I lost my BIOS acccess when I reformatted the hard drive


J

jay

I use XP Pro. I reformatted my hard drive and now it goes straight to the XP
load rather than the access for BIOS. I upgraded to a newer BIOS and the
first reboot showed the splash screen and access but it did not work.
Subsequent reboots had no splash screen. Anyone know what I can do to
regain access to my BIOS?
 
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What's in a Name?

I use XP Pro. I reformatted my hard drive and now it goes straight to
the XP
load rather than the access for BIOS. I upgraded to a newer BIOS and the
first reboot showed the splash screen and access but it did not work.
Subsequent reboots had no splash screen. Anyone know what I can do to
regain access to my BIOS?
Are you using an compaq computer?

max
 
D

Daave

jay said:
I use XP Pro. I reformatted my hard drive and now it goes straight to
the XP
load rather than the access for BIOS. I upgraded to a newer BIOS and
the
first reboot showed the splash screen and access but it did not work.
Subsequent reboots had no splash screen. Anyone know what I can do
to
regain access to my BIOS?
First, you have not lost access to the BIOS. You seem to have lost your
BIOS splash screen. That is setting that can be changed once in you are
in the BIOS. In order to get to the BIOS (since you have forgotten the
key you need to hit right after you power on the PC), see:

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
 
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J

jay

Probably right, but if it happens again? Over the years I've reformatted
hard drives a dozen times. These "quirks" bother me. I never can be sure
what the software will do on any specidic day.
 
B

Bruce Chambers

jay said:
I use XP Pro. I reformatted my hard drive and now it goes straight to the XP
load rather than the access for BIOS. I upgraded to a newer BIOS and the
first reboot showed the splash screen and access but it did not work.
Subsequent reboots had no splash screen.

The re-installation of WinXP, or any OS, for that matter, is completely
irrelevant to this issue. However, when you flashed the new BIOS, you
allowed it the default settings, and this is what you're now seeing.
Anyone know what I can do to
regain access to my BIOS?
In the extremely unlikely event that your computer's manual or the
motherboard manufacturer's web site doesn't contain the needed
information, try one or more of the following:

Wim's BIOS Page
http://www.wimsbios.com/

Accessing Motherboard BIOS
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm



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Jay, I have had a similar problem with two other machines. Access to BIOS lost. In one case, I was able to re-enter the start routine when I opened the hood and disconnected a drive I was not using (e.g. the FDD.) - orionarm
 

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