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2 laptops need repair, cannot go into bios settings need 2 change boot.. what now?

Q: 2 laptops need repair, cannot go into bios settings need 2 change boot.. what now?

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

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

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

or any other way to do it?

Preferred Solution: 2 laptops need repair, cannot go into bios settings need 2 change boot.. what now?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: 2 laptops need repair, cannot go into bios settings need 2 change boot.. what now?



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

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

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

Thanks to all

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Here's the deal.

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

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

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

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

Am I asking too much?

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

thanks in advance.

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

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

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

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Hi people. I'm either having a brain fart, or my BIOS is not working correctly.My BIOS version: American Megatrends Inc. G74Sx.201, 4/27/2011I need to boot from DVD to install a Linux Distro.When I go to my BIOS, and I look at the boot options, I don't see the option for my DVD drive. I took some photos of the options in my BIOS. Can someone assist me in figuring out how to boot from disc?CPU-ID Info - http://valid.canardpc.com/d0litf Screenshots (1400 pixels wide)http://i.imgur.com/jvENq9K.jpg?1http://i.imgur.com/MdUKJth.jpg?1 Also, once the changes are made... what key do I press during start-up to get the boot menu? The way it is now, both F2 & Del bring me to the BIOS. Thank you ExplodingMonkey

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

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

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

A:Need to change Bios settings

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

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

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

A:How Do I Change Settings In The BIOS?

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

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Just purchased the laptop and I am trying to access bios to turn on VR but cannot get the computer to enter BIOS setup  does not even give me the option to enter BIOS tried pressing esc on startup as well as F10 no luck
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I have a new computer, and I was wondering if I should change anything in the bios settings.

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

Thanx in advance.

A:Should I change anything in the Bios settings?

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Jim.

A:Can't change HDD settings in BIOS

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

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

A:Should I change these bios settings?

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

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

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

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Hello people,

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

My question is how to change it ?

Thanks for any help


A:How to change BIOS settings

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Hello everyone, I am able to access the Bios on my T440s, and I have set a power on and HDD password for full drive encryption(They are both the same password), however I am not able to change Bios settings even after entering the password. I have looked at previous threads, however suggestions such as these did not work:*Enter only the first 7 characters*Change boot mode to UEFI - (I cannot access the settings to do this in the Bios)*Turn off secure boot (I again cannot access the settings to do this in the Bios)*Holding shift and clicking restart brings me to the windows boot menu but rebooting into uefi settings just restarts to desktop  I am open to try any other suggestions you all may have! Thanks so much, Gabe

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Accident double post - can't figure out how to remove.. Sorry!

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

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My Canon Scanner gives an error message when I try to run it. The error reads:

Cano Craft CS-P 3.8
Other error
Error Code 0X10ff0800

I found something using Google that says check to see the scanner lock is on, (it is), and "that the printer mode is set to ECP in the BIOS". How do I do this? Any help would be appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] How do I change BIOS settings

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

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

How to repair, fix or workaround?

Thanks for any help.

A:Unable to change BIOS settings

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

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

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

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

A:cannot change settings in BIOS or CMOS

not sure if my pic uploaded, wanted to dhow what I see when I put my windows CD in try snd do a repair as I don't l\know which option to choose,

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Hello, my Toshiba c55 refuse to boot and to solve the problem i changed boot mode to csm but each time it restart the but restant, the boot mode come back to uefi. I tried changing different settings but the changes aren't saved. However hour is not resetted on each start. Any help would be great, thanks

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

A:Unable to access BIOS or Change Pc Settings

Hello neverislence, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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

PC settings - Fix and Restore in Windows 8.1

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Recentely the time on my OS gets reset to a wrong time everytime, and when I go to the BIOS, I see that it keeps resetting there. Edit: Also, I can't change any other settings besides the time, as it gets stuck everytime I touch other settings?Is the battery the cause? Or maybe a virus? Other thing?Is it hard to replace the CMOS battery there? Ty!

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My laptop is b5070 and dual booted with ubuntu 17.10 and windows 8.1. I want to reinstall ubuntu. To do that so, I have to change settings in BIOS as legacy support. I made the change by entering bios settings by clicking F2 during boot. But  after saving the changes and restarting, the changes are being discarded. At least , default settings are not being loaded.Even secure boot is not being disabled.I tried reinserting BIOS battery.But no use, only time is getting back to default.if i go to firmware settings using windoes advanced settings, it is showing error number: 800704d3if i go to bios settings using ubuntu boot manager, it showing another error something like " unable to set EFI variable OsIdications "  the following screenshots must help you. Thanking you. 

A:Unable to change BIOS settings . B5070

Can you get to the BIOS from windows?  Under settings/recovery/advanced startup/restart now

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When I boot up the PC and hit F2 for the bios menu I'm directed to the Phonex BIOs where i can only change the date, time , and langue. I can view all setting but cannot modify anything. I was initially going to change the boot sequence to run a dist. or OS. In the field on the right where info about making change normally is it just says "All Items on this menu cannot be madified in user mode. If any items require changes. please consult your system supervisor" *And it says that under advanced, security, others, and boot.

A:Cannot Change Any Bios Settings in Toshiba Satellite m35

That appears to be a very old Toshiba series which originally came with Windows XP Home Edition.

What's the complete model number on yours?
(2 sets of characters separated by a dash comprise the complete model number)


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Hi, I want to change video dedicadet memory, from my BIOS, but I don't no how. Can anyone tell me how I can do that? 

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

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

NTDLR is missing, press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.

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

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

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

A:Cannot change BIOS settings + missing NTLDR = nightmare

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

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Hey everyone i have a lenovo x250 and i want to enable intel virtualization technology but my bios don't let me do any change.i have updated my bios to ver 1.24 but nothing changed?if anyone can help me that would be a great.Thanks

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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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Hello, I am not able to alter any variable (except Date) or boot from USB. Firmware update also not working. Disabling Secure Boot, Reset to Setup mode, Restore Factory keys or restore to factory defaults show no effect (after reboot settings are the same, efi dbx database still filled up). Tried also Windows EasyUEFI and Ubuntu efibootmgr.What is the correct solution to install and activate the EFI shell? In my opinion the EFI NVRAM is full or defect and the bos not able to handle it correctly or provide a solution for cleanup/fix.Any ideas? Best regardsPeter PS: would it work to Flash the SPI IC on the board in place without desoldering with my Miniprog?I can live with the situation but it is highly uncomfortable not being able to boot from USB stick. 

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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 cant seem to find the boot file in windows 7 build 7600,

i'm dual booting, when I installed 7, 7 was C: and vista became drive d:

but i have storage hard drive which is always drive d, so I made vista drive f

so how can I fix the boot file in 7 to change the drive letter for vista install?

A:Change boot settings

Post a screenshot of Disk Management, like this :

and bcdedit ( type cmd in start search , rt click it and run as admin - when it pops up, type bcdedit , then press enter. )

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Hey, I'm using this school computer that has windows 7 on it and I want to run a program off my USB so I thought I needed to use the boot menu and change it to USB disk boot but I can't. The USB isn't the problem, I tested it on other computers and it works fine, it's just the boot menu is blocked by a weird password that only gives you three tries and then just runs windows normally. It's good that there's a password just in case some crazy want's to destroy every computer in the school but if anyone knows how to bypass this password that would a big help.

Thank you

A:Can't change the boot settings on this computer

I found an Image on the internet of what it looks like when the password comes up, here it is.

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Hi there, I hope this is the right forum for this question.

My son has an i7 custom build computer and the previous owner gummed the computer up good with malware etc. The current setup is Windows 8, but our goal is to install a fresh copy of windows 7 Professional 64-bit which we have purchased "intended for distribution with a refurbished PC".

This is a bit of a project for us, so we are taking our time with it, and hopefully learning something along the way.

We are trying to wipe the HDD completely on the machine, but we are unable to run DBAN to do so, because every time we restart the machine it keeps booting up in Windows instead of DBAN. I have gone into BIOS and changed the order of the BOOT to read from the CD-ROM followed by the USB before the C Drive (I have copies of DBAN on both USB drive and CD-ROM). But it is still not booting. Not sure what to do???



A:can't boot DBAN trying to change boot order in BIOS not working

It is possible you have not created a bootable CD/USB. Use Rufus for example. https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Also provide motherboard make/model please.

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I have a locked laptop and I need to change the settings to automatic IP addressing, so I can connect to the domain and log in.

A:How can I change Network Adapter Settings pre boot?

If the laptop's hard drive is fully encrypted, then you can forget about the info below.

The tool mentioned in option five of this tutorial also has an offline registry editor.
User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7

I have used it many times (but not for this specific task).

If need be, google for help on how to use that editor.

You can put that tool on a USB stick, boot to it and change EnableDHCP to a 0.

That EnableDHCP value name is located here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{Globally unique identifier}

You might need to look thru a few GUIDs before you find the one where EnableDHCP is currently set to 1.
There might be other settings that need to be changed too, but I doubt it. If need be, use Process Monitor on a similar laptop to see what all gets changed when you change to DHCP. I did that do find the info above. EnableDHCP exists in other places too. These other places get changed too, but they might not be needed. Test by changing just the one key/value.

Maybe other forum members have a simpler way to enable DHCP on a locked laptop that is a member of a domain.

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I am trying to delete all the files from an old HP (XH545) laptop running XP. Its screen doesn't work, so I have it attached to a remote monitor. I have both a bootable floppy and bootable cd which have [email protected] Kill Disk. My intention is to boot one or the other and erase everything on the hard drive.

Problem: I am unable to get into my BIOS to change the boot order. Since I have to do a Fn-F5 to switch over to the monitor, I am unable to get there in time to see when to hit F2 to edit my BIOS. I have been trying for several hours to "guess" when to hit it, still with no success. I'm not even sure I would be able to see the BIOS screen anyway - maybe you have to get past that for Fn-F5 to swap out to the monitor.

If I let the system boot normally, I can swap over in time to see it loading Windows XP.

Question 1: Is there any way to change the boot order from within Windows (or from DOS prompts)?

Question 2: Lacking a positive answer to #1, is there any other way to delete all the files from the hard drive so I can dispose of the laptop?


A:How to change boot order w/o boot-up BIOS edit?

When you hit the power switch of your laptop at same time start pressing f2 and keep hitting it until you get in BIOS. After getting in BIOS I you know what to do.

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I just installed a Crucial 250 GB SSD in my desktop.
I'm having trouble trying to make it the boot drive.
Any suggestions?

A:SSD bios boot settings?

JerryB52 said:

I just installed a Crucial 250 GB SSD in my desktop.
I'm having trouble trying to make it the boot drive.
Any suggestions?Click to expand...

The SSD is Drive G.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16332 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 610, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 913 GB (879 GB Free); F: 0 GB (0 GB Free); G: 214 GB (180 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gateway, DX4870
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

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I need to change my UEFI or legacy of HP pavilion 15 notebook laptop. pls help

A:in need settings procedure to change my UEFI boot order hp p...

Hi,  To change boot order, see this : Configuring the Boot Order in the System BIOS  Regards Visruth 

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Hi all,
I'm new here so bear with me if I don't know forum etiquette, but from google searches this seemed like a good place to ask questions.

So here's the situation: last night before going to bed my laptop said it was going to update within a day. I closed the lid as usual and the next day, when I opened it, it was stuck on a blank screen for a few minutes then up came the Asus screen, then into Automatic Repair, then Diagnosing your PC, then "Repairing Disk Errors. This might take more than an hour to complete."

I let it run for about 4 hours but with no effect. I tried a few times to no avail. No matter what I do - F8, F10, F12 - I can't do anything other than get into Bios. I fiddled around with some options, but there weren't many and nothing worked. Finally, I removed the hard drive and attached it to another laptop with a caddy and couldn't get in - it is corrupted and unreadable.

So do I simply need a new hard drive? Or is it possible the problem is even worse? A friend says he has a tool that might be able to retrieve some of my files, but at least my most important ones are in Dropbox.

The other concern I have is that even when I install a new hard drive, I don't know how to get an operating system back up. The laptop didn't come with a disk. How do i go about installing an OS? Windows 7 would be preferable, although it did have 8 on it previously.

oh yeah, the laptop is an Asus Ultrabook S400C. It doesn't have an internal cd drive.

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A:Can't boot other than BIOS, stuck on Automatic Repair

Can you not boot into windows through your BIOS?

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I have 2 dvd's that are not being recognised by the bios - they used to be recognised for years by the bios via the auto setting. What's strange is that xp recognises them in the device manager and so does explorer, the operate without fault.

I had a networking problem and the solution is to repair windows via booting to the xp cd. Hence, I can't do that - this is a bother as even if I wanted to start from scratch the bios does't see either drive.

sony dvd-rom ddu1612
sony dvd rw dru-500a

I had the primary slave and secondary slave set to auto - I have since set these to none and it has made no difference. XP picks up the dvd rom yet the bios sees none? The boot sequence under Atapi CD-Rom still reads "None".
Is there a chance the CMOS battery is on it's way out?

If you can help - that would be great.

A:Bios not seeing dvd-roms but XP does recognise them? need to repair XP from boot up!

There is a chance the PSU is failing. I had this same issue a while ago. Computer boots up but does not see the CD/DVD rom drives. Try a different PSU and set the Primary Slave and Secondary Master in the bios to Automatic.

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The problem is very similar than this link but I want to repost since it is not solved.  https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/ll04_en/page/1/thread-id/154203 I removed the battery and bios battery. Then pressed the power button..  Bios settings stay the same and I still cannot change them.  Changing the platform.ini is not an option because I have ubuntu installed. I can not install windows because USB boot is not working.  I think the Bios and USB boot problems is linked. Any help will be much appreciated !? 

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My PC will not boot nor will it access bios settings by pressing F2 during boot process.

About 6 weeks ago after an automatic Windows update my desktop PC became afflicted with the ?Critical Error ? Start menu and Cortana aren?t working etc ?

I resolved the matter by restoring my PC back to a state it was in few days earlier.

Yesterday the Critical Error ? start menu problem came back. When I tried the restore back to an earlier state the restore didn?t work and the PC just hung.

Now I cannot boot or access the bios settings. I tried booting directly from a Windows Disc but that will not work either. It will not boot in safe mode either.

Whereas I can understand that the unsuccessful restore may have corrupted the operating system I cannot understand how the BIOS will not work and why I cannot get into BIOS settings

I have tried booting from a Windows disc but it will not do so - seems to me that the BIOS is bad

I would really appreciate if anyone could give me a few pointers on what to try out

Many thanks

My PC is a Dell XPS 8900 running Windows 10 fully updated, and has an mSATA SSD and two hard drives

A:PC will not boot and cannot enter BIOS settings

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I am trying to get the bios settings correct for my pc. I can get it to boot in auto mode, but when I
set the bus speeds and such to what I think they should be, the computer will not start.
The cpu is an Athlon 3000+, which should have a bus speed of 166 and a clock multiplier of 13. The
memory is pc3200.
I have the following set in the bios:
CPU Frequency Mode: 166MHz
DRAM Clock: 166MHz
CPU Ratio Select: 13
I have also tried going in to the manual mode for the CPU Frequency Mode, and tried these settings:
Frequency 1MHz Stepping: 166MHz
CPU to PCI Divider: /5
DRAM:AGPCI Clock: 166:66:33
DRAM Clock: 166MHz
CPU Ratio Select: 13x
I have also tried the above with DRAM Clock set to : By Speed
The memory should go up to 200MHz, but I would like to just get the computer to boot with the proper
processor speed first.
What am I doing wrong? I would like to get this working. Thanks!

A:can't get computer to boot with bios settings

Doesn't the Bios have a Default Setting? Jazz

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I recently lost connection to my pc running Plex, turns out Windows made the decision to upgrade to 10 for me. It stopped halfway through, 'unable to complete', attemped several times to restore it to Windows 8.1, and failed. I tried a USB recovery disk, and now when I power on my PC, I get the Samsung logo (normal), and a bar accross the bottom that says 'f2 for setup, f4 for recovery', along with a logo that says 'Phoenix'. If I press buttons, it goes into recovery, regardless of which button I push. If I press no buttons, it goes into recovery. I had the recovery app (which appears to not be a Microsoft product, but I have no way to find out, there's no help or about) reinstall Windows 8, but alas, it continues to do the same loop and put me back into recovery (this happens even if I remove the USB disk and turn the PC on). I've also unplugged everything and left the CMOS battery out for a couple of hours, same issue. I'm at a total loss here. I can SEE files in the recovery app, so I know the hard drive isn't toast, but...how the heck do I get into my BIOS or into Windows? I BELIEVE the issue could be a setting in the BIOS, I did try a trick that a forum mentioned, which was to set the boot away from UEFI, but now I can't get back to change it.

A:Windows 8.1 not letting me access bios, boot, or repair

If you are looking to recover your data before a clean install of Windows 8.1 use a live linux disk or USB flash drive to recover your data.
A Samsung's boot menu can be accessed by tapping either Esc, F12, or F2 at boot in order to select your boot device.
Download Fatdog64, burn the iso to CD or use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive. Select MBR for a partition scheme. Leave all boxes as checked. Where you see FreeDos select iso image in the dropdown box. Click the icon and browse to the FatDog iso. Press start. If Windows 8 had hybrid shutdown it's possible Fatdog will not be able to mount your windows partition which will be labeled sdaX in the lower left of the FatDog desktop, X being the number of your Windows partition which on a Windows 8 computer may be sda3. If Fatdog cannot mount the partition then you may need to attach the drive to another computer using a USB enclosure or USB adapter. If you login to your Windows 8 using a Windows Live account the files may be encrypted.
If you get to the FatDog desktop by tapping one of the bootmenu keys post back and I can give further instructions on copying your files to an external drive. After the files are copied you can do a clean Windows 8.1 install using the Windows 8.1 Media Creation Tool. Because your computer came preinstalled with Windows 8 the key is embedded in firmware will self-activate once oneline.

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Hi all,

I've been having a couple problems with my PC recently relating to drivers etc, after some deliberation I was advised to update the BIOS.

I have a Dell XPS L421x and upon updating my BIOS from A04 to A14 my computer crashed and is now stuck in a boot cycle.

I have tried to system repair, which takes it to system restore - which I am almost certain cannot be done because of BitDefender anti-virus.

When trying to boot windows normally it comes up with 'starting windows', then flashes to a BSOD for a moment before restarting and doing the same thing over and over.

Has anybody got any suggestions as to what I can do?


A:BSOD after BIOS update - Can't boot/system repair

Will it boot up in Safe mode?

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