shutdown /s

See if entering the command manually makes a difference in how it starts up

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Hi Guys
I restored an image created with Macrium Reflect on my wife's computer (Custom build with Asus P8Z77-V LX mother board) and everything went fine until rebooting when i got to the "Please press DEL or F2 to enter UEFI BIOS settings" then everything stopped.
I have tried F2 DEL F8 F12 just about all the F combinations and nothing works, I have two SSD drives one with Win7 Pro and one with Win10 Pro (not connected at the same time) and neither of them will boot up.
I have tried changing the jumper pins from 1 and 2 to 2 and 3 for 10 sec to clear the RTC Ram in CMOS then returned then to 1 and 2 and tried change so i removed the battery and repeated the jumper pin swap then reinstalled the battery and still no change, cannot get passed press DEL or F2 to access the BIOS settings.
I even downloaded the latest BIOS and updater as shown and put them on a USB flash drive together and tried the Macrium Rescue disk, and still nothing happened and it will not open the BIOS maybe i got it all wrong ?
I was hoping someone here might know how to put it right, i am out of idea's and any help would be greatly appreciated.

System Specs

Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz 8MB
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V LX LGA1155 ATX Motherboard
Memory G.Skill 8GB Kit (2x4GB) DDR3 Ripjaws X C9 1600MHz
Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" 7mm SSD SATA3 530/130 x2 = 1 Win7 and 1 Win10
Storage Drive Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 3.5" 2TB 64MB 7200RPM
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The simplest means of doing a most important job is to use pen and paper as the means of creating a record of a perfectly functioning BIOS.

What simple method is there available for the lazy ones who wish a freeware capable of creating a record of all the myriad BIOS settings without which we have no functioning computer.



Edit. Has anyone these three files:, and ?

If would you be willing to e-mail me with them attached?


A:Solved: Bios Settings. Simple capture utility wanted.

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I use BCU at first time and I have a problem. There are more then 300 WorkStation HP 260 G1 DM in my company and we have to change BIOS settings. I use BCU  Version: and Windows 10 Pro 64 bit.I got the parameters from BIOS with /GetConfig. Then I change the file. Now I try to load this file to the BIOS and have the error "Access Denied" code 6. The workstations are new, they have a factory settings, they don't have BIOS password. I lunch cmd as administrator. My config file:BIOSConfig 1.0;; Originally created by BIOS Configuration Utility; Version:; Date="2016/11/02" Time="16:52:13" UTC="3";; Found 81 settings;UEFI Boot SourcesUSB Floppy/CD DisabledUSB Hard Drive DisabledLegacy Boot SourcesUSB Floppy/CD DisabledHard DriveNetwork Controller (Realtek PXE B01 D00)Mini Card Slot*DisableEnableFast Boot*EnableDisablePower on from USB Kbd portDisable*Enable My log: 2016/11/02 18:57:58.615834 | 3092|Setting|HP:hared:treamLog:treamLog| Log Severity Level >= Info2016/11/02 18:57:58.615834 | 3092|Info |HP:hared:treamLog:treamLog| Begin.2016/11/02 18:57:58.615834 | 3092|Info |BiosConfigUtility::InitInstance| *****************************************************2016/11/02 18:57:58.615834 | 3092|Info |BiosConfigUtility::InitInstance| ** HP Bios Configuration Utility v. **2016/11/02 18:57:58.615834 | 3092|Info |BiosConfigUtility::InitInstance| *****************************************************2016/11/02 18:57:59.8... Read more

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 Dear all, I'm trying to automate the bios settings with the latest HP Bios Configuration Utility using SCCM 2012.When the task is rebooting the system, I get this message."The following configuration change has been requested"How do I automate to accept this up front? Kind regardsDries

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I was told in order to install Windows XP I have to change the BIOS setting so that
the computer boots from CD.

My Boot sequence in my BIOS settings are : A,C,SCSI

My question is how to change it ?

Thanks for any help


A:How to change BIOS settings

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Can anybody explain these settings in bios?
I dont really understand how these settings work.

A:Should I change these bios settings?

ACPI (Power saving mode) ACPI - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
Power On and Wakeup, devices which can, buy their activity start computer or wake up from sleep mode.
RTC = Real Time Clock, allows it to set time of day for computer to start up.
Restore on AC power loss, What happens when power to computer is cut. Last state = If it was on at the time to turn it back on when power is restored. Other setting may be to stay off even when power is restored (I would recommend that), includes using switch at the back of PSU.

On Board SATA Controller = That's controller for SATA ports where you plug in your disks (HDD. SSD or ODD), with it disabled those devices don't work.
On board SATA mode = should have IDE, RAID and AHCI modes, last one best used with SSD drives. RAID: What is RAID storage? Webopedia Definition
On board USB controller = Provides USB support.
Legacy USB Support = Lets you use USB1 and 1.1 devices.
On board audio and LAN (Local Area Network) which provides support for your wired network connections like with wired Routers etc.
On board LAN option ROM, allows starting computer over network signal: LAN Option ROM

Except for that RAID part (if you don't use RAD array) everything else is correctly set for most cases. If you have SSD it should be set to AHCI and if HDD, IDE mode.

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I have a new computer, and I was wondering if I should change anything in the bios settings.

I really don't know much about Bios, so I really need to know if it needs any configuration.

Thanx in advance.

A:Should I change anything in the Bios settings?

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Im not sure what I am supposed to do with this whole thing so I'm just going to tell everyone what I need help with and maybe someone can save me.
After having extensive problems with my sound I was advised to get a new sound card. I had it installed and my sound still does not work after calling the tech support people for my sound card they said i need to chage my bios settings so that the computer will read my new sound card ... or something like that. I am totally new with conputers so if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. Thankyou so much. Crystal

A:Need to change Bios settings

Did you uninstall the previous sound card prior to installing the new one?

Try uninstalling and when you reboot see if Windows recognizes it then

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hi there!
i have a problem with my bios.
about every3-4 weeks my bios change
by it self to default settings.i changed my cmos battery
also .because of the problem.but still the same thing.
can anybody help me please?
thanks matrix
amd athlon 1700xp
win xp pro.

A:bios settings change by it self

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Hello people,

New to the forums here but have read some threads that have helped my before.

Im having problems finding out how to change the IRQ settings on my Pavilion a1310. I recently bought an M Audio Audiophile 192 sound card and for weeks I had problems with it. Click, pops, and just general weirdness when using certain audio apps like adobe audition or FL Studio. but not in general use.

I discovered that it could be a conflict with the PCI slot it was plugged into. so i changed slots and pulled out a usless 56k modem in the slot above. this helped but not completely. I saw that the same IRQ is used for both my Audiophile and the onboard realtek sound card. but was unable to change the number in windows. so i disabled the realtek device. however i would like to use both soundcards as the realtek is easy to use for things like Ventrillo of Teamspeak.

Where can I find the settings for the IRQ in my BIOS? I looked but saw nothing familiar.


A:How do I change the IRQ settings in my BIOS?

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Hi, I need to temporarily disable the L1 and L2 caches in my BIOS to check for a problem, I can get into the BIOS and find the settings OK but once there don't know how to change the settings.

A:How Do I Change Settings In The BIOS?

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Hello there, i'll get straight to the point.

I'm not amazing with computers so bare with me. I have a HP DV2799, and although I can access BIOS (shows as phoenixBios), there is little that I can change.

I'm trying to change my HDD settings to a solution for my other problem - I can't boot windows vista after it does an update, and going back to system restore every few days is tedious at best.

I'm currently accessing the BIOS with F10# Is there any way i can change the HDD settings, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Jim.

A:Can't change HDD settings in BIOS

what s up not to good with computers either but i know if you get the bios screen f10 or i think mine is f8 you just keep spamin the button , but it should let you change once you get to that screen but you should proly just forget vista and reinstall it or xp

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Hi everyone,
I'm trying to change the settings in BIOS CMOS, but when I arrow to Load Optimized Defaults and try to save by hitting F10 and I choose Y to save and exit there is no way out except to hit enter but the settings don't change.

I posted some time ago about trying to fix a problem with this computer for my friend because when it booted up it showed white text on a black screen. I think that is the MBR but not sure. It shows on the first page F1 and del and sometimes loads a lot of what look like drivers but I am not sure, now it's seems to just show the first page with F1 and de. I hit F1 anf it loads to Windows. I brought the computer back to my place to try and fix this issue because my friend said that sometimes the screen just goes black and she can't do anything. That hasn't happened to me in almost a week when I turn it on. However, I thought a repair would do the trick but haven't tried yet. I am wondering if I change the boot menu in BIOS it might get rid of the first screen for her before Windows loads. I just thought before I do the repair I should maybe try the BIOS CMOS settings but can't change anything there.

Also, I know now that I have to uninstall IE8 before doing a repair but can't seem to find an answer about "do I also delete the IE updates in add/remove " or do they automatically go?. Do I have to do anything else before the repair, like uninstalling IE6 if it is there and if not do I install I... Read more

A:cannot change settings in BIOS or CMOS

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hi there!
can anybody tell me please,why
my bios change by it self in default settings(at least once a months.)i changed the cmos battery allraedy.
thanks for awnser.

A:bios change by it self in default settings

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I would like to change the boot order in my BIOS, but nothing on the keyboard will work. I reboot, and the splash screen for Gigabyte comes up. I hit the delete or F12 button and the BIOS screen comes up. Then nothing I do on the keyboard works. I have to hit the reset button.

Since I can start the BIOS using the keyboard, I know that the keyboard is working before the Gigabyte screen comes up.

How to repair, fix or workaround?

Thanks for any help.

A:Unable to change BIOS settings

If your motherboard supports it, you may have to use a PS/2 keyboard, and then make sure Legacy USB devices are enabled.

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Other error
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A:[SOLVED] How do I change BIOS settings

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Here's the deal.

I'm administering a LAN consisting of IBM NetVistas (Phoenix BIOS v4.00, mostly) and there is a BIOS setting to have 3 different boot orders depending on the startup type. Primary, Auto & Error startup sequences depending on the circumstances.

What I want to do is disable the last 2 boot preferences so that only the primary is used, and I also want the primary to always boot in the following order: Removable > CDROM > Hard Disk 0 > None. I also want to disable a thing called the PXE Boot Agent, which keeps trying to boot of the LAN, which is a real pain.

When I originally build these PC's I'm using a ghost boot disk which I have set up to automatically boot into ghost and deploy a pre-determined image.

Is there something I can use to change the BIOS settings on each PC as I build it so that the settings above are applied? As usual IBM are no help. I either get told it's not possible (seems doubtful to me tbh) or that they'll 'get back to me' which obviously never happens.

Am I asking too much?

The reason I need this is that if this is not done and the PC is not shut down properly, the BOIS the PC then goes into the error startup sequence which automatically tries to boot off the LAN, and no matter how many times the user tries to reboot it stays stuck in this loop, meaning I have to go out to each user this happens to (at least 5-10 per week, on our 1500 PC site).

thanks in advance.

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A:Is it possible to change BIOS settings with a boot disk?

You would most likely need a bios editor to do what you want to do. It is a very risky operation to edit a bios. One wrong string and the board is shot or would need a bios chip. You can repair a bad flash with a working chip but I know nothing about doing it.

Johnwill knows about these things. Maybe he will stop in???

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Hi people. I'm either having a brain fart, or my BIOS is not working correctly.My BIOS version: American Megatrends Inc. G74Sx.201, 4/27/2011I need to boot from DVD to install a Linux Distro.When I go to my BIOS, and I look at the boot options, I don't see the option for my DVD drive. I took some photos of the options in my BIOS. Can someone assist me in figuring out how to boot from disc?CPU-ID Info - Screenshots (1400 pixels wide) Also, once the changes are made... what key do I press during start-up to get the boot menu? The way it is now, both F2 & Del bring me to the BIOS. Thank you ExplodingMonkey

A:Assistance to change settings in BIOS, to boot from disc

Are you sure it isn't the second option?
sata: hl-dt-stdvdram gt34n 
A quick google says that's a dvd drive, plus there's dvd in the name.  Try that and see what you come up with.
Once you set it to boot from disk (first) it will boot from the disk, in some instances it may prompt you to press "any" or a specific key in order to confirm the boot.  You won't change the key, it'll still be f2 or esc to get back to that screen.  The bios screen just lets you select the order in which devices are booted, you'll want to set your dvd to boot first of course.

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So I restart my computer and get this message just after the boot screen on my computer:

NTDLR is missing, press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

No biggy I thought, I'll just pop the XP CD in and get it back.

Problem is, a few weeks ago I had to put a password on the BIOS settings because I didn't want a certain person changing them. This is the first time I've actually logged in. ALL the settings, literally ALL of them, are unchangeable so that results in me not being able to use the DVD ROM drive to load first instead of the hard drive.

Does anybody know how I can sort my problem? Is there some sort of default BIOS login code which gives me access to all settings that I'm not aware of or something?

A:Cannot change BIOS settings + missing NTLDR = nightmare

Hi there and welcome to TSF. The only way you can do this is by resetting your BIOS. To do this remove your CMOS battery for about 20 minutes and then replace it. Your BIOS should then reset to default settings.

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i opened up one of my customer's ibm laptop... the cmos battery is missing. i cannot go into bios settings. so booting from cd is out of the question, yes, i can boot from a series of floppy disks (old ibm with floppy drive) to start the xp install, (possibly) but there has to be another way.... which leads me to my second problem
toshiba satelite notebook. if i try to get into the bios configuration, it freezes on me until i hit enter. it seems like its indicating a problem with my hard drive if i try to go into bios. but ih ave tried 3 other hdd. i still cant go into bios. again, i want to change boot settings to install windows.

now, since i cant boot to xp with both these laptops, how am i gonna fix them?

i know i cant hook up the hdd to my desktop and install windows via usb... i have a 2.5 to 3.5 hdd converter...can i install windows in the laptop hdd with my dekstop?

or any other way to do it?

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Hello, we've quite a few Thin Clients and they are doing a good job. But i need to change some BIOS settings. Is there a way I can remotely change BIOS settings on the T520's? Or do I have to visit each machine  and manualy change them? Thanks for your help!  Kind regardsturnitoffandon

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I have an HPXW6200 workstationwith an HP 08B8h main board serial number CZC631LDP with XP Professional 32 bit presently installed. I have purchased Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit which I am about to instal. I have installed addditional RAM and a firewire which are each recognised. However, I am unable to access the BIOS, even though I have pressed the F numbers and 'any key'when prompted. The instal stops for a second as if accessing safe mode or BIOS but then resumes installing XP. As I am installing a totally different operating system I am assuming that the BIOS may need altering to accept the instal with DVD and the 32/64 bit uprating.. I have ascertained that there are two HDD one is an IDE which I cannot identify make size speed which 'may' be loaded with the BIOS settings, and the other is a Seagate Barracuda SATA 7200 revs 160GB upon which XP is installed. Can you assist to solve this problem.Thankyou,

A:access Bios settings

Too access the BIOS settings, (CMOS I assume?), you need to press the appropriate button before the disc is loaded.
Just after POST starts(the Memory test and detection of harddrives), it should say something along the lines of 'Press F2 to enter setup' or another key (Delete, F10, F8).
You need to press that button before you see the message 'Press any key to boot' to get into BIOS.

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I purchased a used laptop . but it has a bios administrator password. i tried to remove bios password by detaching RTC battery , but it doesn't work . please provide solution immediately . Thanks!

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Hi, I have an HP 2000 Notebook laptop and am trying to gain access to the BIOS settings in order to change some of my RAM (4 GB) over to the dedicated video RAM which is currently only at 64 MB. When I access the BIOS settings from the startup menu all of the default settings are greyed out and does not allow me to edit them on the initial page.

If someone could help me out and how I can gain access to these settings or how else I can accomplish what I am trying to do I would greatly appreciate it!

A:Can't Access BIOS Settings


This option is not available with some OEM BIOS versions. Most use a slimmed down version with minimal options that can be changed.

Usually (if present) it will be loaded under Advanced, System Configuration, or similar.

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When I press Restore Settings button in BIOS setting (through F2 when Dell logo is displayed at booting) then the dialog with two options is shown:

BIOS Defaults
Factory Settings

What is the difference about these two options (BIOS Defaults vs. Factory Settings) please?
Thank you.

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I have been at this for hours and i'm on the verge of giving up

I am attempting to overclock my dell dimension e510 by adjusting the fsb and voltage settings

however, when i press f2 at start up the setup screen i get into is extremely limited there are no options for accessing cmos or any kind of overclocking tools.

am i just not in the correct bios screen? Or is there no setting for my bios?

My motherboard is and Dell made motherboard model #0wg261 running bios update Dell Dimension System BIOS, A07
Dell DM051 A07 System BIOS

Can someone point me in the right direction here? lol

A:Solved: Can not access fsb settings, help getting into bios

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Hi, I really need to access advanced BIOS settings (if I can?) because of the CPU's fan RPM setting (I had to replace the old fan, he stopped working), could you please help me, how could I get there, by which combination? My BIOS version is 80.52 Rev.A 

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While in XP I deleted a partiain that had Fedora on it. I was using GRUB to do multi-boot. When I rebooted XP it booted to the GRUB command line. I rebooted and hit F12 to try to get to system settings and after I chose system settings it went right back to the GRUB command line. I rebooted again and hit F2 to get to system settings and it went straight to the GRUB command line again.

I'm pretty sure I need to fix my MBR but, I can't change my settings to boot from my CD and I don't have a floppy drive.

Any ideas?

A:Cannot access system settings in BIOS

Boot from your windowsXP CD, select recovery console, and type FIXBOOT (then press enter key), next type FIXMBR (then press enter key).

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While in XP I deleted a partiain that had Fedora on it. I was using GRUB to do multi-boot. When I rebooted XP it booted to the GRUB command line. I rebooted and hit F12 to try to get to system settings and after I chose system settings it went right back to the GRUB command line. I rebooted again and hit F2 to get to system settings and it went straight to the GRUB command line again.

I'm pretty sure I need to fix my MBR but, I can't change my settings to boot from my CD and I don't have a floppy drive.

Any ideas?

A:Cannot Access System Settings in BIOS

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can toshiba say me how i can get all bios settings. its my laptop and i want to controll all settigs .(need the fan settigs)

A:How to access BIOS settings on Qosmio X70-A

thx for these long threads

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My laptop has no problem before. Recently I try to install Windows XP. First attempt fail, so I change SATA at BIOS from AHCI to Compatible, success. However the partition that I want to install*Windows XP to is not available.*

So just to test I choose my Windows 7 partition. Since it want to format the partition, I cancel the installation. After restarting windows, it stuck at bios. I restart again and change SAT to AHCI. Restart, still stuck at bios. This time I cannot enter BIOS, recovery or change boot media. Assuming the boot sector has corrupt, will reseating the cmos battery will fix this *problem. Please help. Thanks in advance.*

A:Windows 7 Stuck At BIOS Cannot Enter BIOS or Change Boot Media

Somehow with guidance from Lenovo Community, I solved the problem.

For future reference:
1. Take out HDD, battery, plug off ac power.
2. Restart, change SATA Controller in BIOS to compatible, restart.
3. Check whether the SATA Controller is Compatible or AHCI. If Compatible, force shutdown laptop.
4. Put back HDD, boot with Windows 7 Recovery CD or Installation Disc.
5. Choose Autostartup Repair.
6. Restart.

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I have a Compaq 6530b laptop and am running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. I want to enable bluetooth on the laptop, but the Device Manager says it is disabled in the BIOS and to activate it with F10 on boot.. the problem is it asks for a BIOS password and I keep guessing and cant figure out what it is! Is there a simple way to reset the BIOS password or crack it? I took out the CMOS battery and waited 10 minutes, but that didnt do anything... any advice?? Thanks!

A:Forgot BIOS password - need to access settings F10

Unfortunately, on laptops, unless it's said otherwise in the manual, you can't remove the BIOS password. Did you get that computer second hand or was it brand new? If it was brand new it means you set the password, which you could try to guess some of the passwords you were using at the time you got the laptop.

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I have been given a Satellite Pro 4600, unfortunately this laptop has 2 and a half operating systems on it. The first one is MS2000, then XP then an unfinished installation of XP. When I start up the laptop it asks which OS I want to use. I have a full legal copy of XP that I have bought and I want to reformat the laptop and put on a clean install of XP, the problem is how do I get into the BIOS to change boot settings to CD?

Any help is greatly appreciated.


A:How to access BIOS settings on Satellite Pro 4600?


First of all you don?t need to access the BIOS in order to be able to boot from the CD.
You can simply press the F12 button immediately after the notebook has been powered up.
This would show the available boot options.

You can also press C button which would automatically enable the CD/DVD drive as booting source.

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I have XP and i need to access it but dont know how and couldnt find it on google.

A:How do you access BIOS to change stuff?

Shortly after you power up, a text message is displayed, something like: Press ____ to enter SETUP. The key can be: DEL, F2, etc. The message lasts only a second or two before the Windows Welcome screen appears, so you have to be quick. Your mouse will not work in SETUP. You must use your keyboard. Follow the instructions in the menu usually located at the bottom of the screen. You will be prompted if you want to save changes. One of the choices in the menu will be for your drives. You will see 4 entries there, Primary and Secondary. There will be Drive 0 and Drive 1 under each. The far right-hand column will allow you to set for Master, Slave or Auto.

Be carefull of what "stuff" you want to change.

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I have a HP 2760P and I'm running Windows 7 64bit,I did a clean install since I replaced the harddisk, I installed HP Protect Tools. Problem:Most of the BIOS settings are grayed out, I can't change anything. Do I need to login to the BIOS as Administrator or so? When I enter the BIOS I get asked to login.I can only login with my Domain-Account, I can't enter another account name.I therefore login and see the bios-settings.However most settings are grayed out."Set Administrator Password" is also grayed out. How can I enable the BIOS-settings?Do I need to Login into the BIOS as an Administrator? How can I do that, during entering the BIOS it only let's me login as my regular domain-account or how can I even set an Administrator-Password? Thanks and best regards 

A:BIOS settings grayed out, Login To BIOS as Administrator?

leonardlin wrote:I have a HP 2760P and I'm running Windows 7 64bit,I did a clean install since I replaced the harddisk, I installed HP Protect Tools. Problem:Most of the BIOS settings are grayed out, I can't change anything. Do I need to login to the BIOS as Administrator or so? When I enter the BIOS I get asked to login.I can only login with my Domain-Account, I can't enter another account name.I therefore login and see the bios-settings.However most settings are grayed out."Set Administrator Password" is also grayed out. How can I enable the BIOS-settings?Do I need to Login into the BIOS as an Administrator? How can I do that, during entering the BIOS it only let's me login as my regular domain-account or how can I even set an Administrator-Password? Thanks and best regards What I have found is that this situation arose for me when I logged in to the BIOS as a regular user after installing HP ProtectTools and enabling Pre-boot authentication.  I needed to log in as an admin user. However, in my case, I had yet to set up an administrative password for the BIOS prior to setting up HP ProtectTools.  What I needed to do was the following set of steps: 1.  When the system reboots, it SHOULD give you the option to log in to the BIOS as a guest or registered user.  Log in as GUEST into the BIOS instead of a registered user (wierd, but it works).2.  Go to BIOS Security settings and create a BIOS admin password.3.  You... Read more

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I recently took a BIOS update and I later on found out that it has messed up my Notebook. File transfer speed has been riduculously slow, games and movies stutter occasionaly. Everything has changed and it does not look good. Product Info: Model: Pavilion AB522TXOS: Windows 10 64-bit ( updated to the very last) RAM: 8 GBProcessor: i5-6200U

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A:Downgrade a BIOS update or Optimising BIOS settings

Hey @Rahul_mk,  I would like to welcome you to the HP Support Community. If my reply resolves your issue or answer your question(s),  please let others know this reply was helpful by clicking the Accept as Solution button. I understand that you did a BIOS upgrade but it did not take well to your HP Pavilion Notebook - 15-ab522tx. You mentioned that your Notebook is now slow and games and movies are stuttering.  Many HP Notebooks have an HP BIOS Restore tool that may recover the BIOS from an earlier version and restore basic functionality. Please follow the documentation to do a BIOS reset.  Have you tried to perform a hard reset?Which BIOS version did  you upgrade to? You said that Windows 10 is up to date.Have you tried using the HP Support Assistant for updates also?  You can try following the below steps to reload the factory installed BIOS Setup Settings:In the BIOS Setup utility, select the Exit tab.Select Load Setup Defaults.Select Save Changes and Exit (pressing F5 and the Enter key will also load the Setup Defaults).Press Esc and then Enter to exit Setup.If you require further assistance, I would be more than happy to continue to help you. Please re-post with any information you think may help me find a resolution for you. Please also let me know if the BIOS reset works. If yo... Read more

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I am trying to help with a HDD failure on a U940. The laptop does still work an the failure was (almost certainly) just the HDD.

I have a new HDD in place but I am unable to access BIOS, and the machine obviously wont boot. Just a black screen while the computer tries to do something..
F2 then power on doesn't workF12 then power on doesn't workESC then power on doesn't workTaking the battery out hasn't workedTaking the battery and power cord out and discharging by holding power button down for 60+ seconds hasn't worked.
I can't get at the BIOS. I believe the machine was relying on the Intel hybrid drive stuff using the SDD in RAID before, and that fast book was enabled. Obviously I am unable to clean shut down the machine any more since I can't boot it back up with the old disk.

What I really want to do is reset the whole thing. Get rid of any of the RAID stuff and put Windows back on the new HDD. Any ideas how I can get into the BIOS to get around any of the RAID or FastBoot stuff?

A:Satellite U940 - Cannot boot or access BIOS settings

Originally Posted by devondan

I am trying to help with a HDD failure on a U940. The laptop does still work an the failure was (almost certainly) just the HDD.

I have a new HDD in place but I am unable to access BIOS, and the machine obviously wont boot. Just a black screen while the computer tries to do something..
F2 then power on doesn't workF12 then power on doesn't workESC then power on doesn't workTaking the battery out hasn't workedTaking the battery and power cord out and discharging by holding power button down for 60+ seconds hasn't worked.
I can't get at the BIOS. I believe the machine was relying on the Intel hybrid drive stuff using the SDD in RAID before, and that fast book was enabled. Obviously I am unable to clean shut down the machine any more since I can't boot it back up with the old disk.

What I really want to do is reset the whole thing. Get rid of any of the RAID stuff and put Windows back on the new HDD. Any ideas how I can get into the BIOS to get around any of the RAID or FastBoot stuff?

Is there any way to disable Hybrid Sleep physically? Removing the CMOS battery? Replace memory? I can't do it from software or access the BIOS and I'm wondering if it is this that is preventing a clean boot.

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Hi all, I am trying to enable Intel vt-X (hardware virtualisation) on my satellite click 10 and for me to be able to do that I need to access the advanced bios settings of the laptop.

I did a restart and held f2 which brought me to the Toshiba Setup Utility, however there is no option there to acces advanced settings (pic: )

Please help!

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Hope someone can help with this.

've had the DX730 PC for about 8 months now, and I recall that initially when the PC powered up there would briefly appear a message saying to press 'F2' to enter BIOS configuration.
But lately that does not happen and I don't know why.

Pressing F2 brings up the Windows Startup Menu instead of the BIOS configuration.
Is there some way to restore the original startup functionality?

Thank you ahead of time for any help you can give.

Message was edited by: TumbleGrum

A:Qosmio DX730 unable to access BIOS settings

hmm... may i ask you what system are you using? Is it Win 7 or Win 8?

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  i have acer aspire V5-471p . its default window was 8.1 < now it is very slow !!!i want to do window 10 in this laptop and have a DVD of it !!!but i cannot booT this system , also can not find BooT MenU   !!! i try all keys F1 to F12 etc Turn off Fast startup , but fail . Now tell me , what will i do to ???it is in fine condition , but only the problem is i cannot chanGe the window.

A:how to chanGe window and access BIOS in acerAspire...

And may I ask you why you don't upgrade to windows 10 from 8.1 inside of W8.1?  And then do a complete reset, thus having exactly a fresh install. When you load w8.1, if you want to boot other drive, just go to start and select restart while holding down Shift key. This will bring you into the advanced startup.Here you should see an option called Use a device, and then select the device where you have the bootable USB/DVD. Thus it should boot the media.  

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  i have acer aspire V5-471p . its default window was 8.1 < now it is very slow !!!i want to do window 10 in this laptop and have a DVD of it !!!but i cannot booT this system , also can not find BooT MenU   !!! i try all keys F1 to F12 etc Turn off Fast startup , but fail . Now tell me , what will i do to ???it is in fine condition , but only the problem is i cannot chanGe the window.

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I errantly switched the BIOS setting from Raid-AHCI to IEDI while attempting to allow my system to recognize a newly installed SSD.  The plan was to clone my HDD to the SSD as the boot drive, but it wasn't seen in windows.  Initially, was able to see it in the BIOS settings.  Long story short, I switched from Raid-AHCI to IEDI and have not been able to boot the PC since.  On boot, the pc turns on and the fans for the power supply and NVIDIA cards spin, but there is nothing visual taking place on the monitor. It's as if the devices are getting power, but the motherboard doesn't know they are there.  Tried clearing the CMOS (unplugged, took out CMOS battery, held reset button) and that didn't seem to make a difference.  There is supposed to be a "recovery" jumper on the MB (E15), but the pins seem to be missing on my motherboard, so that's not an option.  I'm pretty sure that if I can get the MB back to Raid-AHCI mode, it should respond for me again.  Unfortunately, without access to the BIOS on boot, I have no idea how to do that.  Any and all suggestions are welcome.  Thanks in advance.

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Im starting this thread so that for all who have unlocked their bios for wirelesscard whitelist removal or what ever, using the link on techInferno using svl7 mod can have a guide as to what settings can be used to improve the performance of their y510p and what settings to stay away from.  For those who have difficulties in retrieving the files from techInfernos website can pm me. Any and all suggestions and requests are welcome. Happy modding.

A:Y510p Bios mod, Best unlocked bios settings.

I would do this, but after paying £1000 for this laptop, that risk of bricking the bios..

Lenovo y510p - Intel Quad-core 4th gen i7-4700MQ @3.40Ghz - 16GB RAM - 1TB HDD 8GB SSD - 1080p FHD - Nvidia 755m SLI

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I have a VN7-572G. The presented BIOS settings are sort of lackluster for a gaming laptop and I know what I'm doing enough to tinker with more advanced settings. I've examined the BIOS for this laptop and there are a ton of locked-away settings. Unfortunately, there is some sort of BIOS security implemented that prevents me from just flashing a modified BIOS onto this laptop. Is there perhaps some sort of way to officially access more advanced settings or any way of requesting one from Acer?

A:Advanced BIOS Settings and/or Unlocked BIOS? (VN7-...

Hi, Short answer, NO. 

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I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook   

A:U300s: Cannot access BIOS to change boot order

peavers wrote:I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook   I think the problem is in deleting Ubuntu. According to this video after the deletion of the Ubuntu partitions they must be combined back to the Windows partition.

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Have a Lenovo H420 desktop that was upgraded about 2 months ago. We backed up everything and want to reinstall Windows 7.

But I can find no way to get into the Setup screen. I've gone to Settings, Update & Security, Advanced Startup and Restart Now. But I have no option to Use a Device. If I choose Troubleshoot then Advanced Options, the subsequent screen has no option for UEFI Firmware Settings.

I've disabled Fast Boot through Power Options in the Control Panel, then tried F2 and the Delete key when starting. Nothing...

The fact that I can't do something that was so easy in Windows 7 is enough reason in itself to remove 10. Throw in the fact that the scanner part of my printer no longer works is just icing on the cake. I have the Windows 7 disk. I just can't figure out how to use it.

A:After Upgrade Can't Access BIOS to Change Boot Order for W7 Reinstall

According to the mamual:

2.3 System Setup

System Setup configures the network configuration for the Lenovo Rescue
System to ensure your Rescue System can connect to internet. In addition, System
Setup sets and manages all passwords for the Lenovo Rescue system.

2.3.1 Launch
Repeatedly press and release the F2 key when turning on the computer until the
Lenovo Rescue System open, then select System Setup.

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My last BIOS update has failed and now my laptop Satellite PrU400 PSU45E is out of order.
I want to use the Crisis Recovery Disk with an USB floppy drive but I don't know the key combination to run the boot-block.
Is anybody can help me?

Best regards

A:Satellite Pro U400 BIOS update failed - What is BIOS Boot-block access


I wondering what Crisis Recovery Disk do you have ?:|
In my experience the special disk is needed which is available only for ASP technician.
Therefore it?s necessary to contact the ASP in your country in order to reflash the BIOS.

In my opinion you shouldn?t not try any ?Crisis Recovery disks? which you fond in the net? this can lead to mobo damage?

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Im working on a Toshiba Laptop A105-4284, Model #: PSAA8U-0FH02K that froze while trying to flash the BIOS, so I didnt know what else to do but shut it off. Now, when I try to boot it up, it gets stuck in the same place it did during the flashing; on the Toshiba splash screen with the status bar at the bottom showing about 20% complete. I cant get into the BIOS and cant boot into Windows. Other options available on this screen are Press F2 for System Settings and F12 for Boot Menu. Pressing F2 results in a beep and the status bar changing to "Please Wait..." but nothing else happens no matter how long I wait. Pressing F12 doesnt do anything. Pressing ESC takes me to a screen that shows the typical system info -- Phoenix Technologies Version 6.00; Intel Calistoga CRB.T3A Reference BIOS; VERSION.MAK 1.53; (looks like its running POST and recognizes CPU, Cores, No TPM or TPM has a problem, and system RAM and stops there. What is my best course of action?:

- shorting out the CMOS battery (I've tried this on the solder pads marked C88, with no laptop battery, with and without the wi-fi, ram and hdd installed; Im either doing it wrong or its just not working )
- trying to reflash BIOS chip (I tried this; turned the laptop on and held down the 'c' key to boot from cd, but still got stuck at the same place)
- replacing the BIOS chip
- something else?

Any guidance or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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A:Toshiba A105: Failed BIOS flash; now no BIOS access & won't boot

Im trying to figure out why I've had no replies yet.

Have I asked a stupidly easy question that everyone is rolling their eyes to and cant bear to tell me the answer? Or have I stumped everyone?

I have a hard time believing this is a stumper. I've found the same question posted elsewhere on the net and shorting the CMOS seemed to help. That or removing the battery altogether (its soldered to the board), but I dont think Im doing it right. Can someone give me directions on that?

or is this just a lost cause? :-/

Thanks in advance

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I purchased a MSI K7T266 Pro2 version 2.0 Socket A Motherboard DDR KT266. I had an AMD 1900 Palomino in another computer, so I know it is fine. I finally put everything together but I cannot access anything in the Hardware Monitor setup to change the CPU FSB from 100 to 133. The whole right side has nothing on it, i.e., arrows, up/down, etc.. And once I am in it, I have to reboot to get out of it; escape will not get me out of there. So now I am only running at 1200mhz with the 100mhz FSB. According to the manual "Monitor functions available only if there is harware monitor mechanism onboard". Whatever that means. But the specs on this board supports the AMD palomino 1900. So something is amiss. Any ideas? thanks

A:Unable to access Hardware Monitor setup in BIOS to change FSB- MSI K7T266

Did you ever figure this out? I'm having the same problem. Same MoBo, AMD 1800 Palomino, can't reset FSB from 100 to 133 because the Hardware Monitor freezes when I try to access.

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Hi everyone, I tried getting to the advanced Bios setup under Bios menu but couldnt find it. The Bios version of my Pc is insyde F.1B. please what can i do ?

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I have an Acer Aspire 5733z laptop. And I was just wondering if I can change my bios ID, if this even exists, or to change my bios string. But I am not so sure on how to do this. Because I have an Insyde bios, unfortunetly. And my bios is very limited in settings, which has no "Power" tab, and no "Advanced" tab. And I am very upset about this. But I really want these Power and Advanced tabs to show up in my Insyde bios. So please help me out here, I am asking you.

Because I was thinking of like downloading another Insyde bios from like an Acer Aspire 5742z model laptop, or an HP laptop Insyde bios, but I do not know if that is possible. So any kind of help will be greatly appreciated. That is all I want from you. So please get back to me as soon as you can on this. I would really like my Insyde bios to have a Power and Advanced tab a lot.

And also just let me know if I can change my bios ID, and or my bios string, so I can upgrade to a different bios for Insyde. I have a Insyde bios chip, so any bios should work. But it has to match with my Pentium dual-core processor, I am assuming. Which is what I have. So please get back to me soon with answers. Thank you very much!

A:I would like to know on how to change my bios string or bios id

Please do not create multiple threads for the same issue.
Stick to your other thread:

Thread closed

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I have 2 hard drives with windows system on them. One is windows media center/xp and the other is xp pro. As I start my pc it goes through the bios and then stops and I have 2 choices. Booting to the media center drive (rdisk 2)or the xp pro drive (rdisk 0). Both drives boot to their respective desktops, all is well. Btw i did install the systems when both drives where running.

My question; when I change my bios from first boot disk 0 to disk 2 (disk 1 is another storage logical drive) then save and exit it wont give me that choice anymore is shows a “NTLDR missing”. I go to bios configuration again and change back to the original first boot drive 0 and I can boot to either hard drive with no problems. Why this is so.

This is my boot.ini for both bootable drives:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Thanks to all

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Hello to the BleepingComputer community,First of all I'm sorry I haven't finished some of the steps from the Preparation Guide. It's because these steps require a reboot (e.g. Step 6: Disable your CD Emulation Software - DeFogger will ask me to reboot the machine), and I have a bad feeling about the question if it is safe to reboot in my situation: I'm not sure if I have a type of malware which is ready to infect the BIOS - if it is so, then it could infect it much easier during the reboot process.- If there is a good way to find out what is the problem (and fix the BIOS threat part if it really is present) without rebooting / shutting down this PC, or at least without booting from this hard drive (which I feel is probably infected), then please tell me what should I do.- If you know a place / forum where I can get a specialized help for this (seemingly BIOS-malware related) situation, please tell me where I could go.- If there is no way to move forward, I'll go ahead and risk the reboot, and follow the other steps (steps 6 to 10) in the Preparation Guide, no problem.I kindly ask you to please read below the details of the problem as it occured to me, and the things I have tried so far.The PC is AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 2.1GHz, Motherboard Biostar TA690G AM2 (with AWARD BIOS), 4GB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, and an ASUS EAH4870 card added a few years ago.It's with WinXP SP3, AVG Free 2012, (standard) Windows Firewall, and it's behind a router.I ... Read more

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I have an HP Envy dv6-7000 that someone replaced the motherboard in, or they wiped the bios clean I used several NbDmiFit versions but I still get a massage "this utility can not be executed on this platform". Does anyone know how the access the bios as everything I start up the computer it first says that the model, serial number, CT and other bios info has values of A000. Can anyone tell be what utility will work HPBQ138 works on several other HP computers I have worked on, but I can't get into this BIOS to re-program it.

A:HP BIOS Utility

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I do not have any sound and am including the following information for those who might glean more understanding than I.SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio Manufacturer; Analog Devices. Inc.Location PCI Bus 0. device 31, function 5 From Properties ; General Device Staus This device cannot start. [Code 10 ]ResourcesResource settings:This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem.In Device Manager! SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio System InformationProblem DevicesDevice PNP Device ID Erro CodeSoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio PCI\VEN-8086&DEV-2445&SUBSY... This device cannot start Specifications Compaq System Model: Presario 4403US BIOS Version: Compaq 686P9 v1.10 Memory (RAM) Capacity: 256.50 MB Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack: 2.0 Processor Intel? Celeron™ CPU 1400MHz Version: x86 Family 6 Model 11 Stepping 1 Speed: 1395 MHz Location: C:\WINDOWS PID: 55277-OEM-0011903-00101 Hot Fix: KB898461

A:Bios Set Up Utility

You are reporting one problem after another in over a dozen different threads on this forum started since the first of January.IMO its time for you to perform a "Repair install" or "Clean Install Windows XP".

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After upgrading to W10 I also uppgraded the bios.  Booting is successfull but the "ESC"-option to enter Bios does not appear.  Tapping ESC or F10 has no effect. The booting proceeds and W starts. If however I press either one of them continously after power on the unit starts beeping and has to be shut off. I have emptied the CMOS by removing the RTC battery and pressing the power button for 30 secs.  With and without the main battery inserted. No change. Any suggestions anyone?  

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I am trying to update the BIOS on my GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard. Going to the Gigabyte site, i downloaded the recommended @BIOS update utility. Since the internet does not have the necessary BIOS for my MB, I downloaded the identified BIOS and then tried to use the utility. I then got this error "Can not load ROM image from BIN file. Maybe BIN file size not match."

Not sure what to do now. Can anyone assist?

Here is the page for the @BIOS system.

A:Can't get @BIOS utility to work

First of all, why do you want to update the bios?
Next, your board uses Q-Flash; this is much more reliable than the windows based bios flash. I always recommend using qflash to flash the bios of a gigabyte board [when a bios update is required]

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Hello guys.

I saw several of threads saying that, updating your BIOS in the Asus P8Z68-V PRO, would stabilize your system and have better effectivity and such things.

If you direct to this page (Link), and scroll down a little, choose Windows 7 64-bit (as it's my system), and click + on the BIOS utility.

Would it be the best idea? Is there any danger in doing it?

Best Regards,

A:Updating BIOS. With utility?

Stability has a lot to do with how your settings are. No BIOS update can stabilize your system if
it's being pushed to it's limits.

A BIOS update addresses certain issues and you should only update your BIOS,
if it addresses those issues.

With all that being said, having used an ASUS board, I would recommend ASUS Easy Flash 2.
Get a USB thumb drive and follow the ASUS instructions for updating the BIOS using Easy Flash 2, if you "must update".

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I am working on a Toshiba Satellite with Insyde H2O bios. It says to use F2 for setup and F12 for boot manager.

I've tried all the function keys, as well as esc and del and they only get me to Windows Boot Manager. (This includes F2.)

The machine has Vista that stops loading when it gets to the network drivers. Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause? If I download a new BIOS can I install it from the command prompt?

If the BIOS is still OK are there other ways to get into setup?

(Meanwhile F2 works just fine on my Dell Lattitude)

A:Can't get into BIOS setup utility

Try using a USB keyboard...

"Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause?"

I don't think you would get that far in the boot process if the bios were corrupt

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Not used laptop for a bit and when switched on it starts to boot then goes straight to bios setup screen -- normally accessed by f8 or delete. F10 works but press ok and the pc reboots back to screen. Can only alter date on setup screen. ESC doesn't work. only F10 and F2 produce a result but screens cannot be used.Sony vaio VGNA 195EP Win xp pro sp3. 1.5gb ram on two chips one inside 512mb and one underneath 1gb Help please

A:bios utility screen

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Hi I am currently testing the BCU configuration tool to configure the BIOS. In the file I have these settings BIOSConfig 1.0;;TPM Specification Version 1.2TPM Device Hidden *AvailableTPM State Disable *EnableClear TPM *No On next bootTPM Activation Policy F1 to Boot Allow user to reject *No prompts The issue is that I get a error code 1 and 13 when I apply the settings with the TPM State not recognised as an example.Despite this the setting changes in the BIOS does any one know why. I am running in a Task Sequence. I know I can put overides for the error codes but would prefer not to see these errors at all.

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When running BiosConfigUtility on my HP Elite desktop, I keep receiving the following error message.   <ERROR msg=?System Not Supported. Unable to connect to HP WMI namespace:Root\HP? ? />  <ERROR msg=?BCU return value? real=?  The message shows in red. Does anyone know what this message means?  Thanks

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hello i need screenshots of this utility's boot menu and its sub-menus.
i googled but couldn't find complete screen-shots. thanks in advance.

A:insideh20 bios utility v3.5

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Hi everyone,

Is there such a utility that will back up current bios so I can restore at a later time if needed?

I don't need to flash the bios just back it up.

Thank you,

A:Bios Backup Utility

Some motherboards have the ability to backup their own bios, others do not... You can usually create a backup of the bios on a floppy using a Bios flash utility


Google is a wonderful search tool

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Hello! I installed HP BCU because i want to do stuff with my computer. You know... Anyways, every time i start it, it stays open for like half a second then closes. I recorded it, and at the end it shows the message: "<Warning> msg="BCU return value" real="17" translated="17" />" That is what it says right before it closes. Please help me. Thank you for your time, and have a great day!

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This happened suddenly. Whenever I boot / start my windows xp system I am getting the following message:
“Reboot and select proper Boot device Or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key”
The system does not recognize the existence of my c drive. When I press "Del" key on boot-up it bring the BIOS set-up Utility. Where Primary IDE Master : (Not detected)
Type: Not installed
Device: Not detected
When I go to Boot up order: and change in this order, Harddrive, CD Rom and A Drive and then press F10 to save and exit.
Even after that the BIOS - Main: Primary IDE Master is showing as not detected

When I insert the Start-up floppy disk, it brings up A:>
but when I change C:\ - it does not go to c drive and shows as " invalid drive specification"
System shows ONLY "A" drive.

Assuming that my SATA - ATA hard drive would have damaged, I replaced it with a new WD ATA drive.
Even after replacing the new hard-drive, still I am getting the same error message, “Reboot and select proper Boot device Or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key”

Please let me know what I should do to bring back my C drive into BIOS set-up utility


A:C drive missing in BIOS set-up utility

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I am working with the Bios Config Utility and when I perform a GetConfig, the config.txt file shows a different UUID than what is showing in the BIOS System Information Screen. Is that normal?

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Hey guys i want to update my ASUS k8n4-e-deluxe bios.. i downloaded the latest bios update from asus's website... but i dont know which bios flash utility to use... can anyone give me a link


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Hi, We have a script using the HP BiOS Utility to change the vtx setting but we are currently experiencing problems. This script has been developped by a 3rd party and its been succesfully tested on multiple HP Models. In our environment, we are using the following HP workstations:HP Compaq 8100 Elite SFFHP Compaq 8200 Elite SFFHP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF By default, our BIOS doesn't have any password, the script will run the HP BIOS Utility with admin privilege, add a temporary password, enable the Vtx setting and remove the password. On the next reboot, we will run our software that needs vtx enable but the program will not see  that vtx is enable. If we enter the BIOS manually,  the Vtx setting will be enable, the only way that the software will recognize that vtx is enable is if we do another change to the BIOS and save that change.  It seems like Windows is not seeing the change that the BIOS utility did.  The intriging part is that on some machines, the script will work and the software will see the change. We have run the script numerous times, on multiple machines and on our different models but we can determine any patern and identify why it sometimes work. I was wondering if this is a known issue and if anyone already encoutered this. Thank you, 

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Hello SF members.

Note : I dont know where to put this topic. If you know better , move it.

I already asked some questions here, some members helped me a lot but I need help again.

In one topic I asked how to Overclock. I learned it , and know more about it.
But now my problems is my BIOS. I dont know how to use it. That isnt classic....
I dont have to edit time or HDD slave, not to do anything harder !

My BIOS is same as

My motherboard is ASUS P8H61-M LX2 and it have latest ASUS BIOS (EFI BIOS Utility- EZ mode , I attached one link here to see).

My questions are :
1. Can I back normal BIOS like one old ?
2. How to use that ? Is there any tutorial for this ?

That is all for now.
Thanks in advance.

A:How to use ASUS EFI Bios Utility - EZ Mode ?

Did you read your MB manual. It has a section on the Bios that explains all the options. If you click on the Advanced Mode it will look a lot like the old bios with lots of options.


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I am new to this forum and have a question about an efficient wayto set up the BIOS on several Dell Optiplex 7020 PCs.
Does anyone know if Dell has a utility that allows a person to set up BIOS profiles for different 7020 machins that will set the BIOS optionswithout having to manuallt enter each BIOS to set these up.
I am working with setting up an automated PC set up method where we canload as many as 100 PCs ins a few days time...

A:Does Dell offer a BIOS Set up utility?

You didn't say what version of Windows you're running, but Dell offers a bunch of Systems Management Tools such as Dell Client Configuration Toolkit Application that may do what you want...

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System Specs
Brand: Asus
Model G1S-1A
OS: Win 8 64bit
Processor: intel core 2 duo @2.3 ghz
Video Card: Geforce 8600M GT 256 mb

it was all okay back then i was working with my document on ms office then i had it on sleep the next day when i opened it it was still okay then i decided to shut down my system then run off to work when i got back and turned on this laptop it just won't get passed the bios setup its like this

Open system->asus rog plays with the logo-> then it will enter the bios set up ->when i exit it it will reboot and the process repeats .

What I tried so far
-Made a bootable USB installer of windows 8 and tried to configure the bios to boot from there, nothing it just wont get past that setup utility so its a no go
-tried the bios recovery by pressing CTRL+Home button then powered it up and it restored the bios successfully - nothing happened to the issue
-tried flashing bios to latest version of bios via usb and ez flash nothing happened
-Tried resetting to manufacture defaults of bios nothing
-Tried pressing ctrl while its booting up windows error recovery pops up got two options
start windows normally or startup recovery
when i press start windows... logo appears then it will restart and go get stuck at the bios utility again
if i press recover still the same
* yes hard drive is still detected and no problems so far

any suggestions?

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I used to be able to get to the BIOS setup utility, and at that time the keyboard worked fine.

Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 copyright 1995-1998 Phoenix Tech. Pentium II - I'M.

When I press F1 for setup, the BIOS setup utility comes up. My problem is when it comes up it locks out the keyboard. I then have no choise but to reboot to use the computer.

The computer works fine in every other aspect. I am running WIN98.

Can you help me solve the keyboard lockout problem?
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A:Keyboard locks @ BIOS setup utility.

First thing you should do is try another keyboard on that computer and try your keyboard on another computer.

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Whenever I turn on the PC the first thing that opens is the Award Bios Setup Utility. 2667 MHZ is highlighted and the date and time are wrong by about 9 years.

I set the MHZ on manual and change the date and time and save as I exit. XP runs fine until the next time I start the machine and it happens again.

Is there an internal battery that may be dead?

I appreciate any help,


A:BIOS setup utility opens first whenever I turn on the PC

Yes, the CMOS battery on the motherboard could be dead. It is a flat, disk type of battery about the size of a nickle and is commonly available.

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Friends I just now got a Thinkpad W520. Seems like a powerful machine. It came already upgraded to Win 10 Pro 64 bit. Now I wanted to update the BIOS on it but do not know how to proceed. The current BIOS is this one:BIOSBrand LENOVOVersion 8BET55WW (1.35 )Date 12/6/2011So it is already 5 years old. I tried to find BIOS Update Utility for 64 bit Win 10 on the Lenovo support site, but could not find one for this model. I find one for Windows 8 64 bit but not for Win 10. Can I use the Win 8 BIOS Update Utility to update my W520 to the BIOS 1.42? Or what are my options? ThanksCalle 

A:W520 Bios Update Utility Windows 10 64 bit

 On machines like yours that were never sold with win10 pre-installed, I suggest burning a CD and updating the BIOS that way. 

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i have just switched my laptop on after using it for a presentaion last week, i keeps going straight to bios setup utility and i cant get it to boot up correctly can anyone help me please


A:sony vaio bios setup utility

Try loading setup defaults,then save the settings and exit.
May get it to boot.
Then make sure the date and time are still correct.

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My computer that i have owned for over a year now has been working perfectly fine until tonight both of my monitors froze, yet i was still able to hear my friends talking to me over a voice platform. I thought it was best to restart my computer in hopes to fix my frozen screens. Unfortunately now i am unable to go back to my Windows to do anything as i am stuck on the UEFI BIOS Utility - EZ Mode. This screen normally only appears after my power surge protectors go off, and once i have and exit with f10 it would go back to windows, but not this time. Choosing to save and exit ends up taking me right back the BIOS screen. I have re-arranged the Boot Priority and non of them have worked. I'm clueless to what i am suppose to do.
I am running windows 8.1.

A:UEFI BIOS Utility stuck in a loop

As a first step check the motherboard manual to see how to reset the BIOS to default settings or, remove the motherboard battery and replace after waiting for 30 seconds.

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Ok I have HP Pavilion HP Pavilion dv6-7204es which became faulty after BIOS update ..just noise after powering it up no screen .the problem is when I use "HP system BIOS update utility " to create bootable USB ,the option to do so is not avalibe !!I dont now why!LIke the photo below:I have tried many usb sticks with no luckI downloaded the tool from the following link  

A:HP system BIOS update utility not working

Hello @walidwithu?, Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues, with help from the community! I came across your post about the BIOS issue, and wanted to help! First, try reviewing the following document, and let me know how it goes:HP Notebook PCs - Restoring the BIOS Please let me know if this information helps you resolve the issue by marking this post as  "Accept as Solution" , this will help others easily find the information they may be looking for.  Also, clicking the Thumbs up below is a great way to say thanks! Have a great weekend!

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Computer's running Windows 7. Here's the story:

Shared lab laptop, last person to use it used it about a month ago and closed the laptop probably assuming it would go into hibernation mode.
I come in today to find it still on and an 'Installing Windows Updates - Do Not Turn Off Computer' screen. It was on update 2 out of 15 or something, so I touched nothing and figured I'd see if it could finish it.
Computer shuts itself down before the updates reach 15/15 and reboots itself. Blue screen shows up saying that Windows could not start the operating system and to reboot, and gives some other options for if the problem occurs again which I don't read because I figure the reboot is the better option to try. So I hit enter on the 'reboot' prompt.
Computer shuts itself down, reboots. Prompt comes up saying it couldn't reboot and prompts for either a system restore or reformatting the hard drive, so I go for system restore.
Try the most recent restore point (6/15) and it says that it failed so choose another one. Try the second most recent and it says that that failed as well, but then proceeds to the Windows startup screen anyway.
I enter the password and I'm in and working on it for about 5 minutes without any apparent issue when InsydeFlash BIOS Flash Utility pops up. The computer seems otherwise perfectly functional but I'm guessing if/when it gets shut down it will blue screen again.

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A:Insyde BIOS upgrade utility keeps popping up

Reboot in Safe mode by tapping F8 while you see your machine name logo. In the options screen select Safe Mode. Does the flash utility pop up?

InsydeFlash is a tool to update BIOS to the latest version. Ask your friend if he or she has tried updating BIOS at all.

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I just bought an Inspiron 15 7548 with Full HD and the True Color utility.  At its default settings, the display is very yellow.  If I change the settings to "Office", the displays whitens and everything looks as it should until I reboot then the original settings are back with the yellow tint.  I've uninstalled and reinstalled True Color with the latest download but have the same problem.  It will let me change settings but will not keep the settings through a power-cycle.  Any ideas? (other than disabling, which I've done for now but would like to keep using the utility).

A:True Color utility settings change doesn't persist after reboot

I have exactly same problem on same model.
No solutions untill now from dell support..

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Hi, I have a p50 with 6820hq and i'm trying to use XTU to get a little bit more of performance. However, there are some problems. The bios is 1.30 and 1.31.1) Watchdog is disabled. Is there a way to enable that? If not could lenovo add that to the bios? Now, XTU settings expires everytime I reboot.2) When running single thread, the CPU can only reach 3.6Ghz, while on the XTU, it is said to be possible to reach 4.0Ghz. Thank You

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I received a lot of helpful ideas from my last posting, just none of them seemed to fix the problem. Windows won't boot in any way shape or form. It almost always just restarts again before even getting to the black screen with the windows xp logo and loading bar.

I flashed the BIOS with the appropriate file for my board and chipset. Went fine.

I ran the Windows Memory Diagnostic Utility and everything passed.

I ran the Maxtor Powermax HD Diagnostic tool and everything passed.

Sometimes before it restarts after a failed boot a blue screen comes up with a Stop error. This error is usually a different hexidecimal code each time. I can only read this screen when booting from the XP CD. It usually says DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Stop: 0xD1

I really don't know what else to do. I can't get to the screen in the XP CD to format and reinstall. I got to it once and chose Recovery Console but that didn't even load system just restarted.

I just tried disabling L2 cache and BIOS cache. Still no luck.

Please Help!

A:Tested Ram, Flashed Bios, HD Diagnostic Utility - All Good, and still Can't boot XP

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I am trying to update the BIOS and went here to use their update utility:

ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS P5Q-E

However, the software Afudos BIOS update tool V2.36 will not load (3rd item of the above web page's list)!?!?

What do I do now? Any other BIOS update utility compatible to the Asus P5Q-E?

I am having these problems:

A:Asus P5Q-E motherboard bios update utility software won't install?

You could have a corrupt file. I would down load a new copy and try it.

Here is a link to Asus for your board.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P5Q-E

If that doesn't work here is a link to an engineering ver of AFUDOS that may work.

Afudos Engineering - Download

Try those out as the first attempt. The engineering ver will let you downgrade if you need to.

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Friends I'm pretty sure I have used Dell's flash util under Windows 7 previously with no issues. But today I'm trying to run their BIOS update A11 for an Optiplex GX620 and it fails under my normal [admin priv.] account, under the Administrator account, under the Administrator account "Run As Administrator". It will load, give the "ok to proceed" but when it tries to config to run at Boot time, it fails.

This system has Windows 7 Ultimate, 32-bit

Anyone have a cure for this disease?

A:Dell Opti GX620 Bios Flash utility under Win7 Ultimate?

One of two ways,

1. If you have a floppy drive,

Drivers and Downloads

and follow the instructions under "Run the BIOS update utility from DOS environment (Non-Windows users)".

2. If the above isn't available (no floppy drive) and if you have a spare hard drive (or even a second drive with a small partition will do in a pinch), install XP on it (don't need to worry about updates or anything, only going to need it long enough to run the bios update) and then run the bios update from there. If you do decide to go this route make sure to disconnect the drive with Windows 7 on it (and any other drives) so you don't mess up the 7 install, and end up with a broken bootloader.

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