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BIOS Setup in Supervisor Mode?

Q: BIOS Setup in Supervisor Mode?

I can't seem to change any of my BIOS settings - even though at one point I had set a bootup password.If I press the Access IBM mode and F1 consecutively, I can enter the BIOS Setup. Yet it seems that I can't change anything - not even date or time. All menus say "If any items require changes, please consult your system Supervisor." on the right, but who would that be?In all (sub)menus, up/down buttons have no effect, all else beep, only Esc works. Just in long menus, such as Config/Power, do up/down have some effect: They scroll, but won't select anything. In the Restart menu, I can only confirm "Exit Discarding Changes" but choose none of the other options. What is wrong there? Could anyone please help me get into that mysterious Supervisor mode?Cheers!


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A: BIOS Setup in Supervisor Mode?

To unlock the BIOS, enter BIOS>Security>Password>Lock BIOS Settings>Disable and enter the Supervisor password.

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Hey guys, I have a Lenovo ThinkPad 11e 20DA series laptop.  I know my supervisor password.  The issue is that I can't make any changes in my BIOS.  It ALLLL started when I updated my BIOS with the latest version.  I selected my laptop and model and version from the Lenovo website, selected windows 10 and BIOS, and downloaded the update utility.  It did its thing.  And now I cant make any changes in the BIOS. NOTHING!!  And my laptop doesn't prompt me for a supervisor password.  I know to press F1 when the logo comes on and that it'll take me to BIOS or that it's suppose to prompt me for the password, however, it just simply doesnt do it.  What do I do? I'm unable to make any changes in my BIOS!! Is there a way to flash the BIOS and revert back to an older version or something?  I used to be able to make changes in my BIOS.  What should/can I do?

A:Can't Enter Into Supervisor Mode of BIOS

You may need to contact Lenovo Support directly if it is not prompting for a password, and yet also not letting you into the BIOS as the result of one of their BIOS updates.   They may take care of it for you, but unfortunatelly just removing the CMOS battery will not help. From page 34 of the hardware maintenance manual linked below: Supervisor passwordA supervisor password protects the system information stored in the ThinkPad Setup. The user must enter the supervisor password in order to get access to the ThinkPad Setup and change the system configuration.  Attention: If the supervisor password has been forgotten and cannot be made available to the service technician, there is no service procedure to reset the password. The system board must be replaced for a scheduled fee. ThinkPad 11e 20DAhttps://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/tp_11e_yoga11e_hmm_en_sp40f29949_02.pdf Good Luck  

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Have a Satellite PRO S300 (PSSB0A-06500T) which is BSOD-ing with Stop 7B and I want to get into the full part of the BIOS so I can reset boot order to enable me to re-install Win XP.

Esc - F1 just gets me into the restricted part of Page 1 of the ACPI BIOS set-up. I know the Supervisor password! So how do I get to a password prompt that will allow me into both pages of the BIOS set-up.

I have tried F12 on boot to attempt to get into the boot options on the Toshiba splash screen, but that does not work.

A:Sat S300 - How to get Supervisor Password Prompt to Enter Full BIOS Setup?

I think you hold down a button during power on. Try holding the "INS" key to get the supervisor password prompt to appear.

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Just unboxed an NB10-A and applied our standard policy of setting a supervisor password on the bios.
Now when I enter the bios setup during boot it defaults to non-supervisor mode and I can find no way to get it to prompt me for the password to allow me to make changes.
Does anyone know what I'm overlooking? All options are greyed out and I can't make it ask me for a password.



A:Satellite NB10 - enable BIOS supervisor mode?

> Now when I enter the bios setup during boot it defaults to non-supervisor mode and I can find no way to get it to prompt me for the password to allow me to make changes.

Usually if the supervisor password has been set, you can access the BIOS pressing F2 button.
Now you have to insert the Supervisor Password or you can proceeds with limit access to different BIOS options by pressing the F11 button.

If you have inserted the right supervisor password, you could delete it again in the BIOS security tab.
Usually you have to insert the right supervisor password and have to press ENTER twice just to delete it. Then save the changes

Here an short description what the supervisor password does.

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Hi everyone,

I'm attemping to install Windows 7 64 bits in a Sony vaio SVE14A25CLB laptop. Many threads in this forum already help me a lot to change the UEFI settings to boot from a DVD or USB device in UEFI mode and I clean the hard drive with diskpart. Also secure boot is disabled.

My System specs:
Sony Vaio SVE14A25CLB
Intel Core i5 -3210M, 2.50GHz
Sony Vaio Intel HM76 Express Chipset
Intel HD Graphics 4000, AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB
HDD 750GB, 5400 rpm

My next opponent in this journey is while windows setup is loading the files, on UEFI mode, it just stop at loading the disk.sys file (checked in safe mode), but in Legacy mode (BIOS) the windows setup (DVD or USB) start without issues (this is how I managed use diskpart).

I don't think it could be due to hard drive or memory issues (I didn't run any tests yet), as the windows setup start normaly on Legacy mode and It install successfully Windows 7 on a MBR partition.

From factory, the laptop comes with Windows 8, but even if the general performance is very good, it was some "features" that bother me. So hard drive already has GPT and I want to keep that partition table mode in case I need to do a dual boot with windows 8 in the future.

After clean the hard drive I even created GPT partitions following these steps:
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart (see Sample DiskPart Script: Default Configuration)

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A:Windows 7 setup stop in disk.sys on UEFI mode, but in BIOS mode it did

Sony boot key is F12.

Make sure you have followed Option One in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
to create the flash stick.

To install Win7 in UEFI mode sometimes requires some level of CSM or Legacy set in BIOS, even "Boot UEFI First." You will need to scour those listings, post back camera snaps of all available choices for UEFI, Legacy, CSM, and boot order. Are you choosing UEFI device to boot. That would point to the media being the problem.

At Eight Forums they can help you derive your Product Key so that you can reinstall 8 to an MBR disk using media they should also be able to link you to. This is providing the BIOS won't auto-activate on MBR. These mysteries are all shrouded in EightForums which I will get over to one day when Win7 stops being the most popular OS and keeping us so busy here.

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Hello, Problem 1:I've set the supervisor password some time ago on my T450s. I think I used the special character "!" which was accepted at that time, but I'm not sure anymore today. Now after severeal BIOS updates the "!" only leads to a beep of the system and I also tried all of my standard-passwords without "!" , but without success. Problem 2:Now I've tried to roll back to older BIOS versions to try if one of these accepts the "!". But every version I tried leads to a "secure flash authentication failed"-error after the reboot of the laptop to actually flash the BIOS. The following link says its the Rollback Prevention Enabled, but I checked in BIOS and it's clearly disabled.https://support.lenovo.com/sg/de/solutions/ht117858 Now I have no idea how to proceed. Has anyone seen that the BIOS has accepted special characters like "!"?Are there other T450s which are not able to rollback to older BIOS versions with the above mentioned error? Technical Infos:- Model: ThinkPad T450s 20BW-S03E00 (the one with Intel graphics only and a core i5-5200)- BIOS: 1.29(JBET65WW) Thanks in advance!  Best regards,Linus123

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I replaced the motherboard and there is no post unless I reset the jumper to access the Bios set up mode. While in that, it correctly shows my cpu, HD's, Ram, etc so I think everything is working, but when I reset the jumper to Normal, there is no post. Just a blank screen. I have tried two different video cards (used), and a new power supply (450w). Would appreciate any help. Thank you

A:Can only get to Bios in Setup mode

This could be faulty CMOS battery

Have a look here: Tutorial: No POST (Power On Self Test) for further help (ie benchtesting, and removing all dust etc)

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The system works fine during normal windows environment - the monitors works perfectly. Only while setting BIOS it enters into power safe mode after a few minutes. The power save mode also kicks in other situations: a) during a Macrium Reflect image restoration through a flash drive, and b) under dos environment through Ultimate boot CD. I have tried suggestions in this forum such as cleaning and re-inserting cards and cables, setting sleep only after 2 hours, etc. But none of this works. Many thanks. Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2310 CPU @ 2.90GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7 Processor Count: 4 RAM: 4078 Mb Monitor Count: 2 (Dell) Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series, 1024 Mb Hard Drives: C: Total - 61439 MB, Free - 38494 MB; D: Total - 61438 MB, Free - 41040 MB; E: Total - 204799 MB, Free - 134570 MB; F: Total - 665599 MB, Free - 251115 MB; G: Total - 614399 MB, Free - 278368 MB; H: Total - 300043 MB, Free - 53294 MB; Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0Y2MRG Antivirus: COMODO Antivirus, Disabled

A:monitor in power save mode during bios setup

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Brand new, bought from SC (big HW/SW vendor), who gets them/ships direct from Lenovo. We bought 6 @ the same time, and their S/N appear to be close enough to be similar batch. Opened, installed battery, plugged it in, pushed power button and hit F1 to enter the BIOS and got a lock icon. I hit Enter and was able to get to the Setup but couldn't change the settings we need prior to imaging the laptop. I found this, "Brand New T440s with BIOS password", on the forum, which is probably what happened. " Sometimes large customers request preconfigured laptops which may include customized supervisor passwords. Of course, you should have not received one of these units. "I called Lenovo tech and they told me to contact the Reseller as they (Lenovo) will charge FULL PRICE to fix it...even though it's under warranty. Unless SC's own tech has an answer, it'll go back to them (SC) for a replacement. I'd prefer that vs. having this one 'fixed' anyway. Just putting it here in case Lenovo has an unknown bug they've not disclosed/discovered.Thanks

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I just reinstalled XP into an ex lease Lenovo Thinkcentre M57 [6072 ] & trying to actvate Enhanced Security & need a password .Is there a defult p/word for a M57 ?

A:Bios supervisor password


While I have not used that exact model, most BIOS passwords can be cleared by opening the case and removing the CMOS battery for a few seconds. It looks just like a big watch battery on the motherboard. Good luck!


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Hi, I found a script who update the BIOS password:***************************************************** '' Update Administrator Password'On Error Resume NextDim colItemsIf WScript.Arguments.Count <> 3 Then    WScript.Echo "SetAdminPassword.vbs [oldpassword] [newpassword] [encoding]"    WScript.QuitEnd IfstrRequest = "pap,"+WScript.Arguments(0)+"," + WScript.Arguments(1) + "," +WScript.Arguments(2)+";"strComputer = "LOCALHOST"     ' Change as needed.Set objWMIService = GetObject("WinMgmts:" _    &"{ImpersonationLevel=Impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\wmi")Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Lenovo_SetBiosPassword")strReturn = "error"For Each objItem in colItems    ObjItem.SetBiosPassword strRequest, strReturnNextWScript.Echo strRequestWScript.Echo " SetBiosPassword: "+ strReturn'' Update Administrator Password'On Error Resume NextDim colItemsIf WScript.Arguments.Count <> 3 Then    WScript.Echo "SetAdminPassword.vbs [oldpassword] [newpassword] [encoding]"    WScript.QuitEnd IfstrRequest = "pap,"+WScript.Arguments(0)+"," + WScript.Arguments(1) + "," +WScript.Arguments(2)+";"strComputer = "LOCALHOST"     ' Change as needed.Set objWMIService = GetObject("WinMgmts:" _    &"{ImpersonationLevel=Impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\wmi")Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Lenovo_SetBiosPassword")strReturn =... Read more

A:Do you have a vb script to set a new BIOS Supervisor Password?

It is not possible to set a password with the WMI interface when a password does not already exist.  This is for security reasons.  Otherwise it would be possible to have malware which runs in Windows, sets passwords that you don't know, and locks you out of your system. It can be done in DOS.  Some customers boot a DOS disk as part of their unboxing procedure to set a known password.  Then they can change it by WMI later (if they want to).  Some large customers order their systems from the Lenovo factory with a known password installed, talk to your account manager if you fall into that category.

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Hello there, I set my supervisor password long time ago, I still can use my laptop with hard drive password , but now I want to remove the hard drive password. I can not access BIOS to remove the hard drive password.So,Is there any solution? I still have time on my waranty.... Thanks 

A:I forget BIOS Supervisor Password

There is no solution to a lost supervisor password other than replacing the motherboard.  As far as the HDD password, it is encrypted in the BIOS but the encryption algorithm is the same on most models of a similar age.  (You don't say what model you have.)  If you have another machine or anything T400 or newer with an ultrabay, you can remove the password there

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Please, help me guys i have one big problem.Half year ago i set bios supervisor password because of my roommates.Now when i want to delete the password i can't Only ask for pass when i want to go on bios setup...Bad is that i can't do anything in my bios and i can't remove my password.Nothing! I removed batery from my laptop motherboard and nothing happens MSi GX660 btw...Is there any type of software to remove password?
Sorry for my bad english...Thanks in advance

A:Can't remove bios supervisor password, please HELP ME!

Quote: Originally Posted by Strahinja

Please, help me guys i have one big problem.Half year ago i set bios supervisor password because of my roommates.Now when i want to delete the password i can't Only ask for pass when i want to go on bios setup...Bad is that i can't do anything in my bios and i can't remove my password.Nothing! I removed batery from my laptop motherboard and nothing happens MSi GX660 btw...Is there any type of software to remove password?
Sorry for my bad english...Thanks in advance

Does this help;

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I have forgotten my BIOS password on my Asus N61JQ notebook and I want to recover it without removing the casing, since it is going to void the warranty. How can I reset the BIOS or crack the password? Is there specialized software for this purpose ? Any help is appreciated.

P.S: I am able to boot in Windows. The password protects the BIOS settings.

A:Forgotten BIOS Supervisor Passwords

Welcome to Seven Forums. Take a look at this link and see if it will help you. Clearing the Bios or CMOS Password

You can also scroll down to the very bottom and find software that may help.

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In the Thinkpad BIOS, is there any way to access the pre-boot environment with only the supervisor password if a HDD password is also set? I note that at least on my machine (X1 Carbon 5th Gen), with both a supervisor password and a hard disk1 user password set (I have set different passwords for each), I am always prompted first for the HDD password to enter any pre-boot environment, including:BIOS (pressing F1 at Lenovo screen)the boot order menu (pressing F12 at Lenovo screen)the boot options menu (pressing enter at Lenovo screen)However, for any of these functions, I am not accessing the disk drive and not booting into the drive, but rather trying to access only the pre-boot environment in the BIOS. So why does the system ask for the HDD password? I can see a scenario where perhaps one needs to boot via USB for troubleshooting, or the HDD password is forgotten or some other issue where only the BIOS needs to be entered and not the disk drive.  Is there perhaps a certain key press at the HDD password prompt to switch to a "BIOS only" mode? (I tried the various function keys at the disk drive password prompt, but it didn't do anything) Thanks in advance for any assistance!

A:Possible to access BIOS with only Supervisor Password?

If the HDD PW is forgotton the only way to get in is to pull out the drive

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I am wanting to send out either a tool or a script that will check all the desktops and laptops in my clients organization for a BIOS Supervisor password. They are all Lenovo Thinkcentres or Thinkpads running XP Pro. I think this is possible as i have IBM Standard Asset Manager installed on my Thinkpad and it scans for a Power On password and a Hard Drive password. I'm having trouble finding anything on this as every search i have done brings back info on cracking the passwords! There isn't even that much info about IBM Standard Asset Manager. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance

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Hi Guys,
I have a little issue with my Satellite L50-B-PSKT4U laptop and have created a service ticket at Toshiba, took additional warranty and no answer from Toshiba support..Have been on the phone after 3 weeks with their support and after 30 minutes of listening to keep-you-calm music the line get's cut and no support. Called again, after 30 minutes again same story, and 3rd time same wonderful support. One and a half our further no support, so let's try the queue for business laptops......
Within 30 seconds I get a service guy on the phone and I told him I pressed intentionally the wrong option for business support, because I had been waiting for 1.5 hours in total without success and 3 times in a row the line was cut... He told me that this line was for businesses and not consumers.
I told him the laptop was bought and owned by a company, bought via a reseller and my problem is a buggy BIOS from Toshiba/Insyde and could affect also business laptops..The guy became pissed and wanted to bet there was nothing wrong with the BIOS, because Toshiba would not supply buggy BIOSes.
Furthermore BIOS problems are not covered by warranty and if I wanted to get my laptop fixed I had to send it to a repair company and pay their fee for fixing the result of a buggy BIOS supplied by Toshiba..
Are you completely out of your ****ing mind???
This is the last time I bought a Toshiba laptop and will never recommend it to someone else......
Here is the problem:.
I upgraded the BI... Read more

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In the BIOS I set the password for supervisor and user but it is not getting activated. I do not know whether anybody has disabled it permanently. how to get it activated. Is there any command in the c prompt I should give. Earlier it was working.

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Hello all,

I'm in a bit of a bind. I'm working on a computer that needs the boot order changed, so I can install an OS upgrade (2000 to XP Pro) and I can't get into the BIOS without the supervisor password. The individual who had/worked on the computer before has long gone, so that option is out. The default stuff won't work (admin, exec, password...and so on). I seem to remember that you can dislodge the battery, or switch the jumpers (although different motherboards might have different stuff), but It's been several years since I've had this problem and I can't remember the solution.

Any and all help would be appreciated.

A:BIOS lockout...need supervisor password

Not quite sure that'll be crackable. It'll depend on the mobo.

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When I boot into bios via esc and F1, it wont let me go to any other pages, says the supervisor password is registered but doesn't prompt you to enter a supervisor password to make any changes. I have upgraded the bios version to 2.0 but that hasn't made any difference. I need to change the boot order but can't get into it to change it.

Does anyone have any ideas? How I can force it to ask me for the supervisor password? Or let me go onto the other pages?


A:Supervisor password and BIOS settings

Which laptop model do you have?

Tell us the PSxxxx-xxxxxx number found on the Base Sticker.

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I recently changed my BIOS password (aka supervisor password) on my ThinkPad T400 and I did not write it down. I do remember that the character limit for this password was short (maybe 6,7,or 8 characters long). If I knew the (default?) character limit or length I could rule out dozens of other passwords in my memory and gain access to my computer that much sooner. Ive read every manual and users guide for my laptop and there is no other method readily available, no bypass solution so it is imperative that I remember what I set.. Thanks for your time.

A:Supervisor(BIOS) password for Lenovo T400...

rillo31957 said:

so it is imperative that I remember what I setClick to expand...

Indeed it is. That's the only solution so there's nothing that we can do as we don't assist with password issues as per the site rules.

As a result I'm closing this thread.

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Hello, after the last BIOS update my X250 stopped to allow "-" (minus) sign in supervisor password. I have a german keyboard and minus is not accepted nor in US, neither in DE layouts. But the password contains this symbol and now I am not able to log-in and change BIOS settings. Why the hell it happened and what to do?

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Hello Guys. My name is Marius, and i have a question for you. I recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad T440p online, and i noticed it has a supervisor password that i don't know, and neither the seller doesn't. My question is, can i update the Bios ( cause i have 2.24 version now ) without having this password? Or will it crash ? I need a 100% sure answer, as i don't want to brick my laptop. Thank you

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Hello, I wonder if anyone can help ?

We have just started to put a supervisor password onto our Tecra A11 laptops so our pupils cannot set passwords on the hard drive etc.

To get into the BIOS and set a BIOS password, we press F2 as the machine starts.
We then go into the security option, then supervisor password.
Having entered the password we want to use twice, we press F10 to save etc.

The machine starts ok and goes in to windows without a hitch.

The problem we have now is that we cannot get back into the bios at all.
As the machine starts we press the F2 key as before but unlike previously the screen just remains blank and the 'Toshiba leading Innovation >>>' screen no longer appears.

If we keep our finger on the F" key or keep pressing it the laptop just restarts without ever getting to the BIOS screen where I assume we will get asked for the supervisor password we set earlier?

Is there another key we should be pressing as the laptop starts ?

I should add we have added a supervisor password for the BIOS security screen on three of our laptops and all three have the same issue.



A:Tecra A11-1EG - cannot access BIOS after setting supervisor password

I think this should be useful for you:

In some cases you need to press the "INS" key while Toshiba logo appears.

Then a prompt for the Supervisor Password would appear and if the password is certified then the BIOS could be entered by pressing the "F2" key.

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yesterday i set the bios/supervisor password.

When i now turn on the notebook, i can see the Toshiba - Leading innovations screen and then it goes dark and won't boot any further.

The harddisk / fan / graphics card etc is working - but i don't see anything nor do i get some kind of prompt or shell or whatsoever.

I tried all those "Press, ESC, Press F2, Press F1, Press INS" stuff, nothing worked out.
I removed the battery for several mins while pressing the power button, nothing.

Maybe somebody has some kind of clue whats wrong with this maschine....

A:Portege R830-1EE: Supervisor / Bios password - No Boot or login prompt


Did you use some high ASCII character like ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? etc in your BIOS / Supervisor password?

In the past the usage of such characters prevented the notebook from booting up.
In such case you had to contact the service partner in order to solve this problem.

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Hi...i have a lenovo B590...this laptop was a gift ...two days ago i power up and no boot...shows boot option menu but no option get charge the system, also cannot boot from the usb key or cd room...i tried remove the battery (the two) but still no boot and the bios supervisor password still appear... anybody know a solution?

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My old XP has been acting up, I don't use this one much anymore. When it starts an error screen appears. It reports that the BIOS in the system is not fully ACPI compliant and to upgrade it, the problem is there is no BIOS that will upgrade this feature for the rvision of the mobo I have. THe message also says I can disable ACPI mode during "text mode setup" by pressing the F7 key when prompted to install storage drivers.

I have tried the last known good configuration but to no avail.

I don't wish to update BIOS but how can I disable ACPI during text mode setup. When I boot hitting F7 nothing happens.
how do I get to tex mode setup?

A:Solved: disable ACPI mode during "text mode setup

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I am trying to get into BIOS Setup or Program Setup with the keys " DEL or " F12 " on my Acer Aspire M3450 - UR20P for the last few days. I am not sure why it won't happen after restarting the desktop then hit the key for BIOS or Display Boot Setup. After the desktop restarted and went right into login at Windows. I am wondering if I can get into command prompt to type the commands for those two setups or not possible.

If yes, is there a tutorial for this.


A:Can;'t get into BIOS Setup or Program Boot Setup with DEL and F12

Did it work earlier? If not try F2(mine works with that), also if u have uefi try these methods Four Methods to Access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8/10 PC/Laptop/Tablet

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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 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 ri... Read more

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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?

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Windows XP Pro SP3
ASRock K10N78M Micro ATX motherboard
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WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
XFX Geforce 9800GT 512MB
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A:Boots Directly To Bios setup, exiting cycles back to Bios

Have you tried another keyboard?

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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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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 am trying to install Windows XP Pro onto my machine as a dual boot operating system, it will enter the txt portion of the setup but not gui mode after the restart. I've tried to make a new partition on my hard drive, reset my bios, change boot order, everything I can think of to no avail. I've searched the forums and couldn't find any real help.

Any suggestions?

A:Win XP Setup will not enter GUI mode setup

Just got off work, thought I'd include more information. My current main OS is Windows 7, when I hit Enter to go into GUI setup mode, the screen goes to black, no cursor, no blinking underscore, just blank. I remove the cd and when I try to boot into the XP OS I get the hal.dll error or the missing/corrupt file error. So I load into Windows 7 to check the partition out and see that there is no ntldr, no ntdetect, and no boot.ini (assuming this is all installed in the gui portion of the setup)

Still baffled with this.

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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 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:
I followed the instructions on this support page:
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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A few days ago I had some problems with my HDD so I brought a new one.  To install Windows in the new drive I plugged in the DVD drive that Lenovo ships with the laptop and tried to boot from it. That failed and BIOS got like "programmed" or stuck with configurations that doesn't let it recognise any boot media no matter if it is a USB stick or HDD, no matter if I try to change the configuration of the BIOS it would always get back to the initial state of not being able to boot I even tried to reset it by unplugging its battery and the laptop battery but the only thing that happens is system time starting from 0 while any other configuration stays the same.  I thought this could be fixed using crisis recovery mode, but the laptop doesn't recognise the BIOS loaded on the USB and never make any sort of beep or alert noises, the screen doesn't show anything either and fans just get to 100% I really need help to solve this problem, it's like the BIOS got stuck in the last configurations before plugging the DVD drive in. (The Boot menu still showing that there's a USB booteable device even when it is not plugged in).

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Where do I go to find out how I install the XP Mode in my Windows 7 64bit PC?

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I have a problem getting out of the Win2000 setup mode. I have taken out the CD but it still reverts back, and reboots my computer.

It is stuck in the "Installing Devices area", "Setup is detectiing and installing devices.

Then I get the Bad Pool Caller screen. I want my normal computer back.

Please Help!

A:Can not get out of Win2000 Setup Mode

When you start up your system, can you drop to safe mode (repeatedly hit the F8 button)? Also if Win2k is getting hung up on drivers, it is probably because one or more of your devices (Mouse, Keyboard, modem, etc.) was having trouble. Try only hooking up the bare essentials to your system. Mouse, keyboard, and monitor then restart the system. Hope that gets you in the right direction.


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I have been looking for a fix and havent quite found anything exactly that applies, but have tried many, many fixes for this, I even got it to work for about 30 minutes at one point earlier today.

I have installed XP Mode and the Applicable "Step 2" Update and when I try to create an XP Mode Setup I get "Could not Complete Setup. Please Try Again."

System Info:
7 Pro x64
AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor @ 3.6GHz (Virtualization Enabled, Cool and Quiet Off)
8GB Memory
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
(Quick list, ask if more details are required)
Original Issue:
Setup XP Mode, Setup Legacy Application, Linked to offboard Serial Card, Successfully got it to connect via Serial Redirection into the device at the other end of the cable, Ran great (Multiple Reboots, Updates, Setup, Etc) then came the dreaded Black Screen,
Found lots of support for that issue after trying my hand at getting it working again including using another similar machine to make a replica of the Goal VM and having it consolidate the VHD so that I could bring it over to the other machine, and Nothing,
Black Screen, Even after completely Removing all VMs (And their files) after of course attempting the VSV removal, Went a step further and removed all subfolders within: C:\Users\(User)\appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC\ and remade the XP Mode Machine
and then I started coming across the "Could not complete setup. Please Try again" error at the 100% m... Read more

A:XP Mode - Could not Complete Setup. Please Try Again.


It seems to be a problem with the ?Bulldozer
(microarchitecture)? processors.

We can install the following hotfix to fix this issue:

Meanwhile, please make sure do not have any bootable CDs on the physical machine, while setting up XP Mode for first use.

For reference:



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Hi All,
I have been following this thread for a couple of weeks and I have the same problem.
I had XP mode running fine on my Win 7 pro 64 Sp1 before, then I changed out the processor and Mother board.
CPU: Ryzen 5 1500 X Quad Core
Mother board: ASRock AB350M-HDV
Ram: Corsair 16 G
OS: Win 7 Pro SP1 64
Things I have tried:
1) Ran the MS Hardware Virtualization Detection tool - OK
2) Uninstalled original XP Mode - Successful
3) Applied Bulldozer CPU hotfix,  Windows6.1-KB2519949-x64 - Successful
No matter what I try the XP mode Setup fails right at the end with the above message.
There doesn't seem to be anything written to the Windows setup Log.
I am not really sure if the Ryzen processor is in the "Bulldozer" CPU family, but the hotfix didn't work anyway.

I would really appreciate any help or direction.



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setup cannot run under safe mode
so it automatically restarts...into safe mode. I cannot get into msconfig to turn off safe mode (because it automatically restarts) and there seems to be nothing else for me to do.

I've got so much work on my pc that I cant afford to format the disk.
Someone in this forum succeeded in hacking into the DOS level and copying the Boot .ini file from another pc into the problem pc. Could anyone show me how to do that?

A:setup cannot run under safe mode

If you have your windows XP cd, you can boot into the recovery console. This can be accomplished from there. Have you tried tapping F8 as your computer boots up? This should give you the option of how to boot your system (Safe Mode, Normal mode, etc..)

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I have recently bought this motherboard Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 and I
am trying to setup AHCI Mode on it I have gone into the BIOS and tried
to set this up but when the system loads its saying that no devices
were found. Please can you advise if the attached picture is the
correct settings or if I need to make any changes to them?

Also is it best to disable smart fan control option in the BIOS so
the CPU fan is always running at full speed?

Below also is the current fan speed settings.

I would be grateful for any assistance you can offer.

Many thanks

A:AHCI Mode Setup

First of all, I'm assuming you are using Windows 7 because of the non-detection issue. AHCI is separate from the SATA 3Gb/s standard and is in place to take advantage of hot swapping drives and native command queuing, etc. If you don't have the use for these advanced features, you shouldn't need to enable them. If you do have the need for advanced SATA features, you'll need to edit the registry in Windows 7. The reason you aren't seeing any devices after you boot into Windows 7 after enabling AHCI, is because Windows 7 for some reason is not compatible out of the box to handle AHCI. There's a thread on what you need to do to edit the registry, then enabled this function in the BIOS, then reboot. Please be careful editing the registry and always create a backup before doing changes. Check out this thread here:

enable AHCI in Windows 7

I always leave my SMART fan controls off and run SpeedFan when I build a new system to check temps. Hardware thermal control on your system allows you to set warning and shut off temps. I always like to monitor my temps while in the operating system so I can see exactly what's going on. These features in the BIOS are nice, but I've not ever enabled them. Chances are, your CPU fan will always run full speed anyway, unless it's sleeping and you've got an AMD in Cool n' Quiet mode. Leave them disabled because it's not going to hurt anything. But always when building a new system, check your temps while testing your system. SpeedFan can be found he... Read more

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The other day, my HP Mini 110 was infected with malware, as well as other issues. I booted windows through safe mode, which I accessed by changing the Boot.ini file, attempted to re-install windows in safe mode by running WINNT32.EXE and now I can't get it to complete because of the message "Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now." I tried rebooting it and going from the last known good configuration, but it doesn't work. How do I go about accessing the Boot.ini file to take safe mode off? I'm currently running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Setup won't run in safe mode

FYI the boot.ini file (a hidden file) is located just inside the C drive. Reinstalling Windows is either done from a recovery partition accessed at boot or from a Windows CD -- not from safe mode.

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Every time I try to start XP Mode setup the machine either reboots or BSOD's on me.  I just dropped my HDD into a new PC and still  having issues.  Here is my most recent minidump (Please help!):

Crash Dump Analysis provided by OSR Open Systems Resources, Inc. (http://www.osr.com)
Online Crash Dump Analysis Service
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Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7601.23714.amd64fre.win7sp1_ldr.170307-1800
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`04600000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`04842730
Debug session time: Sat May 6 21:59:14.740 2017 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:00:06.879
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* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

A fatal hardware error has occurred. Parameter 1 identifies the type of error
source that reported the error. Parameter 2 holds the address of the
WHEA_ERROR_RECORD structure that describes the error conditon.
Arg1: 0000000000000000, Machine Check Exception
Arg2: fffffa800f4d98f8, Address o... Read more

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good morning
use Windows XP virtual to four years on windows 7 pro and cpu AMD Athol II X2 250 3:00 GHz.
It was working properly
since I started to update the PC via windows update, the virtual machine stopped working: does not start.
I have tried reinstalling xp mode and a new virtual machine, but not working.
It stops at the end with the message "XP Mode - Could not Complete Setup. Please Try Again."
I tried this fix, but did not solve the problem.
is there any other solution to solve the problem?
Thank you for availability

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