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Q: pc boots but no bios post

Hi I am trying to help a nieghbour with a problem, he has a HP Pavilion 403se pc, the M/B is a MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD MS-6367, his OS is XP Pro and his problem is he does not get the Bios post at boot up,the PC RUNS PEFECTLY, no other probs. I have had a look inside and can not find a case speaker and no spare connection for one. I have tried to find a manual online but no joy.
Any advice will be appreciated, thanks.....sam stuart

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When I turn on my computer yestereday it loaded the post screen briefly than went directly into BIOS setup. When I exit the bios setup the screen goes black flickers than goes back into BIOS setup. BIOS recognized hard drives and cd roms, and boot sequence was correct. I decided to deal with it tomorrow or today.. When i turned it on today it booted to my 2nd harddrive (which also has an OS installed) went into bios booted from my main harddrive and the computer worked fine for about 20 min. I was browsing the web and microsoft outlook kept trying to open eventually everytime i closed it pop right back up couldnt access taskmanager keyboard couldnt type however i could manuever with the arrow keys. Powered down and when i rebooted had the same problem as before.. wont get past bios setup. I have tried reseting the CMOS jumpers but that didnt have any affect. tried booting with soley; each hard drive (separately), cd rom, and with each stick of memory. All running into the same issue. Any ideas?

Home built...
Windows XP Pro SP3
ASRock K10N78M Micro ATX motherboard
AMD Athlon 5600X2
WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
XFX Geforce 9800GT 512MB
1TB Samsung HD
500GB Western Digital HD
Liteon DVDRW
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Antec TruePower Trio 650 Watt

A:Boots Directly To Bios setup, exiting cycles back to Bios

Have you tried another keyboard?

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Pc seems to be booting but doesnt post anything to the screen. I bought a new ddr3 ram and a used motherboard.
What I tried
-clearing cmos
-removing battery/replacing battery
-plugging to the motherboard and gpu
-checking the sticks one by one on different slots

The psu, cpu, gpu and the monitor are fine because I checked if they worked on my old mobo so it seems like its the motherboard or ram. Any ideas on what else I can do before taking it to the repair shop (trying to avoid that due to covid).

Pc specs :
-q9550 cpu(cooler master hyper tx2)
-gtx 750ti 2gb
-gigabyte ga-g41mt-s2p
- 2x 4gb 1333 mhz ddr3 (cmx8gx3m2a1333c9)
-mx500 ssd
-corsair cx 450

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Hi all.... another perplexing problem..
PC is just over a year old: elite k7vmm mobo, Athlon 1900xp, 256 ddr333, 40gb maxtor, cd-rom, floppy.
It's not exactly overused or abused but the other day it would not 'turn on'..
It POST's no problem but won't display anything to do with windows (xp)..just sits at a blank screen.
So far I have tried:

safe mode
last known good
vga mode
different psu
reset cmos
run memtest
run powermax
different monitor
different video card (mobo has onboard - tried agp, ati rage pro)

All thats left is to run around screaming and drooling unless you can help..

I have noticed the cpu seems to run very hot and fluctuates.. between 55 and 65. I know thats fairly safe but it still seems very hot and unstable. Heatsink doesnt seem clogged and bios reports fan running at over 4000 revs..

So.. any ideas oh great ones?


A:What could this be.. boots, post but no display

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Radeon 7870
2x2GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3
Antec TruePower 650w

Hey. I was concerned following a random shut down and subsequent inability to boot.I had initially been given an error message in POST after reboot stating that my PC had been shut down by ASUS anti-surge protection and I had assumed it was due to my power supply and/or lack of surge protection (surge protector, UPS).

However, after doing a quick hardware check it seems that my RAM might have a hand in my problems. Initially, when I tried to boot my computer it would turn on, but there would be no display and it would turn off after about 10 seconds without POST/BIOS. After checking my hardware and finding out that the D-RAM LED was flashing red I removed both RAM sticks which allowed me to boot and the conputer stays on however there is still no display.

My temperatures seemed fine and I've tried using both RAM sticks in all 4 DIMM slots and completely without to no avail. I've replaced my older GPU, CPU and motherboard and I'm still having the same problems. Also just bought a new PSU because it seemed to be the most likely culprit but I'm still having the exact same problem.

I'm honestly stumped and would greatly appreciate any advice whatsoever. If I've missed out any info please don't hesitate to ask!

A:PC boots but turns off without POST

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It's an oddity.

I have some new computers I'm setting up, and was getting ready to configure wake on lan, to test implementation. You have to usually find something in the BIOS to configure, before configuring it through Windows (if I've rady right).

I can't get into the BIOS, because I have no POST/splash screen from the vendor for hit DEL or F12 or whatever the key is. The computer boots all the way into windows just fine, though.

Where's my BIOS? And how do I get back to it? I don't think I've ever seen a computer (Macs excluded) boot without the option to get into BIOS on boot. I must have missed something...

A:Computer boots without POST?!

Computer make / model?

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Monitor is on, sound is working but there is no post beep on a new build. I would like to remedy this because in the event of a problem I won't have the beep codes to help diagnose the problem. Thanks for any help. stream

A:No post sound when computer boots up

Make sure the case's speaker hasn't come unplugged from the socket on the MOBO.

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Made the huge mistake of updating BIOS. Had small MOBO usb prob, and for some reason thought a BIOS update would do something. Wasn't too worried because Gigabyte touts Dual BIOS pretty strong.

Anyway, tried updating BIOS, then system would not boot, so the Backup BIOS didn't kick in. btw, the MOBO is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro.

So I copied the backup bios to a floppy and used the floppy to fix the main bios. OK, now computer would boot, but would freeze up after the desktop icons appear. Actually would sometimes work for a few minutes, but always froze up.

Boots OK to safe mode, even to the point of getting online, so I downloaded the old bios from Gigabyte, put them on floppy and used that to update the main bios. Same result.

Also did a system restore from XP Pro Safe Mode (because XP wrongly states that this can be undone; didn't find out that System Restore done from safe mode cannot be undone until I tried to undo!).

My tech support (ABS Computer; they rule) thinks that the BIOS is now fine, that some windows files are corrupt and a re-install will fix problem and mobo is probably fine as well. I'll buy that.

anyone have any miracle suggestions before i re-install? Is a repair install worth a shot? Really not looking forward to re-installing all my software and putting all my data back where it belongs to get my email hist., bookmarks, etc. back.

thanks - I will now write the following 500 times: LEAVE THE BIOS ALONE! even with Dual BIOS

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i had recently built a new computer. after installing windows 7 everything was fine, except for during start-up it'd say 'no keyboard deteced'. which it wasn't detecting it because i couldnt acess bios during this. once i came to the windows log in screen, it was then reading the keyboard.

a few days ago i had a power outage during a thunderstorm and now a screen appears when turning on my computer giving me 2 options somehwat like 'continue start up' and 'enter a set up'. these are extremely general ideas of what it says but its not the usual 'start windows normally' screen. i would look but i'm currently at work since i cannot access the internet at home due to these problems lol.

the problem with this screen appearing is that since it is not detecting my keyboard at post, i have no where else to go. i've tried every usb port, as well as a ps/2 keyboard.

i either a. need to figure out how to get past this screen or not have it appear at all or b. figure out how to get it to detect my keyboard.

if you have any suggestions or info i'd really appreciate the help.


A:odd post/bios screen, plus no keyboard detected @ post

you could try removing the CMOS battery on the motherboard and using the jumper to reset the BIOS to factory defaults.

Always us a known good PS/2 keyboard. USB is OK after you have everything setup but unless you enable Legacy USB support in the BIOS the USB keyboard may not be seen by the BIOS (I've had this exact problem).

If the PS/2 keyboard is not seen when plugged into the keyboard PS/2 port move it to the PS/2 mouse port.

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Win7 home edition, boots through the POST then to a blank screen with a blinking cursor.

Have tried the repeair disk, tried to roll back from the last restore point and it won't accept, tried repair boot and nothing. Did the bootrec /fixMBR nada.
cannot get to the option of choosing to boot to safemode <F8> it will not go there.

what else can I try? the puter is still under warranty (dell insperion).

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A7M266 bios 1.07 512 RAM Win XP Home - Sometime ago my machine started acting up I.E. the screen started falshing and while in Windows the bios screen appeared. My keyboard stopped working. Through the batteries had died. Hit the reset button while replacing the batteries. Now when I boot the screen remains blank until the Windows welcome screen appears. After that the machine seems to function. I get all the beeps/FDD noise. During boot I've tried the "delete" key to access the bios - no go. Tried a floppy with aflash.exe & latest bios drop - no go.
I think I might have a boot virus in the MRD sector of my HDD but that is a guess from a novice.
Anybody heard of this problem?

Thanks for any help

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I just built my dad a new computer and I'm having trouble getting it to work.

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz CPU
AsRock M3A770DE Motherboard
G.Skill 4GB (2x2gb) Dual Channel DDR 1333 RAM
Seagate 1TB Sata Hard Drive
Lite-On 24x Sata Dvd-Burner

And I'm currently using my Powercolor 1gb PCI-E 2.0 Radeon 4850 video card since the one we ordered didn't arrive yet.

After assembling the computer, I tried turning the computer on but nothing appeared on the display and there was no post beep. I could hear the hard drive and dvd drives spinning, so they appear to be working. The case fan and motherboard fans came on, so the motherboard seems to be powered and the power supply must work.

Afterwards I disconnected both the hard drive and dvd drive and turned the computer back on but it still didn't work. Then I tried removing both ram cards and after I turned the computer on, I heard 3 beeps. beep-beep-beep-pause and this repeated. I then tried each ram card individually and in different slots. But this got me back to where I was having no post beeps.

I put my video card back into my computer to make sure that it was still functioning and that I didn't shock it or anything, and it worked. I put it back into my dad's computer and then took turns trying the dvi and vga ports (both my video card and my monitor have both) but this didn't work either (and no the motherboard doesn't have integrated vide... Read more

A:Solved: New Custom-Built PC. Boots, No Display or POST Beeps

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I have a Dell Vostro 3460 purchased several years ago. It shows the exact same issue and behavior as described in http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/t/20003103.
If the machine starts up, everything is fine. But it takes a reasonable numer of power-cycles until POST comes up. The problems arised several months ago and the effect seemed to increase over time. At first, the machine was occasionally not booting. Currently, it is the other way round. It occasionally boots up only.
At one time beeing lucky and getting the machine through POST I ran the diagnostics with Fn+POWER. No issues found except that it complained about the missing battery, which indeed wasn't installed at this time.
I also tried
- Disconnecting the hard drive -> no change
- Replacing the RAM -> no change
- Removing the RAM -> beep code (as expected)
- pressing D+POWER -> display test runs (I see colors) -> no POST
I would very much appreciate your assistance. Thank you!

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On BIOS 1.88 have fix description:= = =[Problem fixes]
- Fixed an issue that system no VGA output when install Ultra Dock with 4K monitor.= = = My L540 laptop with Ultra Dock without 4K monitor ( just plug an LCD 1440*900 monitor), it will always hang on first BIOS Post(after Windows normal shutdown), force shutdown, power up again. it can normally boot. Does the latest 1.89 BIOS have the same situation? I can not update due to it no way to rollback old version BIOS.= = =[Important updates]
- Update includes a security fix.
(Note)If the UEFI BIOS has been updated to 1.89 or higher,
it is no longer able to roll back to the version before 1.89
for security improvement.= = = HPBird

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I am look for a last ditch help on fixing the BIOS/POST problem on a perfectly fine E6230
I was attempting to make a powered eSATA cable work when I enabled the SATA 4 and SATA 5 button in the BIOS.
After reboot... nothing..
I have been told it is a motherboard failure but this is too co-incidental!
I have tried a reset of the BIOS by disconnecting all power even the BIOS Coin battery .... nothing - no POST - although the LED shows that laptop is detecting lack of memory and HDD
A search shows that for INSPIRON laptops the BIOS can be unpacked and re-FLASHED to reset.
Does anyone know how to achieve this with the DELL Latitude Laptop or another way to reset the BIOS setting please?

Many thanks for any help or advice

A:Reset or Re-flashing BIOS Dell latitude E6230 - BIOS Corrupted will not POST

You can click the link below for steps to resolve a corrupted bios.
BIOS Recovery options on a Dell PC or Tablet

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Hello all, this is my first time posting here so please forgive any mistakes/oversights. I've just updated my Samsung laptop's system BIOS via their software update program, and my Nvidia GPU (GT 650m DDR3) no longer seems to work. The Nvidia control panel is still there, and it still gives me the option to select which programs use the GPU, but there is no GPU actitivity showing up. Also,I've tried playing Skyrim (which auto-detects the PC's graphics cards) , and the game no longer seems to detect the Nvidia GPU (just the Intel integrated graphics).

My laptop model is NP550PC7, with 6 gig of ram, and an i7 quad core CPU, and the OS is Window 7 Home Premium 64bit.

I've tried looking in the BIOS but I can't seem to find anything related to the GPU or display options. Any help or avice is much appreciated.

A:Problems with Nvidia gpu post BIOS system BIOS update.


Have you updated your GPU with the latest drivers?


Please navigate to:

Start> Control panel> Swith to icon view> device manager.
Look under "Display Adapters"

Is the Nvidia GPU listed there? If so are there any yellow symbols etc?



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Lenovo y50-70 was giving fan problem. so i read that the latest bios version fixed that issue. so i updated bios to 3.03. Before bios update, my laptop starts and within 1-2 seconds the lenovo logo comes up and 4-5 seconds it will be in log screen.Now after bios update i followed same steps with a clean install of windows 10 Now it takes 8-9 seconds to show lenovo logo after that rest all take same time as before. Lenovo y50-70bios v3.03SSD 860 EVOwindows 10No startup programs (windows defender and realtek audio which is same before update) Note: I maintained log file which i followed again with updated bios after clean install of windows 10. (so windows settings are same) The pre-boot time in boot racer and bios time in task manager are same and the time is 8.6 seconds.The below image is a clean boot test results using bootracer and task manager bios time

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I'm putting together an Athlon XP 2500. The mother board I'm using is KX400-8k. The problems is I couldn't boots it and there is a beeping sound every 4 second or so. I'm sure the sound card and monitor are fine. I checked everything but no luck. Any sugesstion? please help. Thanks alot.

A:Bios won't boots

Correction: The motherboard is KX400-8X not KX400-8K. Sorry

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pc boots into bios but under boot up devices it doesnt see my cd player or floppy when you go into boot up devices it doesnt list any ??? this is on a dell 4300 system

A:pc boots into bios but

Did this just happen one day when you booted up the PC like normal or did you remove/install new components inside? If you did, recheck all the wiring for the drives and make sure they are fully seated.

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Hi all

My pc will not load into windows any longer, and it also will not load to a DOS prompt, but I can however get it to boot into the BIOS. I was just wondering if this is harddrive related or if possibly it is just that i need to reload windows. Please help!! Thank you all for you time!

A:PC only boots to BIOS

Its hard to tell what your issue is. You can try a Repair Install:

Set the computer to boot from cd first in the BIOS
Place the xp cd in cdrom and reboot
Boot from the xp cd and choose install
Ignore the first repair option and continue with install
When windows finds the previous installation and offers to repair
then do the repair
If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install

How to perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP

If that doesnt resolve your issue do a format/install.

You can however check the integrity of the hard drive by using the manufacturers diagnostic utility. Go here http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

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Just purchased an Asus P4S333 motherboard with 512 MB
PC2100 and P4 1.7 Ghz.

I built my computer before, so i'm fairly competant when it comes to putting the stuff together, spotting minor problems, etc. I just installed the motherboard, and am forced to wait about 1-2 minutes before the computer boots up, and then i get one beep in POST and it goes into bios everytime.

I made sure the jumpers were set to jumper-free mode, and checked the connections. I had an older power supply in there, and upgraded it to a 350 watt monster, but am still experiencing the problems.

The motherboard supports UDMA hard drives, and I have a Western Digital 5400 RPM UATA 66 drive in there, but I thought that it could still be used. I already sent the Mboard back for testing, and they said it was fine.

All the other stuff in my comp is working fine, as I put the old mboard back in and am using it now, but I have to get the new one working, and the tech support guys don't really have a clue what it could be. Any help would be seriously appreciated.

A:always boots into bios with new mboard

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Hi,Im putting this problem in for my son as we dont know where to turn to next.He had an MSI mobo 745 ultra with 512 DDR that suddenly started to tell him that his CMOS settings were wrong or that the battery was low.Put in correct CMOS setting only to have same CMOS settings wrong on next boot up Also fitted two new batterys.Then it became a problem to start the computer also when after setting CMOS & F10 to save settings the computyer would not re boot.So bought new mobo (ASUS a7V8X)had problems in that when setting bios againn it would not reboot had to switch off & restart.We then put in XP disc at boot & reloaded windows & it now starts up (but reset button does not work tried switching connections no difference)Also now when it starts it goes into the advanced page of bios & asaks if he wants to keep these settings.On ther CPU speed he only has Manual-650 MHz-867MHz-1083MHz & 1300 MHZ as options.Goes to Manual sets CPU Multiplyer to 12.5 x & CPU FReq to 133/33 to get 1667 MHZ.He has AMD xp 2000+ cpu.Why tho does it keep boot to this page on start.Sorry the this is so long but only way I could detail the events

A:Bios screen when boots up

See if Asus have a BIOS-update for that mobo and read first what that BIOS has for new items.
Also, what is the brand/model/output of your power supply? That might be on the weak side and could influence proper running.

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Hi guys.. I've read a lot on these forums but not much of a poster.. I'm a noob but know the basics. I'd be really gratefull for any help on this matter.

Here is the problem...
It seems that I've always had some problems here and there with my set up.. But it's gotton way worse.
Everytime the PC is turned off then back on or even restarted it goes into configuration/Bios set-up mode. Everytime it does this the boot sequence is out of whack along with the clock and any other settings.. (Almost as if I just put the PC together and am going to run the initial system set up).

So after setting it up it runs fine.. Works great on all games except CS:Source. Now sometimes it's ok but most of the time when playing CS:Source the Screen freezes and I have to reboot by holding in the button.. then to set up/Bios mode again.. Also on occasion after restarting the PC when it freezes during cs:source the screen will be completly RED or even BLACK.. but the mouse cursor is there and I can see it wants to highlight the stuff on the desktop. To fix this problem I end up booting up in Safe Mode.. Uninstall the current ATI XP64 Driver, then reinstalling it and it's fine again.

Here's the funny thing.. The whole system set/BIOS up thing will happen even if I don't play CS source.. Anytime I turn it off to go to bed and start her up in the am it does the same thing. Almost like the memory isn't remembering my settings.. I thought it ... Read more

A:PC Boots to BIOS Set-Up Everytime.. Please help..


Try changing out the cmos battery.
Any drug store/camera section should have them.
Seems it's the eprom/cmos loosing power.

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Very recently, my computer started having issues. One of the symptoms being virtually unusable Internet connection. The connection problem was only on that device. Many windows features were broken too like wmp and control panel, neither would load. Here's the main issue: I got a new graphics card in my computer, performed a factory reset on my computer hoping it would fix all issues, and now when I turn on my computer the monitor receives no signal. Additional info : when I turn on the computer my iPhone charger receives power for a small moment and then stops receiving power

A:Windows 8 nor BIOS boots

I still have my old graphics card if that does anything

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Recently, my Dell Inspiron Windows 7 laptop has been encountering this odd issue.

So here is how a typical "boot" goes:
I hit the power button, and then three lights turn on in this order:


Usually, the second 2 light signals the boot of the BIOS if it stays on longer than the other lights. But most of the time, it does not boot the BIOS (or load Windows). I am then left off with a black screen, no sounds.

So basically, my computer has turned into a box of lights that sometimes boots Windows 7. It usually takes anywhere from 15 minutes to almost 5 hours to load up the BIOS, and it seems to be total luck. Anybody know what could cause this, and what the solution is?

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(Obviously after update to BIOS 1.23) my Thinkpad X250 (Windows 10 Pro 1607) always boots into BIOS. I am able to start the X250 via F12 but this can't be the longterm solution. I already tried with no success: Windows 10 start repairBootrec /fixmbrBIOS:Optimized defaultsSecure Boot disabledUEFI and LegacyLegacy firstOnly LegacyDisable "Execution Prevention" (https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X-Series-Laptops/X240-cannot-boot-windows-7-64-bit-after-upgra...)Do you have any idea(s)? Thanks - Michael 

A:X250 always boots into BIOS

Sounds like your boot order is messed up.  Boot into the BIOS.  Go to startup/boot.  What does it say for the order?  Hit F9 to load defaults.  Try again

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Whenever I restart/shutdown the laptop, it boots to BIOS and I have to exit discarding changes to boot to Windows. I have tried just about everything to fix this. I've updated to BIOS, changed every setting in the BIOS, peformed a clean Windows install, everything. The only thing that has made any difference is when I unplug the laptop and hold down the power button for ~30 seconds. It will boot straight to Windows for 1 or 2 restarts, then goes back to booting to the BIOS. I've been a sysad for over 10 years and haven't seen anything like this happening with no errors or anything. I'm open to any ideas that others may have. Thanks!

A:Lenovo Y40-80 Boots to BIOS

I'm havin an issue's with my Y40-80, it wont even go in to the bios with the bios button, goes to a black screen with a cursor and just sits there, sometimes you can hit a button and it will restart, and when i let it boot in to windows 10, you know the little load screen you get it you were to install windows, or the old windows loggin shows the little bar loading at the bottom well it does that every time it goes in to windows, i'd like to fix this, how do i fix it, i've thought about flashing the bios to fix it but mines up to date so i can't fix it that way, and i can't member how to downgrade a bios, nor do i have a older virsion of the bios either so im stuck please someone help 

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Hello Everyone!

Dell Dimension XPS D300.
On bootup, the memory count-down screen says:
Pentium 2
Processor speed 133MHz
Then it boots straight into BIOS, directly into a window Maintenance where it says: Processor Speed, and the option to set to: 200, 233, 266, 300, 333, 366.
I tried all and it does the same loop.

will someone suggest what I should do here?


[This should have been posted in Hardware. My mistake]

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Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Insider Preview 15063 (rs2_release)Core i3 2310M8GB RAM120 SSD for windows, 320 HDDBIOS F.61Windows boots up fine everytime. Very long time since i went into bios settings, i wanted to see if boot from usb option was on, and on startup when i press esc key or any function keys to get into bios settings, the screen goes black, hard disk light turns on and remains on, caps lock light starts blinking, i don't have num lk key.I reinstalled bios and nothing changed. My battery is weak, if that matters, a warning is shown on boot up.

A:Windows Boots Up But Not BIOS

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About a week ago my computers video wouldn't work and about an hour later it started working again and I had no problems for a few days.

Then my video went completely out with no return...I switched monitors to see if it was a bad connection in the monitor(its about 3 years old) but the brand new monitor still didn't work so I bought a g-force 5500 graphics card I plugged it in to the pci port and started the computer, the computer booted straight to bios. I thought maybe it was doing this because the computers onboard video was still enabled and wasn't sure if that would affect it. So I removed the card and tried booting and then installing the card to see if I could get it to load and then just plug and play the video card. After the the graphics card wouldn't work so I unplugged it and just for kicks plugged it into onboard graphics and it works but still booted straight to bios. No settings on bios have been changed and when I exit bios it says "turn off power and reinstall the jumper in normal mode position"

Any ideas?

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Recently my ASUS G51j laptop notified me that my primary hard drive with my OS on it was failing. The laptop has two hard drives, so I cloned the primary one and made the clone bootable. I've made the clone the primary drive and am now running off of it. (the failing drive still works so far)

The only noticeable effect of the "failing" drive is that I can't get past the BIOS splash screen unless I enter and exit the BIOS setup (windows boots after that). However, after cloning the failing drive and setting my BIOS up to boot from the clone, I still get stuck at the splash screen.

I have a windows 7 OEM disk with me that I used to repair some start up problems it said it discovered (on the failing drive), one of which was the boot manager. Could cloning the failing drive before I repaired these things have transferred the boot issues to the clone? Repairing the problems with the win7 disk did not fix the boot issues on the failing drive though.

While I know that hard drives fail at seemingly random times, this all started the boot up after installing the latest windows updates. I still have a little bit of hope that my "failing" drive isn't actually failing, but instead just corrupted etc. from an improper update.

Any ideas?

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Hello Everyone!

Dell Dimension XPS D300.
On bootup, the memory count-down screen says:
Pentium 2
Processor speed 133MHz
Then it boots straight into BIOS, directly into a window Maintenance where it says: Processor Speed, and the option to set to: 200, 233, 266, 300, 333, 366.
I tried all and it does the same loop.

will someone suggest what I should do here?


A:Solved: Dell boots - into BIOS

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Hi guys, I've an old(around 3 years old) HCL desktop computer. When I boot up my computer, first it shows HCL's splash screen. Then it directly goes to the "Boot from CD/DVD..." screen. On my other computer a screen appears before that which says at the top "Press DEL to enter setup". But that screen just gets skipped in this computer. But I need to set my flash drive's boot priority to the topmost. So I need to access BIOS setup for this.

Can anybody please help me with this?

A:How to get into BIOS setup when my computer boots?

Instructions for entering the BIOS (and other useful info) should be part of your onwer/user's manual. Have you checked it?


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My HP pavilion A705W desktop is starting up in Bios instead of Windows XPSP3. I have to then hit ESC and select the hard drive in the boot order before it will boot to Windows XPSP3. These are the things I have tried to fix the problem:
Checked all the bios settings-- everything matches the hardware.
Changed the order of the boot initiation to boot from the hard drive first. Still boots up in bios.
Checked the cmos battery- it is reading 3.3 v
Disconnected the keyboard and mouse before starting the computer. It still boots to the bios.
Verified that the computer will boot from the CD drive with a boot disk.
Defragged the hard drive and ran CHKDSK. Computer still boots to the bios.

Does anyone have any other ideas?

A:Computer boots to Bios instead of Windows

Maybe a stuck key on the keyboard? Try without the keyboard plugged in.

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My laptop froze yesterday and is now booting to bios.

This is what I see

What can I do to fix this?

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Now I have to admit.....this one has me. I have two of these units that I purchased for my daughters to use. They both have the exact same issue. When I first plug the units in the harddrive is not recognised by the bios. Then I start this ritual of starting it over and over. Eventually it is recognized and then will work indefinetly. I am on one now. I updated to the latest bios. Problem still there. The thing that gets me is that if it was a controller failure, then you would think that it would fail while in windows. Same thing if it was a short or bad solder joint. Then I should get periods of failure while using it. Once I'm in windows XP I can use it all night without a problem. Last night I left it on all night with no issues. I checked Dell's support site to see if there was any issues posted there. The bios sucks, you cannot set any part of the harddrive. Its always auto detect so I can't manually set it up. There is really very few things you can set in the bios. Any ideas guys? I took it apart and cleaned the solder joints and inspected them with a microscope. Thought maybe a broken joint and when the laptop warms up then contact is made. It just seems like once it warms up its fine. I can turn it off and on a thousand times and it will boot fine. Unplug it and let it sit a while and bang......back to the ritual. HELP! What do you think? bad bios chip. Remember, its two units doing this that are exact same model. I have tried other drives that I have... Read more

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I have an old Thinkpad (570e) which has a bios older than 1999. When the laptop boots, it boots into the bios screen. Not much of a problem, but then I have to "exit without saving changes", and then the laptop boots again and will then boot the OS (PClinuxOS).

When I had XP on this laptop this did not happen, it was only when I installed linux. I have read that on these older systems, the bios in loaded on a hidden partition on the hd, but I'm not sure.

Anyone know how I can fix this problem?

A:Laptop boots into bios at startup

Sounds like the BIOS battery is dead. Not sure how you change them in lappys, but it gives the symptoms that would point to it.
as far as BIOS on the HD isconcerned, BIOS is mobo contained, no tHD contained. The only time it might get transferred is if BIOS shadowing was enabled, but even then it would only be copied to memory. I would suggest the booting problem is probably completely unrelated to the OS change, just coincidental.

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Hello loved ones,
I clicked on an .exe which made my Windows version not genuine and somehow changed my boot. Now, when I turn on my computer it will boot to bios, restart and boot to bios, on and on again.
I have tried fixing it thought startup repair with the Windows CD, but it will not work because since windows says not genuine I get the message that the Startup Repair version does not work with my OS.
I need to know a way in which I can fix this issue without the CDs and reinstalling the OS.
I can access the files on my OS (through Ubuntu), everything is regular and there, just the booting is messed up. I have a Ubuntu CD which I use to access my harddrive where i can delete files and change things. So, I am thinking that if I know which files were changed I can go there and delete and put in the proper file. I have a seperate harddrive which I have installed on the same computer which works, the OS is the same as is on my unbootable drive. So, maybe I can copy the correct files from that drive to my unbootable drives, I just need to know which. I have tried some files, but I have yet to solve the program.
Other information:
It is not a problem wih my motherboard -- I can run my other harddrive on my laptop just fine.
I have tried Ubuntu TestDisk and it says that the bootable status is OK.
OS is Windows 7 Ultimate
Memory is 8GB
I have tried fixing the Master Boot Record with lilo through ubuntu (sudo lilo -M /dev/sda mbr) but the boot i... Read more

A:Boots to bios and repeats! Bad exe program, help!

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I recently installed a raid 0 set up with win7 64 bit. Everything works good (except it will not auto update bit I don't care about that) but when I reboot it to access the bios so I can overclock I cannot get into the bios. I have a wired USB keyboard that normally let's me in via the delete key. This is annoying as I need to be able to get in there at will. I do not have a slot for a ps2 keyboard. Thanks, Jared.

A:Win 7 boots fine but cannot access BIOS.

Can you access the raid bios with the keyboard?

Have you tried another keyboard?

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startup boots to bios --startup will not recognize optical recovery disc nor hard drive-- says boot not found?

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I have a acer laptop 3680 with vista basic that reboots to bios again and again. Is this an vista or bios issue? help please.

A:acer notebook boots on and off at bios

Is this a problem that just began, and did the laptop originally come with Vista or was it upgraded?

Are you seeing any error messages?

In Vista you can test the ram by running mdsched.exe

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hello friends
hope you can help me Iv got aHewlet Packard laptop powered by an intel processor 2800 mhz 256 mb ram when i switch on it boots straight into the bios the little box comes up asking if I want to load default settings yes or no but the keyboard dosnt work at all any ideas

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I have a home-built PC based on an ASUS motherboard and ATI 5670 video card. Everything was running fine for months, but a few days ago I started running into an issue where my BIOS screen would load but be complete corrupted (white screen with red horizontal lines going across), and then Windows 7 boots fine.

Also, when I wake the pc up from sleep mode, the computer will occasionally wake up but the monitor will not turn on, requiring a reboot. Outside of these two issues, I have no problems within Windows 7 doing everyday tasks.

Any idea where to start troubleshooting?

A:BIOS screen corruption then boots

First thing I would try is to remove the CMOS battery which will reset the Bios to defaults and then see what happens when you boot. While the battery is out test the voltage with a volt meter, if it is much lower than 3V replace it with a new one.

If no improvement you could try flashing the Bios. You would need to go to the motherboard's manufacturer's site to get the instructions and the Bios download.

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I bought this laptop new in 2012, has been getting progressively slower. Until the other day it started giving me a blue screen saying windows encountered a problem. I did some research and ran chkdsk and repair and all that. Laptop started working great and just yesterday, I went to turn in on and it will only boot into bios. I have no idea what I'm doing, and have never done anything like this in my life.
I have taken the battery out and held the power button for a minute with no help. I'm unsure of any other parts inside it, and don't dare to start taking things apart without any guidence. Any bit of help is greatly appreciated

A:Asus s400c only boots to BIOS

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Is the PC booting to the BIOS directly every time it starts?

If you leave the BIOS, does it then boot to the hard drive?

Check inside the BIOS at the boot menu, what does it list?

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Daughter brought her HP DV9500 (Vista 32bit). Very suspicious of malware. If I check the BIOS, it does not see the hard drive (nor does that option appear in the boot menu). However, if you boot the machine, it will load Vista and allow you to log in. After about 10-30 seconds usage, the keyboard and mouse buttons freeze and what was on the screen still remains with that bloody awful circle going round and round. Now the mouse will still move across the screen via the touchpad or a usb mouse but the keyboard is dead as are the mouse buttons.I can boot parted magic on UBCD and access all the files on the C: drive (one physical, three partitions including a recovery partition - how it came from the factory) and run all day long. Disk diagnostics on UBCD show the hard drive is present and no errors. However, the bios diagnostic says replace the hard drive.I've rebuilt the BCD using Microsofts bootrec to no avail.I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc. and then I'll try restoring the OS from the recovery partition.I should mention that I ran an older Linux bootable version of Avira (dated Sept 2009) and it noted multiple occurrences of html/infected.webpage.gen as well as two other (going to try to recover the names from the Avira logfile).Thanks in advance.AJG

A:Help please laptop bios doesn't see HD but vista still boots

I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc.No need to bother trying to get Windows to work well enough: Simply retrieve copies of the files that you want, to a USB-connected external hard drive using a Linux operating system run from a bootable CD/DVD or USB flashdrive.f your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (versions for a CD, and larger versions that need to be burned to a DVD disk)[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...Download and install ImgBurn.Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.Choose Write image file to disc.
Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.Click [*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will ... Read more

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My friends computer boots directly to the "Advance" tab on the BIOS screen where there are two errors. One is "CPU Internal Frequency" and "CPU Core." I tried restoring the defaults but the screen just went black, and I had to restart manually. Any Ideas on what could be causing this?

A:CPU boots to BIOS with two errors and won't restore to defaults

Reset your BIOS the old fassion way... LOL

1. Remove the CMOS battery, some people say for up to 2 hours.... i say remove the battery, unplug the power cable, then hold the power for about 1 min. (the leave power off for up to 2 hours+ is to let the Capacitors drain any residual charge they may have stored... holding the power button opens the circuit allowing all power to drain out)

Plug everything back in and BIOS reset.....

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