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Old 06-25-2004, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ive already asked a similar question to this before but that post had already expired.

how do i access my BIOS (del,F1-F12,Esc dont work)

machine model:Compaq 166 Mhz MMX
BIOS device: Microsoft provided driver for Plug and Play BIOS
Hint: the first screen when you open the computer doesnt tell anything on how to access the BIOS. please help.
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do you have a motherboard manual?
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Old 06-25-2004, 06:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Try one of these most common key combinations durring Start up
( Delet ,F1 ,F2 , Ctrl Esc , Alt Esc ,Hold Esc Key on Power up ).
Do this rather quickly when you 1st power up your system.
If you miss the time frame press Ctrl-Alt-Delete at the same time to restart your system and try again .If you have a newer keyboard.Make sure your FLock Light is lit up durring the keystroke by pressing the Flock key 1st .Some keyboards dont Auto power on this feature durring bootup.
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F2 on boot up seems to be a common one on a computer of that vintage.
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this i an old second hand computer so i didnt get any manuals nor a valid OS license when i got it.
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push pause then look for the text on the screen telling you how to open bios
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look for some info on the motherboard and post what you find maybe we can direct you to a manual for it .Or for premade systems such as Dell/Gateway/HP look for a model Name or serial
number on the case to track down info with.Compaq 166 is not enough.
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Try F10.
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