Sunday, May 27, 2012

How to Enter BIOS Laptops

Different computer systems have unique methods of accessing BIOS Setup. Hundreds of computer manufacturers out there seem to have their own idea when it comes to designating a key sequence to enter BIOS Laptops. There are often even huge differences in BIOS access methods between different models made by the same company.  The BIOS setup utility that can be accessed as soon as the system starts. A combination of keys has to be pressed to go to the BIOS setup menu. This key combination varies from one manufacturer to another to access the BIOS setup but it is limited generally to the function keys alone. 

Here are some things you might like to try . You hold these as you turn on your laptop. 

You can use the DEL or F2 key after switching on your system.or combination CTRL+ALT+ESC keys.

COMPAQ-HP Pavilion
F10 key : Ensure that the cursor in the upper right corner of your screen is blinking before pressing the key. 
For those using an HP Tablet PC, you can press the F10 or F12 keys.
For previous versions of Compaq and HEWLETT-PACKARD will make use of the F1, F2, F10 or DEL keys to grant access to your BIOS set up menu.

Switch on your computer, let the DELL logo appear before pressing the F2 key until Entering Setup is displayed on the screen.
Previous versions of DELL might require you to press CTRL+ALT+ENTER to access the BIOS set up menu.
The DELL laptops use the Fn+ESC or Fn+F1 keys to access the BIOS set up.

Tab or Del while the eMachine logo displays on screen. Also try Esc, Del, or F2 keys if the  Tab key doesn't take you to the BIOS menu screen and key combos like hold down Esc and then press Power.

When switching on your computer, press the F1 key until the BIOS screen shows up. Previous versions of Gateway will make use of the F2 key to display the BIOS set up screen.

Del or F2 as the computer starts. 

LENOVO (formerly IBM)
F1 key to access the BIOS set up. As soon as the ThinkPad splash screen appears press F1. Then continue F1 presses until the system says entering BIOS. For previous IBM models will require the use of the F2 key to access the BIOS set up utility.
Older Lenovo products allow access to BIOS using Ctrl+Alt+F3, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Fn+F1.

Micron (MPC Computers) 
Press F1, F2 or Del immediately after powering on the PC.

F2 will only use the F2 key to access the BIOS set up menu

NEC will only use the F2 key to access the BIOS set up menu

Packard Bell users, you can access the BIOS set up by pressing the F1, F2 or DEL keys

Press F2 after the computer starts.
Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.

Press F2 or Del on startup.

Sony users will have to press the F1, F2 or F3 key after switching on their computer.

F1 or ESC key after switching on their computer to be able to access BIOS set up menu.

Many Laptops manufacturer reportedly offering free EFI upgrades for its motherboards that still ship with the old-fashioned BIOS. EFI is the next generation of BIOS environment that has nothing in common with the legacy BIOS interface as we know it today.

Depending on your computer model, the way you access your BIOS set up menu will differ. This list of BIOS access keyboard commands is a work in progress. If you have any additional ways to enter BIOS access information on or if you find a mistake, please let me know.

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