Advice the user how to go into the BIOS menu
Many users sooner or later are faced with the need to change certain settings in the BIOS. For beginners, the word BIOS is usually associated with something very complex and incomprehensible.
In fact, to go into the menu and change the individual parameters is only required to perform simple operations depending on your operating system and BIOS version.
Typically the most popular reason for changing the settings – reinstall the operating system. In this case users need to change the priority of reading the hard disk on DVD drive or on a flash drive.
Some BIOS versions have a special menu to choose which device the system will upload the information in the first place. Thus, the user can avoid frequent visits to the BIOS menu. To invoke the boot menu use the appropriate key (usually the key «F11» or «F12»).
What is BIOS and what is there to do?
BIOS – basic I / o system output is represented as a wide variety of programs. The BIOS is responsible for the relationship and the correct operation of the individual components of the computer. This relationship is fundamental in the PC system, providing the possibility of joint the correct operation of all equipment of a personal computer.
To configure these relationships BIOS has a engineering menu which is created for the convenience of users, as well as a more comfortable choice of those or other parameters of the system. In the BIOS there are many settings, ranging from installations time and date, pumping parameters responsible for the power of the individual components of the computer.
Each group of parameters are located in the appropriate section «engineering menu» of your computer. To go to BIOS is possible only before starting the operating system. The BIOS settings include different modes of the CPU, which is not recommended to modify, if the user has no experience. The user, if necessary, can also adjust the cooling of the components of the computer, increasing the speed of installed coolers.
Moreover, in the BIOS the user can disable various components of the computer, for example, additional audio or video card.
It is important to remember that the settings can affect the operation of the equipment itself and lead to equipment failure, so it is recommended to modify only those parameters that are known to the user.
If you have changed any settings and want to set the default settings, you can try to reset the BIOS settings to return them to their original values.
Each BIOS has a specific set of sound signals that provide the user with information about these or other errors. For example, in case of faulty equipment, the system will notify the user by using combinations of short and long sounds. The full set of sounds and meanings to them, for your BIOS you can find on the manufacturer’s website.
The most modern version of the BIOS is «UEFI» system from Intel, which is installed on the equipment of the company.
How to call
There are two main ways of entering the BIOS:
- the first method is a classic version, and up to a certain time was used to enter in almost any BIOS;
- the second method, appeared with the release of Windows 8, which introduced significant changes in the loading of the operating system.
1 way. Shortcut
To enter the menu, in this way, it is necessary to press a certain key during the boot process of the computer until then, until beginning to load the operating system. We recommend that you click not once but several times until, until will not be loaded interface engineering menu. So a button to go to BIOS? Each motherboard manufacturer, which are embedded in the system BIOS, set various key combinations to enter.
The most common solution for personal computers is the «Del» button. In some cases, use shortcut key «Ctrl+Alt+Esc». There are also options with the keys «F1» and «F2».
Typically, manufacturers indicate the bottom of the screen shortcut key or a separate key at boot time of the computer.
If you do not have time to press any keys to boot the operating system, then you have UEFI and you should choose the second way to enter the BIOS.
Table key to enter the BIOS, and invoke the boot menu
Manufacturer / device
Menu key download
Key to enter the BIOS
Esc -> F9
Esc -> F10
laptops Packard Bell
Phoenix Secure Core
Phoenix Secure Core
Esc (one time pressing exits the menu)
laptops Sony Vaio
2 way. Menu Windows 8.1
This method is the decision to enter the BIOS when you installed Windows operating system version 8.1. Since downloading Windows 8.1 on modern computers with «UEFI» is virtually instantaneous, it is time to press the desired button is not possible.
For Windows 8.1 users to get into the «UEFI» click «Restart» while holding the «Shift» button. This operation can be performed through the command line, for example, if the keyboard does not work on the laptop. To do this, open a command prompt and enter «shutdown.exe /r /o» without the quotes.
To open a command prompt, you must:
- click «start»;
- select — «Run»;
- if this item is not, then you have to click on the free space on the start menu and choose Properties. In the menu that appears, put a check mark next to «run Command».
The operating system will load an additional menu in which you can do the following:
- choose «Diagnostics» («Troubleshoot»);
- in the submenu, you need to open «advanced settings» («Advanced Settings»);
- next, select «UEFI Firmware Settings». If the item log does not work in the new BIOS through Windows, then on your computer do not use technology «UEFI». In this case you can load the BIOS by using certain keys (1 way).
How to go to BIOS laptop
To go straight to the system BIOS when booting the laptop, you must perform the following steps:
- to restart the laptop;
- press the key to enter the BIOS until started start Windows. It is recommended to start pressing this key as soon as computer started to run;
- Typically, this button is indicated in the corner of the screen when the computer starts.
Key to enter the BIOS from the most popular manufacturers:
- F1 – key from Lenovo, HP, Dell;
- F2 — laptops Acer, Asus, Samsung;
- F3 – rare model Dell and Sony;
- F10 – Toshiba;
- F12 – Lenovo;
- Ctrl+F2, Ctrl+Alt+Esc — some models of Acer.
Video: How to enter the BIOS on a laptop
How to save the settings and exit from BIOS
After performing the necessary settings in the BIOS you must save the changes. To do this, press «F10» and select «Save and Exit» then the computer will reboot and change the BIOS settings will take effect. To log into the system is impossible without restarting the computer.
To exit BIOS without saving settings, press «Esc».
This feature is especially useful for inexperienced users. If you doubt that changed any unnecessary options, it is recommended to exit without saving and make the necessary settings in the BIOS again.
Possible login problems
One of the most common problems is the need to enter a password to enter the BIOS. By default, the menu is not set the password, if system asks to enter it, then it was installed by another user. In this case, the situation will save engineering a password that is different BIOS for a different set of letters and numbers.
Universal passwords for AMI BIOS:
When you see the error with a particular computer hardware, the BIOS also can show various messages indicating the nature of the failure. For each BIOS manufacturer has a special set of system error messages, comments, to which you can find on the website of the manufacturer of your BIOS.
The BIOS is responsible for many different functions and settings, so every user should know how to enter the BIOS with a complete set of equipment. As a rule, sooner or later, each user faces the need to change certain settings in the BIOS.
Despite the fact that different manufacturers set different keys to enter the BIOS, access the engineering menu is set pretty simple. Thanks to this user, even novice users will be able to enter the BIOS, for example, to change the priority of reading devices during Windows setup.
The most important and the crucial point is the determination of the necessary key or combination to access the engineering menu. If you decide to update the BIOS, that should clearly define the reason for performing this operation. If your system works correctly and the number of BIOS you are satisfied, we recommend you not to update the BIOS because of the possible emergence of problematic situations.