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

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

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.

Please feel free to let me know if you need any additional info from me.

Thanks so much in advance!


Toshiba Laptop A105-4284, Model #: PSAA8U-0FH02K; Windows MCE 2005? SP3 (I believe) 32-bit; 1GB RAM, ???

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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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.
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Best regards

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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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called Toshiba-for a fee i can send it to them.

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Your friend has no clue as to what it could be? Maybe he just used the same password as he used for logon.

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could this be a power problem instead of a bios?
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A:Toshiba M40 does not boot after bios flash

That is not good.
Could be anything.
Usually a BIOS install failure means it will not turn on at all... totally dead.
But anytime the BIOS install fails in midsteam, a motherboard has gone bad.
Try again.
Check the Toshiba website to see if it is one of their removable BIOS installs...
Then attempt to go back to an earlier BIOS, or reinstalling the a new download of the one that failed.
Were you installing the BIOS off a floppy or a cd or internatl install.
Did you give it a full 12 minutes to complete? or did somebody become impatient when it went silent?

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A:Fix failed acer tc 605 bios flash

I would probably give this one or this one a shot.  Not sure if it would work.  I couldn't pay $210 just based on principle. A new one could be found here cheaper.

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Hi everyone,
First of all, please excuse my English ;)
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I researched and couldn't find anything close. I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S101 laptop. 1 and 1/2 year old. Intel Celeron M380 1.6 ghz. 512 mb DDR 2 533 SDRam. Video ATI Radeon Xpress 200M with shared video 128mb. 60 gig HD. cd-DVD writer. Realtek ALC 861 sound card. Windows XP Home. Wireless G card. (we run it on wireless)
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A:Toshiba Satellite A105 won't boot up

"I can't afford to take it in so any help and ideas would help"...

Can you afford to be without your laptop? Try attaching an external monitor to the laptop. You will have to select the external monitor by using a Fn key and another key usually with a little TV icon on it. If the external displays normally, your LCD/backlight assembly is bad. If the external monitor doesn't work, the laptops motherboard might be bad. Laptops/notebooks (as a general rule) do not have separate video cards. If the on-chip video is bad, the motherboard is bad.

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Ok, need some help on this one guys. I am troubleshooting this long distance for my somewhat non-technical brother who is 1,000 miles away.

He got brave today and decided to replace the motherboard in his dead Toshiba A105. He has successfully replace the motherboard but the machine will not boot. He gets fans and lights for 5 seconds and then it shuts down.

Here is where the troubleshooting stands now:

1) My first thought was heat so I quizzed him on his heatsink install procedure. Turns out he didn't know about thermal grease and had mounted the heatsink directly to the cpu. Had him go buy some, gave him a quick overview of how to use it. He says that he cleaned both the processor and heatsink with an alcohol pad, let it dry, applied a thin coat evenly on the processor and then reinstalled the heatsink. Had him try it and he gets the same problem.

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3) Had him, with memory, hd and battery out, plug in the ac adapter and try to boot just in case this was some kind of power issue. 5 seconds of lights and fans and then it dies. no post beeps.

4) had him replace HD and memory, one at a time and try again. 5 seconds of lights and fans and then it dies. no post beeps.

6) Had him doublecheck all cables and connections and tell me what he has going where. All seems fine.

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A:Toshiba Satellite A105 will not boot.


This does sound like an overheating issue.


If you are using the old Hard Drive with Windows already installed and the nw M/Board is not exactly the same as the old one - Windows will detect a new environment ( ie the new M/B ) and refuse to boot.

You can get arounf this by doing a Repair Install of Windows.
You will need the original installation CD and not Recovery CDs.

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Did it work before you put in the new processor?

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This is a little bit of a guess but try flashing the version of BIOS you just got rid of (a downgrade, basically).

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Need to back way up to the beginning. Start by telling us step by step what you were doing. Before the BSOD came up.

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Be gateful if anyone can help, I'm having a problem with getting the laptop to boot and start up, it came pre-loaded so have no disc, it also looks like I'm missing half the info that should be showing in BIOS, only have it a few months, between that and poxy windows 8, I'm beginning to think I've been rightly ripped off! Is there anything can be done without a disc to solve this, took battery out as well, still no luck, thanks to anyone that can help

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Is there any Warrenty?

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Hi. I am trying to reinstall Windows on my Gf laptop; an Acer Aspire V5-531, model MS2361. At selektiv which HDD to install Windows onto that harddrive since it was GPT partisjon, I try a tid from the internet:
List disk
Select disk

I then reformated the HDD
This trick let me proceed but after it was done unpacking the file from the DVD, i got an error code 0x80070017. After a quick google search it sand i had to fiddle the bot sequence of the DVD drive to make it compaitible, but noe I cant access the BIOS. I press F2 at boot, but it only goes to "click a Key to boot to drive" and then to Windows install. If I DONT have the cd on I Get a long screen of text saying "PXE-e61: media test failure, Chess cabel"

So what do I do at this point?

A:Unable to access BIOS aften failed reinstall of Windows.

First thing i would try is to remove battery form laptop then press and hold the power button on laptop for about 1 min then put battery back in and try to access bios then doing this step should reset the bios

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Does someonw know which boot key combination is working for the L850-1k0 ?
I flashed a modded bios, that first worked, then changed settings for the graphic card, shut down and now the laptop is with black screen (also at external monitor on VGA or HDMI).

Now I try to reflash the original BIOS (InsydeH20 6.8) with wincrisis ( which should boot from usb, which would be indicated by the flasing light on the usb), but this needs certain key combinations held during powering on, that differ: I tried with the ones I found googling for similar models, Fn + Esc, Fn + Esc, Windows + F, Windows + B, Fn + B - but nothing worked, no activity at the usb.

So does someone know the working combination f?r this model L850-1k0?
I did not find something searching for it online!

Help would be very appreciated!

Thank You!

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Sorry wasn't sure where to post this but it is extremely urgent!
Hey there great men and women of the bleeping computer forums! Today my computer was running perfectly fine every ran smoothly and all. I was playing Borderlands 2 and the game started to lag a little bit, and I thought we'll that's normal so I just kept playing about a minute later the game froze all together the music was still playing but I couldn't do anything with the screen. I tried alt tabbing nothing ctrl alt del still nothing tried ctrl shift esc nothing and alt f4 finally and nothing happened ( please note that I waited about a minute in between each command use ) so I just left it to sit there for a little an finally the game screen closed, now what I saw on the desktop was crazy, I have a dual monitor system and half of the right screen was pushed into the left screen and what was left of the right screen was all black and then parts of the the left screen were black but some icons were still showing and I could still move the mouse so I tried to scroll over the icons but not box came up around them and then I trie clicking and nothing happened so I ended up leaving it for ten minutes. After wait the ten minutes I used the reboot button on the top of my computer and it rebooted normally to begin with and BIOS started up as per usual telling me that a the drivers were loading. When suddenly my main hard drive said it couldn't boot and I think it's was my two smaller ghost drives that were connect to ... Read more

A:BIOS Failed to boot hard drive

Could you give me a bit more general information: what version of Windows are you using and do you have an installation CD/DVD for it?
It sounds like this is hardware failure though, not malware.

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Hi all,

I have just recently installed Windows 7 on the Plextor M6 Pro 128GB SSD. Everything went fine for the first few boots, and Windows will not boot up after that. The computer automatically goes into UEFI BIOS as if there is no Windows installed on any of the hard disks.

I removed the SSD and inserted it into the external enclosure and hook it up to my laptop via USB. Windows (on my laptop) did not show any removable media under My Computer. Upon firing up Disk Management, the following screenshot (Screen1.jpg) can be seen.

I humbly seek for advices of anyone out there who might be able to help me regarding this issue. I have previously successfully installed Windows 7 on all my older PC/Laptops. But this is the first time I have installed it on an SSD. My previous installation on HDD works well without issue (used it for 6 months before I reinstalled it onto the SSD). I ran into this issue twice within the same day (I reformatted and reinstalled Windows after my first encouter).

I will post whatever details required to solve the above issue. Also, any explanation and information regarding the issue as well as how to prevent it from coming back would be very useful.

Many thanks in advance!!

A:HELP!! Windows 7 on SSD failed to boot, goes into UEFI BIOS.

Hi there

In all cases ensure LEGACY BOOT is enabled if that option exists in BIOS.

1) First ensure PROTECTED BOOT is DISABLED -- this doesn't mean turning off UEFI.
2) Ensure the SSD is formatted to GPT and NOT MBR
3) Ensure your W7 install media will handle UEFI boot and install.

If you Don't want to use UEFI boot

1) Disable UEFI in BIOS.
2) Format SSD as MBR
3) Install W7 - default mode will be non UEFI.


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The problem was that after the BIOS update it reverted the setting to boot from UEFI and changed the behavieur of the function keys. Solution: 1- follow these instructions to acces the BIOS setting: (Care for the function key) 2- in the boot menue, change the boot mode to Legacy support. 3- save changes and exit. 4- windows 7 shuld boot normally. Ps: If you plan on installing windos 8 or higher, make shore to change the boot mod to UEFI. And don't be a block head like me and make sure your recovary media is set and ready to go when needed.It would have saved me alot of time and effort. Hello, I tryed to update the BIOS on the machine, it seamed to have worked fine I followed all the instructions and It said the insallatiin was succesful, after a rebot I got the following message:EFI Network 0 for ipv4 (...) boot failedThan this one:EFI Network 0 for ipv6 (...) boit failed Default boot device missing or boot failedInsert recovary media and hit any keyI dont have a recovary mediaThen it displayes the boot manager window with onley the abuve network options. Origenally the machine came with windos 8.1 witch had some problems with wireless networks and other things, it was more hastle then its worth so I downgraded to windos 7 ultimate wich worked well so far. Today I decided to update the laptop, downloaded all the drivers from lenovos support site and start... Read more

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Hi there,
I have a Toshiba satellite L450D laptop (AMD Sempron SI-42 ? 2.GHz and 3 GB RAM DDR2) which up until recently was running a dual boot of Windows XP Pro SP3 (x86) and Windows 7 Home Premium (x64). It was all running fine until I flashed my BIOS, (which was successful) and neither version of Windows would start. I got to Windows boot manager and then upon selecting an OS it would come up with Windows would not start. I read somewhere that the BIOS update may have changed the addresses of something (I?m not too sure about this bit) and so performed a fresh install of Windows 7. This worked perfectly, Windows 7 runs fine, and I am still getting to Windows Boot Manager upon start-up. When I select Windows 7 it boots fine and if I select XP the same thing happens as before ? Windows could not start. I then proceeded to re-install XP, and the setup loads up until the final loading message (setup is starting Windows I think) and then I get a blue screen with the following message:
?A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the 1st time you have seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps. Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption and then restart your computer. Technic... Read more

A:Help with dual boot after bios flash

A good way to check would be to use a piece of Freeware called EasyBCD 2.0, this basically Checks your HDD for any Installations and tells you the current boot log, and can see what OS's you have installed.

If you could Link and Image of the Summary tab i would be able to help you a bit more.

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Hi All,

I recently started experiencing BSOD's on my PC and in the process of trying to fix this I have decided to flash my BIOS.
I flashed it but now when I start my PC I get the message "disk boot failure, insert system disk..."
I suspect the problem is coming from the fact that I have a dual boot system that let me choose Vista or XP, and that for some reason, the new BIOS does not recognize it.
I have NO CLUE on how I could solve this.
XP was installed first on C drive, then Vista on a separate physical drive.
Please help!

A:Boot failure after BIOS flash

Was it the correct BIOS for your motherboard? Did you have a RAID setup? Go to the BIOS setup and make sure that your hard drive is recognised and listed in the boot order.

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My parents asked me to take a look at their laptop (HP Pavilion dv7) because it was taking a long time to boot up. When you turn it on it stays at a black screen no flashing white cursor or anything just a black screen for about 5-10 minutes then boots and works like normal. I have no USB devices attached, I have set the BIOS to default settings when that didn't work I flashed the BIOS. next I swapped the hard drive with one I have in my computer room that didn't work, I then tried different ram which also didn't work. I checked the bios again to make sure there were no devices it is trying to boot like a floppy drive or something that isn't there and made sure the HD was first on the boot order. I have also checked all the drivers to make sure they are up to date. I have done a lot of research online but really haven't found much everyone keeps saying do a restore. but obviously if you swap the HD and the issue is still there it has nothing to do with a restore. Thank you

A:really slow boot up Pre BIOS Flash

I would do a defragment of the hard drive and also download, install, and run malwarebytes, superantispyware, and adware cleaner:

SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloading File

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Hi, Tried to upgrade the BIOS on my laptop from Insyde F.18 to F.1C using "HP Notebook System BIOS Update (Intel Processors)" from the support page for this laptop. (Had to go to the Windows 8 section to find any BIOS updates) Program ran fine but could not create a recovery partition, so I made a recovery USB. The laptop will no longer boot. Screen doesn't turn on at all.Power button LED turns on, along with F12 key LED.No beeps or anything at any point.The Caps Lock LED was on solidly during I think the first power on, but doesn't come on anymore  Tried to recover using the USB by holding Windows Key + B while powering on, USB stick is never accessed (lights don't blink at all). Tried all USB ports, and several older versions of the BIOS on the USB stick. None worked Also read somewhere that holding all four arrow keys instead of Windows Key + B works on some, but that didn't work either. I have to hold down the power button for about 8 seconds to turn the laptop off again if that is important. Please help, the laptop is effectively a brick at the moment. EDIT (Just noticed):If I turn it on without holding Windows Key + B the Caps Lock LED is constantly on aswell as the power and F12 LEDs

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i downloaded the abit flash utility from the abit website here:

i downloaded the BIOS for the NF7-S series from here:
[it is the link "NF7 Series BIOS 28 (NF7/NF7-S Revision 1.0~1.2 &
NF7-M) "]

then i followed the instructions found here:

but instead of doing the floppy disk i used the flash utility. i had
already made the floppy disk and had transferred the 5 extracted
files to it when i realized i could just use the flash utility and it
would do it all for me. so i did the flash utility "from file" and
selected the .bin file that had been extracted. the flash utility
took it from there and it went fine and then told me it was going to
reboot and i said okay. than it rebooted but never booted back up. i
let it sit there for like 5 minutes, nothing on the monitor or
anything. then i realized that i had left the floppy in. so i took it
out and had to power it down by holding the botton for like 3 secs.
then i turned it back on a still nothing. it "reads" the hard drive
(the light is on for about 10 secs) but nothing else. nothing on the
monitor. i tried the whole "F2" or "F8" but neither worked. put in my
windows CD and still nothing.
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A:Problems w/ BIOS flash w/ NF7-S, won't boot

Look in the book that came with your mobo and find the clear cmos section and follow the instructions. This will reset your bios to its original state and it should buut up again.

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Is it possible to make a CDR DOS boot disk to flash update my BIOS?

If so, can someone tell me how?

Thanks in advance.

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Help please?

I'm currently running XP Pro on my only slow small 15Gb HD inside my comp. I recently intalled a USB2 PCI card & added an external USB2 80Gb WD SE HD, which gives me loads of room for backing up etc. [I've partitioned it into into 3 large partitions.] However, there's an option on the Ext HardDrive to boot from it if I installed another OS. I was intending to put a clean install of XP Pro on one of the partitions on the ext hd *but* after checking my BIOS [AMI], I see that it's not got an option to boot from USB Device.

I think that if I flashed my BIOS, this would be possible. yes/no? However, it looks like the BIOS Flash upgrade has to be done from a pure DOS window and not a DOS box in the Windows XP Desktop. Am I wrong in thinking that I can't access DOS in XP at all? Is there a way of installing DOS so I can flash my BIOS? For obvious reasons I want to get this right as I don't want to fry my mobo or similar. I'm not exactly well versed in DOS anyway, but if I can get it working I should be able to follow the flashing info ok. Could I install DOS on another partition on the USB HD and flash from there?

Any info would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks in advance!


A:XP on HD, want to install DOS to flash BIOS - boot from ext HD?

You'd have to download a boot disk and use that to boot into dos, then flash the bios. Flashing the bios doesn't automatically mean you'll be able to boot from the removable drive, very few PC's give the option to do that. Also if the bios flash goes wrong, it could leave the machine in-operable.

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lenovo 7360  link bios

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Hi there,
I am getting since few weeks blue screen error message and computer crash right after that. The problem become very persistent and two days ago I got crash again and at new booting the black screen poped up with a message :

I went into Bios and make sure it boots in right order but I couldn't find my SSD disc at all. The order I had was:
P1: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 - Which is my DVD Rom
P4: WDC WD 6400AAKS-75A - my Internal HDD Wester Digital Caviar blue ...( it is not recongisable in windows environment though) - can't see it in My Computer.
UEFI disk is on the third position an is labeled same as first one DVD Rom with green UEFI label across the icon.

All in all it was keep going back to the error message.
I opened my case and switched SATA cables - then suddenly find my SSD in Boot queue, put discs in order
SSD, DVD, ... and booted correctly!!! nevertheless after 30 minutes problem appeared again and my SSD disapeared from boot queue in Bios but still appear in bios menu - where I cannot change order though (it does only in main view EZ Menu. Meanwhile I did next few restarts my CD Rom changed booting position in Bios for some reason - then I switched SATA cable again and set it back to order. The only option which allowed me to boot system with success was a reset button on the back of my mobo. Didn't work every time however. computer keep freezing approx ever half an hour and I don't know what to do.
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A:Boot selection failed...Status 0xc000000e, and my SSD gone from Bios!

If you've installed to SSD in UEFI mode then the Windows Boot Manager might need to be in first position in BIOS Boot Priority order.

Do you have a bootable OS on the HDD, or did you previously so that boot code might still be on it if it hasn't been wiped yet?

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How can I update my bios to allow booting from a USB Flash drive. My bios is American Megatrends 6.07, 5/4/2011 and the only options are CD, Hard Drive, floppy. Is there a way to change this? In testing the Windows 10 Repair Disc I created, my system froze at the 'choose keyboard layout' blue screen. I could not use the usb mouse or usb keyboard. As a result, I had to recover my system back to windows 7 using my Norton Ghost recovery disk and the backups I had made before the downloading windows 10.

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The computer was running fine, better than in quite a while. Today I increased my fan speed in my case through the ASUS NOS program and increased the clock speed by 3%, which I didn't think was very much considering the capabilities. I did this as it was the only way the program would allow me to increase the fan speed (or so I think), anyway , this required a reboot ( again I thought 'no big deal') now the boot process freezes at the ASUS BIOS flash page, the page that flashes to allow you to start the bios setup or view the post message. 'delete' dosn't show the post message and 'tab' dosn't go to setup. It just sits there. I can't seem to even get to a safe mode. Can someone please help??

System OS - Windows XP Home SP3
Mother Board - ASUS M2R32-MVP
Main Board Version Rev 1.xx
Main Board BIOS American Megatrends Inc. BIOS Date: 07/13/07 17:56:16 Ver: 08.00.12 NEC - 7000713 20070713
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+
Graphics - ATI Radeon HD 4670 X2 (Crossifre config)
RAM - 8 GB
HDD-2- Seagate Barricuda 500 GB
HDD-3- Seagate Barricuda 1TB
HDD-1- WD 300 GB
Optical Drive 1- ASUS DRW-2014L1T
Optical 2- Memorex DVD16+/-DL4RWlD2

A:boot locked at BIOS flash page, please help me!?!?!?

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Must be the night for people messing with their BIOS & regretting it because here's another one.

I updated my BIOS earlier this afternoon & all seemed to go well. Got a message that the update was successful. I flashed the BIOS from within Windows using Winflash. As I said the update was successful. Or so I thought. I rebooted at the prompt & got to POST & entered the CMOS settings to have a bit of look. The only setting I changed was to set defaults for performance. There was another option to set defaults to fail safe, in hindsight....

I saved the settings & exited. The system went through what appeared to be more tests & all appeared well. At the bottom I noticed, booting from cd-rom..., or something similar, then I got a black screen & nothing else. Waited a few minutes & still nothing.
Thinking the BIOS had set to boot from disc first, I shut down the machine, left it a minute or so & re-started, got to post & went into the CMOS set up again. I found the boot priority & changed it to boot from the hard disc,. I only have one so I didn't think that would be a problem. I saved & exited.... & nothing. Just a black screen.

I shut down again & restarted. I hear one beep & the HD, the cpu fan & box fan starting but nothing else. The monitor doesn't start, just sits in standby mode.

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A:Solved: System Won't Boot After BIOS Flash

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Ive went & updated to the latest bios on the DFI site & now windows wont start? I used the floppy,made 2 copys but like a fool didnt back-up existing bios.
The bios flash was a success took out the floppy ,pressed F1,went into bios & set optimized defaults. I got a message saying new data was ..OK !
When i startup after the bios screen i get-
Verifying DMI data pool
AMD data change. update new data to DMI !
Back up CMOS ..OK!
Now i have tried reflashing the bios (4x) It will boot from cd & ive installed Vista x64 again but as soon as install was over & back to boot windows i get this message again.
Ive only had my mobo 2weeks
build- LP DK 790fx-M2RS, x2 6400+, 4x1gb OCZ plat, xfx 8600GT, WD 320 AAK,WD 500AAK, pioneer 215,dvd-rom, Antec500W Earthwatts PSU, Kandalf.
Please has anyone any ideas why it stops & wont boot vista from HDD

A:vista wont boot after bios flash

Ok...perhaps this is a dumb question.. but is your HD showing in the Bios? as a bootable drive? Just a thought.. as mine didn't appear and I had to get it showing as a bootable drive...

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Hi, My G460 wont boot after i tried to update BIOS. There was an error message during the BIOS update and bad that i failed to note down the error code. After reboot, the system is not starting. The RAM light is not blinking. System starts with 3 led and then shuts itself. No display and I am not able to enter BIOS setup too. 

A:Lenovo G460 - BIOS update failed - wont boot

Default BIOS settingsGo to BIOS and press F9 save and exitUnit should boot to the OS

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I tried to do a BIOS update on my DX1210 last night to version 1.5,
During the update there was a write failed error message and now the system won't boot.
Is there a way to reflash the bios when a bios update fails?
I've got all the bios files extracted on to a USB key but I'm not sure what to do to initate a bios recovery?

A:Qosmio DX1210 wont boot - Bios update failed

Well, BIOS problems can be solved only by an Toshiba authorized service partner.
I assume the ROM module where the BIOS is stored, has not been flashed properly.
The Rom module can be flashed again using an special crisis disk.

Therefore I see just one real option for you: get in contact with the service guy to get it fixed.

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Hi everyone. Please help out here. I have an HP Pavilion G6-1d40ca. It crashed the other day while I was using it, and when I restarted it, it went to BIOS update. It froze while updating, and died in itself (I think the battery died, it wasn't plugged in. I never knew about BIOS update, so I wasn't expecting for the battery to die during the update, so I didn't plug it in.) Second time, booted it up (it was plugged in this time), and went into BIOS update once again. All's good, was able to use the laptop for about five minutes, then it crashed once again. Now, when I boot it up, nothing comes up on the screen. No nothing. The power button is on, the wi-fi is on, the LED light is blinking non-stop, more than 6 times than what is referred to the HP website.

I tried doing the remove battery and adapter, press power button for 30 seconds, plug it in without the battery, but to no avail. I also did the whole win+B, but doesn't work either. I tried pressing f11, but nothing comes up on the screen. I don't remember where I put the recovery discs that came with the laptop. I thought I put it on the box together with recovery discs for our other computers at home, but I guess I didn't. The thing is, I don't know where to begin, since I don't have anything on the screen itself. Not even a start-up logo or something.

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A:Failed BIOS update,HP pavilionG6 won't boot up and only black screen

Did you run a BIOS update, because it wouldn't restart into one. What exactly did the screen say that made you think it was a BIOS update being done without running it yourself (unheard of).

What LED light is blinking nonstop?

Can you boot into HP Factory Recovery: HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can try these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot which will tell you if you can boot a disk to do repairs. If so besides links to the Win7 installer to use for repairs, there are also links to HD and RAM bootable CD tests to check your hardware.

But if this cannot get traction quickly what I would do with such a new rig is call HP Tech Support and have them walk you through steps to determine if it should be returned or if there is a known issue.

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I have upgraded from Windows 8.1 which came on my Ideapad S415 touch machine to Windows 10. When checking to see if my BIOS/UEFI is up to date on Lenovo's driver/download page, when I type in Windows 10 for my operating system it lists available a version of BIOS/UEFI for Windows versions 7 and 8.1 (64 bit) but doesn't mention Windows 10. The version is 3.04.  In checking my version of BIOS, it is SMBIOS ver 2.7 and my BIOS mode is UEFI.  Is this BIOS update appropriate for my machine and should I update it?My second question is if I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 with the latest version 1607, I don't know the settings in the BIOS I should choose from to make my computer boot to a bootable flash drive. I know when I go into my BIOS settings I have UEFI regular or legacy options. Could someone give me the step by step process and right settings to accomplish this?  I tried calling Lenovo to ask this question which was useless. The practically non-English speaking woman just asked what brand flash drive I had and where I bought it (Best Buy) and told me I had to contact them about how to boot from it???????? What useless tech support! To go any farther, I would have to pay for that information.

A:Updating BIOS/UEIF and settings to boot to flash d...


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If I want to do a clean install of Windows 10 with the latest version 1607, I don't know the settings in the BIOS I should choose from to make my computer boot to a bootable flash drive. I know when I go into my BIOS settings I have UEFI regular or legacy options. Could someone give me the step by step process and right settings to accomplish this?  I tried calling Lenovo to ask this question which was useless. The practically non-English speaking woman just asked what brand flash drive I had and where I bought it (Best Buy) and told me I had to contact them about how to boot from it???????? What useless tech support! To go any farther, I would have to pay for that information.

A:BIOS/UEIF and settings to boot to flash drive

This was posted in error

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I disassembled the laptop in order to test some components of an other C610, which is not booting at all.

When I reassembled the system, I made a test without some peripherals (HDD, sound system, CD, battery). I entered BIOS-setup in order to set Time and Date. I leaved setup by powering off.

When I had completed reassembling, the laptop does not boot without the HDD, which is password-protected. When I start it with the protected HDD, it is shutting off. The DELL splash screen is showing for a short moment with "BIOS revision A05" and corresponding messages: "Preparing to enter setup..." or "Preparing one-time boot menu..." when the F2- or F12-key was hit.

It seems to an issue with the bios.

I think, the first step is flashing the bios to A16. However the diskette-drive is recognized, but the flash program does not start. The service CD does not even start. The HDD does not start. Next I will try with the USB-flash program.

Unfortunately the flash binary data are built in the bios-flash exe-file. In order to flash the bios externally, I need the binary data.

Can anyone help?


A:DELL C610 does not boot - trying to flash the bios chip

It was the standby switch/reed contact

risck said:

When I had completed reassembling, the laptop does not boot without the HDD, which is password-protected. When I start it with the protected HDD, it is shutting off. The DELL splash screen is showing for a short moment with "BIOS revision A05" and corresponding messages: "Preparing to enter setup..." or "Preparing one-time boot menu..." when the F2- or F12-key was hit.

KlausClick to expand...

The system did in fact boot with an external display. In the DELL Community Forum I receiced the hint to the standby switch. It is the reed contact on the Power LED assembly, the glass had been crashed and the contacts where closed.

Exchanging the assembly solved the problem. The contact is even available in local electronics store.


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I've had a 530s for almost 3 year and it's been fine. Was initially a Vista box which I upgraded to W7 Ultimate. 3 weeks ago the fan started running ALL THE TIME and I goggled around to see what might be wrong.
Several people had a similar problem and a BIOS upgrade seemed to help. So, without reading things too carefully I flashed the BIOS to the latest one 1.0.18. After the flash a screen message in windows said all was fine and a reboot was required.
Upon the attempted reboot I get 1 short beep, a lot of fan noise and no display. I did have an upgraded video card in the 530s and was running a DVI - VGA to a 60" Plasma screen.
Here's what I have tried:
1. Booting from W7 CD/DVD
2. Booting from Norton Ghost recovery disk
3. Hooking up the PC to a dvi monitor
4. Hooking up from the on board VGA video card to the plasma
None of those things worked...still getting the 1 beep and no display
5. Bought a used Dell 530 motherboard on ebay and replaced it...same problem exactly when running to the plasma via both DVI and VGA from the PC.
6. For fun, I pulled the video card and ran to the plasma via the on board VGA change.
I'm about to give up since I can't get a display.

Does anyone have any good ideas i can try before I junk the PC?
BTW, here's the board I bought:

A:530S BIOS Flash Results in 1 beep on boot and no display

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I just want to know how one would go about forcing an old BIOS that doesn't have booting option of flash drive. It only lists the basic three.

Is there a way to edit BIOS or trick it to think my flash is a CD-R?

My previous OS was Windows XP Home Edition - SP2. -Used "DBAN" to erase the drive.

Thank You!

A:How to get BIOS to recgonize flash drive as boot option (on a Nuked HD)

You can see if your motherboard manufacturer has a Bios update. But it probably won't add USB as a boot option.

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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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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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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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Now I don't want to shut down or restart my computer because I fear it won't boot up. This is awful. Is there anything I can do to restore my BIOS whilst my computer still works?

A:Just used @BIOS to update my BIOS, it failed at 50%

Argh is there ANYTHING I can do? I'm going to have to leave my computer on permanently otherwise.

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I'm sorry for posting such a horrible mistake. I'll just break it down really easely and hope for someone to be kind enough to resque my stupid ***.

I just upgraded my OS from W7 to W10 doing a clean install and figured out I had to install a bunch of essential drivers all over again, so I though it would be a good idea to start out with my motherboard. My motherboard is a "P45 NEO-F", so I went over to it's support page (link) to download all of the latest drivers and utilities for that model. Then I saw the "BIOS" section, and thougt I should flash the BIOS first of all, for no reason. So I downloaded the "AMI BIOS 4.4", which was the latest one, extracted the files on to a USB-stick, booted the whole thing up, went to M-FLASH in BIOS, chose the "A7519IMS.440"-file on the stick, flashed the BIOS, rebooted and now I get a "bad checksum".

I didn't even take a backup of the old file from BIOS, because I couldn't even think of this not working. Bonus points for that!

So what do I do now, being the sorry sod that I am?

A:Solved: Failed to flash BIOS [MSI P45 Neo-F LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard]

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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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I have a PC with an HP motherboard P5LP-LE, HP bios and on-board Intel video. I can't do anything with this bios as it is locked to an HP set-up. I would like to wipe out the HP and flash it with a bios that I could work with - adding a new CPU and load up XP or vista.
I'm not sure what's involved in doing this, so would appreciate any help I can get. Is this doable and what bios would I use to do so?

A:How to Flash Bios to Wipe HP BIOS Out

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My Sat M30 laptop start with an bios error. The error says "Resource conflict, edit bios setting or boot" If select "boot" computer hangs before windows completely starts. I remove the wi-fi and the modem module and the same error appears. I can't upgrade the bios because the windows don't start. The bios version is 1.7. The laptop is UK version. If select "edit bios", bios start but I can't find any resource management.


(sorry for my english, I am from Spain)

A:Satellite Pro M30 Bios error Resource conflict - Edit bios setting or boot


I think the error ?edit bios setting? means that you should access the BIOS and should set the BIOS back to the default settings.

Please do this, save the settings and try to boot up!

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I have problems with entering the BIOS and boot. My device requests a password, what can you do? Toshiba service centers in our city is not present. All I could do - press control, tab, control, enter, and the machine gave me PC Serial

Sorry for my English, I used Google translator.

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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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Working on friends Presario 7110us. Computer goes to compaq loge and stops. Won't even let me enter bios at startup to see if problem is there. I have reset bios thru jumper and now counts memory at startup and message ( 162-system options not set).about week ago it booted out of blue after sitting for 5 days at compaq logo, but could not access DVD or CD drives because they weren't and couldn't be found.

A:cannot access bios-Won't boot

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Last night, my computer froze after trying to exit out of internet explorer several times. I did a manual shut down and left it off for about an hour before trying to turn it back on. It will show the normal screen - Intel icon with Bios <F2> and either of these : 5A , 94 , or EB. Normally it would load this screen within 10 seconds and show several other numbers or such, but now it just stays on that screen regardless of what buttons I press. I have tried to start the computer several times. I disconnected everything except the monitor and keyboard, and even tried without the keyboard. I have no idea what to do.

Also, the night before one of my USB ports malfunctioned, so I disconnected the speakers which were hooked to it and haven't used that port since. I didn't think to run a diagnostic on it til now, but it's a bit too late

My OS is a Dell, with Windows XP and I think service pack 2. Any other information I'm not certain about.

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I have g580 and i have already installed ubuntu and now i cant enter bios (F2 and F12 makes grub appear instead)i cant also boot from cd/usb , so i can only enter to my session ubuntu please help

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I tried to booting the computer and received the Award Boot Block Bios and BIOS checksun error. It detects the cdrom but I donít have the CD. Where can I get the cd, like where to download it.

HP Media Center
Windows XP SP2
Motherboard: ASUS P5LP-LE (LimeStone)
Pentium D
I don't remember the rest.
I found the site for the motherboard.

I was having some probelms, which the computer wouldn't start at all and a really loud sound the fan made, so I called my insurance, and they came and change the mother board twice and added a new cooling fan and power supply. All this took two months for waiting for the parts and making an appoinment with the tech.

After replacing the motherboard twice the tech told me I'm gonna order new harddrive, I don't think is the motherboard or the fan. Before leaving he suggested me to call me inusrance and tell them that you want a new computer cause its been more than two months and there has been four calls already. So, I called the insurance and got a new computer and kept the old one.

A week after receiving my new computer I took the old one for repair but at didn't at the end after they told me how much it would cost me to get it fix. Now, I'm deciding to do it myself but, I boot the computer and received something about Award Boot Block Bios. I remember the tech putting a cd to the computer when he tr... Read more

A:BIOS checksun error Award Boot Block BIOS

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Hi There,

I just built a desktop with a sabertooth x79 motherboard, and am running Windows 8.1 pro 64-bit. When I click the UEFI BIOS Firmware live tile via the change PC settings>update and recovery>recovery>etc. my computer reboots normally to Windows and will not open BIOS. I have tried accessing it using the delete and f2 keys, but this does nothing either.

Any ideas? I am up to date in terms of my BIOS, and am definitely running UEFI and not legacy.

Thank you so much.

A:UEFI BIOS firmware restart doesn't boot to BIOS

Motherboards - SABERTOOTH X79

Originally Posted by ASUS

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So recently I purchased a Galaxy GTX 460 768MB video card. I was previously using a BFG Tech GTX 275. When I first installed the GPU I was on an ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFI Edition motherboard. I am now on an ASRock P64 Extreme4 motherboard. I mention the old mobo because the problem has been the same regardless. So I link the issue to the GPU.

Anywho, the new Galaxy card on boot, displays it's own Bios information before the mobo Bios page shows up. It's actually the first thing I see on my monitor. It just simply displays Galaxy Bios version (etc. etc. etc). It doesn't last for more than 3-4 seconds, but I personally feel it's an unnecessary delay. Especially since I'm so adamant about computer efficiency and I try to get my boot up times as fast as possible. Just a personal hobby I enjoy! So I was curious if there is a way to disable this initial Bios screen? I did many google searches and couldn't find the problem to a a perfect description. Some people did mention that it has to do with a motherboard conflict, but that's why I mentioned bother motherboards. One was old, and the one I'm on now is brand new. I've never purchased a Galaxy card until now, so I'm curious if it's unique to their brand? I've never updated Bios on a video card before and I'm not sure if it'd cure the problem either. Anyone familiar with this situation? Thank you!

Edit: I'll take a picture of the Bios screen and post it quick. I just thought about doing it, but I typed this entire message and I can't ... Read more

A:GPU Bios showing up before Mobo BIOS (slowing boot up time)

It will still have to do it's thing...even if you manage to make it disappear....I have had systems in the past that has done that same thing...if speed is what your after a SSD will do more for that.

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Computer won't boot after bios upgrade.Quick history- computer was working but was dropped, damaging hdd- verified hdd damage by removing it and connecting it to another computer- verified computer hardware still good by booting and using it from ubuntu live cd- purchased SSD- changed Bios HDD support to Legacy mode so I could install w7- installed w7 64 bit professional- install went great, computer booted in windows, no lan or wifi yet : missing drivers- downloaded drivers and bios update from HP site for my exact machine to USB stick using different machine- installed audio driver- installed bios update, did not tamper with machine at all during BIOS update followed instructions exactly- after bios update  s/w said bios flash was 100% complete computer just hung for 15 min's- repowered machine: only get black screen- holding down F10 while powering up gets white "F10...BIOS Setup Options" text in lower left corner of screen, nothing else happens,I tried holding the windows and B key before powering then for a minute after powering several times, nothing happened. repeated that procedure half a dozen times with and without a USB with the BIOS update software on it in a USB slot, no difference.  Does my model support this key combination to load deffault BIOS settings? Do I have any other options to unbrick my machine? Any advice is appreciated.Mike

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Hey guys,

I've been searching the web for solutions for hours now and won't find anything that works for me. You are kinda like my last hope.

I have a Asus A54C Laptop here (it's my brother's), that won't boot. If I turn it on, it quickly shows the Logo screen and nothing else happens.
If I have a WIN7-DVD in the DVD-drive (created with downloaded ISO, it seems to be working on another laptop), the drive makes some noises but nothing else happens.
If I have a Ubuntu-Live-USB plugged in (worked on this Laptop before), nothing happens.
If I press F2 repeatedly after turning the Laotop on (it's the BIOS-key), nothing happens.

What I've tried
I tried several potential BIOS-keys, although I am 99% sure that F2 is the one.
I tried the turn off, deplug battery and cable, hit power-switch 20 times and for a minute thing.
I tried unplugging the Laptop while it was in the logo screen, hoping this would bring me to BIOS after starting it again.

How I got there
An Ubuntu system has been installed on the Laptop for a while. Now, my brother needed a windows and I wanted to create a dual boot system (what I had succesfully done before).
Some stupid mistakes later, I had a corrupted Win7 and wanted to overwrite it with a fresh install.
I tried to delete the 100MB system reserved partition (in the WIN7-installation menu) because I thought, a fresh install would create a new one. This took about 1 hour (for the 100 MBs) without any visible progress, I finally ... Read more

A:Laptop won't boot (Logo screen),can't boot from USB/DVD or access BIOS

Hello and welcome Joe mate the BIOS key is F2 and this is the manual for that model sorry but I can only access the English version - if you type in what you want to search for it automatically will go to that setting or instruction.

Now if you select the optical as the first boot device and it will not go then maybe it needs a new optical drive - very cheap these days and you may be lucky that it is held in with one screw on the underside of the laptop without any pics it is hard to tell - it possibly could be in that manual.

Now for the BSOD's please use these if you want to get them analysed


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After installing Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  I was unable to reboot into the newly installed system nor access the one time boot menu from F12 or the BIOS from F2 keys after the DELL logo and bar completed itself and displayed F12 and F2 in the bottom corner of the screen.
I can access  the ePSA Pre-boot System Assessment using CTRL Fn held down at boot.    I have run it twice, returning no faults.   Tapping the F8 key at boot has no effect.
Any help would be very much appreciated, thank you.

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PC has been running fine no issues,this morning switched it on and it when to boot as normal then went to a blank screen with message can not boot boot image corrupt
Since then,every time I tey to boot ,fans start then CPU fan stops monitor stays blanks and I don't even get the boot page
Press F5 or F8 does nothing and can't get into BIOS

PC about 8 years old with a giga byte EX58UDR3 mobo and Intel think it's a i27 CPU

A:corrupt boot image message ,now will not boot and cant access bios

It sounds to me like hardware failure. I'm not sure what that picture is for but I suggest that you check for blown capacitors. Capacitor Lab - Visual Signs of Capacitor Failure - Bulging and Leaking

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Laptop g500 windows8 displaying lenovo logo but cannot boot windows. How can we access bios setup? please help

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Hi all - this is my first post; and I'm definitely a beginner. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a old Sony VIAO PCV-1112 with Windows XP. I was out of town (so I don't know what the trigger for the issue was) and came back to a black screen that begins with "Award Medallion Bios v 6.0". It also says "Hardware Monitor found an error. Enter power setup menu for details."

At the bottom of the screen is shows: Press F1 to continue. F2 to enter setup.

a. Nothing happens when I press F2.

b. When I press F1, the Windows loading screen appears, but it fails to initialize XP and goes to a black screen that says that Windows failed to load...and it lists the prompts to reboot in Safe Mode, Normal Mode, Normal Mode with prompt, Normal Mode with Networking, Last Known Good Config, etc. No matter which mode I choose, it reboots and goes back to the Award Medallion Bios v6.0 message screen.

c. When I press Esc > F8 > F1, I am able to get the boot order to pop up and I selected boot from DVD/CD drive. I've tried putting various iso files on disc into that drive in the hopes of trying to get in to recover data files off the HDD. I tried rebooting with the ISO file in the DVD/CD drive, and nothing happens with any of these: Bit Defender; Kaspersky Rescue; or Avira Rescue. I rebooted with the Knoppix rescue ISO, and it actually initialized the DVD/CD drive for about 30 seconds - showed a black screen with a flashing prompt (couldn't typ... Read more

A:Windows XP won't boot; cannot access bios


Well, I found an ISO copy app that works well - UltraISO - but it has a trial limit of 300MB. Still that was enough to get the Kaspersky ISO to fully copy over (I'm learning more about ISO files!). I was able to get the PC to boot from the Kaspersky ISO rescue CD, but it was hanging when making the swap and never brought up the GUI interface. I rebooted several times - and it got stuck there every time.

So I copied the BitDefender ISO to a rescue CD, that seems to be running fine - brought up the GUI, but its taking a while to scan.

Will post how it goes...

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I just registered with TechSpot and have been asked to say Hi. Well, Hi! From the greatest province in Canada, Alberta.
As I sit by my living room window I can see the sun starting to set over the Rocky Mountains in the West.
Now the reason for this post:
I have two computers, a home constructed desktop unit running Win XP SP2 and my new ACER 8200 Laptop which due to the convenience has become my new main computer which is why I am now talking to whosoever is listening. I tried to bootup my desktop today and could not get past the opening bios screen. When I hit delete at the start up to change my boot options nothing happens except the screen goes black. The computer drive light remains on as if it is accessing data but that's all. (It must feel regected).
I have tried to boot from my Win XP disk but it won't recognize the drive or something likewise my emergency boot disk in drive 'A'.
Right now it is a doorstop. Luckily all my data is on three other drives on my Desktop System so it won't matter if I have to reformat.
That is the question, how do I reformat and reinstall my system if I can't get it to recognize my drives?


A:Computer won`t boot, can`t access bios.

Ok, i'm no expert, but/and especially if you are having a hardware problem; you should always post your system stats, if possible (RAM , motherboard, hard drive...etc..). That is, how much, and what manufacture, if possible. Also, just wondering, how old is this system, and does anyone else use it?

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Hi  During normal use of my laptop, it suddenly displayed a blue screen of death. I didn't think much of it, so I can't remember exactly what error message it displayed. When I tried to restart it, the laptop failed to boot. The backlight for the screen turns on, and the LEDs on the keyboard still work, but there is nothing displayed on the screen. When I press a key upon powering the machine on to enter the BIOS or view other startup options I get a small message down the bottom corresponding to the key I pressed (eg. "F10...BIOS Setup Options") but it does not actually display the BIOS or allow me to make any changes. The only other thing I can do is press CTRL+ALT+DELETE which seems to successfully restart the machine, but again nothing displays. There is a brief buzzing sound when I power the laptop on, although it's possible that has always happened and I never thought anything of it before. I have tried a hard reset and tried all sorts of variations of keypresses and resets to no avail. I'm not confident in opening the cover and poking around at the internal components, but I will give it a go if it has a reasonable likelihood of changing the situation. Thanks for any help you can give. Ken

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Greetings people!

I was sitting up one night, was bored since I had nothing to do. So I came up with: "Let's see what's on those sites the police have blocked."
So I found the list of the sites Swedish police have blocked. And as the list said, I was unable to access them. So I used a proxy to bypass it. And on those sites was mainly porn and hentai, because the poice suspect them to contain childporn (Yes in Sweden animated childporn is illegal as well.)
Anyway, there was nothing interesting on those sites, so I left pretty quickly.

Later on that night, I found out that I had quite a few virus/spyware/~, since there came popus from a fake antivirus program. So I went into taskmgr and killed all the processes that I didn't recognize. Then I searched the computer with spybot as well as avira. Spybot was unable to remove everything, and recommended an auotomatic start next time I start computer. And avira was also unable to remove everything it found.
So I restarted the computer, and spybot which is supposed to start before everything else, didn't start before everything else. Probably because it's supposed to start before explorer.exe, which I don't use.

So I seached with spybot and it removed everything, but I still had something left, since I was unable to google without getting sent to spamlinks. So I took the ones avira found, and removed with "File Shredder."
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A:Windows XP won't boot, and can't access BIOS.

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I have a situation I cannot get around. I am looking at a friend's old PC. When I turn it on it goes into its memory test. Seems normal. I try to press delete to access the BIOS but it will not allow me to go into setup. It does not boot the OS (he had XP installed). Then it goes to a black screen with some info:
Verifying DMI Pool Data.......
Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM : Failure
Type the name of the command interpreter (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)
I do not know if the HDD is bad or if there is just some software (OS) problem. IS the info on the HDD salvageable? I want to eventually reformat the drive but want to get access to it and remove data. If anyone has any suggestions, I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

If you need more info, let me know I will send what I can.

A:old PIII wot boot, cant access BIOS . . .

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My friend was attempting to go back to his original OS from WIN10 and the laptop died during the process. After booting we recieved error code 0xc00000605 upon start telling us a component is missing and we needed to repair. i got us a windows recovery disk and tried to boot it from the bios but i am unable to do anything in the bios except change the system date and time. If i could just boot it from the dvd i would be okay, any suggestions? laymans terms please!

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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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I am running a home-constructed PC (started out life as a Dell, but i had to replace the motherboard and - well, one thing led to another).

Asus A8N-E running NVidia nForce4 with AMD processor
Windows XP professional
Zone Alarm security suite

It's been working fine for a couple of years with the odd hiccup but i transferred to Zone Alarm from McAfee about four months ago, and upgraded to IE7 - security and fire walls seem to be a big part of the problems i've had in the past so i thought i'd mention it.

last week i had the "application error with winlogon.exe" error on log on and I couldn't boot at all. I did a repair install from the XP disk which *Mostly* worked, but now I have no mouse. I am having to tab through the browswer fields to even post this message which is incredibly frustrating!

Odd symptoms:
* IE has rolled back to version 6 (I guess that might be a function of the repair install)
* In the device manager there is NO "mouse and other pointing devices" entry, let alone any mouse recorded under it
* In the control panel, the mouse hardware properties are completely blank (no way of updating driver or getting more inform,ation - selecting the buttons does nothing)
* In Regedit the particular registry key that Microsoft says I should be looking for (at which is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Class/Mouse doesn't even exist in the registr... Read more

A:Mouse Not Detected, bios problem? Can't even get INTO bios on boot

Most likely a bad mouse, or a bent mouse pin, or you are using one of those wireless mouse units, or a cheap usb mouse.

Mouse detection problems are exceedingly rare except for the above... never heard of a mouse being affected by a virus.

Uninstall Zone Alarm if you are using Internet Explorer 7.0 because you will always have problems otherwise.

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Mother Board: Gigabyte 3.2GHZ
OS: Windows 8.1
Problem: When the computer is powered on it boots normally. However, all function keys or cmd keys to get into BIOS (F2), BOOT Menu (F8), Set up menu (F12) are disabled.
Possible Cause: Ransomware, I know for a fact my son installed a .exe file that put ransomware on his computer due to the HDD being locked and inaccessible. Also, when logging into his user he is prompted with the ransom log on by GoTLINKS.
Attempted Fixes: I've tried removing the HDD cables and booting in hopes of getting forced into the boot menu. However, no drives are detected and I am prompted to insert the OS Disk and hitting ENTER. Upon doing so all KBoard keys are disabled and computer must be restarted. At this point the computer will boot from the OS Disk and allow for a install of windows or windows repair. Upon trying to reinstall the OS (after plugging the HDD back in) the OS Key states it is not retrievable, even though it is on the tower of his desktop. This happens after the key is inserted. (The key has been registered prior to this all happening). When going into windows repair from the disk I am given 3 options. System Refresh, System Reset, and Advanced Options.
System Refresh: Error: A Valid OS must be selected. Please select a valid OS and restart your system. 
System Reset: Error: The disk drive is locked. Please unlock the disk drive in order to proceed.
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A:Unable to access BIOS, Boot Menu, or anything else!!!

I forgot to add something.
Restarting system: I can restart the system while holding the Shift Key which brings me to the boot menu options. However, any key is disabled and the computer must be hard restarted in order to do anything. All function keys (F1-F9) do not work, keys 1-9 do not work, and even ENTER to restart the system does not work.

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My Acer Extensa 5620Z originally came with Vista, then I clean installed Win 7, now upgraded to Win 8. Since the latest upgrade, I am unable to access BIOS or the boot menu. The black and white boot screen used to say to press F12 for boot menu, and something else for Setup, those messages are no longer there. And those key combinations do not work. I've also tried some other combinations I've found in searches - F2, Alt-F10, ctrl F10, alt ctrl F10, F8, del, esc. None work.

Could the upgrade has modified the firmware somehow? Boot screen says Phoenix bios, TrustedCore v1.32 - I think that is the same it has been.


A:After upgrade, cannot access BIOS or boot menu

This is not exactly a solution but I do know if you hold your power button on your computer until It turns off and then turn it back on you will be able to get into your BIOS though I don't recommend this solution

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