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Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS

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The information below for accessing BIOS is applicable to older computer systems. Most newer computers have a much easier accessability to the BIOS.

The information below can be used to access the BIOS from all the major suppliers of BIOS chips and the Computer Manufacturers that use them.

During the computers initial boot the BIOS supplier will be displayed. If the OEM(Original Equiptment Manufacturer) logo splash screen is displayed, press the ESC key to see the boot up information. Press the Pause/Break key if text displays too fast.

The major BIOS suppliers are listed below and can be used to search for special BIOS updates not supplied by the Computer vendor.*

During the initial boot, if a beep or combinations of beeps is emitted from the motherboard system speaker , the system speaker must be connected to mother board to hear beep codes )[consult motherboard manual for speaker connection configuration], click on the Computer Hope (tm). (Copyright 1998-2006) link below to find the beep code definition.

BIOS System beep codes

 

 
 

For a very comprehensive and visual look at the BIOS, follow the link below from Eric Legge's  www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/ web site.
The BIOS: the 'Basic Input Output System' Setup Program used in a computer

 

Warning: Making changes to BIOS settings can have adverse effects on the way a computer performs. Use caution when performing BIOS modifications.

 

 

Bios Suppliers

 

Keyboard Commands

ALR Advanced Logic Research, Inc. ® PC / PCI F2
ALR PC non / PCI CTRL+ALT+ESC
AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS F1
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS DEL
Award™ BIOS CTRL+ALT+ESC
Award BIOS DEL
DTK® (Datatech Enterprises Co.) BIOS ESC
Phoenix™ BIOS CTRL+ALT+ESC
Phoenix BIOS CTRL+ALT+S
Phoenix BIOS CTRL+ALT+INS

Computer  Vendor

Keyboard Commands

Acer® F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
ARI® CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL
AST®  CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL
Compaq® 8700  F10
CompUSA® DEL
Cybermax®  ESC
Dell BIOS web site search links For models not listed below.
Dell 400 F3, F1
Dell 4400 F12
Dell Dimension® F2 or DEL
Dell Inspiron®  F2
Dell Latitude Fn+F1 (while booted)
Dell Latitude F2 (on boot)
Dell Optiplex DEL
Dell Optiplex F2
Dell Precision™ F2
eMachine® DEL , F 2
Fujutsu Manuals & BIOS Manuals & BIOS Download
Gateway® 2000 1440 F1
Gateway 2000 Solo™ F2
HP® (Hewlett-Packard) F1, F2 (Laptop, ESC)
IBM® F1
E-pro Laptop F2
IBM PS/2® CTRL+ALT+INS after CTRL+ALT+DEL
IBM Thinkpad® (newer) Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.
Intel® Tangent DEL
Lenovo(formerly IBM) Lenovo BIOS Access page
Micron® F1, F2, or DEL
Packard Bell®  F1, F2, Del
Seanix DEL
Sony® VAIO F2
Sony VAIO F3
Tiger DEL
Toshiba® 335 CDS ESC
Toshiba Protege ESC
Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS F1
Toshiba Tecra ESC then F1 or F2

Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]

1. Turn on computer by Holding down power button while pressing the ESC key.
The machine will beep, then display:
Check System, then press [F1] key.
2. Release ESC key
3. Press F1 key

BIOS FAQ - For frequently asked questions on BIOS…

click here

Notebook BIOS FAQ – For frequently asked questions on Notebook BIOS....

click here

Warning: Computer vendor and Mother
Board manufacturers customize their BIOS to
the individual specifications of the mother
board. Care must be taken when applying a
BIOS update. A BIOS update should be applied
to the exact make; model; version; etc.
specified in the update description.

Applying the BIOS update to the wrong BIOS
chip can render the system unbootable and
could necessitate a Mother Board or BIOS chip
replacement.

NOTICE: The information supplied on this
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publicly available in digital and traditional
printed media and may be used as needed.

Copying of the web page source code is not
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DrDflash Boot Disk For BIOS Flashing - No Drivers:  Save this file to your hard drive, insert a blank floppy in the floppy drive and double click the drdflash.exe file to create the boot disk. Follow the onscreen prompt and after creating the boot disk;  copy the files for flashing the BIOS to the boot disk.

Not all Motherboard and BIOS manufacturers require a bootable floppy disk to create the BIOS boot floppy disk. Gateway for example specifies a blank IBM formatted disk and creates the bootable floppy from the downloaded BIOS update file. Make sure you check out all the available flashing information from the vendors web site before flashing the BIOS.

If the direct link above is no longer valid or you would like to know more about the downloaded file, you can find a wealth of information and boot disks for all occasions at: Bootdisk.com Due to the high volume of traffic to Bootdisk.com, if you can make a donation to help with the web hosting, it would be much appreciated by the owner of the web site.

I have no affiliation with Bootdisk.com.
 

Although I do enjoy helping users with their unique problems, I would request that you exhaust all the links supplied as options to your basic BIOS questions I supply on my web site.

If you do not find a specific solution from a link in my BIOS page, look for a link to the manufacturers web site and look for your specific make; model; revision; etc. This information should also be included in any correspondence directed to me.

Try a Google search for the motherboard manufacturer and exact model if the information is not listed above.

Please contact me with any bios access information you feel I need to add to my BIOS ACCESS page. I supply the information as a public service, and rely on feedback as one of my major sources update information.


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