Unable to access BIOS.



Beau D
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
Hey,

I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system being
Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method, but it
doesn't work.

Is there an alternate method with which I could use?

Thanks.

Gordon
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
"Beau D" <Beau D@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EC7870E2-8616-45EE-AFAF-54C07AA69D71@microsoft.com...
> Hey,
>
> I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system being
> Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method, but it
> doesn't work.
>
> Is there an alternate method with which I could use?
>
> Thanks.

Look at the manual for your machine. If that fails, contact the Vendor.

Will Denny
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
Hi

Have a look in the manual for your motherboard. You should be able to find
out how to access the BIOS from that.

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"Beau D" <Beau D@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EC7870E2-8616-45EE-AFAF-54C07AA69D71@microsoft.com...
> Hey,
>
> I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system being
> Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method, but it
> doesn't work.
>
> Is there an alternate method with which I could use?
>
> Thanks.

Beau D
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
This Comp is a hand-me-down, if there was a Manual, it's long gone by now.

David Candy
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
You are out of luck then aren't you. This has nothing to do with Windows XP. You should bew able to download your manual.

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"Beau D" <BeauD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:E40DFBAB-4250-42C4-9AC5-090D26CB3AE5@microsoft.com...
> This Comp is a hand-me-down, if there was a Manual, it's long gone by now.

Shenan Stanley
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
Beau D wrote:
> I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system
> being Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup
> method, but it doesn't work.
>
> Is there an alternate method with which I could use?

Turn off the machine.
Turn it back on..

If a "Picture Advertisement" comes up (Dell, HP, Packard Bell, etc), press
ESC quickly..
Somewhere it should say "Press XXX to enter system setup" or some similar
wording.

If not - common keys at startup (this is before you EVER see the Windows
Logo for the loading of Windows..):

F2 (Dell's like this)
F1
DEL
CTRL+SHIFT+S

Sometimes you can figure out what key it needs by turning off the computer,
turning it on and pressing all the keys over and ovr on the keyboard - to
overflow the machine.. It then may come up with a "Keyboard Error - Press F1
to continue or XXX to Enter the System BIOS" or some similar wording.

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Will Denny
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
Hi

Try to download a copy of the manual from the motherboard's manufacturer's
web site.

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"Beau D" <BeauD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> This Comp is a hand-me-down, if there was a Manual, it's long gone by now.

Chelsea
07-10-2005, 02:40 AM
Hi Beau
When your computer starts as soon as the first screen appears press Scroll
Lock on your keyboard. Somewhere on that frozen screen should be an
instruction to press a given key to enter the BIOS. If it isn't there, write
down the long number that will be there and post it back here. Also there
will be a name such as
Award or Phoenix and there are others-post that here as well.

Chelsea

Vanguard
07-10-2005, 02:41 AM
"Beau D" <Beau D@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:EC7870E2-8616-45EE-AFAF-54C07AA69D71@microsoft.com...
> Hey,
>
> I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system
> being
> Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method,
> but it
> doesn't work.
>
> Is there an alternate method with which I could use?


How do you know the Del key is used to enter the BIOS screens? What
other keystrokes have you tried? How about F8, Esc, Spacebar, Enter?
Which operating system is on your computer is irrelevant since it is not
loaded yet. You can even get into the BIOS screens without any
operating system installed. Since you never mentioned WHAT computer you
have (or the motherboard if a custom-built), no one familiar with it can
give you a specific answer.

See:
http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
http://users.tpg.com.au/bzyhjr/liszt.html

Wesley Vogel
07-10-2005, 02:41 AM
Accessing Motherboard BIOS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

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In news:E40DFBAB-4250-42C4-9AC5-090D26CB3AE5@microsoft.com,
Beau D <BeauD@discussions.microsoft.com> hunted and pecked:
> This Comp is a hand-me-down, if there was a Manual, it's long gone by now.

Alan Smith
07-10-2005, 02:41 AM
"Beau D" <BeauD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:E40DFBAB-4250-42C4-9AC5-090D26CB3AE5@microsoft.com...
> This Comp is a hand-me-down, if there was a Manual, it's long gone by now.

If you want help you need to give information.
What BIOS make shows up as you boot? What make is the computer? What make is
the motherboard? This will give hints- sometimes it's the INS key, a
Function key, and some machines need a floppy disk to access the BIOS
It has nothing to do with which version of Windows you use- the only info
you gave..

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 02:41 AM
Beau D wrote:
> Hey,
>
> I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system being
> Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method, but it
> doesn't work.
>
> Is there an alternate method with which I could use?
>
> Thanks.


The operating system is immaterial, it has no bearing upon how one
enters the BIOS. Only you know what motherboard and BIOS you have, so
only you know the answer to your question. ;-}

In the extremely unlikely event that your PC's manual or the
motherboard manufacturer's web site doesn't contain the needed
information, try one or more of the following:

How do I access my computer's setup (BIOS)
http://www.iomega.com/support/documents/2157.html

Wim's BIOS Page
http://www.wimsbios.com/

Accessing Motherboard BIOS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm



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MikeR
07-10-2005, 02:42 AM
On Wed, 6 Jul 2005 03:40:02 -0700, Beau D <Beau
D@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>Hey,
>
>I can't seem to be able to get into my System's BIOS, that system being
>Windows XP Professional. I've tried the Hold Del at startup method, but it
>doesn't work.
>
>Is there an alternate method with which I could use?
>
>Thanks.

90% of the time it's either DEL or F2 (one key only).
BTW, XP is the OS; The BIOS comes with the machine (motherboard to be
exact}.
Good luck.


Unable to access BIOS.