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P70 with BIOS 2.20/2.21 - SUPER-SLOW booting and errant BIOS Setup utility behavior

Q: P70 with BIOS 2.20/2.21 - SUPER-SLOW booting and errant BIOS Setup utility behavior

I am guessing that something quite wrong was done in 2.20 (and it persists into 2.21). There was no such errant behavior with 2.19, as I've confirmed by reinstalling 2.19. Works perfectly and boots promptly and the BIOS Setup utility works lickity-split with 2.19, just like it always has. But with the install of 2.20 the behavior changed drastically.

Looking at the README for BIOS 2.20 this definitely seems like the culprit:

[Problem fixes]- Fixed an issue where fan might rotated with max speed due to not reading CPU temperature correctly.- Fixed an issue where system might not boot to OS when attached an external monitor and its USB3 devices.- Fixed an issue where network boot might happened at reboot after resume from suspend by Wake On LAN.


At first I thought I had blown the BIOS update, since my screen was simply black for what seemed like 1-2 minutes after displaying the Lenovo logo and "press ENTER to interrupt" message. I pressed ENTER repeatedly but nothing happened, for a long time. Eventually, the hard drive activity LED on the P70 started flashing, and seemingly almost 2 minutes later, the machine came to life and boot process continued normally.

Then, once I entered the BIOS, I used the right-arrow key to navigate through the tabs. No problem until I got to the Security tab and then pressed right-arrow one more time to navigate into the Boot tab... and it hung! Didn't go right, and now the arrow keys did nothing Seemingly frozen. But again, it was just a matter of waiting it out and then suddenly the navigation proceeded as if everything was normal. I could now go right and left without a problem.

In my investigation process I decided to unplug both my external monitor (to the miniDP connector on the P70) as well as my external 2TB USB 3.0 backup drive. And now amazingly, booting was PERFECT and BIOS Setup utility behavior was PERFECT!! None of the delays I had seen when the external monitor and external USB 3.0 drive had been inserted.

I then tried to boot from a WinPE USB key drive containing Macrium Reflect. Lo and behold, once again the booting process seemed to take 1-2 minutes, again the hard drive activity LED on the P70 display panel started flashing, and eventually the booting from the USB drive started and completed normally and Macrium Reflect was running.

Investigating the Boot tab settings in BIOS, even though I have PCI LAN excluded from my boot device sequence list I decided to change the wake-on-LAN network item from its default of "PCI LAN" to "NVMe0" which is where my boot partition really is. I believe this helped reduce the boot-time delay somewhat, but I was trying so many things at this point that maybe it didn't accomplish anything. But when I looked in the 2.20 BIOS README and saw the reference to wake-on-LAN I was just looking around for anything I could change that might solve this remarkable slow-boot symptom.

Anyway, there is no question that the new problem symptom appears to be primarily if not entirely related to what was done in BIOS 2.20 along with the attachment of an external USB 3.0 drive (no matter whether it really is bootable like my Macrium Reflect key drive, or not bootable like my external 2TB backup drive). If I don't have a USB 3.0 drive connected, there's no delay and no problem at all (including no problem with the arrow keys working perfectly all the time in BIOS Setup utility). Remember, I have USB HDD as the first device in the BIOS boot device sequence, followed by the ATAPI optical CD/DVD drive, followed by NVMe0.

Am I alone here? This just started happening to me today, when I ran System Update and it offered me the BIOS 2.21 upgrade as a critical update, and I took it. Strangely, the README for 2.21 shows nothing significant apparently related to my symptom. It was in 2.20 that the significant code change must have occurred. And more strangely I have actually been running with 2.20 for a month, and with none of the current symptoms. It's only when 2.21 got applied that this whole story started.

I wonder if the 2.21 update flashed the Embedded Controller which now brought out this symptom, which had not yet been externalized even with the 2.20 BIOS update. I know that doesn't make sense, but I do know I've been on 2.20 for a month and never saw the symptom until today when 2.21 got applied.

And... if I go back to 2.19, there is ZERO SYMPTOM!!!

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i think tere is broblem with bios because there is no functuion to control vram for example or many other things .... can any body help ....thx 

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I am working on a Toshiba Satellite with Insyde H2O bios. It says to use F2 for setup and F12 for boot manager.

I've tried all the function keys, as well as esc and del and they only get me to Windows Boot Manager. (This includes F2.)

The machine has Vista that stops loading when it gets to the network drivers. Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause? If I download a new BIOS can I install it from the command prompt?

If the BIOS is still OK are there other ways to get into setup?

(Meanwhile F2 works just fine on my Dell Lattitude)
 

A:Can't get into BIOS setup utility

Try using a USB keyboard...

"Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause?"

I don't think you would get that far in the boot process if the bios were corrupt
 

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I need to enter bios, not the "HP setup utility", because in the utility there are no settings for SATA controller. I need to change it to IDE, but in the utility there is no option for that. How do i do it?

A:I need BIOS, not HP Setup Utility

Hi: Why do you need to change the setting to IDE? A BIOS update won't add that feature anyway. If you are trying to reinstall XP and get the blue screen stop error, simply add the SATA AHCI drivers. See this guide below.  Read the Intel section and then read the downloadable document for how to slipstream all of the sata drivers. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/SATA-drivers-for-XP-solution-on-... I have zipped up and attached the drivers you need to slipstream below...  


























Driver.zip ?201 KB

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I have a need to get to my mainboard bios setup to make possible changes for an issue that I have, I have tried every function key, esc, del, etc during restart to no avail. Have not found any resolutions on the internet to help. Please help I really do need to get to the BIOS UTILITY SETUP.thanksart1944

A:HP ENVY BIOS UTILITY SETUP

Unless you passworded the setup menu or BIOS the following should work. Press the power button and then immediately begin tapping the F10 key. That invokes the BIOS on all HP notebooks and desktop PCs.

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System Specs
Brand: Asus
Model G1S-1A
OS: Win 8 64bit
Processor: intel core 2 duo @2.3 ghz
RAM: 2 GB
Video Card: Geforce 8600M GT 256 mb

Problem:
it was all okay back then i was working with my document on ms office then i had it on sleep the next day when i opened it it was still okay then i decided to shut down my system then run off to work when i got back and turned on this laptop it just won't get passed the bios setup its like this

Open system->asus rog plays with the logo-> then it will enter the bios set up ->when i exit it it will reboot and the process repeats .

What I tried so far
-Made a bootable USB installer of windows 8 and tried to configure the bios to boot from there, nothing it just wont get past that setup utility so its a no go
-tried the bios recovery by pressing CTRL+Home button then powered it up and it restored the bios successfully - nothing happened to the issue
-tried flashing bios to latest version of bios via usb and ez flash nothing happened
-Tried resetting to manufacture defaults of bios nothing
-Tried pressing ctrl while its booting up windows error recovery pops up got two options
start windows normally or startup recovery
when i press start windows... logo appears then it will restart and go get stuck at the bios utility again
if i press recover still the same
* yes hard drive is still detected and no problems so far

any suggestions?

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i have just switched my laptop on after using it for a presentaion last week, i keeps going straight to bios setup utility and i cant get it to boot up correctly can anyone help me please

nicola
 

A:sony vaio bios setup utility

Try loading setup defaults,then save the settings and exit.
May get it to boot.
Then make sure the date and time are still correct.
 

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I used to be able to get to the BIOS setup utility, and at that time the keyboard worked fine.

Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 copyright 1995-1998 Phoenix Tech. Pentium II - I'M.

When I press F1 for setup, the BIOS setup utility comes up. My problem is when it comes up it locks out the keyboard. I then have no choise but to reboot to use the computer.

The computer works fine in every other aspect. I am running WIN98.

Can you help me solve the keyboard lockout problem?
Thanks,
[email protected]
 

A:Keyboard locks @ BIOS setup utility.

First thing you should do is try another keyboard on that computer and try your keyboard on another computer.
 

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Whenever I turn on the PC the first thing that opens is the Award Bios Setup Utility. 2667 MHZ is highlighted and the date and time are wrong by about 9 years.

I set the MHZ on manual and change the date and time and save as I exit. XP runs fine until the next time I start the machine and it happens again.

Is there an internal battery that may be dead?

I appreciate any help,

McKerracher
 

A:BIOS setup utility opens first whenever I turn on the PC

Yes, the CMOS battery on the motherboard could be dead. It is a flat, disk type of battery about the size of a nickle and is commonly available.
 

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First, a little background. Back in the fall, I installed Ubuntu on a second and separate hard drive (this was "homework" for repurposing my mother's ancient Dell). I still wanted to have access to Win7, of course, so I had GRUB2 installed in order to dual-boot. Worked fine, except the OS loading in BIOS took forever. I regarded it as a quirk of GRUB2. Now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, I went ahead and deleted and reformatted my second hard drive back to its original purpose of being a back-up. After some initial trouble booting into Win7, due to the boot order in BIOS, everything is *almost* back to normal.
 
Almost, because the OS loading in BIOS is still slow and acting as if GRUB2 is still installed (it probably is, somewhere in the MBR).
 
Before any of you jump in and say to use my Win7 install or repair CD and run the boot repair option, I already did that. A few times. I also ran the bootrec /fixmbr and /fixboot commands to no avail. Again, I did that a few times too. Earlier, I tried the rebuildbcd command, but I guess it didn't work entirely because some of the commands weren't recognized (I was using Microsoft Support's own guideline, maybe it wasn't thorough, you guys tell me: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392).
 
It's not a huge deal, I can still boot into Win7, but I'd LOVE to return my MBR back to the way it was before my whole Ubuntu and dual-boot adventure.
 
*Edit* I seem to have TWO boot partitions now, one on my C: drive and a ... Read more

A:Super slow BIOS loading OS...

The system reserved are the boot files for Windows.  This is not a bootable partition.

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OK so one day a month or so back probably after shutting down and installing updates my PC is rebooted and it takes over 30 secs just to get to the BIOS image where the option to enter the BIOS with F2 is shown.After finally getting into windows I discovered that my date and time had gone back to 2006 and I was getting some error messages which led me to realise that my 2nd drive that I use for personal files and have my libraries pointing to was no longer showing as a visible drive.

I have recently replaced the BIOS battery and can confirm it was completely dead so that explains losing the time. However the slow boot up still exists after a month and my HDD whilst showing in the BIOS won't in wind 7. I've swapped the SATA cables over the 2 HDD's but it is the same HDD with the problem so it's not a SATA cable issue.

I would like to fix the slow boot up issue but my priority is the HDD problem. I went onto a Microsoft help page and downloaded Microsoft Fixit hoping this would resolve the problem but no luck it didn't even realise there was a problem.

Any ideas?
 

A:Super slow bootup and 2nd HDD shows in Bios but not Win7

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 Dear all, I'm trying to automate the bios settings with the latest HP Bios Configuration Utility using SCCM 2012.When the task is rebooting the system, I get this message."The following configuration change has been requested"How do I automate to accept this up front? Kind regardsDries

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 Hi,trying to change BIOS language using HP Bios Configuration Utility but get Error code 6 - Access Denied (failed due to BIOS permissions).BIOS version is THI vA0.08.I can read (get) successfully but cannot change any setting...tried to change other settings unsuccessfully.What am I missing? Do I need to set a password first?

A:Can't change bios language - HP BIOS Configuration Utility -...

I should have mentioned...language is currently Dutch and I would like to set it to English. I removed the * and placed in front of English...essentially following instructions in the manual so that is not the issue.thanks in advance for your help ?

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Hello:

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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lenovo 7360  link bios http://support.lenovo.com/hu/hu/products/Desktops-and-all-in-ones/ThinkCentre-M-Series-desktops/Thin...

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Hi there, please can you help?
I realize this BSOD might be a commonly reported problem but the issues here seem not to have been addressed specifically by other threads so I hope I haven't opened a new thread unnecessarily. Anyhow, here goes...
Various pc problems have arisen since coming home from holiday last week:

Background: 2 months ago: installed samsung SSD to run a new install of Win 7 64bit - on Asus P5NE-SLI with newly installed AHCI controller card. Successful after some troubleshooting; ran fine for several weeks.

PC left for 2 weeks while on holiday: on return a few days ago pc had problems on start-up: blank screen; no/slow start-up then BSOD attached.
The problem now is specifically a start-up issue: very slow to boot windows; if I hit F8 or del then BIOS loads very slowly, if at all; windows loads but freezes part way through. It DOES eventually load but it doesn't seem stable: yesterday the pc restarted unprompted.
The clock time was incorrect by about 20minutes when I got home from holiday (cmos battery?)

So far, I have (in chronological order)...
cleaned out dust, checked for shorts and loose wires
run Prime95 stress tests: seems OK - no crashes; Speed Fan recorded CPU temps of >50C before I closed the program. On idle CPU is now 37C; GPU 47C
memtest run overnight: 7 passes no errors;
updated GPU driver; run Furmark GPU stress test: all fine!
searched for other driver updates - none required (at least through windows)
run Sams... Read more

A:Slow start-up; crawls into BIOS setup; then slow to load windows

The problem is with your usb hub, or quite possibly a usb device that is plugged into it.
The fault is clearly sourced in the usb system though.
You may try updating your chipset drivers.
try rebooting with nothing plugged in but mouse and kb.

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Hi all,

Just bought a used computer (low budget!) and it has a problem with Starting up. After I push the power-on button, the computer takes about 1-2 min to go through auto dectecting my harddrive (primary master ide). It has no delay auto dectecting the DVD (secondary master ide) and the other two are disable. Then Before loading Window xp logo, the computer "hangs" for 2 more min...ZZZzzzzz. (Just Black screen) But everything run smooth after window start loading up. I have tried flashing the new bios with the lastest verion, tried using another harddrive and messing around with the bios setup, but nothing helps. I don't think it has anything to do with xp because the "hanging" happens before loading xp. ANY ADVISE?? Greatly appricated!!

Here is my specs:
-AMD duron 1.6GHz
- ASrock K7VT4A+
-256 DDR 400 Ram
-ATI Radeon 9000 64 MB DDr w/ TV out
-6GB Wester Digital HDD
-16x Mitsumi DVD rom Drive
 

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The same issue from BIOS 1.2.5 is happening with BIOS 1.2.6. After the update, the boot screen remain totally black (no Dell logo) and you cant enter in the BIOS interface (no video at all).
The workaround is to downgrade to BIOS version 1.2.3 
The windows boots as usual, and maybe this is the reason that users havent noticed this issue.
The bios upgrade/downgrade is automated. No mouse clicks are needed. Just wait computer to boot and wait some minutes. After this (blind) downgrade (because there is no video), you will see the dell logo once again and everything works as usual.

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I had a strange set of circumstances today. I was trying to update my memory from 2 to 4g. My system would not boot with the new memory and the bios gave 3 beeps. After removing the new memory, the system would boot to XP but I had no video. I powered down and powered back up. I now had video but the system would hang. In Safe Mode, it would hang after the following entry system32/config/system. Note I never observed any windows error messages, just the hang.

I used the Recovery Console from an XP CD and did a chkdsk /r and chdsk /f
I also ran fixboot

None of these solved the problem.

I then ran fixmbr
Recovery Console displayed some kind of caution message that I had a "invalid" or something MBR and that it might prevent me from access partitions or something.

Well, I ran fixmbr anyway since i was out if ideas.

Now when I try to boot, it is freezing during the post process. When I hit F2 to enter the BIOS setup, it says "entering setup" but it never does. It seems to be hanging right after the drive detect process.
Note I have one standard IDE drive © and 2 SATA drives. Windows XP is installed on one of the SATA drives.

Any ideas? Let me know if you need any more info.

A:BIOS Hang, unable to enter BIOS Setup after running FIXMBR

This sounds more like a BIOS = hardware issue. Since you have been inside the case it is possible something got nudged loose. Re-seat your memory and video card if it is an add-on.

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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?

Specifications....
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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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I am trying something today with a windows xp computer, I need to get into the bios. In the past there was something I did, whilst logged into xp, which let me increase the time I had to get into the BIOS during startup. I've forgotten what it was. I cannot stand trying to strike a key (and I don't even yet know whether the correct key on the machine in question is "del", "esc" or one of the f keys) in a limited time, my reactions are slow, I've tried and never succeeded with this. I swear there is a way to make the computer wait and give me chance to enter BIOS settings, I swear I've done it before on windows xp. I've searched google but cannot find it, all I can find are articles saying how to speed up bootng (and they aren't the sort techniques which can be reversed to slow it down). On windows xp does restarting while holding down "shift" or "del" let you boot to the bios setup screen, the way that on windows 8/8.1 holding down "shift" when you restart does? Please tell me how, Thank You.

A:CAn someone please remind me how to slow the booting, so I can get into the bios

You can get in the BIOS by using the hot key that correspond with the model of your PC.
 
Watch the bottom of the screen on boot. There will be a message that tells you which key to press to enter the SETUP. Generally it would be one of the following: F1, F2, F12, F10, DEL, ESC, ENTER...As your PC starts, press the appropriate key repeatedly, about once each second.
 
If your reactions are slow, understandable, but you were able to see which key you needed to press, restart the computer, & with your finger at the ready on the correct key press it repeatedly
 
Knowing which make & model of computer you have would narrow down the choices.
 
I am not aware of any setting in Win XP that would allow you to slow down the boot time. Accessing the BIOS is independent of any OS on your computer because the BIOS is part of your motherboard hardware.

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The last time I updated the BIOS on my Lenovo V110-15ISK I got this instruction that I didn't understand (5. Please load default in BIOS setup menu before and after executing this program.) It took me a while to figure it out but when I finally did I updated the BIOS & had no issues I'm posting this info to make it easier for others to do the same  Follow the instructions to enter the BIOS settings from Windows 10 1) Click all setting?Update&Security?Recover2)Click Restart now3)Click troubleshoot4)Click Advanced options5)Select UEFI firmware settingsThe screen will fade to black & enter the BIOS Setup Utility6)Use the Arrow?Keys to select the EXIT menu7)Select Load Setup Default & Click Enter?Select YES & Click Enter8)Select Exit & Save Changes & Click Enter?Select YES & Click EnterYour PC will now restart & you can begin the BIOS updateRemember to follow these steps before & after the update  Follow the instructions to enter the BIOS settings from the power on screen 1)Restart the system or shut down the PC completely,  the screen will dim off, but it will light up again 2)As soon as you see the ?Lenovo? logo Press F2 (Fn+F2) key The screen will now enter the BIOS Setup Utility3)Use the Arrow?Keys to select the EXIT menu4)Select Load Setup Default & Click Enter?Select YES & Click Enter5)Select Exit & Save Changes & Click Enter?Sele... Read more

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The last time I updated the BIOS on my Lenovo V110-15ISK I got this instruction that I didn't understand (5. Please load default in BIOS setup menu before and after executing this program.) It took me a while to figure it out but when I finally did I updated the BIOS & had no issues I'm posting this info to make it easier for others to do the same  Follow the instructions to enter the BIOS settings from Windows 10 1) Click all setting?Update&Security?Recover2)Click Restart now3)Click troubleshoot4)Click Advanced options5)Select UEFI firmware settingsThe screen will fade to black & enter the BIOS Setup Utility6)Use the Arrow?Keys to select the EXIT menu7)Select Load Setup Default & Click Enter?Select YES & Click Enter8)Select Exit & Save Changes & Click Enter?Select YES & Click EnterYour PC will now restart & you can begin the BIOS updateRemember to follow these steps before & after the update  Follow the instructions to enter the BIOS settings from the power on screen 1)Restart the system or shut down the PC completely,  the screen will dim off, but it will light up again 2)As soon as you see the ?Lenovo? logo Press F2 (Fn+F2) key The screen will now enter the BIOS Setup Utility3)Use the Arrow?Keys to select the EXIT menu4)Select Load Setup Default & Click Enter?Select YES & Click Enter5)Select Exit & Save Changes & Click Enter?Sele... Read more

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Hi everyone, I tried getting to the advanced Bios setup under Bios menu but couldnt find it. The Bios version of my Pc is insyde F.1B. please what can i do ?

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I updated from A19 to A22 and even back down to A19 on my OptiPlex 755...  Now it skips lines when I try to change settings in BIOS or when I boot to a DOS USB drive it double types letters.  Never happened before until after this update.  I ran into this a few years ago and I know its a simple fix, but I can't seem to remember what I did.  It does not happen in Windows 7.  I've swapped the keyboard, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
-Brian

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I attempted to update the BIOS on my Inspiron 5565 (AMD-A10 9600P) from .1.0.5 to v1.0.8 using the 'BIOS flash update' with the BIOS update file downloaded (and md5 hash verified on a usb key) from the drivers download page:
http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=C52F8
I followed the instructions on this support page:
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN171755/updating-the-dell-bios-in-linux-and-ubuntu-environments?lang=EN#Flashing%20a%20Dell%20BIOS%20in%20a%20Linux%20Only%20Environment
to copy the BIOS update file to the USB but when I find and select the file in the 'BIOS flash update' function it reads the USB key (usb key read/write light flashing) but prompts with 'Invalid file!'. I have not renamed the file at all and I also tried to update to the other downloadable BIOS update file, v1.0.6 but get the same error message 'Invalid File!'
Reason for trying to update via the BIOS update feature is that I have a blank hard drive and I'm having trouble loading Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (but seem to have no issue with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) so trying to update the BIOS as first troubleshooting elimination step.
Any tips or suggestions most appreciated.

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Hi there,

I have a Lenovo laptop here that is having quite a few problems. Firstly it was just a problem in Windows where I would click to open something, it would flash up and then close immediately. I thought this may be a HDD error so I tried to boot on to the Windows disc to do a CHKDSK. I powered on the laptop, pressed a key to boot from the CD and Windows started loading files. After loading files it showed the Windows Vista "Aurora" background and then the laptop just crashed and restarted. Now it just gets to BIOS and after a long time it does the POST and then reboots. I thought it may have been the RAM also so I have changed out this. Any suggestions? I have an inkling that it may be the motherboard.

TIA

*OCSE
 

A:Slow BIOS POST and not booting onto a disc or Windows

so it will not even let you do anything with the BIOS?
it sounds as if it is the flash memmory (part of the motherboard) if it is it would most likely be cheaper to replace the MB
you could try reinstalling the BIOS it is a bit of a long shot but it might work, you would have to use a floppy disk for this (usb one should work).

hope this helps
 

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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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Hello,
I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

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The short story. I added a sata pci card. Upon reboot there was no monitor activity. "No Signal". I removed the graphic card, reset it, and the signal returned.
However upon boot on the top left side of the screen it is reading 'mb'
2339 2340 2341 mb - and so forth. I don't know what is happening. I cannot get into cmos, boot normal, and so forth. At the bottom of the screen is 'HP Workstation' below that F9boot F10setup F12Network. The F keys do not respond as the boot sequence/startup keeps reading mb 's.

I removed the memory, rebooted, got the beeps. I reinserted the memory, and viola the start screen runs the mb count. I swapped out graphic card - and tried another and same story. The computer used to simply boot into Windows 7, and now this mess simply by an act of adding another card to the machine.

This is a work station computer and the user expects the computer to work ! and I am completely stuck. What can I do? In panic mode. Thanks

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The scan on *.* mb ended with a large blue box; inside the blue box it shows 'power on password' and next to it a Key logo? I hit enter and another key appears. What's do to?

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Hello. I'll start by posting my configuration:
MB: Gigabyte 970A-DS3
RAM: Kingston HyperX, 2x4 GB DDR3 @ 1866MHz, CL 9
Processor: AMD FX-4100
Video: Gainward Geforce GTX 770 4GB Phantom
HDD: 1 TB Western Digital
PSU: Sirtec HPC-500-G12S

Up until 3 days ago everything was working fine. Then I needed to download some file from the internet and the problem started - all of my opened programs got closed and the system restarted itself.

Then, the computer kept doing it, right after the "Starting Windows" screen appeared. Startup recovery found nothing. Using system restore changed nothing also.

This was very strange so I also decided to run the memory diagnostic; but seeing that it is going to take a while, I canceled it at around 2% - and SURPRISE - I could log in to Windows again!

Restarting the system again yielded the same results as above - continuous restarts. So I went into startup recovery again and used command prompt to execute BOOTREC /fixboot and /fixmbr. Again, I could boot into Windows properly.

This morning when I wanted to check the "repairing" I've done, I got a BSOD before the "starting windows" screen, with a message I've never seen before, but I couldn't make anything of it - just some hex codes.

After restarting again: "The backup BIOS is being flashed to the latest version!" (or something like this).

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A:Strange behavior of Bios and OS

The only thing left to do is to try and start a fresh install of Windows if the system will boot from the install disk...
 

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I do not have any sound and am including the following information for those who might glean more understanding than I.SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio Manufacturer; Analog Devices. Inc.Location PCI Bus 0. device 31, function 5 From Properties ; General Device Staus This device cannot start. [Code 10 ]ResourcesResource settings:This device isn't using any resources because it has a problem.In Device Manager! SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio System InformationProblem DevicesDevice PNP Device ID Erro CodeSoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio PCI\VEN-8086&DEV-2445&SUBSY... This device cannot start Specifications Compaq System Model: Presario 4403US BIOS Version: Compaq 686P9 v1.10 Memory (RAM) Capacity: 256.50 MB Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version: 5.1.2600 Service Pack: 2.0 Processor Intel? Celeron™ CPU 1400MHz Version: x86 Family 6 Model 11 Stepping 1 Speed: 1395 MHz Location: C:\WINDOWS PID: 55277-OEM-0011903-00101 Hot Fix: KB898461

A:Bios Set Up Utility

You are reporting one problem after another in over a dozen different threads on this forum started since the first of January.IMO its time for you to perform a "Repair install" or "Clean Install Windows XP".

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I have an HP Envy dv6-7000 that someone replaced the motherboard in, or they wiped the bios clean I used several NbDmiFit versions but I still get a massage "this utility can not be executed on this platform". Does anyone know how the access the bios as everything I start up the computer it first says that the model, serial number, CT and other bios info has values of A000. Can anyone tell be what utility will work HPBQ138 works on several other HP computers I have worked on, but I can't get into this BIOS to re-program it.
 

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Hello to the BleepingComputer community,First of all I'm sorry I haven't finished some of the steps from the Preparation Guide. It's because these steps require a reboot (e.g. Step 6: Disable your CD Emulation Software - DeFogger will ask me to reboot the machine), and I have a bad feeling about the question if it is safe to reboot in my situation: I'm not sure if I have a type of malware which is ready to infect the BIOS - if it is so, then it could infect it much easier during the reboot process.- If there is a good way to find out what is the problem (and fix the BIOS threat part if it really is present) without rebooting / shutting down this PC, or at least without booting from this hard drive (which I feel is probably infected), then please tell me what should I do.- If you know a place / forum where I can get a specialized help for this (seemingly BIOS-malware related) situation, please tell me where I could go.- If there is no way to move forward, I'll go ahead and risk the reboot, and follow the other steps (steps 6 to 10) in the Preparation Guide, no problem.I kindly ask you to please read below the details of the problem as it occured to me, and the things I have tried so far.The PC is AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 2.1GHz, Motherboard Biostar TA690G AM2 (with AWARD BIOS), 4GB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, and an ASUS EAH4870 card added a few years ago.It's with WinXP SP3, AVG Free 2012, (standard) Windows Firewall, and it's behind a router.I ... Read more

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Ever since I installed BIOS 1.16 on my T460s the pre-desktop fingerprint authentication has become flaky. Here's the scenario:
 
If I haven't used the system at the start of the day, the first boot fails to look for the fingerprint reader and requests the power on password (and HDD pswd)
If I power it down (w/o entering the passwords) and then power up, the fingerprint reader lights and the system requests my fingerprint.
If I shut down the system and then power it on later in the day, it will still ask me for the fingerpint.
If I power on the system the NEXT day, the first scenario occurs and it won't request the fingerprint again.
 
It seems that going to the next date is triggering the issue. Has anyone else experience this?

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After a19 bios update, if laptop is powered down and then powered up without disconnecting the power supply, the 4 cores exhibit high use, speed, and temp even in idle and do not reduce over time.  If the power supply is disconnected for at least 45 seconds prior to startup and then connected, laptop powers up to normal idle of 798mhz core speed and 42C-ish cores temp with little core load.  Have repeated this behavior 20 times. 
Precision m4800 I7-4800MQ cpu, 16gigs memory, 64bit Win7 Pro, Mushkin Reactor 1 TB SSD. No overclocking

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When running BiosConfigUtility on my HP Elite desktop, I keep receiving the following error message.   <ERROR msg=?System Not Supported. Unable to connect to HP WMI namespace:Root\HP? ? />  <ERROR msg=?BCU return value? real=?  The message shows in red. Does anyone know what this message means?  Thanks

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hello i need screenshots of this utility's boot menu and its sub-menus.
i googled but couldn't find complete screen-shots. thanks in advance.
 

A:insideh20 bios utility v3.5

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Not used laptop for a bit and when switched on it starts to boot then goes straight to bios setup screen -- normally accessed by f8 or delete. F10 works but press ok and the pc reboots back to screen. Can only alter date on setup screen. ESC doesn't work. only F10 and F2 produce a result but screens cannot be used.Sony vaio VGNA 195EP Win xp pro sp3. 1.5gb ram on two chips one inside 512mb and one underneath 1gb Help please
 

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Hi everyone,

Is there such a utility that will back up current bios so I can restore at a later time if needed?

I don't need to flash the bios just back it up.

Thank you,
 

A:Bios Backup Utility

Some motherboards have the ability to backup their own bios, others do not... You can usually create a backup of the bios on a floppy using a Bios flash utility

http://www.sideroad.com/Computer/how-to-update-BIOS.html

Or

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/freeware/bios/backup

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I am trying to update the BIOS on my GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard. Going to the Gigabyte site, i downloaded the recommended @BIOS update utility. Since the internet does not have the necessary BIOS for my MB, I downloaded the identified BIOS and then tried to use the utility. I then got this error "Can not load ROM image from BIN file. Maybe BIN file size not match."

Not sure what to do now. Can anyone assist?

Here is the page for the @BIOS system.
 

A:Can't get @BIOS utility to work

First of all, why do you want to update the bios?
Next, your board uses Q-Flash; this is much more reliable than the windows based bios flash. I always recommend using qflash to flash the bios of a gigabyte board [when a bios update is required]
 

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Hi I am currently testing the BCU configuration tool to configure the BIOS. In the file I have these settings BIOSConfig 1.0;;TPM Specification Version 1.2TPM Device Hidden *AvailableTPM State Disable *EnableClear TPM *No On next bootTPM Activation Policy F1 to Boot Allow user to reject *No prompts The issue is that I get a error code 1 and 13 when I apply the settings with the TPM State not recognised as an example.Despite this the setting changes in the BIOS does any one know why. I am running in a Task Sequence. I know I can put overides for the error codes but would prefer not to see these errors at all.

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Hi. I have an M58 7360APU that I've upgraded to WIN7. It was running slow with only 2GB RAM, so I added 2GB. It runs fine, but now when I reboot it barks about the memory change. However I can't change any options in the BIOS itself. I read that I need a config utility, so I downloaded 5CJW77USA & ran: cfgwin60 config.txt /capture - but it fails with the following: C:\Lenovo\bios>srwin60 config.txt /captureSRWin  Version 1.00 File(s) copiedCreateFile failed!  Error = 2Unable to get BIOS driver handleErrorCode ==> 00000002 I'm at a loss as to how to proceed. Any help is appreciated. ThanksNick

A:M58 BIOS Config Utility

I had the same error when trying to run the flash BIOS command from a non-admin account in Windows. After I logged in with the local admin acount I was able to run the .cmd with no errors.

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Hello guys.

I saw several of threads saying that, updating your BIOS in the Asus P8Z68-V PRO, would stabilize your system and have better effectivity and such things.

If you direct to this page (Link), and scroll down a little, choose Windows 7 64-bit (as it's my system), and click + on the BIOS utility.

Would it be the best idea? Is there any danger in doing it?

Best Regards,
FredeGail

A:Updating BIOS. With utility?

Stability has a lot to do with how your settings are. No BIOS update can stabilize your system if
it's being pushed to it's limits.

A BIOS update addresses certain issues and you should only update your BIOS,
if it addresses those issues.

With all that being said, having used an ASUS board, I would recommend ASUS Easy Flash 2.
Get a USB thumb drive and follow the ASUS instructions for updating the BIOS using Easy Flash 2, if you "must update".

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I downloaded the latest BIOS (Version:F.64 Rev.A ) update and ran the utility on windows 10. The machine's power was interrupted during startup . Ever since I have a blank screen with the capslock light flashing and the fan running heavily. The HP recovery partitions have all been wiped since it is a new install of windows. None of this would be a huge ordeal except that the hp recovery utility as described at this website http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02693833 does not load so I cannot create a USB device. Furthermore after redownloading the BIOS update and attempting to run the .exe directly it says the ROM.CAB is missing or corrupt. 1) Where is there a good version of the BIOS I need? I would be fine with an old version as long as the computer boots. 2) If BIOS is shot does this motherboard allow me to replace the BIOS chip? Thank you for your help in advance.

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