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Boot from one of 2 attached drives with BIOS boot order no problem?

Question: Boot from one of 2 attached drives with BIOS boot order no problem?

I got a SSD now in my system connected to the first sata port with win7 installed
My previous (mechanical) sata hard disk who was prev. setup on this port is still usable and also has win7 installed on it. i wnat to use it as a experiment setup.
If I connect this old hdd to another sata port say sata 1 or 2.

Can I choose to boot from either the new SSD or the old sata-hdd and run win7 without problems using the BIOS boot order?

I read some scary stuff about this scenario could mess things up because both both drives used to be 'C'

Also I have my BIOS setup with AHCI nowbecause of the SSD. My previous hdd used the standard sata-mode. If I use this old mechanical sata hdd which has windows7 on it and use AHCI in bios will it boot/work?

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Answer: Boot from one of 2 attached drives with BIOS boot order no problem?

As long as you installed windows independently, with the other drive unplugged, there would be no issue choosing either one to boot from the bios.

I doubt if the hard drive will boot in AHCI mode, but test it to see.

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I have no idea what's going on, or how I managed to do this in the first place, but as I'm going to recover a second hard drive from an older computer I'm sending along with my little sister to college, I'm finding that I've somehow managed to set up the two drives in a way that they seem somehow co-dependant on one another.

I have two drives, a Western Digital and a Maxtor. The WD is the Master IDE and the Max is the Slave IDE. They're set up to be C:\ and D:\.

I have no idea what I was doing on this thing, as I haven't used it in over two years and can scarcely remember what I was doing last week.

As best I can tell, the Windows OS is running off of C:\ (WD), but the boot order has the Maxtor listed first (Maxtor, DVD Drive, Floppy, in the BIOS). If I change that to have the WD first, I get an "Error loading OS."

I'd really like to get the Maxtor drive out, and the computer working off of the one drive, but I have no idea how to do it.

The Maxtor has two (!?) Windows installations on it for some unknown reason (Windows and Windows.0), for some arcane purpose I don't recall. But I don't think the computer is actually using them. Though it might be using the boot.ini from them. I dunno, I'm guessing here.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

Answer:Hard drives/boot order problem

Boot into Windows on the WD drive.
Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type diskmgmt.msc, press Enter
The Maxtor drive will be showing System, the WD will be Boot. If not, post a screen shot of this window please.
Right click the WD partition, then click Mark Partition as Active. If it's greyed out, it's already set active.

Copy the boot.ini, ntldr, and ntdetect.com files from the root of the Maxtor drive to the WD drive. If there is a NTBOOTDD.SYS, copy it as well.
May need to change View settings to see these files, see below.
Shut down, remove the Maxtor (unplug the power at least). You may need to change the jumper on the WD drive, some models have a different jumper setting for a Master with no slave.
Should be able to boot, but will still have the options for the other Windows installs on the Maxtor.

Once booted, Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type msconfig, press Enter
Click the BOOT.INI tab.
Click the Check All Boot Paths button.
It will offer to remove any invalid boot entries. Make sure the Timeout is not set to 0, then click OK, and reboot.

To change View Settings to show hidden and system files:
In Windows Explorer, click on Tools | Folder Options -> View tab
(In Vista/Win 7 press the ALT key to display the Menu bar)
Check the following: Display the contents of system folders (not present in Win2K/Vista)
Show hidden files and folders
Uncheck the following: Hide extensions for known file types (WinXP/Vista)
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System T61 I was able to boot from my USB memory stick before.  However, recently I no longer can do this. Boot from ATAPI CD is fine.When I go into BIOS Setup, I notice there is a "-" minus sign in front of USB HDD.  What is this?  This is the only entry that has "-" sign in front of it.   Does this mean anything to booting off the USB stick?

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Howdy all, first post here.

I have a Satellite P840, Part PSPJ6A-00h001

Windows 8.

I am having trouble accessing the Bios or the Boot Order. I need to boot from a CD/DVD and I cant get into the options of boot to change the boot order.

I have tried F12 F2 pushing repetitively on boot, holding down F12 and holding for 1 second (as per the manual) with no luck.

What am I missing....I have never not been able to get to boot options before. The only thing is it is Win8 which I am not familiar with.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:Satellite P840 - Accessin the Bios or Boot Order from Boot

Perform complete shutdown http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2B03EY0002R01.htm , restart notebook, press F12 and you will be able to enter boot menu. There you can choose which device should be first bootable device.

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Hi there, I hope this is the right forum for this question.

My son has an i7 custom build computer and the previous owner gummed the computer up good with malware etc. The current setup is Windows 8, but our goal is to install a fresh copy of windows 7 Professional 64-bit which we have purchased "intended for distribution with a refurbished PC".

This is a bit of a project for us, so we are taking our time with it, and hopefully learning something along the way.

We are trying to wipe the HDD completely on the machine, but we are unable to run DBAN to do so, because every time we restart the machine it keeps booting up in Windows instead of DBAN. I have gone into BIOS and changed the order of the BOOT to read from the CD-ROM followed by the USB before the C Drive (I have copies of DBAN on both USB drive and CD-ROM). But it is still not booting. Not sure what to do???

Cheers,

Sean

Answer:can't boot DBAN trying to change boot order in BIOS not working

It is possible you have not created a bootable CD/USB. Use Rufus for example. https://rufus.akeo.ie/

Also provide motherboard make/model please.

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I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.

Answer:Choosing which OS to boot by changing BIOS boot order

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pander1203


I am choosing which OS to boot by changing the boot order in my BIOS. To me, this seems clean and simple. I built 32 bit XP on one disk, then removed that disk from my system, installed a different disk, and built 64 bit W7.

When both disks are installed, I change the boot order to select the OS I want, and each OS sees and can use the files on either disk.

Am I asking for trouble here, or is this as clean as I think it is? What I want is one set of user document files which can be used from whichever OS has been booted.



There are no problems with doing it that way its just a PITA. with minimal work you can have a bootloader where all you have to do is click the OS you want to run. You need to use a tool like bcdedit. there are instructions for itis use here BCDEDIT - How to Use .How this helps and let us know if you need help with anything

Ken

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I am trying to delete all the files from an old HP (XH545) laptop running XP. Its screen doesn't work, so I have it attached to a remote monitor. I have both a bootable floppy and bootable cd which have [email protected] Kill Disk. My intention is to boot one or the other and erase everything on the hard drive.

Problem: I am unable to get into my BIOS to change the boot order. Since I have to do a Fn-F5 to switch over to the monitor, I am unable to get there in time to see when to hit F2 to edit my BIOS. I have been trying for several hours to "guess" when to hit it, still with no success. I'm not even sure I would be able to see the BIOS screen anyway - maybe you have to get past that for Fn-F5 to swap out to the monitor.

If I let the system boot normally, I can swap over in time to see it loading Windows XP.

Question 1: Is there any way to change the boot order from within Windows (or from DOS prompts)?

Question 2: Lacking a positive answer to #1, is there any other way to delete all the files from the hard drive so I can dispose of the laptop?

Thanks!

Answer:How to change boot order w/o boot-up BIOS edit?

When you hit the power switch of your laptop at same time start pressing f2 and keep hitting it until you get in BIOS. After getting in BIOS I you know what to do.

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My system was running smoothly until I added a PCIe x1 eSata card ("ASRock sata3 card" with Marvell 88SE9123 / 88SE9120 chipset) that uses a Marvell Magni controller with a driver version 1.2.0.1014 . The Marvell card driver installed OK; the board is recognized at boot time and recognizes the HDD when it is attached (a Freecom Hard Drive Quattro, 2 TB with USB, Firewire and eSata interfaces; it houses a Samsung HD204UI disk).

When the HDD is not plugged in the systems boots OK, but when the HDD is plugged into the Sata 3 card, the system fails to boot with the message: "Reboot and select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

When I interrupt the boot process during POST to force the system to boot from its "Intell0" RAID0 HDDs (which otherwise works fine) the system ignores the setting and keeps trying to boot from the eSata attached Freecom drive.

I have updated the ASUS P8P67 rev 3.1 MoBo bios to 3207; the Marvell drivers for the MoBo to Version 1.0.0.1045. I have disabled and enabled the Marvell controller OPROM in the bios - no difference. The Freecom HD is OK - works fine on another machine. The onboard ASUS eSata connection (also with Marvell) works with the same Freecom disk - no boot issues, regardless whether the HDD is plugged in or not. I have also checked that the Freecom partition (there is only one) is inactive.

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Answer:PCIe eSata attached HDD changes boot order, but only when plugged in

Is the external marked Active? If no Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.

Otherwise if Win7 HD is set in BIOS first HD to boot then an external should not override it unless there is a setting awry in BIOS setup, or there is boot code on the external that is interfering. This is sometimes solved by moving the data off to wipe the external with Diskpart Clean Command however you should know if it was ever made bootable.

Today I saw the first good comment on Marvell controllers here in 3 years, about their newer ones. It may be you need to circumvent them.

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Question: Drives Boot Order

SSD, HDD and DVD DRIVE.
What should be the boot order for these three? Someone told me it was DVD>HDD>SDD and on a guide I read it was HDD>DVD>SDD. Is there actually a specific boot order or is it based more on what you're using it for or something like that?

Not too sure which category to post this thread in since im building a new PC and I think that goes under 'Installation'... Or maybe it shouldve been in 'Hardware'...?

Answer:Drives Boot Order

I have always done SSD>HDD>DVD

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I have 2 hard drives with windows system on them. One is windows media center/xp and the other is xp pro. As I start my pc it goes through the bios and then stops and I have 2 choices. Booting to the media center drive (rdisk 2)or the xp pro drive (rdisk 0). Both drives boot to their respective desktops, all is well. Btw i did install the systems when both drives where running.

My question; when I change my bios from first boot disk 0 to disk 2 (disk 1 is another storage logical drive) then save and exit it wont give me that choice anymore is shows a “NTLDR missing”. I go to bios configuration again and change back to the original first boot drive 0 and I can boot to either hard drive with no problems. Why this is so.

This is my boot.ini for both bootable drives:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Thanks to all
Robert
 

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I have a strange problem that has plagued me for months.

For a long time now, I have had to go through a specific ritual to get my computer to boot properly. Here's what happens:

I turn on the computer. The first thing that happens is the POST phase (I believe that's what it's termed as). The system displays the "Hit DEL to enter setup" while it checks the memory available. It will say 1024 MB OK, which is the correct amount of memory.

At this stage, the computer will either hang for an eternity and never move, OR it will keep going after a 30 sec delay. If it happens to keep going, the computer will appear to boot as normal, managing to get to the GRUB screen (I'm running Ubuntu 6.10). The kernel will be selected and the boot process will start. However, it fails about midway through and drops me to a root terminal with an error message stating that specific files couldn't be found on of my SATA hard drives. At this point, it looks like the BIOS can't see my SATA drives.

Now, if I push the reset button on my system while it is hanging indefinitely, it will restart and POST. If I hit the DEL button to enter setup, I can get to the setup screen and all my drives will be detected. I simply exit the BIOS without making any changes and then everything works fine. I can boot all the way into Ubuntu.

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Answer:Boot up problem possibly involving SATA drives and BIOS

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Question: BIOS Boot order

No way, in the BIOS, to change Boot prioriy. I cannot use a CD to boot from in an emergency. How can this be done?
Gigabyte laptop, Windows 10, 64. I cannot disable secure boot, the option will not highlite.

Answer:BIOS Boot order

Have you talked to the manufacturer of the laptop?

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Question: Bios boot order

Hey guys! I have an old dell laptop here with windows 7 on it. im trying to reformat the drive and install a fresh copy of 7 ultimate but cd drive is not on the boot order. when i enter the bios and try to change anything in the boot menu, nothing happens. it literally wont let me. when i hit the change value key over cd/dvd rom drive it just beeps at me. i know some ppl have often said a solution to this is to disable "secure boot/csm/UEFI" etc. but this system doesnt even have those options. it does have a comparable "computrace" but it is deactivated and inaccessible. How can i get the system to start from the disc drive so i can reformat and install a fresh copy of 7?

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Friends: I am running a AMD Athlon 64x2 5000+ dual core processor with Windows XP. I do not see any USB ports in the BIOS boot order sequence. How can I add these ports? Please don't refer me to PLOP because I had to spend 6 hours of hair pulling trying to uninstall it. After installing it does not even work. It took over my boot manager. Even a system restore did not remove it. Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:How To Add Usb To Boot Order In Bios

You will only see the USB devices when they are plugged in.
 

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Question: BIOS Boot order

No way, in the BIOS, to change Boot prioriy. I cannot use a CD to boot from in an emergency. How can this be done?
Gigabyte laptop, Windows 10, 64. I cannot disable secure boot, the option will not highlite.

Answer:BIOS Boot order

Have you talked to the manufacturer of the laptop?

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Question: BIOS Boot order

I could not find an option under Boot Options, in the BIOS, of my P57W computer to boot off an optical or thumb drive.
How the hell am I to boot off these devices when I cannot see them in the BIOS? Gigabyte documentation, or the lack thereof, SUCKS big time. I finally found that you place the Windows 10 disk in the drive. Then boot, pressing F12. Now, I see what the BIOS does not-choices to boot from. I can select my image backup, from the list, and restore it to the computer should the need arise.

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Hello folks!

So here's my problem.

I have four hard drives. Three SATA, one IDE. Until today, I could boot up happily with all of them attached, though I did have to keep the Windows 7 DVD in my tray. Without that, I got a "BOOTMGR not found" error. Probably should have dealt with it, but it wasn't a big problem, and my mantra tends to be 'if it isn't broken, don't fix it.'

Well, today I booted up after testing some different RAM in my machine (it's all back to normal now, no hardware changes, and I did not boot into Windows with the RAM inside), and my machine insisted on installing Windows 7 rather than booting it. Couldn't find a way around it. The Windows DVD's repair option insists it's incompatible with the version of Windows I have, despite being the very DVD I used to install it (an x64 issue, perhaps?), but I keep all my valuable files on other hard drives, so I gave in and formatted my C: drive and went to reinstall Windows 7.

Problem! I reformatted the partition and then went to install Windows, but the installer gave me the error 0x80300024. Could not install to that location. Weird, because that was the exact partition Windows was installed to for the last 2 years. I googled that and after half an hour, worked out a solution: I had to unplug every hard drive except the one I was using. I did that, Windows installed just fine, I got in, set up everything, happy ending.

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Answer:[SOLVED] I can only boot into Windows when no other hard drives are attached.

Embarrassingly, I have discovered my mistake right after posting it.

I'll explain rather than modify/delete my post, for the sake of anyone who may find this on Google.

This error, 0xc0000225 - The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible, was caused by the hard drive on which Windows was installed not being #1 on the Boot Priority menu in the BIOS. Perhaps due to being removed and reattached, or perhaps due to the cords getting mixed up during a hardware change, the Boot Priority menu was rearranged, so that the BIOS tried to find the OS on the wrong drive.

Entering the startup menu (usually DEL or F10 right as the computer turns on) and putting the right drive in the #1 slot has solved it totally.

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I need to change the BIOS boot order in order to boot from my DVD drive (installed in Ultrabay). But I can't find the boot order list in the BIOS setup utility-- it just doesn't show up anywhere.  And when I use F12 to get a boot order popup screen during startup, I only see the hard drive in the list.  Even though the DVD drive is installed in the Ultrabay and is usable under Windows. I have done the following: * Installed the latest BIOS via System Update.* Made sure that the supervisor password is disabled and the BIOS lock is disabled.* Temporarily tried turning on the supervisor password to see if that makes a difference -- and it doesn't. I must be doing something wrong, but I can't imagine what. My machine is a T60ptype 2007-CQ8 with 3GB of RAM and a 90GB hard drive.  I run Windows/XP but that shouldn't be relevant for this problem.

Answer:Where is the BIOS boot order list?

do you have the devices you want added to the 'boot priority order' list? you can play with a simulation of the T60 BIOS here if you want to see what everything looks like without having to reboot.

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Hi all,
I have an old Dell laptop that is currently running Windows XP, but I'd like to install Linux on it. So I went into the BIOS, revision A14, and got to the page that changes boot order, so I can boot from CD. It says to use the right and left arrow keys to change it, but they don't do anything. So I am stuck with having to boot from floppy which I can't do for unrelated reasons. Any ideas on why I can't change this? The keyboard works fine, I can change other settings, just not this. Or am I totally missing something? Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Can't change boot order in BIOS

Try moving to the selection you want and hit enter.
That might give you a selection window.
If not try + and -.
Page up and page down also works on some.
 

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I cantt get rid of some viruses.I prepared a booting stick with Avira to clean the system 'from the outside'.I can't make the pc boot from the stick, even if I properly set the BIOS booting order.I saw a more recent BIOS is available. I've tryed to update. Everything ok, but at reboot it says the update was not successful.The error log file (ME_IPD.txt) says Intel (R) Firmware Update Utility Version: 2.0.0.2077
Copyright (C) 2007 - 2015, Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
Cannot locate hardware platform identification
This program cannot be run on the current platformThe bios update packaged was given by the support, after automatic (and correct) identification of the machine and OS.So what's wrong with the 'current platfrom' Thanks to whoever will help Paolo

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Hello , my computer totally crashed several weeks ago...got it basically under control , but in my initial panick I changed something in the bios ? It starts with two options on a black screen...windows xp and windows xp set up...and if I dont catch it in time it goes to blue screen with bla bla cdrom something....I hope and Im sure someone here knows what I ( stupidly ) did. I loaned my laptop the other day and forgot about this and got a freaked out call from my friend that my laptop was broken etc....hope someone can help...thanks

Answer:bios boot order windows xp

go back into the bios and change to defaults

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Hello , my computer totally crashed several weeks ago...got it basically under control , but in my initial panick I changed something in the bios ? It starts with two options on a black screen...windows xp and windows xp set up...and if I dont catch it in time it goes to blue screen with bla bla cdrom something....I hope and Im sure someone here knows what I ( stupidly ) did. I loaned my laptop the other day and forgot about this and got a freaked out call from my friend that my laptop was broken etc....hope someone can help...thanks

Answer:bios boot order windows xp

go back into the bios and change to defaults

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I just recently had to upgrade to a 880gm-ud2h motherboard after my old one died (an older model, also updated the RAM and Processor, but not the hard drives or video card) but now that I've done all this, something has messed up with Windows.
Whenever I start the computer, windows will seem to start normally, then a BSOD will flash for less than a second before the computer reboots and demands that I run the System Repair thing for Windows. After running this three times without effect, I decided that I was better off installing a new OS (I lost my repair disk), and created a USB bootable for Ubuntu.
However, with this USB boot drive plugged in, hitting F12 during boot up brings up the BIOS boot order as normal, but no matter which option I choose nothing changes.

Can anybody help me with this problem?
 

Answer:Boot order of BIOS isn't changing

Well for some reason it finally decided to work, but now the computer won't go past a black screen that says "Loading Operating System..." and it sat there for about fifteen, twenty minutes,.
 

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Hi there, Here is the issue. About three days ago, I wanted to reformat my Laptop. I was on Windows 10 at this point. For some stupid reason I downgraded to windows 8.1.... Luckily for me I have a save of windows 10 on my usb. So the problem is that I don't know how to access the parameter for unlock legacy boot order in Bios.Yes I know that I have to enable it in the Bios but I browser all over Internet to see example of this case whit this specific Bios cause it's not like Phoenix Bios or Insyde Bios... That is why I ask you directly how do I activated that to change legacy boot order ?  Thanks very much for the reply !Asher0004  Here some specific info about my computer : MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 17-06-2016Ran by Julien (administrator) on 01-08-2016 at 11:44:50Running from "C:\Users\Julien\Downloads"Microsoft Windows 8.1  (X64)Model: HP ProBook 650 G1 Manufacturer: Hewlett-PackardBoot Mode: Normal***************************************************************************========================= Flush DNS: ===================================Windows IP ConfigurationSuccessfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.========================= IE Proxy Settings: ==============================Proxy is not enabled.No Proxy Server is set."Reset IE Proxy Settings": IE Proxy Settings were reset.========================= Hosts content: ========================================================== IP Configuratio... Read more

Answer:Legacy Boot Order in Bios

@Asher0004? Go to Advance then Boot Options. BIOS Simulator here. http://h20464.www2.hp.com/results.htm?SID=5405400&MEID=C5343471-BBE6-4005-9DC8-0E40D6D060FB REO

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I have one Sata drive and one IDE
I need to boot to Sata
I have set the BIOS to do this and it does ONCE only

Each time I turn pc on or restart it defaults to the IDE

Please help not sure what to do now

TIA
Jan
 

Answer:Bios not holding boot order

It's most likely the small cmos button battery requires replacing
If this is a Desktop computer you will need to download the free service\operational manual from your computer's (if brand name) or Motherboard's home support site
This will help in locating this cmos battery, and also advise you on electrical and anti-static precautions

Please replace the CMOS battery
 

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Recently, the boot order changed all by itself. I just have one internal hard disk and one 32gb flash drive connected. The boot order in the hdd group swapped those two devices. This has never happened before. Is this just a one time thing, or is it a sign of things to come? There is no bios update offered on the website. Why not? Do you have any thoughts as to what could have caused this? Thanks for your assistance.

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Hi i have a problem, i recently upgraded my sony vaio pc with a SSD.

originally it had 2x500gb RAID0 as the C disk but i clean installed on my new vertex 2 SSD and set everything up, BUT my bios keeps changing the boot order and i keep getting 'boot manager missing' press ctrl+alt+del to restart.

the RAID 0 is under Volume0 in the bios (limit bios as its from sony)

but it keeps putting [SONY] as the 1st boot and the best i can gues this is the in-built card readers.

I ve tried everthing and i cant get it to stay as i set it.

Also i cant update my bios as the .exe update tool gets a 'Cannot read system information' error message.


please and help would be amazing, ive been pulling my hair out for hours.

Answer:Bios Keeps changing boot order...

When you reinstalled with the single HD, did you change the SATA controller to AHCI or IDE mode? Or is it still set ot RAID? Check all BIOS settings related to SATA, IDE or RAID drives controller.

How many HD's are connected? Try booting with only the Win7 HD plugged in.

You say that "SONY" is listed as the First boot device. Sony what? Can you be more specific as to what device this is? Try setting the HD upon which Win7 is installed as first to boot if it's not.

Next try resetting the CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

See if you can update the BIOS now, or if the problem clears. Post back a screenshot of the full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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Here's a video demonstration:

It's acting as if the left and right arrow keys don't exist, even though they work fine in Windows XP. I want to boot off of DVD drive.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
 

Answer:Can't change boot order in BIOS

Post a screen shot of the screen you move the video to fast for me to see what the keys are. Have you referred to the manual?

Some are
Page Up
Page Down
F5
F6
Enter (then select the one)
 

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I am trying to use the Lenovo Diagnostics Bootable USB. I have to get my BIOS to boot from the USB before my SSD. In the BIOS, the Startup > Boot menu already  looks like the USB is listed first. But when I do a hard boot, Windows still boots from my SSD. Here is the startup order listed in the BIOS:1: USB FDD:2: ATAPI CD0: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50N-(TS)3: USB CD:4: ATA HDD0: SAMSUNG MMCQE28G8MUP-OVA-(S1)5: +USB HDD6: ATA HDD1: See, the USB is listed first. Why doesn't my system boot to the USB? What do those symbols in the boot order mean? For example, why are there three USBs? Thanks.J













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Answer:Changing Boot Order in BIOS

I think you want to choose number 5 unless your trying to boot from a USB connected floppy drive or USB connected CD/DVD drive.

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I have 2 sata slots on my Motherboard so I put in a 160 gig hard drive with windows xp worked fine. Now I have one 40 gig IDE harddrive I wanted to put in just as a storage drive.(This computer has both Sata and IDE) computer reboots sees both drives I press F10 or 9 to continue . Then the screen goes black. I know whats happening,, Its reading the IDE to boot from and it doesnt have an O.S. on it. I want it to boot from the sata drive, SO I go into bios to change the boot order.. Every thing including the time is not letting me change it. Bios lock down ... Now I remember going into bios last year and I was able to change settings . Something happened! Now I cant change it. I even pulled out the dvdrom and put the IDE on the ribbon and power.... I heard that might fix the problem on another message board. SAME Problem. I see people with similar problems and the answer is to flash the bios,,, I have been reading about flashing bios and everyone says don't do it if you don't know what your doing. (PAPER WEIGHT IF DONE WRONG) Some one give me some advise and please something that helps !! I have heard so many dumb things to do I'm about to give up.

Answer:Can't change boot order in bios

Do NOT flash the BIOS! What type of keyboard are you using - PS/2, USB or wireless?

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I have read many of the posts here on this subject. I have Googled and read many inputs on how to solve this problem. None of these have worked for me.
Here are some of my system specs:





Dell Inspiron 17R 5721
OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Version 6.2.9200 Build 9200

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz, 2401 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 10/24/2012
SMBIOS Version 2.7
Embedded Controller Version 1.01
BIOS Mode UEFI

Secure Boot State On

Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1

Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 G



As so many others have written, I can't change the boot-up order which means at this time, I can only boot from the hard disk.
I am hopeful that it is my ignorance that prevents me from accessing and changing the order, and that some good hearted soul will set my down the right path.

Thanks
James

Answer:How to change the BIOS boot order?

Are you having trouble getting to UEFI/BIOS? Try turning fast startup off: Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8. If you have tried this approach, then please tell us what else you have tried.

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Computer is an Asus. Windows 7. Has been having issues.. blah blah.. how do I change the boot order so that it goes to CD first? Thanks in advance.
...Tried to upload picture but it is too large apparently. Here is a link to it:
http://tinypic.com/r/i3w17m/8

Answer:Bios.... Changing Boot Order???

Hello and Welcome
 
From the picture it looks like you would use the up/down arrow keys to hightlight Boot Option 1 and then use the +/- keys to change it.
 
I believe you can also access the boot order menu by tapping Esc or F8 at boot for ASUS but it depends on the model number.

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Hi everyone,

Before I start, please tell me if this is in the wrong category. Virtualization seemed like the most applicable

Anyway,

I am on a laptop running Windows 8.1 x64. I have an external Hard Drive, with 3 partitions. ONE of them, assigned as X:, contains Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Using the Advanced System Settings built into Windows 8.1, I tried using the 'Use a device' option, and it came up with three options under the name of my hard drive. I assume these were the three partitions, but hey all had the same name. I cannot tell the difference between them. I tried selecting all of them to boot, and the computer still booted to Windows 8.1. I tried editing the boot order in the bios, trying the three partitions as the first option, and it still didn't boot to my copy of Windows 7.

Is there something that I'm doing wrong, or does Windows 8.1 simply not allow external USB booting?

Answer:BIOS Boot Order has been completely ignored

If the external HD is MBR then I think you have to turn off EUFI. Also secure booting. Afaik if EUFI is enabled then only GPT Windows partitions can boot(or OS that can handle EUFI such as some Linux distros.)

Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
I believe in the EUFI options you must have Legacy or Legacy + EUFI selected or MBR type drives just will not boot.
For my backup image software I had to set up a USB to boot using EUFI(well, Macrium did it for me.) In that case all I have to do is select the USB in the boot order.

Edit: I think this issue would come under Installation and Setup. Virtualization is about running virtual machines or guest OS etc..

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Recently, my BIOS has started to display ' view only item '; this means I can't change my boot order and few other things as well. Has any one seen this problem before ? I would appreciate some help.Many thanks, Colin

Answer:BIOS - can't change boot order.

Seen it for audio and graphics cards usual trick is to disable in device manager first before trying to change in BIOS.Never seen it for boot order though.

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/559747/bios-changing-boot-order/#entry3841096 - Hamluis.
 
Hello
I have problem of could not change boot order to DVD on windows 7 my laptop is Dell inspiron 15R

Answer:Cannot Change Boot Order in BIOS

Please do the following.  This will provide me with the name of the BIOS manufacturer and its version.
 
Please download and install Speccy to provide us with information about your computer.  Clicking on this link will automatically initiate the download. 
 
When Speccy opens you will see a screen similar to the one below.
 

 
Click on File which is outlined in red in the screen above, and then click on Publish Snapshot.
 
The following screen will appear, click on Yes.
 

 
The following screen will appear, click on Copy to Clipboard.
 

 
In your next post right click inside the Reply to Topic box, then click on Paste.  This will load a link to the Speccy log.

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I recently acquired a 5-year old Compaq Presario 5030 desktop. Upon checking the settings in the Compaq BIOS, I discovered that there are none present that allow you to change the boot order of the various drives. How do you deal with this?
 

Answer:A Question About Boot Order In BIOS

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Gday there i can boot up my PC by tapping f 11 i can see my ssd and my Samsung hard drive there i tap ssd drive and it boots ,but i have to do this painful process every time i boot up.
my mobo is a z77 extreme 4 all was fine until i followed an over clock guide and my bios must have reset it self when i went past the sweet spot.I did find a solution as a cmd prompt make ssd boot priority 1 in the cmd prompt,i found this in Google but now i cant find it again.Can some one please advise me what to do.

Answer:ssd not showing in bios boot order

Have you tried going to the BIOS and setting the SSD as first in the boot priority?

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I am getting Boot Failure Insert Disk in A. (Windows XP)

I checked the boot sequence in the BIOS and the IDE is 3rd. How do I change it to 1st?
Thanks.

Bob
 

Answer:Changing Boot Order in BIOS

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I have a new ssd with a copy of windows 10 installed onto it, the only issue is that the machine I need to install it on, doesn't have a change boot order within the BIOS.
Am I missing something? Or do I have to upgrade to a later BIOS version?
Thanks in advance
Zak

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I bought a Lenovo Y50-70, 3 months ago i.e September 2015. It was working just fine. On Friday (25th December 2015) i was using the laptop and after i finished my work i wraped up my laptop and kept it in the bag before sleeping.
Next day (26th December 2015) in the morning i switched on my laptop. After switching it ON. My display said that the there is a problem booting. So after going into BIOS. The INFROMATION showed that the Hard Disc is not DETECTED. So i made a complaint in the customer care (LENOVO). So one of LENOVO'S officials came to examine my laptop. The first thing they did is replace my hard disc with a new one. After restarting the laptop it still couldn't read the Hard Disc. The official checked the Mother Board after and couldn't tell what the problem is. Please Reply to my post as soon as possible.
 
 
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I have a Gigabyte Ultra Durable 3 motherboard MA785GM-USTH. I have tried several times to set the BIOS to boot first from a cd/dvd. It does not change the boot order. I continues to boot from my hard drive. I want to boot from a UBUNTU CD and I can't. Can someone help?
 

Answer:My Gigabyte BIOS won't change the boot order

My short answer here to this, is that it sounds like your BIOS needs a swift kick in the pants! Maybe the BIOS just needs a jump start, maybe to get things back on track. This is just a real quick little fix, if it works.

1. Remove the computer from power, unplug the power cord from the power supply.

2. Take the side panel off your computer case, exposing the guts of the machine.

3. Look for the motherboard, then look for a small shiny chrome colored battery.

4. Remove that chrome colored battery off the motherboard.

5. With the battery removed, take your hand and press the (power) button on the front of the case.

6. Keep that button depressed and or pushed for approx. 30 to 40 seconds, while your computer BIOS is drained of it's power and hopefully it's current setting.

7. Let off the (power) button, replace the chrome battery back onto the motherboard, replace the side panel of the case and reconnect the computer power cord to the back of the power supply.

Now turn on your computer and see if that helped take care of some things! Again, this is just one of those quick fixes that may or may not always work.

Hope this helps.
 

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I don't see my DVD in the Boot priority when I was inside BIOS UEFI. It was there before. I think I may have deleted itin Windows. My intention was to place the DVD in number one spot to boot from. What do I need to do to get it back? I recall seeing it there before.  B50-70BIOS version 9dcn79ww(v2.00)

Answer:DVD is missing in Boot mode order in BIOS B50-70

Have you tried hitting F9?  (load setup default) Then, move up.

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Hello, I've a Thinkpad X230 and I want to change the Boot order but it's not possible. I'm not aware thtat any kind of password have been defined and the system is never asking for one. I can edit all elements of the BIOS except for the Boot order. could anybody help? I checked all possible threads regarding the BIOS but could not find my problemm anywere. here are the screenshots of all the BIOS configuration. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5f8gvchb2kx22s6/AAAmcRLBCLx4yHKlavOOqLl2a?dl=0 if naybody means that a password have been set up. Please let me know how could I make the system prompt for it because otherwise I could not even try to find out the password

Answer:x230 BIOS. Boot order not changing

Hello and welcomeAre you able to hit +/- keys to change the boot order?Srartup menu-> Boot-> Choose the drive you want to change, hit "+" or "-" keys to change the order.The option to prevent (lock) to change the boot order is disabled on your photo #25.

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(Operating System is XP Pro_SP3)

I recently built a desktop with a Gigabyte mobo.

I have several USB and USB + eSATA external hard
drives. The SATA internal drives consist of two in a
RAID 0 configuration. There is only one operating
system installed on the RAID 0 internal drives.

Naturally, I set the RAID 0 drives to boot first in the
main BIOS setup. 99% of the time that's where the boot
begins for most of us. I've got the usual seperate
boot menu that allows you to boot from another
device. On the next reboot it reverts back to the normal
boot order.

I found out too late the this mobo randomly changes
the boot order. If one or two external drives are turned
on the boot order will be scrambled. This is beyond
insane because you cannot boot from something that
has no operating system, active partition, etc.

Google turned up a long list of posts on other forums
about this problem. It occurs with other mobo's besides
Gigabyte.

Someone suggested checking out BIOS Overlay's
and bootloader programs.

The only thing I remember about overlay's is that they
were used with an older BIOS that would not recognize
a partition over a certain size. A few years ago hard
drives capacities exploded but a lot of folks had older
mobo's that couldn't "see" these big drives.

Bootloaders or boot managers are usually used when you've
got two or more operating systems installed. Could this
type of program lock my system so it would always bo... Read more

Answer:BIOS Keeps Changing Boot Order Priority

Do you have the latest bios version? If not go to gigabytes site and download it and flash the board.
 

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Hello everyone,
 
I need some help, I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre A55 9636 Desktop, and I need to boot off a CD but when I insert the CD in the CD/DVD-ROM and restart, it won't boot of the CD, it doesn't even give a message at startup to change the boot sequence (like press F2 for boot) or something like that. any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
thanks,
 
 
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Go to Solution.

Answer:How to change Boot order on a ThinkCentre (BIOS)

did you try changing the boot order in the bios?     Message Edited by vijaysaradhi on 05-18-2009 08:34 AM

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Hi everyone.
A little embarrassing but I can not change the boot order in the BIOS of my mobo to boot from the ODD in order to boot from a CD. My mobo is an Intel desktop board DH55TC. Hopefully there is some of you guys who has the same mobo who can give me a little help.
Merry Christmas.

Answer:Help changing boot order in Intel BIOS

Changing boot order in BIOS setup steps are on page 64 here: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1850...chProdSpec.pdf

You can also get a one-time BIOS Boot Menu by pressing F10 key repeatedly at first boot screen.

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Okay, I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre 7373CTO. And i would like to use multiple drives. i could do it on any other machine.Anyways. i start the pc i go into setup i go to boot order to make sure my Hitachi boot drive is #1 so my other drive that simply holds files is not reconized to boot from, so i change the boot order i re arrange it just he way i like it. and i go to the EXIT tab. The Save and Exit option is always greyed out and it always makes me exit without saving. I need to know how to save it.

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Heys guys, I'm hoping I can get some help with this. I have a Lenovo y410p. It has 2 drives, one with the OS (120GB SSD 40mm N.2 NGFF) and a data drive(1TB HDD)
My computer recently crashed when I was installing a piece of software, (Bentley MX Road, it's a road alignment package.) When I restarted my laptop I was greeted with a lovely message informing me that winload.efi was corrupt. That was fine so I did a bit of research to fix it involving getting a recover DVD and going to the command prompt to rebuild BCD. That didnt work for me as it didnt detect windows. I tried to see what was up with the SSD using DISKPART & CHKDSK. Neither of these showed the SSD. They only showed the HDD
So now to take a step back, In order to get the recovery DVD to boot I had to change the boot option in the BIOS from UEFI to legacy support. This showed me a list of bootable devices (HDD, SSD, DVD etc.) When UEFI is selected only one option is available which is the Windows boot manager. This is followed by the serial number of the HDD which does not have any OS on it.
I have tried using f12 which give me the windows boot manager option and nothing else. When I select this, it boots me into the error message.
So to get to the root of this, how can I change the boot order when the BIOS is set to UEFI so I can repair the winload.efi file on the SSD. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Changing boot order when BIOS is set to UEFI

You change it the same way as before. Usually you can do it withe the OEM software installed on Win8.

You may have to turn off Fast Boot if set.

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I have an x140e, with external hard drives connected througI fhe the USB ports.  They apparently take too long to reswpond duringb  B'IOS boot, and it just hangs.  I suspect I need to tell the BIOS to not try and boot from the USB portsB ports, but I can't figure out how to get into the BIOS to control boot order.

Answer:Changing Boot Order in BIOS for x140e

Hello,
I don't have my ThinkPad X140e with me to test this, but I believe that holding down the F1 key as soon as the system powers up will prompt you to enter the BIOS.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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HP 110-016 runing updated Windows 10.  Am trying to dual boot to ubuntu.  Ubuntu is installed and works along side windows.  Changing the boot order in the BIOS will not stick.  It always changes back to boot only windows.   I get into the BIOS change the boot order so Ubuntu boots first, do F10 to save then do a save and exit.  At this time the computer will boot to Ubuntu, but as soon as I turn the computer off and then restart it will boot to windows. This is not what I want. Is there something wrong with the BIOS?  Any fixes?

Answer:Changing boot order in BIOS will not stick

@danmf?, welcome to the forum. It has been awhile since I used Ubuntu, but I believe that you have to use GRUB to select the drive that you want to use at boot.  I suggest going to www.ubuntuforums.org for help.  They are the experts on Ubuntu. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Could someone describe exactly how to change the boot order on the T520 from the BIOS?  I have spent hours trying to do something that should be very straightforward and simple.  Any directoin would be appreciated.
 
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Answer:T520 - Changing Boot order in BIOS

Hi rsbonini,
 
I moved your post here from an old thread that was about managing UEFI BIOS boot order with scripts...
 
I wonder if you're being tripped up by the same thing that got me with my T420:  The ">Boot" line in BIOS -> Start Up looks like a heading for the rest of the page, but it actually links to an expandable menu. (That's what the ">" is indicating, I guess).  This got me and a few of my friends.
 
Highlight that ">"Boot" line and hit enter, and you should get the boot priority list with instructions on how to change it in the right pane.
 
Apologies if I've misunderstood,
Z.
 
 

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I want to change the boot order to allow bootup from iso disks.Keyboarding F10 at doesn' t bring up the BIOS screen, and the machine just boots into  Win7. Any suggestions?Thanks

Answer:Can' t enter BIOS to change boot order

@ZL1BNB?, welcome to the forum. Try using the Esc key to see if that works.

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Phoenix Technologies BIOS A23 on a Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop.  There is no option in this BIOS to reset to defaults or to remove an item in the boot order.  The item in question is "Cardbus NIC". I have disabled it but I want to also delete this item completely from the boot order.  Is there any way to do that?  Is it possible to replace this BIOS with a different BIOS? (I flashed it with a downloaded A23 version from Dell support site but nothing changed. FYI:  The version on Dell site is the latest one I've found and it's dated 2002.)

Answer:How to delete item in BIOS boot order

i do believe the BIOS detects ALL devices plugged into your computer. i assume when you remove the NIC card, the item will be gone from the BIOS.

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The computer starts up and I see " Boot From CD _ " but nothing happens and it just restarts itself.

There is only one CD Drive so I know it's not conflicting with anything else....

I'm trying to do a fresh install of XP.

It has an MSI KM4AM mobo

Answer:Conputer won't boot from CD...the BIOS order is correct

if you see "boot from cd_" then there's nothing wrong with the bios setting. could be a bad cd/dvd drive if it restarts itself. normally it'll say "non bootable disk" if it's a bad disk.

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 Is there any way to hide C / make my computer completely exclude it using BIOS settings - i mean without physically removing the disk  - i've got to do some experiments on D - ultrabay drive and don't want to mess up...   

Answer:T500 - exclude C from boot order from BIOS

Go into BIOS - Startup - Boot, select your internal harddrive with the arrow-keys and deactivate the HDD by pressing the "x" - key from boot-sequence.

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My dv6 has a shattered LCD screen, but works otherwise.  I'd like to get into the BIOS and change the boot order so that I can boot from CD/DVD or USB. When the computer boots and I press F10, computer goes into the BIOS setup but I cannot read the screen and navigate the menus. Any suggestions? If someone can see their BIOS screen, could you tell me which keys to press, in order, to reset the boot order and/or to set CD/DVD and USB to boot before HDD? Many thanks in advance,-Craig-

Answer:Busted LCD - Change BIOS boot order

This is what the LCD looks like. -Craig- 

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When I access the bios to change the boot order.   The USB boot function is not available.  If I boot with a USB stick in, the option appears in the BIOS. However, when I adjust the USB to be #1.  It will boot the first time fine but the next time I boot with out the USB drive in, it will reset to the USB to be after the HD.  Other settings in the BIOS save fine.

Answer:Y550P Bios Bug, will not save boot order.

there's a small battery for bios, may be it's empty, changing it with new one may fix your issue or you may need bios update.

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Hi, we have a very old Satellite Pro A40 with a new hard drive.

We're tryng to change the boot order in BIOS to recognise the CD drive ready for the windows disk. However, there seems to be no option to change the BIOS boot order and yes we've tried the Toshiba route which suggests pressing C during boot up and F12 to select the drive during boot up, neither of which work.

Please can someone help?
regards
Karl

PS: The current message on the screen during boot up is BOOTMGR is missing

Answer:Re: Satellite Pro A40 - Can't find boot order in BIOS

Hi karl1966,

Have you checked if the CD/DVD drive is recognized properly in BIOS?

Maybe your disk is scratchy and you should try another one. I don?t know which disk you have used but try it with Toshiba recovery disk and Microsoft Windows disk.

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This is the first time I've seen a computer with a boot order that can't be changed. It's a rebuilt Dell E520. When I go to the bios, it lists about 7 changes that can't be made, and one is the boot order. It boots the HD first and the CD/Rom second. period! So is there some other way I can run the Reinstallation CD so I can repair whatever it is that's making this machine seem like it's got the FengXing Infection? Thanks, Bahb
 

Answer:Solved: Can't change boot order in Bios

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Hey guys,

My PC is running Windows 7. In the past I never had an issue running memtest from my CD. I would put the CD into the PC, restart the PC, press a certain key (I think) and Memtest would load.

Unfortunately I forgot what key I used to press and Memtest won't load, it goes straight to the Windows Startup Screen and the Desktop loads.

I went into Bios and I saw that CD/DVD was not #1 in the boot order which is strange because I used to run memtest many times on this PC and I never changed the Boot order.

I tried changing the boot order by hitting the + key but the key won't do anything. Is there some other key that I need to press in order to get + or - working?

also I see two CD/DVD's in the boot order of the Bios, I guess it's because I have two CD/DVD drives? Which one do I make #1? The Memtest disc is in the bottom CD/DVD drive.

Any help is much appreciated
 

Answer:Can't change boot order in Bios to run Memtest

Usually Memtest starts automatically without any key presses if your CD/DVD drive is 1st device.

What brand and model motherboard are you using? Usually it tells you at the bottom of the screen in the BIOS what keys you have to press to navigate through the menus. The manual probably explains it in great detail, but I know, who reads those things?

We aren't going to be able to tell you which drive is which, you will just have to try trial and error with at most 2 restarts.
 

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Hi guys, I'm trying to properly dual-boot Windows 10 Edu 64bit and Kubuntu 16.10 64bit. The problem is that on startup it's impossible to start GRUB, Windows is loaded automatically. Is there a way to change UEFI boot order? I tried several methods but Windows always overrides my changes; I managed to load GRUB only once by renaming the Windows OS Loader path to the GRUB one, but after I booted to Windows once again, it overrode my settings creating a new Windows OS Loader entry. These are the methods I've already tried: Renaming the path as I said up here through bcdeditUsing EasyUEFI to change boot orderUsing efibootmgr in KubuntuUsing boot-repair in KubuntuUpdating GRUB in Kubuntu While on my desktop I have a BIOS setting that lets me change UEFI boot partition, I don't have anything similar on this laptop. Let me know, thanks.

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Hello,
I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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So, I dont know how but my Z580's BIOS is corrupted. I canot go into the bios or the boot options, even after pressint the right keys. and because i am at my college now, with no leaves left, I can not go to the lenovo service centre. So is there any way to recover my bios or changing the boot order without getting into the bios. and bcoz my first boot device is hdd i cannot boot from cd or usb.plz help.

Answer:Z580 Corrupt Bios : not able to change boot order.

Hi kmpways, welcome to the forums,
 
it will help members to help you if you could post which operating system is insatlled on your Z580 and also which keys you have been pressing in order to enter BIOS.
 
Have you been pressing the keys during a warm or a cold start?  There are some other very similar posts on the boards, the following seems to contain some good tips which you may / may not have already tried.
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Z580-ignores-USB-and-boots-straight-to-Win8...

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Hello,
I have a Lenovo laptop that is about 4 years old. It was working fine earlier today but when I picked it up to turn it on it was powered down and the message came up saying BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I tried to restart and enter the bios to change the boot order so I could boot from my windows 7 usb to repair the problem with the command prompt but it would not let me into the BIOS. I tried burning a windows 7 Disc to try that but again it won't boot from the cd/dvd either. I know how to fix the problem but I cannot access the bios to change the settings. What could that problem be caused by? Is the mother board gone? I have seen other posts similar to this but everyone seems to pay attention to the windows part and not answer why they can't access the BIOS. I have tried all the keys, F2, F8, F12, F10, ESC, Del. Normally the F2 key works for entering the bios and the F12 is for changing the boot order on my machine. Please help with this BIOS problem and ignore the Windows BOOTMGR problem.

Thank you

Answer:Missing Bootmgr and can't get into BIOS to change Boot order

Might help any helpers if you fill in your computer specs. Keep in mind the more information you give, the better the chance that someone can or WILL help you... Computer type: Laptop & OS: Nevada???? are not much to go on, no?

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I upgraded to windows 10 and 1.71 bios. Was having to many issues with 10 (WIFI not working properly) so I downgraded. Now computer wont boot. Ive looked through the forums for a solution but no luck Run all the diagnostics testing that the bios was offering and passed everything. It boots to the Lenovo screen (to interupt normal startup, press enter) pressing f1 will take me to bios configuration but f12 doesnt work, i just get a blank screen pressing enter gives me the options to go to bios, run diagnostics, which both work but again, f12 goes black, nothing happening, no choice of bootup. I ordered the recovery disks from lenovo but it wont boot from the cds. I reseted the bios to defaults. I've hit the reset button on the bottom. Not sure what my options are, got some important work I'd love to get to asap.  Thanks in advanced for the help, lenovo community Ian

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I have 5000+ HP computers where we would like to use the BCU to modify the boot order.  The test computers all have the latest version of the BIOS installed.  We are initiating the boot order change from a remote computer.  All seems to go well, as in no errors received or displayed.  However, the boot order does not change. Or, even stranger, the boot order seems to change but when the target computer is rebooted, the boot order reverts to what it was originally.  I threw a lot of rocks at this but none have hit anything yet.  Thanks for suggestions.

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I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook http://youtu.be/2FpC2Deuawk   

Answer:U300s: Cannot access BIOS to change boot order

peavers wrote:I was dual booting Windows 8.1 Update and Ubnutu 14.04 From the windows disk manager I deleted all Ubuntu partitions and rebooted my notebook. I was immediatlly present with the grub rescue promt. Normally this is a quick and easy fix, by booting a windows USB/CD and repairing the windows MBR.  My problem is I can't access the bios or the boot menu to change the boot order. Nothing I've tried has let me get into the bios to set my USB stick as the first boot option.  Using the small recovery key button on the side of the notebook which normally boots the notebook to the screen where you can choose which drive to boot does the same as the power button. There is no bios flash screen or abililty to press any keys before getting to the grub screen.  I've drained the battery and left over night hoping this would reset the state it seems to be stuck in but that also did nothing.  Here is a short video showing what happens when I boot the notebook http://youtu.be/2FpC2Deuawk   I think the problem is in deleting Ubuntu. According to this video after the deletion of the Ubuntu partitions they must be combined back to the Windows partition.

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My Samsung SATA SSD + 3 HD's list during boot up and show in ASUS BIOS in the Hard Disk Drives boot order, but in the "Boot Device Priority" I do not get an option for my SATA CD-Roms, USB and Floppy.

Everything was working fine until I performed a software reboot.

Windows 7 64bit, Asus Rampage II,

Answer:BIOS lists SATA HD's but won't let me pick them in Boot Order??

It turns out somehow my external backup HD had jumped to the top of hard drive list. Problem was solved when I put the ssd back in 1st position.

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Specs: Dell Inspiron 4000 notebook (circa year 2001), Pentium III, 750MHz, 512Mb RAM, running Windows XP upgrade over original Windows ME (all XP Service Packs and hotfixes installed).     How problem started: An installed 10/100 PCI Network Interface Card was bent while in one of the two Type II PCMCIA slots on the left side of the notebook. I removed the card and threw it away (I don't think I should have thrown it away but that was months ago).     While attempting to install a USB 2.0 Notebook Card (covered in another post this same date), I discovered that 3 entries pertaining to the discarded NIC appear in Device Manager under Network Adapter. The first one reads:  U.S. Robotics 10/100 PCMCIA NIC TX - Packet Scheduler Miniport. The 2nd and 3rd entries are the same with the exception that #2 and then #3 appear after TX in each succeeding entry.     I thought to uninstall these items since they pertain to a device no longer available to the notebook.  I right-click and click Uninstall, go through the Yes/No box, then receive a msg for each entry that it cannot be removed because it may be needed to start the computer.  I reboot, go into System Setup, and see that, indeed, "Cardbus NIC" is listed as the 7th item in Boot Order (listed as Disabled). BIOS is Phoenix A23, latest that is on Dell support site. I research the US Robotics device and learn that, by default, on installation of the NIC it had ... Read more

Answer:Remove item in BIOS Boot Order Sequence

Same comment as in http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1151942293:If you could edit or re-write your message, breaking it down into paragraphs, it would be much easier to read and comprehend.  I'm sure I'm not the only person who looks at a message with one gigantic paragraph, such as yours, and decides to not take the time to try to decipher it.

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last day i've just bought new machine thinkpad T430, when i try to change default order boot priority in BIOS, the menu is disable, i cannot change anything. Does thinkpad T430 came with default Supervisor password? Does anyone here know the supervisor password default? FYI, when i try to enter BIos, it ask the password, and i just hit Enter to enter the bios. Thank You













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Answer:Thinkpad T430 Cannot change Bios Boot order

It does not come with a password. Where did you buy the laptop?

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Hi forum! I try to save a new boot order in BIOS, but the system hangs (BIOS V1.22). After hard poweroff, the original setting is active again - nothing gets saved! What should I do? Any hints? Regards, Martin

Answer:E520: BIOS hangs when saving new boot order!

Try re-flashing the BIOS (just run the update again) Also, maybe before it, try resetting bios to default settings, save & exit, then enter bios again and set desired settings.

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Hi Peeps,

I have just bought a C850, and using KIS2013 produced a recovery setup on a usb pen drive. But how do I get the machine to boot from the pen, I can find no way to enter bios to change the boot order. I have been Googling all day and tried every method I could find recommended, non of which worked.

Thanks in anticipation,

Ray

Answer:Satellite C850 - How to change Boot Order in BIOS?

Perform complete shutdown and after you start your notebook again press F12 to enter BOOT menu.
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2B03EY0002R01.htm

There you will find option to enter BIOS settings.

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The OEM HDD which came with the system no longer functions properly. When booting it loads the splash screen, though instead of booting into Windows, it loads the recovery partition and gives me the error that the recovery partition has been destroyed.From there I have made both a Windows installation DVD & USB disk. The system automatically bypasses any external media for OS installation, and returns me to the screen previously mentioned. I have tried changing as many BIOS options as available that deal with the boot order/settings. Though no matter what, if the OEM HDD is connected to the PC it boots first, even when my DVD/USB is the only boot option (all others are disabled). When the HDD is connected I also cannot access the boot menu from startup (only my BIOS settings). Has anyone experienced this? My last idea is to buy an external encloseure in order to fully wipe the HDD, though if I can get around this it would be preferred. P.S. I'm currenly typing this from the mentioned computer, using a different HDD, so I can easily know that the issue lies with the OEM HDD. Thanks in advance.

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I bought a set of recovery disk from computer surgeon, got the 3 dvd running smooth then while the software was being initialized, I got a red screen, apparently I forgot to take off the jack from the PC connecting to the internet I was told to change the boot order in the BIOS and start all over again I press F10 got to setting then to boot, highlighted  and selected boot device priority as their instructions, I press enter..a pop up came with an options enable or desable  it was desabled  so I enabled it but couldn't see  any CD ROM to select, there was no list. was quiet a ride but after a few " glinches" I got there, but once in a while  as I am doing some settings the BIOS screen flashes and computer stops with a screen with safe mode start window normally ect... am I supposed to put the bios screen back to default ? sorry have no idea ha ha  help or tips would be awsome Thanks   

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Hi, every time I start my laptop with a pen drive insert into the USB port I have: 'error missing operating system'.  I entered in the bios and I changed the order of UEFI Boot Order and Legacy Boot, because the USB  was first on the boot list.I save the SATA as a first but everytime I have the same problem because the USB returns first on the boot's list even if I saved the options before. So I need to start the laptop taking care that any pendrive is insert. How can I resolve this problem?Thank you.  

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I can't acces to cmos to change boot priorityre. HELP !!!

Notebook Satellite S2410-504.

I try to normally press "C" on startup to boot from CD. but it don't work.
F12 too don't help.
I think some set some password on HWUtility, but how disable this pasword?

Please HELP!!!!

Answer:I can't acces to BIOS to change boot order on Satellite 2410

Hi

Try to enter BIOS settings using ESC button at the start up.

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I have an Ideapad Z585. My hard drive is having problems (won't boot), so I want to boot from a DVD or USB. Problem is, when I change the boot order in the BIOS (UEFI) to put the optical drive ahead of the hard disk, that setting won't save (although others do). When I exit the BIOS and look again, the boot order setting has returned to the original (hard drive first) setting.  **bleep**?? This means that if my hard drive is present, it will ALWAYS be used to boot from, which of course ALWAYS fails. There is no way to fix the hard disk because I can't boot anything else. This is a serious bug in the BIOS / UEFI.

Answer:Z585 can't save BIOS / UEFI boot order setting

Are you also disabling secureboot in BIOS before changing the boot order?  Hopefully the following thread will help;
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-Y-U-V-Z-and-P-series/Lenovo-Z585-won-t-boot-to-DVD-skips-straigh...

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Hi, I have a HP Pavilion 15 n204tx Notebook with Windows 8.1 running. Now I would like to install a SSD by replacing the optical drive. I am not an expert and I did some digging. I heard that before I install Windows to the new SSD, I should change settings in BIOS to AHCI concerning my hard drive. My Problem now is that I can't find it in BIOS. Where can it be found and maybe changed? Is it really needed to change BIOS mode? What are my alternate choices?

Answer:UEFI BIOS Access, Changing Boot Drive Order To SSD

Hi, No, you can't do that. You have to swap SSD and HDD. Put old HDD to the caddy. Regards.

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Have a Lenovo H420 desktop that was upgraded about 2 months ago. We backed up everything and want to reinstall Windows 7.

But I can find no way to get into the Setup screen. I've gone to Settings, Update & Security, Advanced Startup and Restart Now. But I have no option to Use a Device. If I choose Troubleshoot then Advanced Options, the subsequent screen has no option for UEFI Firmware Settings.

I've disabled Fast Boot through Power Options in the Control Panel, then tried F2 and the Delete key when starting. Nothing...

The fact that I can't do something that was so easy in Windows 7 is enough reason in itself to remove 10. Throw in the fact that the scanner part of my printer no longer works is just icing on the cake. I have the Windows 7 disk. I just can't figure out how to use it.

Answer:After Upgrade Can't Access BIOS to Change Boot Order for W7 Reinstall

According to the mamual:






2.3 System Setup

System Setup configures the network configuration for the Lenovo Rescue
System to ensure your Rescue System can connect to internet. In addition, System
Setup sets and manages all passwords for the Lenovo Rescue system.

2.3.1 Launch
Repeatedly press and release the F2 key when turning on the computer until the
Lenovo Rescue System open, then select System Setup.

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optiplex 360 unable to change the boot order of the disks in the BIOS.Can anyone help.Already tried to reset CMOS/Jumper and updated the BIOS version to A07.
On startup of machine everytime I need to press F12 then sElect to boot from HDD.
Can anyone help to resolve the issue.

Thanks in advance.
Amar

Answer:optiplex 360 unable to change the boot order of the disks in the BIOS.Can anyone help.

If it's not saving your changes, replace the CR-2032 battery on the mainboard.

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This site is useless, I recently asked a question and nobody managed to help I just got brushed of. My question is nowhere to be seen anymore, why?. Nobody here seems to understand what I asked. Here I go again: Since upgrading Win7 to Win10 I have been unable to access my 2 other Physical HDDs which have WinXP on them. Even the boot screen which used to come up when pressing F8 at restart has now disappeared.edited by moderator: Add missing link to original post

Answer:Does Windows 10 override BIOS boot order on older mobos

This site is uselessIf this site is useless, why do you keep asking question? While we fully understood your problem we do not have the correct answer because Windows 10 is only 19 days old. We are still studying and learning the behaviors of the new beast and develop methods that best tame itSince upgrading Win7 to Win10 I have been unable to access my 2 other Physical HDDs which have WinXP on themI am not sure what happened. How did you do the upgrade? Where did you get the Windows 10 installer? What instructions did you follow or did you do it blindly thinking what works for Windows 7 will work for Windows 10?Even the boot screen which used to come up when pressing F8 at restart has now disappearedThat is because Windows 10 has F8 Safe Mode key disabled by design.i_Xp/Vista/W7/W10 Usermessage edited by XpUser

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EDITED. PLEASE SEE AMENDED POST ABOVE.

Para 5.1.4 of Acronis 2015 Manual = "Arranging boot order in BIOS". It says:

"To boot your computer from Acronis bootable rescue media, you need to arrange boot order in BIOS so the media is the first booting device." and:

"Press the key combination (such as, Del, F1, Ctrl+Alt+Esc, Ctrl+Esc). BIOS setup utility will open.."

MY QUESTION: Am I Right in thinking that my machine will then automatically tell me the correct key combinations to press to get the BIOS setup utility to open, (so that I can then set my bootable backup to be the first booting device)?

If not, how do I find them?

Thanks.

Answer:Using an Acronis Bootable Backup: Arranging Boot Order in BIOS

The correct key to get into the BIOS varies, depending on motherboard or PC manufacturer.

The list of keys mentioned are likely candidates. The delete key works on my PC.

I've got a Gigabyte motherboard, just as you do. I'd suggest you try the delete key. You may have to hold it down or poke it once per second or twice per second. The timing can be cranky.

Once you get into the BIOS, you can then change the order to whatever you want.

OR--and this is likely simpler--use one of the F keys to bring up a ONE-TIME only menu, from which you can choose the boot device. That way, you don't have to use the BIOS at all.

F12 works for that on my Gigabyte board. You'd choose your CD/DVD drive from that menu--if you made a recovery CD. Or choose your USB drive, if you made a USB recovery drive.

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I've got a Windows 7 upgrade disc, so I first installed Windows XP and now need to boot from this new disc. Because I'm going from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Windows 7, I have to boot from the disc.

I can press F12 to get into the boot order selection screen; but pressing the arrow keys, escape, or enter has no effect. Once I'm on that screen, I just have to turn off the PC because I can't do anything else.

Both keyboards I've tried have been USB. I actually bought a new keyboard in case my keyboard was the issue, but the stores only had USB keyboards--if USB is the issue, I'll have to wait a few days before I can borrow an old keyboard that uses PS2.

Is there any way to workaround this using the USB keyboard I have?
 

Answer:Keyboard doesn't work in BIOS, any other way to change boot order?

Try plugging the usb keyboard into the usb port next to the ethernet port.

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Have a Lenovo H420 desktop that was upgraded about 2 months ago. We backed up everything and want to reinstall Windows 7.

But I can find no way to get into the Setup screen. I've gone to Settings, Update & Security, Advanced Startup and Restart Now. But I have no option to Use a Device. If I choose Troubleshoot then Advanced Options, the subsequent screen has no option for UEFI Firmware Settings.

I've disabled Fast Boot through Power Options in the Control Panel, then tried F2 and the Delete key when starting. Nothing...

The fact that I can't do something that was so easy in Windows 7 is enough reason in itself to remove 10. Throw in the fact that the scanner part of my printer no longer works is just icing on the cake. I have the Windows 7 disk. I just can't figure out how to use it.

Answer:After Upgrade Can't Access BIOS to Change Boot Order for W7 Reinstall

According to the mamual:






2.3 System Setup

System Setup configures the network configuration for the Lenovo Rescue
System to ensure your Rescue System can connect to internet. In addition, System
Setup sets and manages all passwords for the Lenovo Rescue system.

2.3.1 Launch
Repeatedly press and release the F2 key when turning on the computer until the
Lenovo Rescue System open, then select System Setup.

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I can't enter bios with F2 or change boot order with F12. It always prompt for a supervisor password that I never set.
The only thing I can do is to hit F11 to enter bios with limited functions where I can't modify anything.
The notebook was brand new and it is working well with W8.1. The problem arose when I tried to boot from a backup dvd to restore the system.
How can I get rid of this problem?
Thanks for any help

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When I connect a second HDD, and reset the BIOS to boot from the SATA socket to which THAT HDD is connected which I want to boot from, booting may still happen from the other socket/HDD. How can the BIOS setting be enforced ?

Answer:BIOS ignores desired boot priority/order/sequence

You select the HDD you want to boot 1st...move it up to the top of the boot priority list using the up /down arrows...when set to your liking Press F 10 to "Save settings and Exit"...The PC will re-boot with the new settings.

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I cannot select my new SSD (M4 mSATA) in the boot order in the BIOS. The mSATA drive DOES show up on the BIOS info page (first BIOS screen) but does NOT appear on the boot order page. The drive is visible and formatted in Windows 8 64bit and I can copy files to it, Computer: Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 with a 1TB HDD (i7 CPU, 660M COU, 8GB RAM, etc.)OS: Windows 8 64bitSSD: Crucial M4 mSATA 256GB Model # M4-CT256M4SSD3Windows shows the drive as operating correctly. After some fiddling I did use disk management to populate the volume (238GB available) and assigned a drive letter. I successfully copied a txt file and can open the file.I have created a recovery DVD but it doesn't recognize the drive when attempting to use--although I can see/use in Windows.I have also removed the HDD and rebooted a number of times.So the drive is working but I cannot set it as a bootable drive. --- A friend on another forum asked some questions but no success. I am posting the exchange here so others can see some of the things I have tried:>>>Have you tried the ssd as the only drive>>> Yes. >>> are both drives on the same sata contoller have you tried the ssd in the hdd port?>>>The SSD is mSATA and has a different port than the HDD (which plugs into the SATA port).I have tried w/o the HDD plugged in,>>>could it be that the hdd has ahci and the ssd doesnt or vice versa>>>I have not tried disabling AHCI yet as a quick ... Read more

Answer:Y580: new Crucial M4 mSATA SSD not showing in BIOS Boot Order

A friend on another forum asked some questions but no success. I am posting the exchange here so others can see some of the things I have tried:>>>Have you tried the ssd as the only drive>>> Yes. >>> are both drives on the same sata contoller have you tried the ssd in the hdd port?>>>The SSD is mSATA and has a different port than the HDD (which plugs into the SATA port).I have tried w/o the HDD plugged in,>>>could it be that the hdd has ahci and the ssd doesnt or vice versa>>>I have not tried disabling AHCI yet as a quick browsing showed this bricking some systems.>>>? See the Bootmenu of the BIOS setup utility. Make sure that the Boot Device Priorityin the BIOS setup utility is set so that the computer starts from the device you want. >>>Doesn't list it as an option on the priority screen,BUT it is listed on the BIOS information page as recognized (HD0 I believe).>>>? Press F12 when the Lenovo logo appears on the screen while the computer is starting up to select the device you want the computer starts from.>>>Does not list the SSD drive as a boot option. Tried w/ and w/o the HDD installed.

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Hello reader/answerer of my questions,
I am having some trouble with my 750 ODN's bios. This bios was an official update (3.6) from the support centre, and almost everything has been fine since (the plot thickens!). I decided one day I wanted to dual boot with linux, in particular Fedora (this is not related to it though).

But, when I burned the disc and tried to live boot (too test it out) I found that the boot order was set to hard drive first! I rebooted and pressed f12 - didn't work.
I tried delete and escape - neither worked. I then tried all the f keys - none of them worked.
Every time it took me to Windows boot menu, and I explored that and I couldn't find anything.

It's also worth mentioning I am running Win 7 SP1.
I tried both PLoP and osloader (too boot from the dvd) - neither worked.
I also can't remember what the key to start the bios was originally - oops!

Also the toshiba logo with instructions never appears.
I would really just like too change the boot order though, the rest of the bios I don't need access too right now.

A separate issue is that Windows randomly decides it wants to check my hard drive, which takes ages, and it won't give up until it gets to check it. I think it may need some medical help.

But, any help, from a qualified doctor or not, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Mitchell

Answer:Satellite L750 BIOS trouble - cannot change boot order

Hi

> I also can't remember what the key to start the bios was originally - oops!

Pressing F2 while powering up the unit would help you to access the BIOS.
But you don?t need to change the booting order within the BIOS. You can do that by pressing F12. This should be done immediately after you have powered up the notebook.
Then the boot menu would appear and you could choose the right boot device.

Does it functions?

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Hello Lenovo Forum!This is driving me mad. I bought a SATA-to-USB3 Adapter to connect my SSD and HDD from my old computer and boot from them (I want to use the Linux on it). Yet I can't figure out how to do that. Secure Boot is off, Legacy Boot is on and yet - everytime I choose the drive in the boot menu, the screen goes black, there is a short drive access, and then I'm back at the boot device menu. I don't really know what to try now. Reimaging like most other threads here suggest doesn't help in that case because it's not a simple installation medium. What I tried aswell: Attaching the Adapter via a USB2-hub to check if there might be an issue with USB3 support. When plugged into my friends X230, both drives boot up perfectly fine and he can use them just fine. Any kind of help is highly appreciated.Kind regards,Iriya EDIT: Here the BIOS Options which I think are somewhat useful:Config TabUSB UEFI BIOS Support - Enabled (Tried turning it off, didn't helpSecurity TabSecure Boot: DisabledPlatform Mode: User ModeSecure Boot Mode: Standard ModeStartup TabUEFI/Legacy Boot: BothUEFI/Legacy Boot Priority: Legacy FirstBoot Mode: QuickRestart TabOS Optimized Defaults: Disabled

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Hi, Im trying to enter to the BIOs setup menu on HP Notebook ba019nr to change the boot sequence.  I already tried with Esc, F2, F6, F10 and others several keys.  which key should I use?

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