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i need windows to read my new key and not the key in bios

Question: i need windows to read my new key and not the key in bios

Hi
I was hoping someone could answer this problem for me..

My notebook came preinstalled with windows 8 standard and now I am trying to do a clean install of windows 8.1 pro. i have a legit valid key and MS has confirmed it, but when i install using this key the product ID is different then the product ID for the key..

I have tried installing via usb and replaced the install.wim file which was meant to work but it didnt, after install its still showing up with the same product iD and phone activation numbers, i also tried adding a pid.txt file with my key and even though it installed 8.1pro without a key, again the numbers were the different to my product ID and phone actiation numbers were wrong.. this key which is valid will allow me to use during install, but after install i run command slui 3 and then try input in the 8.1pro keys but it says key is invalid even thought its valid and been confirmed by MS.. i then tried another legit win 8.1 pro key and same thing it says the key isnt valid..

i need to work out how to by pass the bios key so i can use my own key..

the install does install 8.1 pro with no probs but activation wont work.

I spoke to MS and they said i need to talk with support and they are not open until monday and im not even sure ill get home in time to call them before they shut, so if anyone has for a fix, its will be greatly appreciated..

thanks

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Preferred Solution: i need windows to read my new key and not the key in bios

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Answer: i need windows to read my new key and not the key in bios

Hi there.

1) DISABLE Protected Boot in BIOS.

2) You now have a choice - leave UEFI on if it's OK - windows will boot as you've got a proper Windows installation disk -- or "enable legacy mode". if you want to use "the old fashioned method".

Note though if you boot in legacy mode you won't be able to boot from GPT disks so I'd leave the UEFI mode on -- the key thing though is you have to DISABLE the protected boot which can only be done from the BIOS settings. Usually Press DEL or F2 or whatever to get the computers BIOS menu at boot time.

BTW BACKUP the installed system BEFORE you do any changes so you can always restore if stuff gets hosed up or you need to send computer back for repair etc.

Cheers
jimbo

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I've noticed quite a few people are having issues with SATA drives on systems which had IDE drives before that. My problem is similar in that my pc does not read a new SATA drive, but my old HDD is also a SATA. Also, the new HDD is not even being read by BIOS.

I made sure all the wires are connected properly..However I noticed that my old SATA hdd is not connected to the power source using the slim cable, it connects through the older cables (Legacy, I think)...Any ideas, please?

My motherboard is an ASUS A8N-E, my CPU is AMD Athlon 3.0+..Any other specs I should provide?
 

Answer:New sata hdd does not read in bios or windows

Thanks for the quick reply. I've tried reattaching both drives to different ports, and still no change. What really bugs me is that the new drive works, I can hear it.
 

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Hi everyone, I have an issue since some years that I have never succeeded to understand on what it depends I have a computer assembled by me with these features: Processor: Intel i73770 Motherboard: asus P8z77-v deluxeRam: 32 GB, corsair CMz32GX3M4X1866C10GPU: Gainward geforce 680 When I have assembled this pc for some months both windows and ubuntu they was reading 32 GB of ram fully. After some months suddenly it reads 16 GB of ram, from bios also if the rams are 1866 mhz I can take them only maximum to 1600 mhz. I can't understand why I have this issue and how to solve it. I attach to this conversation some screen of cpuz and windows properties.Thank you for helping

Answer:32 GB of ram, only 16 is read by bios, windows and ubuntu

So CPU-Z shows all ( 4 ) 8GB sticks installed and initialized, an Ubuntu system properties only shows 16GB. That looks like a bug maybe in Ubuntu as for if the other 16GB wasnt getting addressed then CPU-Z wouldnt detect them. This is the first I have heard of this. Unfortunately I only have a server with 16GB RAM and none higher to test my hardware against greater than 16GB to see if its a bug that repeats if I installed your version of Ubuntu.Could you have 16GB of RAM shared elsewhere such as 16GB system RAM shared with the GPU or a RAM Drive, the OS might only be showing whats available to it if its allocated elsewhere?Have you run Memtest86 on the RAM to make sure that all is healthy?

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Hi everyone, I have an issue since some years that I have never succeeded to understand on what it depends I have a computer assembled by me with these features:
Processor: Intel i73770
Motherboard: asus P8z77-v deluxe
Ram: 32 GB, corsair CMz32GX3M4X1866C10
GPU: Gainward geforce 680
When I have assembled this pc for some months both windows and ubuntu they was reading 32 GB of ram fully. After some months suddenly it reads 16 GB of ram, from bios also if the rams are 1866 mhz I can take them only maximum to 1600 mhz. I can't understand why I have this issue and how to solve it. I attach to this conversation some screen of cpuz and windows properties.
Thank you for helping

Answer:32 GB of ram, only 16 is read by bios, windows and ubuntu

Clear your bios and if that doesn't work try each stick individually. Currently your RAM is only running at 1333. For 1866 you need to use XMP profile.

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Hi everyone, I have an issue since some years that I have never succeeded to understand on what it depends I have a computer assembled by me with these features:

Spoiler: specs
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16326 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 161701 MB, Free - 68643 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 107123 MB; F: Total - 3815445 MB, Free - 2740318 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., P8Z77-V DELUXE
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

When I have assembled this pc for some months both windows and ubuntu they was reading 32 GB of ram fully. After some months suddenly it reads 16 GB of ram, from bios also if the rams are 1866 mhz I can take them only maximum to 1600 mhz. I can't understand why I have this issue and how to solve it. I attach to this conversation some screen of cpuz and windows properties.
Thank you for helping

 

Answer:32 GB of ram, only 16 is read by bios, windows and ubuntu

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Hi everyone, I have an issue since some years that I have never succeeded to understand on what it depends I have a computer assembled by me with these features: Processor: Intel i73770 Motherboard: asus P8z77-v deluxeRam: 32 GB, corsair CMz32GX3M4X1866C10GPU: Gainward geforce 680 When I have assembled this pc for some months both windows and ubuntu they was reading 32 GB of ram fully. After some months suddenly it reads 16 GB of ram, from bios also if the rams are 1866 mhz I can take them only maximum to 1600 mhz. I can't understand why I have this issue and how to solve it. I attach to this conversation some screen of cpuz and windows properties.Thank you for helping

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Hey there,
I've been trying to reinstall Windows 8 onto my Dell XPS 8500 while using the original key as my hard drive stopped working. When trying to use the Dell installation media, the Windows installer prompts you for a product key no matter what. I've loaded the BIOS defaults and tried booting the disc from Legacy BIOS mode as well. Any Ideas?ThanksHitik

Answer:Windows 8 Install - Won't Read OEM Licence Key From BIOS

PC came with Windows 8 ?? and you are using Dell's Windows 8 reinstallation media ??

you can now download windows 8.1 and it will read the windows 8 OEM key > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

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Hi All, I've been struggling with this problem all night and after reading countless articles and trying dozens of fixes I figured I'd ask.

I installed a fresh machine today with Windows 7, and got everything to work minus my Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM. The drive works, as I used it to install Windows 7 in the first place.

It is detected by BIOS, as well as showing up in My Computer. The problem is, it won't read any disc (ive tried about 10) including the very same windows 7 install disc it previously installed from hours prior.

So far I've tried removing the upper/lowerfilters from the registry (they werent there in my case), update to the latest firmware, ran the driver detective driver scan and update, removed the drive from device manager and restarted, and run the microsoft utilities all to no avail. In fact, I've run these all several times now.

I'm absolutely at my wits end with this, and I can't even get support from Samsung as the product is a Canadian model and they seem to only support US models. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:DVD Drive Will Not Read CD/DVDs in Windows 7 (Detected in Bios/Windows

Hi bcred

Welcome to Seven Forums
Let's try the basics - recheck the connectors, power-cable to your drive.
Is the drive listed in explorer after boot?
If you have another DVD/CD-drive lying around, you could try swapping with the Samsung - we need to do this to try and isolate whether the actual hardware is faulty. Alternatively you could try swapping SATA connectors just in case the current one for your drive has gone south.

Keep us posted and regards

Edit

Re-read your post - disregard the q about the drive being shown in Explorer

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Hi, I realize that the problem described in the subject may seem deceivingly simple to solve, however realize that it is not the case:

I have a Dell Dimension 8400 desktop with Windows XP Home Edition. I was attempting to reinstall Windows on it, however I could not get the computer to boot off of the disc. Thinking that I might be able to start the setup from within Windows, I booted into Windows only to find that BOTH optical drives cannot read discs (as in, they both tell me to insert a disc even though there is clearly a disc in the drive). The drives also appear in the BIOS, but cannot be booted off of either. And yes, I'm certain the discs are bootable, and even if they weren't, it would still be recognized in Windows.

Also, I ran Dell's (simplistic) diagnostic tool and it asked me to insert a data disc so it could run tests on the optical drive, except there were already 2 discs in both drives.

I have also double checked all cable connections inside the case, all are solid, and I have already flashed the CMOS. I have also updated to the latest (Dell provided) firmware updates for the BIOS as well as both optical drives. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Bios and Windows recognize 2 optical drives, but cannot read discs in either

The Dell Dimension 8400 is at least four years old... or more.
Several of the 8400's came with HL or HLDS optical drives, which failed early and often. Yours are likely long dead. What you describe is typical of a failed CD or DVD drive for which the reader lense has burned out or the drive has slipped out of alignment dut to wear.
Luckily, optical drives (DVD-RW and CD-RW) can be found cheaply online for $19.94 US to $39.99, and are relatively easy to install. We recommend Plextor (costly but great), LG, Samsung, LiteOn, or Pioneer. I would avoid Sony, Sony Nec, Sony Optiarc, HP, Acer, Asus, HLDS, Arctec and Rosewill as they do not seem to last as long in our computers.
 

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I just got the Erazer 315.  It comes with 8.1 but I want to install 7 Pro into it. Anyone know what steps I need to take?how do I install it? What settings in the BIOS should I change to  make it read my usb flashdrive first? Thanks













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Answer:Install Windows 7 .. what setting in BIOS needed for it to read my flash drive first?

hi luism60613,
 
You have two options in installing Windows 7
 
Option 1: Install Windows 7 in UEFI / GPT
1. Follow this guide on how to create a bootable Windows 7 UEFI  installer.
2. Boot into the BIOS and set the following (if applicable)
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled
 
3. Boot from the bootable Windows 7 UEFI installer that you created in Step 1 (by pressing F12 on startup and selecting the flashdrive) and install it on the Windows 8.1 partition (you can format this partition if you like) and you should be able to run Windows 7 in UEFI (this also preservers the OneKey Recovery which you can use to re-install Windows 8.1).
 
Option 2: Install Windows in MBR (Legacy)
1. Follow this guide on how to create a Windows 7 legacy installer.
2. Boot into the BIOS and set the following settings:
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
CSM = Enabled
Boot Priority = Legacy First
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Disabled
 
3. Boot from the Windows 7 installer that you created in Step 1 and on the Windows 7 installation screen, you will need to wipe all partitions or press Shift+F10 to open diskpart and issue the clean and convert mbr command to install Windows 7.
 
Note that this step will wipe everything so ensure you create a recovery drive (see this guide) just in case you want to restore Windows 8.1.
 
 
 
Regards

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As the title says.  The computer has been flakey on startup recently, so I want to update the BIOS.  I run the Thinkpad BIOS Flash Update Utility on my Thinkpad Yoga, it returns an error saying "failed to read the BOS".  Can anyone suggest a work around?  

Answer:BIOS Flash Update Utility "Failed to Read BIOS"

did you find a solution for this ?

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we are trying to do a rather off-the-wall thing. the big picture: we have classified data that we want to encrypt on all writable partitions on our hard drive(s). we need to store the encryption/decryption "keys" - two redundant 32 byte entries - for this data external to these drives. one place we thought of was in bios. these keys will be used for every read/write from/to the hard drives, so we would like them be be accessible in the lower part of ram like all other bios data is after bootup (if possible). the keys may need to be changed sometimes at boot-up by a third party application and NOT by entering the standard bios menus, which may be the trickiest part. is any of this at all possible?
thanks!
t.
 

Answer:How does one write to (and read from) bios without using typical bios menus?

Sure it is, but why do it the hard way? (You would have to rewrite the operating system kernel/drivers to do this unless you are using DOS or something)

There are industry standard solutions like TPM chips on motherboards, smart cards, security tokens, pinpads, hardware hard drive encryption devices..
 

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I have a couple of PC's that were ordered with windows 7 Pro Preloaded.  They came with a WIndows 8.1 System Disk (Dell).
I would like to read the BIOS embedded Windows 8.1 Key.
 
All of the ones that work under windows 8, hang under windows 7.
 
I have tried:
 
pkeyuibx.exe
 
RWEverything
 
pkeyui.exe
 
Any suggestions?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Answer:How to Read Windows 8 BIOS Key from Windows 7

If the computer has the key embedded in firmware you can pull it using produkey or firmwaretablesView. Look under the table named MSDM
 

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I'm trying to change my boot up order, but my BIOS does not see my CD drive will only bootup from HDD.... Gateway Tech support says I must reinstall Vista 64 so that BIOS will find my CD Drive.. Does this sound like a correct way to get BIOS to recognize the CD drive?

thanks.

Answer:BIOS bootup cannot read CD

shelbydog25:

It doesn't sound right to me, but I've been wrong before.

What have you tried so far to get your BIOS to see the CD drive?
Ardneh

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My problem with my sata hdd is that my new mobo wont pick it up. it will read my ide drive which im using now. My other mobo seem to pick up my sata hdd. I bought another sata hdd but my new mobo did not read it either. Bios does not see them either, But under under my raid utility it see the two sata. My new mobo wont see my sata hard drives but it will see my ide drives.

what can be the problem?

my new mobo is a ecs k8t890-a
 

Answer:sata hdd not read by bios

Your bios is not meant to see them, the raid utility takes care of them instead!!!!

They will work perfectly well within windows provided you install the raid driver that should be on the cd that came with your mobo and that you format them too!!!!!!
 

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I just built a computer for a friend of mine with the following stats

AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939
AV8 Abit Motherboard
2x 256MB Corsair XMS DDR400
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
Western Digitial Caviar 160GB SATA
Toshiba Combo Drive (CD-R/DVDROM)
NEC Floppy Drive

I got everything turned on, I make the BIOS come up, and its not reading the SATA Hard drive. I tried using another cable, failed. I used another SATA port, failed. I can't get it to read this dang thing. I'm starting to think that the board doesn't support SATA, yet it comes with a floppy Disk that is clearly marked SATA DRIVERS. I can't boot from that disk, I've tried. IT has Windows XP/2003 marked on it. So basically I need a hard drive with Windows to install drivers onto a HD that isn't being read. Doesn't work that way.... I dunno why they put SATA drivers on a disk, my motherboard read my SATA drive right away...I've also tried using the CD ROM, no avail.

I've searched out for a BIOS update, but it doesn't include a fix for the SATA.

What do I do?

Answer:BIOS Cannot read SATA

UPDATE

Her mobo won't recongize my old 80GB IDE Western Digital HD, OR her own 160GB Sata WD Cavier HD. However, it DOES recongize my 80GB SATA Hitachi, which my OS is on.

She OKed the next idea, but I might have to backup my SATA onto my old IDE HD and format it for her, and I'll take the 160GB and format it for me, since my computer does recongize the 160.

I guess ABIT sucks? lol

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Question: Read BIOS settings

Hello Is there a way to read the BIOS settings from remote or locally using executable on Windows? I am specially interested if Wake On LAN is enabled or not. Regards Leandro

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

http://download.microsoft.com/docume...9cf5105718.pdf

Answer:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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The computer whirs & loads media cds, nothing happens, the device manager is listed aslite-on DVDRW SHW-16358.This is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.

Answer:Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

How old is the Optical drive ? ?They fail...and they dont build them like they used to.QuoteThis is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.Also the above is unclear...are you saying you installed Win7 to this Gateway ? ?If so did you remember to DLoad and install the Win7 drivers for the PC ? ?

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I have had my system now for quite some years now. It is probably 7 years old.

AMD Athlon XP 2400
1GB DDRam
320GB Hard DRive
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb
Asus K8U-X mobo

Those are my basic specs. Yes it does seem ancient but, 7 years ago it was a top machine. Anyways, a while ago I tried to format my hard drive and it wouldnt let me. A screen kept popping up when i went to delete the partition and create a new one that said "the proper set up files were not installed" so it wouldn't let me format it.

What I decided to do was purchase a new hard drive (its IDE and i got one new for $30 so pretty cheap), and I installed it and fired up the pc and when I went into the bios, the only thing listed in the boot order sequence was the new hard drive. Well nothing is loaded on it and I need to boot from my windows XP cd. It did the same thing with the old hard drive too. Even with the old hard drive in there, if i went into the bios, the cdrw drive was not in the boot order list; but when i used the computer, the cdrw drive works perfectly fine. it burns and reads discs normally. So basically I am not sure why the cdrw drive isn't listed in the bios boot order list? Really hope i could figure out the problem. Thanks a bunch guys.
 

Answer:Bios won't read cdrw drive?

Greetings, Spaniel1287.

Since the system is 7 years old, have you ever replaced the CMOS battery? I suggest removing the battery to reset the BIOS to defaults, and since you've got it out anyway, may as well replace it (if you haven't recently). Any good electronics shop, jewelry store, camera shop, etc. should carry a replacement battery.
 

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Hello all, after struggling for two months I have found a workaround to storage controller not seeing SATA HDD. First off I had to learn Linux. Ubuntu Studio 16.04 to be exact. THEN I got to using a small flash drive (FD). Upgraded to working with a 64 Gb SDXC card as my hard drive. I NEED my storage controller to work. I have replaced the Motherboard to SATA wire to no avail. HP Driver site is a joke unless I run Windows.... which incidentally got wiped when the HDD started acting glitchy and promptly failing altogether. Any suggestions to trouble shoot or get a linux driver or a way to use the AMD/ATI driver in ubuntu would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:HP dv7 SATA not being read or found even in BIOS

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I have a problem with my 2nd HD (D), which is correctly read by BIOS set-up as being present, correct size (250GB) etc. but system (XP Professional +SP3) will not boot if it is connected. Boots perfectly if dis-connected. Booting with BartPE disk works, but trying to open disk gives message that HD is RAW, and cannot be used by Bart. Any ideas about restoring disc to a readable state? I have a recovery program which can recover files from HDs, including accidentally re-formatted ones, but obviously I can only use this if I can get the system to boot with the disk connected. I have a back-up of most of the data on the disk, but there are a few items I had not yet backed up, and would like to save, if possible.

Answer:2nd HD correctly read by BIOS, but unreadable -XP

If it is connected as a slave, try it instead in a USB enclosure.

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Windows XP, 2 Hard drive & 2 CD drive. Shorting jumper are set per instruction.

The PT88BS A04 will not address all 4 drives. The Pt88BS will address the primary Master and Slave drives only. Not the secondary Master and Slave drive.

If I invert the cable on the mother board then the PT88BS will run only those units in the primary position; showing that the cable and drive are connect right on both set of hard drives and CD drives.

I have sent one mother board back.

Thank you
Lostbois
 

Answer:Bios will not read secondary drives

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Hi, Tech Support Geniuses:

This issue came up about a year and a half ago, or maybe longer, but didn't care. Linspire was still reading it, so just used Linspire to transfer files. Now, Linspire can't see the disc. About three months ago I bought Spywarebot and flushed out over 1,500 spy files. Since then I have no Wrodpad wordprocessor, but my A:\ drive cam back to life. Now it's gone again. I've kept Spyearebot up to date as well as Adaware and AVG, all paid for to get full function benefits.

I did a cursory search for this issue, found one back in June '03 that wasn't resolved.

My BIOS sees the Floppy drive and XP Home lists it. Linspire doesn't see it at all. When I'm in XP, insert a disk, it doesn't open the drive. When I click on the listed A:\ drive it says it wants a disk to read when there's one in it. I've tried "Rolling Back" and "Uninstall" and "Reinstall." none of it worked. I don't know if it is SCSI or not, nor do I know how to tell.

I am wondering if the cable could be backwards because the light doesn't come on at all with the marked wire toward the inside, but comes on and stays on with the marked wire toward the outside. BIOS and XP sees it both ways; can't read anything either way. I've got another floppy drive, but I need to know which way the marked wire on the cable ought to be before I try the other floppy drive. No, there isn't a 'pro... Read more

Answer:3.5 Floppy Is BIOS, XP Listed - Can't Read

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Hey guys,
I got a 6800 a cpl days ago.Got this sucker installed and slapped rivatuner on it.Unlocked the pixel,and vertex pipes,overclocked via coolbits(let it pick optimal frequencies)and started playing.Everything was going good,got a 10900 on 3d mark 03 ran it again a bit later minus the cpu tests,and right at the end of a test poof....Power went down, smelled burnt poo,got the case open to find I could fry an egg on the huge bfg heatsink,sat held myself and cried .So I know officially my warranty is void,but i wonder if the bios could even be read on this card now that its nonfunctional .Any clue ????? Thanks in advance for any replies,Andyroo
 

Answer:can a bios be read on a fried card????

What do ya have to Loose, RMA it.













The squeeky wheel always get the Oil!
 

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A couple of weeks ago, I did a BIOS update which went successfully. Yesterday I tried to read a CD with the CD-drive (which I have done many times before), this did not work. The drive seems to notice that there is a CD in it because it comes sounds from it like it tries to spin up.

Under My Computer I can still see the drive listed as a DVD drive (it is both compitable with CDs and DVDs).

I have tried to update the drivers for the CD-drive though without any change in the results.

Does anyone have any idea about what can be done?

EDIT: My OS is Windows XP.
 

Answer:CD-drive won't read after BIOS update

1) Have you tried more than 1 CD just to make sure that there isn't a new problem with that particular disk?

2) Reset the bios back to defaults by either pulling the battery for a few minutes or by choosing the defaults option in the BIOS

2) Check the drive manufacturer for a firmware update.

3) Just out of curiousity, what problem were you trying to solve by doing the BIOS update? I am a vocal member of the "don't update the BIOS without a specific reason" camp.

4) Whats the make/model of the drive?
 

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I've just built a computer. The motherboard is Asus A7N8X-X. Processer is 2600XP+. I've got 256 PC2100 DDR RAM. When I boot my computer, it takes atleast 20 seconds to read the ram. Its like as if its counting the ram. Do I need to change some settings in the bios?Please help!!

Answer:Bios takes ages to read ram

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Hi
Someone recommended to update my bios because of the errors i'm getting with my pc
now, i've read the tutorial and other webpages about bios updating, and it's scary for me, so i want to get the real specific and exact file. but i'm confused.

I have an ECS mobo, but the bios or smthing is AMI... now i've looked at the startup and even brought some software from ami to get the strings, and i'm still confused. Here's the results:

This file has recorded information useful in identifying the manufacturer of this motherboard. You must contact your motherboard manufacturer for support. For more information on upgrading your BIOS go to w w w.ami.com/bios.
Note: The BIOS manufacturer in most cases is not the manufacturer of your motherboard.

BIOS String info:
An AMIBIOS ID String Was Detected:
63-0100-001131-00101111-011507-P4M800+
- ---- ------ ------
| | | |
| | | Chipset/BIOS Info (p4m800+- mine)
| | BIOS Build Date (1/15/07- mine)
| Manufacturer ID (1131 -mine)
BIOS ROM Information
AMIBIOS ROM Size: 512 KB
BIOS Build Date: Jan 15 2007
Motherboard Manufacturer Code Detected: 1131 - ELITGROUP
Please Consults ELITGROUP for support

AMIBIOS Build Tag: P4M800PRO-M3?
AMIBIOS Project ID: P4M800PRO-M3 Not listed in TAG.DAT file
For more information on upgrading your BIOS go to w w w.ami.com/bios.
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Answer:BIOS Update help - I've read the tutorial too

You always go to the motherboard manufacturer's website to get the latest BIOS for your motherboard's exact model. Your motherboard manual should contain instructions on how to flash your BIOS. If you don't have your manual, you can download it from ECS. Also, at the ECS website, the BIOS download page says that they recommend using their flash utility to update the BIOS. The utility is included in the BIOS download. The BIOS site also has instructions on how to determine your motherboard's model if you aren't sure.

You don't really have to be too concerned with who makes your BIOS since the correct one comes from ECS's website.
 

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My Bios won't read one of my sata drive... all I want to do is reformat the drive anyways. When I look for it in the bios i see the channel section taken but it doesn't say disabled... it just says nothing... so I guess that tells me it knows there is some type of device there... but can't read it. Any suggestions?

Answer:BIOS won't read Sata drive

Have you tried a different cable? Have you tried to use a different channel on the MB?

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Here?s a weird situation, system has 4 gigs of ram and the BIOS reads it correctly as 4095MB. But XP Pro reports only 2 gigs. Anyone got a clue why this would happen? I?m going to try a swap out when I can get my hands on a couple of one gig modules for testing, but that?s not going to be for a few days. Advice would be much appreciated.

Some system details below. I can get more when I crack the box open.

System:
OS: XP Pro SP1
MB: Supermicro Dual Xeon 266
Mem: 4x 1gig modules. Matched set, so I?m told. Type unknown. ECC???
BIOS: Phoenix

Potential items of note:
In the BIOS under advanced chipset control there is an ECC config selection. I see only two choices ? ECC or Disabled. Currently set to ECC. The item specific help says ?If all memory in system supports ECC, this selection selects from: No ECC, Checking Only, Checking and Correction or Check correction with Scrubbing?. Does the lack of the four choices in this case mean the ram is NOT ECC?

In OS now - Device manager -> System Devices -> Direct Memory Access Controller. Properties notes ?No drivers installed? but the driver tab notes 5.1.2600.0. Tried a driver update, but got a ?no better driver than the one installed yada yada?? message. Is that normal? Probably not related, but I thought I?d mention it. There are no attention warnings anywhere in device manager.

Generally the system is running well, with a few shutdown/reboot errors that I attribute to Roxio EZCD Creator not being properly... Read more

Answer:XP doesn’t read ram correctly, but BIOS does.

Most memory is not ECC, so I suspect that's what you're seeing.

Exactly what CAD application do you use that requires 4gigabytes of RAM? In almost every case I've ever seen, memory past 1-2 gigabytes is wasted and doesn't add any performance...

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Hi all, The laptop model is  y520 151BN  / 80WKI bought a cheap SSD called  -> Solid State Drive Intel E5400s, 120GB, M.2  I installed it in the laptop however BIOS or Windows 10 is unable to see it . Can you please let me know if this SSD is not compatible or what troubleshooting i could try ?

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While copying DVD's I was asked to do a bios upgrade from the software that came on my laptop, so i thought coming from toshibsa it should be safe. I closed all my applications and let the update happen, restarted my pc and tried to continue to copy my dvd's.

Now my dvd writer does not read most of my cds or DVD's,originals as well.
I have managed to get hold of my previous Bios version after quite a battle before the update to see if i can go back to my old version but the exe file runs a program that says the version is older then the one i am using so it will not load it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as i have two days to copy 100 DVD's for a client and i am unable to do this now,

I have a Toshiba Satellite L650 laptop running windows 7 64 bit 8 gigs memory with a SSD Hard drive

Answer:Satellite L650 - ODD does not read most of CDs or DVD's after BIOS update

> i can go back to my old version but the exe file runs a program that says the version is older then the one i am using so it will not load it

I don?t think that BIOS is the problem here? the point is that the CD and DVD support details are stored in the CD/DVD drive firmware and NOT in the notebook BIOS.
So in my opinion the BIOS update is not the reason for your issue.

I think you should check if laser lens cleaning would help you to read the disks.
Use an cotton wool tip and alcohol fluid to clean gently the laser lens.

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Hello. I have recently built a computer using all new parts, except the case, optical drive, and floppy drive. I don't have any of the specs with me, but can hopefully get any information that would be relevant to answering this question.

First, I loaded windows with no problems. I then loaded my onboard video and audio drivers, no problem. Then, I loaded my E-Mu 0404 sound card, and disabled onboard sound. Still good. Finally, I loaded my Ozonic midi keyboard, which conflicted with my E-Mu, and I had to start fresh.

After un-installing and re-installing the audio, I realized that I would need to start fresh with Windows to get any results. I loaded a new Windows, with my E-Mu disconnected so that the system could load standard. Once Windows was loaded, the only thing I did was add my desktop icons, and disable MSN Explorer and Microsoft Messenger. I loaded the driver CD for my onboard video and audio, which is when I got my first 'Disk Read Error. Press Ctl-Alt-Del to restart' message.

This happened twice trying to read from my optical drive. Then, it began happening trying to get into Windows. I tried twice, with the same result Once again, I put in my Windows cd, booted it, and when it checks system configuration (first thing) I get the Disk Read Error again. This happened a few times on trying to read the install disk.

I checked BIOS, reset to factory defaults, but nothing appeared out of the ordinary. To take stock, that is two failed attempts at reading my o... Read more

Answer:Disk Read Error, before POST, before BIOS

An edit to my post.....

I appears I am able to get into BIOS if I hit delete even before my monitor even gets it's signal. BIOS will come up, but if I don't hit delete, I don't get any POST messages, or any other messages before I get the disk read error.

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Hey guys,

my computer was running at a high Cpu temperature so i decided to remove my heatsink and apply thermal paste.. however in the process some thermal paste got on teh side of my chip so i removed it from the socket and cleaned it off..

however when i connected eveyrthing back together, my computer would not start.. it would say

a new cpu has been installed!

then when i said continue..
it said
DISK READ ERROR (CTRL ALT DEL TO RESTART)

so with some expert advice
i reset the CMOS via battery removal
and now it says when i turn on my computer
OVerclocking failed
F1 to enter setup
F2 to load and continue

When i choose f1 and enter bios , and i press f5 to load default values, then save and continue.. my computer shutdowns by itself instantly, like its losing power, then after a few seconds it starts up by itself again but freezes at post bios screen

If f2
it says " Disk Read Error "



Thanks in advance guys!

Answer:Disk Read Error and Bios Crash

You need to set Boot priority in BIOS. It is trying to boot off something else than your hard drive.

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I am trying to implement sata raid 0 with a PCI card built on the silicon image 3112 chip (Koutech PSA150). I can create the array in the card bios utility, start windows install process and load the drivers, and even format the logical volume and write the system files. When it comes time to reboot, my board doesn't detect the drives on the PCI card. The drives work fine if connected to the onboard sata controller, but this cheap board has the ICH6, not the ICH6R, so I need to use the expansion card for raid capability

It's a ECS 915p-a rev 1.2 board using an ami bios. I have flashed up to the latest bios available from ECS. I have enabled the 'boot from other device' option, but it doesn't detect the drives. I read that disabling the auto detect on the board's sata ports might help, but I haven't found a way to do that in the AMI bios.

hopefully, someone here smarter than me might have a suggestion.
 

Answer:Bios can't read drives on off board controller

Your motherboard BIOS doesn't have to and will never recognise the offboard RAID arrays. Your RAID controller has its own BIOS that will kick in at some point during the POST and perform its own disk detection and booting.

Tell your mobo BIOS to boot from SCSI or "other" and set the array to be bootable in the RAID BIOS.
 

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I just built a new PC but the BIOS won't read the SATA hard drive.

Sequence of events:

1) Tried to install Windows 7
2) Got to the partition screen and the hard drive shows up.
3) I go to Advanced -> New Partition
4) I get a loading cursor for 30 seconds and the hard drive disappears! I click "refresh" but there are no hard drives/partitions/nothing!
5) I check in BIOS and the hard drive is not there as well... tried IDE mode as well.
6) I have a DVD SATA drive that's being recognized by BIOS so I try swapping the SATA cables and ports that they're connected to... no luck.
7) I install the hard drive into an external enclosure. My other computer reads it but I get an error "unable to format" when I try to do so. I see that there are 2 partitions: (a) 100MB "RAW" format and (b) 940GB unallocated space.

Help!

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Parts List:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $169.99)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $49.99)
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Answer:BIOS won't read SATA hard drive

With the drive in the enclosure and connected to your other pc, download Data Lifeguard Diagnostic ( if you have the WD Blue drive) and use that to check the health status of this hard drive in question
WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)

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How can I install BIOS to my mobo??? I already read the manual but its not there....ASrock P4vm800BIOS: AMI V02.57       1985-2004Intel..

Answer:How can I install BIOS to my mobo??? I already read the manual but its not there

Please explain more about what you are trying to do.

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I tried searching for ths information before posting but got too many hits on MBR and lack the skills to make a better search argument.

I need to know if the MBR is read by BIOS or by the OS or by both of them. If the MBR is read only by the OS, what happens if the OS (winXP Pro SP3) is booted from CD or USB thumb drive, i.e., does the OS try to read the HDD for the MBR or does it get it from the boot media? If the HDD is read, either by the BIOS or the OS, how then can one fix a corrupted or missing MBR?

I have a laptop with a new hard drive that had the OS running on it without problems until I tried to delete some files and folders recovered from back up media. The problem arose because I first tried to run Acronis file/folder recovery on a too small HDD. I ran a backup of that small HDD and recovered everything after I installed the new, larger HDD. Upon realizing what I'd done, I used Windows delete commands to try to get rid of the duplicate files before recovering files from the other Acronis backup from a second, separate USB external HDD. I was not able to boot after those attempted deletions -they never competed- either from the internal HDD, a recovery CD, the external USB Acronis image, or from a bootable USB thumb drive. Without being able to boot I couldn't get to Recoery Console to rub fixboot or any other command line processes. Every attempt to boot from whatever source produced a black screen with the error message: [XLDR] ATA error. I bel... Read more

Answer:Does the BIOS Read the Master Boot Record?

I can't follow what you did, but to answer your questions:

BIOS doesn't "read" anything. If you boot to the bios you do so before the MBR is accessed.

If you boot to a CD or DVD, the MBR is not accessed (because the HD is not accessed)

Did that answer your questions?

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Hi, this is for anyone who find themselves in my situation. 1. click on the following link and download ThinkVantage System Update, for your version of Windows. http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/ht080136 2. Install ThinkVantage System Update. If asked to restart your, then do so. 3. Then follow this guide on how to use it. http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/ht003029 This is how I figured out to update my bios, hope it can help someone else. Moderators, could you make this sticky?  with kind regards JBJ





Posts made by insomniac1971 is also mine.Thinkpads: T61, R61, R500

Answer:Read this if you can't find your model or bios update

Hi, this is for anyone who find themselves in my situation. 1. click on the following link and download ThinkVantage System Update, for your version of Windows. http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/ht080136 2. Install ThinkVantage System Update. If asked to restart your, then do so. 3. Then follow this guide on how to use it. http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/ht003029 This is how I figured out to update my bios, hope it can help someone else. Moderators, could you make this sticky?  with kind regards JBJ

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OK. I was looking at the BIOS on my comp. I was looking thru the AGP settings. my Motherboard and Graphics card both support AGP 8x. I set it so that it would run at 8x. But, above that, I saw the aperture size......The card itself is 256MB, but I saw 512MB available. I knew there was no way I could double the RAM, but I wanted to see what would happen.I cannot get anything to show up! I turn the power on, it beeps madly. Not as it would normally when there is a problem, it was beeping quicker, and then pausing, then a few more rapid beeps. It's really irritating me. I have put in an older 8MB Gfx card, to see if the BIOS would adjust accordingly, but that didn't work either. I tried boot disks, not in the hope that they would do anything, as they obviously wouldn't, but just to rule them out. You know how it is.Any solutions to my problem would be appreciated.It's a powerful PC, built by myself a while ago.AMD ATHLON XP 2400+512MB RAM etc. I don't think any of it really applies here, as the card was working fine before I felt the urge to screw up the BIOS.Thank you very much for reading this!

Answer:GFX Card probs - all started with BIOS. PLZ READ!

then gently remove the battery on the motherboard for about 10 minutes.Then replace battery get your good card back in fitted and then you will have to reset all the bios settings again.AGP App size keep at either 128 or 256 but no higher.Check you Time, CPU, Memory, if there are AUTO options these are more friendly.

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Firstly I upgraded to Windows 10 so the software and drivers on the HP website are different than my previous Windows 8 operating system drivers.Sadly before I upgraded to Windows 10 I did not update Windows 8's Drivers so I am currently suck on an outdated BIOS version and cannot upgrade my version as Windows 10 Drivers and Support does not include a BIOS update (My system Information BIOS version)As you can see I am running "BIOS Version/Date AMI 80.19, 2014-07-18" and ONLY  the updated version of this BIOS is on the Windows 8 operating system drivers which is 80.24 Rev.A. Sadly I cannot update as it is only avaible on Windows 8 and not 10.To change the drivers between Windows 8 and 10, there is a bule box you can click "change". Does anyone have any suggestions on how to update my BIOS to 80.24 Rev.A without going back to Windows 8 as a last resort? Also, would this outdated BIOS affect me In upgrading a new video card becuase currently I am getting no signal with my GTX 960 but it lights up and its fan spin...

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everything seems to be connected ok. when computer boots, the Floppy drive light comes on, stays on. Bios won't read Fdrive. changed out the drive, same thing. Otherwise, system works fine.
 

Answer:built new system, bios won't read floppy

The floppy drive light staying on is usually the result of plugging in the data connector upside down. I did it myself on my first build. If the BIOS won't read the F drive, check the jumper setting. If it is an IDE drive (PATA), make sure you have set the master and slave settings correctly. Also, just to cover this base, make sure you have installed all motherboard drivers. If the device in question is a SATA drive, make sure the appropriate SATA/RAID drivers are also installed.
 

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Hello there,

The main problem I?m having is my DVD/CD ROM isn?t reading disks. I?ve tried multiple disks. There is power to the drive and it does attempt to read the disk however it cannot.

My computer does recognize the drive and show it in my computer. There is no problems according to device manager and the drivers seem to be up to date.

I don?t have any filters to delete in the registry like some help pages have suggested.

I have recently replaced my BIOS battery and I do get a missing floppy drive error at start up (I don?t have a floppy disk drive). Could it be that the BIOS settings have been set to default and that?s why the CD/DVD ROM drive isn?t been recognized?

I?m just looking for a way to diagnose or fix DVD Drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Nick

Answer:DVD/CD ROM Unable to read disks. BIOS set up problem?

Dell BIOS, when reset on older systems will show the Floppy drive error. You have to disable that in the BIOS. Otherwise your problem is probably a defective drive, especially considering this is a 2008 machine.

The Dell manual doesn't detail exactly what type of interface you have on that drive (SATA or PATA/IDE). Most new drives are SATA and if you have the SATA data and power connectors that is the type to get. New drives are both ROM drives and Burner drives and relatively inexpensive (many under $25). Check www.newegg.com

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The stock 256 GB SSD is no longer recognized by the system BIOS, but it appears to still be a good SSD. I bought an external mSata USB 3 enclosure , removed the SSD from the Yoga 2, and inserted it in the enclosure.  I plug the enclosure into my desktop computer and I was able to read and write to the SSD without any issues. I reinstalled the SSD into the Yoga 2 Pro, and tried several different BIOS settings related to SSD and boot, but none of the settings had any effect. I then put the SSD back into the enclosure and tried to boot Windows 8.1 from the SSD.  Windows started to load, and then the Automatic Repair screen displayed.  I restarted the computer, but it will not fully boot from the external SSD. Any thoughts?  I am afraid that I am out of luck, and the system board has gone bad. Thank you. Paul

Answer:Yoga 2 Pro Stock 256 SSD not recognized in the BIOS but can be read when attached by USB

I had the same, and was asked to sent it in for repair. It arrived today, i will give an update when they tell me what was wrong.

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i have z580 and when i am going to enter the bios i find that the product name  is:yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyz580yyyyyyyyand lenovo sn :yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyuuid: fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffi am very confused about this problem please i need a help 

Answer:lenovo z580 bios not read the serial number

Hi Minaatta,
               
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
                         
As per the query we understood that you are facing an issue with system serial number not updated in BIOS.
                          
If there was a motherboard replacement and the system serial number has not been updated hence in BIOS the serial number, please visit the nearest service center and try to get the serial number updated in BIOS.
 
Click here to open a link where you can select the country and get the exact contact support number. I?m sure they will be a great help.
 
Hope this helps! Do post us back for further queries.
                
Best regards,
 
Ashwin.S





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Please refer to the message below for information on how to remove your Dell laptop BIOS password. The information also applies to other manufacturers and summarizes a wealth of data collected from previous threads and thousand of posts related to this problem.

We no longer support any further discussion on this topic as we believe all the free help that could be given is already out there (the post below sums it up pretty well). You can always go back to your system manufacturer for support, as well as google for the dozens of third party paid support providers that are available online.

Summary of laptop password help thread:
http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic109612.html
 

Answer:Dell BIOS password removal. Read this first BEFORE posting.

Mobile Password Help

The following support information and downloads, are provided to help members freely remove their laptop password
If all options have been tried and you still require help removing your password, search Google for 3rd party alternatives
TechSpot forums and all support is provided freely at all times, it is against our guidelines to link to external paid services
You are advised to try any or all options, with your first point of contact being the laptop manufacture, being the best option

TechSpot forums are FREE and manufacture support only

Click >Dell Support and System Information for a particular Service Tag

> Click > HP Live Chat, Drivers, Warranty and Support Information thread

> Click > Toshiba BIOS Setup / BIOS settings -- access instructions
Reset password on Satellite A205: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post613153-2.html
Reset password on Satellite A100 / A105: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post572530-1.html

Password types :

Power On Password (pop). this password can be reset by unplugging the cmos battery for a while, and plugging it back in.

Supervisor/bios Password (svp). this requires reading the eeprom chip (8 leg or 14 leg) with an electronic device by using another pc's serial port or by paperclip method if model type available.

Hard Drive Password (hdp). this is usually tied to svp, but not all the time. it requires special software and a library of known manufacturer's password. but can be cracke... Read more

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Hi there,

I'm hoping someone can shed some light on if what I'm trying to do is even possible.

My company purchased over a thousand Hewlett Packard t5740e thin client terminals a few years ago, the terminals have an embedded OEM product key set in their BIOS.

When a stock HP T5740e image is installed a package in the image must automatically read and activate windows because no key is ever asked for.

However, the HP image comes with quite alot of bloatware and what I'd like to do is create and deploy my own image for the t5740e with a much lighter footprint... however, using the Image Configuration Editor for Windows 7 there is no option that I can see to have the OEM product key automatically read to activate Windows.

So my question is, am I barking up the wrong tree? Should I be able to do this with the tools I have to hand or by deploying my own image to these terminals am I breaching a license agreement between MS/HP and ourselves?

Any help would be really appreciated..

Thanks,
mcgeezer

Answer:Using ICE to read WES7 BIOS Embedded OEM PID on HP Thin Clients

The Key is installed from the disk - not from the BIOS. The BIOS contains a SLIC table which holds certificates which match the Key and validate it on every boot. This also requires license that are present on the installation media.
Your best bet would be to contact HP and request a special build for your machines - otherwise you're going to have to enter the COA Key on each machine.

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Brand new, bought from SC (big HW/SW vendor), who gets them/ships direct from Lenovo. We bought 6 @ the same time, and their S/N appear to be close enough to be similar batch. Opened, installed battery, plugged it in, pushed power button and hit F1 to enter the BIOS and got a lock icon. I hit Enter and was able to get to the Setup but couldn't change the settings we need prior to imaging the laptop. I found this, "Brand New T440s with BIOS password", on the forum, which is probably what happened. " Sometimes large customers request preconfigured laptops which may include customized supervisor passwords. Of course, you should have not received one of these units. "I called Lenovo tech and they told me to contact the Reseller as they (Lenovo) will charge FULL PRICE to fix it...even though it's under warranty. Unless SC's own tech has an answer, it'll go back to them (SC) for a replacement. I'd prefer that vs. having this one 'fixed' anyway. Just putting it here in case Lenovo has an unknown bug they've not disclosed/discovered.Thanks

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Hi,

I have a Satellite A80-131 and after bios update (last version 2.5) by windows procedure update, my DVD drive do not read DVD medias anymore. It is possible to read CD medias, but not DVD one.

Can I reinstall the old bios? Can I reinstall the firmware?

Thanks
Ronai Lisboa

Answer:After BIOS update DVD driver do not read DVDs anymore - Sat A80

Hi

Strange!
On the Toshiba driver page you will find also 2 Firmware updates.
Check which drive you unit has and try to update the firmware.
Try also to install the DVD ram driver.

PS: It's not possible to roll back the BIOS or to install the early version of BIOS on the unit. Only the Toshiba service partner can DOWNGRADE the BIOS

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I'm trying to flash my BIOS to update it to support my CPU. I am using a floppy disk to do the update with but every time I try the computer would shut down but i figured that problem out and now it wont read the floppy disk. I need to figure out why so can any one help me please.

Answer:BIOS Flash doesn't read floppy disk

MBoard make and model ?Flash revision and model # ? ?CPU involved ? ?

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My laptop (lenovo y700-15ISK) originally came with CDCN25WW BIOS. I thought why not update it and of course I was silly enough not to read to first flash CDCN35WW and flashed straight to CDCN37WW. Now, when I try to turn on Fast Boot in BIOS, I lose access to my Nvidia card (Windows has stopped this device, because it has encountered a problem, error 43). I am wondering if this is working as intended? Is there anything I should do? Should I try to get back to my previous BIOS and then flash to 35, then 37?  (: I am running Windows 10 Anniversary Update 64 bit.

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Hello everyone!

This is my first post so i will try to give enough info but if not do tell me what you need to know because this problem is really getting to me

So I have a compaq presario v4000 and I keep getting an error message saying disk read error so I did abit of searching to see how to go about the problem after failing to get into BIOS due to it being password protected, after my search I took out RTC battery to try and reset the defaults...no joy I then tryed to boot through LAN but got error tftp open time out and carn't find anyone who can lend windows boot disk I'm determined to sort this without buying a new hd

thanks in advance to anyone who replies

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What's up guys,

I have a problem with a Dell Optiplex GX240, it does not boot up from the CD that I am trying to format with. Well to start with this is what it says when it is turned on:

It says "Strike F1 to retry to reboot, F2 for setup utility"

When I check the setup utility, and the boot sequence it shows that the CD-ROM is not installed.


I checked the cables and they are all connected properly, it was working before. Does anybody know to make it boot from the CD or install the CD ROM.

Thank you.
 

Answer:Dell Optiplex GX240 BIOS doesn't read CD-ROM

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

In your 3rd screen shot, it shows all other channels (besides Primary Drive 0) set to "OFF". If your CD is on Secondary Drive 0, you have to change it from "OFF" to "CDROM", or possibly "AUTO", and the jumper on the CD drive must be set to Master. I haven't been in an old Dell BIOS in a while, so I don't know if there's a setting for "AUTO", but I do know that right now you have it turned off, and it must be changed. If this doesn't work, then there's a chance the CDROM is dead, or not getting power. If you can open/close it by pushing the button, then it's getting power....

Also, it looks like the BIOS has been reset or the CMOS battery is dead; it shows a date of Dec 10 2001 and the time as being 00:21:24. You can buy a new battery at any PC store or Radio Shack. Ask for a CR2032 (or just say "a computer CMOS battery"). It shouldn't be more than $3-$4.
 

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Did you ever figure this out? I have exactly the same issue and it is driving me crazy. I lost my user password and am trying to run a cracker from my cd-rom, but it shows "uninstalled".

Any help would be great.
 

Answer:Dell Optiplex GX240 BIOS doesn't read CD-ROM

dlb said:





:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

In your 3rd screen shot, it shows all other channels (besides Primary Drive 0) set to "OFF". If your CD is on Secondary Drive 0, you have to change it from "OFF" to "CDROM", or possibly "AUTO", and the jumper on the CD drive must be set to Master. I haven't been in an old Dell BIOS in a while, so I don't know if there's a setting for "AUTO", but I do know that right now you have it turned off, and it must be changed. If this doesn't work, then there's a chance the CDROM is dead, or not getting power. If you can open/close it by pushing the button, then it's getting power....

Also, it looks like the BIOS has been reset or the CMOS battery is dead; it shows a date of Dec 10 2001 and the time as being 00:21:24. You can buy a new battery at any PC store or Radio Shack. Ask for a CR2032 (or just say "a computer CMOS battery"). It shouldn't be more than $3-$4.Click to expand...

DLB'S suggestion, if the date keeps going back , and does not show the correct time, then I have known XP to stop installing, too.
So, check the bios date . If it is incorrect, then a new CMOS batteru looks the most likely start point.
If you have a laptop- I know Toshiba reckon leaving the laptop charging overnight /24 hours can revive the cmos- but I had limited success with doing that- if , on a laptop it is soldered in-... Read more

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ASUS M5A88-V EVO mobo
AMD FX4130 CPU
W7 Pro 64-bit
AMI BIOS

On boot-up, the AMI POST screen flashes by so fast there's no way to read it.

I have tried various BIOS Quick-Boot, Full Screen Logo, Force BIOS settings, together with mashing the keyboard's Pause/Break key. The 'del' key only takes me into the BIOS itself!

None of these work. I see the red and blue (I think?) AMI boot screen for about 1-second then it's gone followed by a normal W7 boot.

How can I read those start-up POST messages? I know this is a common problem, but has anyone ever solved it? Taking a video of the monitor screen during boot-up doesn't count as a solution!

Answer:Start-up BIOS/POST Screen Message(s) Too Fast to Read

Is there a newer BIOS update? Try setting to defaults after taking note of SATA settings. Then see if disabling quick boot helps. What other settings choices?

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notebook boots to asking for password,accepts password,then screen flashes between all white with a bar across the bottom and a blank screen no further changes

Answer:hp pavilion dv6 fails to read bios file and complete boot

Factory Recovery might fix the problem unless it's faulty hardware in which case your notebook will need repair if it's under warranty.If warranty has expired, take it to a laptop repair centre and get an estimate for cost of repair before getting it fixed.Be aware that Factory Recovery will overwrite all the data that's currently on the Windows partition (usually that's the C: drive) so I hope you've already got backups somewhere.message edited by phil22

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Yes i was orignally using a ide 120 gig hard drive but i ran outta room so i decided to buy a seagate 320 gig sata hard drive, when popped it in and installed it as additional storage, my loading time was nuts, it took about 2 minutes to get past motherboard loading and it took about 3 - 4 minutes to load the windows xp past the logo screen, after that it ran fine just the boot times were driving me nuts, then my cousin let me use his 320 gig ide hard drive with all of mine and now it works fine.so in short i 1. add sata hard drive (boot times slowed way down)2. add cousins 320 ide hard drive to it (made it run normal againi took his hard drive out again and it does the same thing so is there a problem with my sata drive, i was just wondering because i cant even install xp on it without it giving me the "ntldr missing" this makes me confused please help! and thank you:Poh and my set up now is 1 ide 120 gig hard drive, 1 320 gig seagate sata hard drive, and 1 IDE 320 gig hard drive.

Answer:Computer boot time, bios, and xp all have become extremely slow! please read!

Did you install the SATA drivers for that drive ? ?They are available on your MBoard drivers CD or at the MBoard manuf. website...

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Today when I started up my computer it would not start up.

It will always give the error. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I open the bios and it reads neither my SATA 500GB seagate hard drive or my IDE DVD Drive. I'm pretty sure my hard drive is not dead because the computer was custom built about 6 months ago and the harddrive is pretty new.

The only thing that was done before the computer stopped working was my friend tried to put in his external hard drive (no idea what kind) and it wouldn't install via plug n play so we gave up. Could his external really have messed my bios and/or hard drive up?

Main thing I did to try and fix this was remove the CMOS battery to reset the bios but that didnt help either.
Specs for my computer are.

Core Duo Processor 2.66GHz, 6AMB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz

4gb of ram

Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 Motherboard.
PLZ help
 

Answer:Bios won't read Hard Drive. DISK BOOT FAILURE.

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After Booting a Satellite A300D-135 laptop the following error message appears:

<Several BIOS messages >
3070M Extended RAM Passed
512 KB L2 Cache
System BIOS shadowed
Video BIOS shadowed
ATAPI CD-ROM: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632H
Fixed Disk 0: TOSHIBA MK2546GSX
Mouse initialized
ERROR
System Configuration Data Read Error

Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to Setup

After pressing F1 the machine boots Windows just fine, but the error message is quite irritating while it comes with a loud BEEP

I've tried the following things so far (in this particular order):
- Loaded BIOS defaults
- Flashed the BIOS with latest BIOS (2.80) for this model type
- Reinstalled windows with HDD format

All of these haven't worked.

I've seen the same message appearing on several places on the internet (on different laptops with a Phoenix BIOS in common), but until now I haven't been able to find a working solution.

It might me a hardware issue, but all devices (vga, soiund, lan, wifi, usb, hdd) seem to work just fine in Windows, so this doesn't seem the issue). Another solution that is mentioned in some forums is replacing the cell battery. But because the laptop keeps time properly I don't think this is the case either.

Any ideas ?


Regards,
GJ

Answer:Satellite A300D-135 - BIOS - System Configuration Data Read Error

Hi

The BIOS POST (power on self test) checks and detects errors on the motherboard.
I think this has something to do with the hardware problem on the motherboard.
I doubt you could solve this if BIOS update and BIOS default settings didn?t change this.

What to say; I think the ASP technician should run some tests to check what?s wrong or what cause this? I think it?s mobo issue.

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Hi I've been reading some forums about a problem I'm currently having with my hard drive. I got the message "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart." And tried a solution from someone who posted in a related thread; about changing the bios settings to default. But it didn't work for me. I'm not sure what their situations where but for me... I have Windows 2000 Professional and a 250GB Maxtor HDD with 235GB of used memory on the drive. The error message just popped up the other day after my PC froze and I rebooted. I've had previous occations of data loss due to the 140GB Barrier; but this time I made sure to update my OS and some other things to make sure that didn't happen again. I have been using the HDD past 140GB safely for some time now, but then this happend. So could this be due to my Bios not being able to read the large 235GB Partition now? I have an Asus P4P800 Motherboard, with a Bios that reads "v2.51 Copyright 1985-2002 American Megatrends Inc." Would updating my Bios help this problem? Also In a thread Someone says that using "bootitng" helped him boot his computer up. Is that something That I should try in this situation. Would it be safe? I want do do this correctly without losing any files so If anyone knows the best way, or anyway I could get my computer working correctly I would highly appreciate it! Thanks you!
 

Answer:Bios/HDD Problem Please Help A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart

Helo.. Ok iM new here..
Ive had this same problem on my laptop. Can some one help
 

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Can I set Windows Live Mail to show emails that have been read in Gmail to show as Unread?
I have a Gmail account which I download all emails into WLM
I read the emails on Gmail sometimes when out, but don't want this to update to WLM as read as I will deal with the emails when home
Is there anyway of doing this
I have as IMAP
Thanks

Answer:Windows Live Mail with Gmail show as not read in WLM when read in Gmail

I do not think that will be possible.

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I've just acquired a second hand T43 (2668WZT) that is working fine with one exception. I cannot get it to recognise a game DVD that apparently has safedisc DRM encryption on it to prevent copying. The DVD works with no problem on my desktop system but I thought it would be useful to be able to run it on the Thinkpad as well when travelling. Does anybody have any ideas on what the problem might be? I'm on BIOS level 1.24 and the BIOS level is now up to 1.29 which raises the other slight mystery. I've installed the latest version of system update but that is not flagging any BIOS update as available so I'm a bit reluctant to download and install in case there is some pre-req missing. All advice on either issue gratefully received!

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It's a month that i updated the bios, cause i found the update on this website, and since then at startup the laptop "waits" 50 seconds to startup. Is it a bug? Can I go back to the previous version? Please Lenovo, you  did (maybe) the mistake, can I fix it?

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Hello there

I recently bought a DVD 9gb but my Sony Vaio FW-390 cannot read it.

MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ870BJ is my DVD drive.

I took it back to the store, he put it in his drive and he had Windows 7 installed, the DVD worked just fine!

Any suggestions on how to solve the issue?

Answer:Cant read a DVD although it was read on Windows 7

might be a faulty DVD drive. how old is it, and can you read any other DVD's or CDs

also it may not be able to read DVD-10 9.40GB Double sided, Single layers and above

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I have a Lenovo 3000 Y410 Notebook (Model 7757). It is under warranty. Since few days, I have been experiencing problems with reading CD/DVD's in my drive. However, I am able to write CD/DVD's. I went to this page http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_list.aspx?CategoryID=6 and updated Firmware update for Optiarc DVD-RW/CD-RW drive, model AD-7560A. Then, I tried to update the BIOS. But, I am getting the following error message: Cannot load driver C:\Bios\05CN63WW\PHLASHNT.SYS. Please check your accounts, if you have no adminstrator privilege, please log in ! Access is denied. Error code: 5 Today, I called Lenovo Customer Care in the US. The representative asked me to visit http://zeroserenity.com/?page_id=121 and run Upper and Lower Filters Reset (in General Tools Section). I again got the following error message: Error: Access denied. Access is denied. <5> Actually, I have an administrator account. The laptop has only 2 accounts. Mine is administrator account and the other one is limited account. I used admin account to run these operations. I closed Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet security also. The representative suggested to backup all data and run one-touch system restore. She said that this could remove the glitch that the laptop is having. I would like to do this as a last resort. Is there any option available to solve this ??? Thanks in advance.



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Answer:CD/DVD drive read error and BIOS update error

I did some research and solved the problem.  

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Hello, I have a T420 4180-LVP, and recently I updated the bios to 1.43 (I think it was this update that caused my discomfort) and am no longer able to perform the boot for install (with dvd or usb, none of the right) windows 8 when I enable UEFI Only in bios. How do I install windows 8 secure boot on my thinkpad?

Answer:T420 4180-LVP bios 1.43 not boot to install windows 8 with bios options UEFI Only

Hi, carlosrrjr
 
In the BIOS, there should be a settiing for Secure Boot, and it is likely set to Enabled. If this is set to Disabled, and the Boot Order settings are set properly, then you should be able to boot from external devices like a DVD. Just make sure the Optical Drive appears before the Hard Drive in the boot menu. 
 
Hope it helps,
Adam





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My laptop has no problem before. Recently I try to install Windows XP. First attempt fail, so I change SATA at BIOS from AHCI to Compatible, success. However the partition that I want to install*Windows XP to is not available.*

So just to test I choose my Windows 7 partition. Since it want to format the partition, I cancel the installation. After restarting windows, it stuck at bios. I restart again and change SAT to AHCI. Restart, still stuck at bios. This time I cannot enter BIOS, recovery or change boot media. Assuming the boot sector has corrupt, will reseating the cmos battery will fix this *problem. Please help. Thanks in advance.*

Answer:Windows 7 Stuck At BIOS Cannot Enter BIOS or Change Boot Media

Somehow with guidance from Lenovo Community, I solved the problem.

For future reference:
1. Take out HDD, battery, plug off ac power.
2. Restart, change SATA Controller in BIOS to compatible, restart.
3. Check whether the SATA Controller is Compatible or AHCI. If Compatible, force shutdown laptop.
4. Put back HDD, boot with Windows 7 Recovery CD or Installation Disc.
5. Choose Autostartup Repair.
6. Restart.

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Hello, I have updatet BIOS of my notebook sattelite A100.

After updating I cannot start my notebook and BIOS doesn't start.

Answer:Satellite A100 - Windows and BIOS doesn't start after BIOS update

Do you see the Toshiba logo?

Was there a power failure when you updated the BIOS?

Try removing the battery and AC Adapter, and leaving it for a couple of hours. You could also try reseating the RAM.

If that doesn't help, you may need to send it to an Authorized Service Center for repair.

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Hi, this is my first post on this site. My friend suggested it for me, so here's the deal:
I'm having quite a few difficulties with my custom PC running Win8. I think most of them relate to just having Win8 beta instead of Win7. Now I have Win7 and I'd very much like to install it, but I need to access my BIOS in order to do so. But here comes the problem that I cannot access my BIOS for some unexplicable reason - at least that's what I think.
I have tried everything you can do when the computer starts - pressing all the F-keys, pressing delete. Delete will make the computer not even go to Windows, but instead just remain a black screen. I'm thinking it's going into the BIOS but for some reason my monitor doesn't pick it up.
Now, I know that all my hardware works perfectly, my monitor can display everything perfectly when I'm inside my OS, and besides a few flaws in the Win8 beta - there's nothing out of the ordinary. Plus I can run heavy games like Sleeping Dogs and Battlefield 3 on highest settings, no problem. I've tried booting with my Win7 install cd in, but it will still give me a black screen.
I've also made sure all drivers for my motherboard are up to date and installed.
Any help would be appreciated!

Motherboard: P8Z77-V (ASUS)
GPU: 2xGTX570 SLI
 

Answer:Black screen in BIOS, but Windows boots up just fine. Need to access BIOS.

Try to reset the BIOS just in case. Here is more info:

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=25901
 

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My problem is that I want the BIOS to prevent Windows 10 from accessing my internal laptop-microphone for some security reason. But it doesn't work. I'm using the Thinkpad L420 and I already flashed the BIOS to 1.23. In the BIOS I used under Security -> I/O Port Access the option to disable microphone. And after reboot the checkbox still says that the microphone must be disabled. Thus Windows shouldn't even notice this device and much less it shouldn't be able to access or record audio. But it does. I tried the same in Linux and Windows 7 and they all are excluded from accessing microphone in order to my BIOS setting. Only Windows 10 can access. So, I think that must be a Bug in BIOS 1.23 and hope the lenovo support will bring out a patch for security reason.ps.: For all of you guys who advise me to disable microphone in Windows ... That's not the point! ... So, how some of you guys already know, Microsoft spies everywhere and especially in the new Spysystem called Windows 10. For that reason it's a big safety issue when my system accesses the internal microphone even if I disabled it in the BIOS and because it's internal I don't have the option just to unplug the microphone physically. Now I hope you understand my point.Thank you for all Help.Hans - Germany

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this is worst kind of updates provided from the lenovoafter updating BIOS in windows 7 64 bit with latest update 5fcn25ww during the update changes to legay systems from UEFI as recomemded by the installation to complete .unable to enter in to BIOS after the BIOS update is completed. and system hangs and slow peocess ;;;  please update at tbe earliest .... waiting fo positive reply from the fellow ownership

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Good evening!
A week ago I reinstalled Windows 7 in EFI mode on my laptop, and now I've got this problem: whenever I turn on my computer after a shutdown, the BIOS says "System Resuming" instead of "Press F2 to enter settings". This makes impossible for me to access BIOS settings. Previously, my BIOS used to say "System Resuming" only after a hibernation. The weird fact is that - as far as I remember - this thing started happening only after a few days.
Can you help me?
Thanks in advance :-)

Answer:I can't access BIOS settings because BIOS assumes Windows is resuming

Try doing a shutdown command from a CMD window, or Start button / Run
The command is shutdown /s

See if entering the command manually makes a difference in how it starts up

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Hello, i have an u410 with bios 65CN15WW, and i lost my bios Password. is it possible to reflash it with a newer version, so that the cmos will get cleared ?i also tried removing the cmos  battery and all other power connections, but it was not cleared  i replaced the hard drive and now it is running windows 8.1 32 bit from my other Laptop. The Support Hotline and Chat does not want to help me, they want to have my ideapad in their service center to REPLACE MY WORKING MAINBOARD (i think this is pretty bad Service...)

Answer:Lost Bios Password, Windows 8.1 working. Bios reflash ?

Hi ramsonline, welcome to the forums,
 
if you forget the BIOS supervisor password it will be necessary to replace the mainboard.  Please refer to the system's hardware maintenance manual; on pdf page 28 it states "Attention: If the SVP has been forgotten and cannot be made available to the servicer, there is no service procedure to reset the password. The system board must be replaced for a scheduled fee."
 
Sorry, but you only other realistic option would be to remember the password.

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Hello dear hp wizards! I have a weird problem. When I'm attempting to install the newest BIOS update thru HP Support Assistant, the installation program asks me for my BIOS password which doesn't work for some reason, but it works fine at startup when I access BIOS setup / update BIOS after I have to give the password there, it even gives me the happy "bleep bleep bleep bleep"- sound. I've never had this problem before.  Any ideas? kody

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For some reason, my motherboard will not recognize my memory at the proper speed it is. It reads it as DDR333, and not at DDR400. My motherboard should be able to read DDR400, at least thats what the manual says. But it is your budget MoBo, and I cant find it anywhere on the web to check the specs. I already sent back the memory, thinking that it was bad, but I got the new memory and the same problem. Anyone know what the problem could be? I played around in the bios, and bad things happen when I try to set the freuency up higher. All my specs are listed below, and I got an AMI BIOS. Using Kingston RAM.

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Hello,My keyboard and mouse will only work in BIOS, and my copy of windows suddenly needs authorization.The problems arose while I was updating drivers... and my BIOS. I've been having general errors, incompatibility issues, and failing failing aspects to the motherboard (ports stop working, graphics card fried, overheating issues) and thought updating my BIOS would fix at least a few of these problems.What happened was my computer loaded fine, but Windows needed authorization and wouldn't recognize my code as being legitimate. I did a system restore (to a point before my updating) and that's made the situation worse. Windows XP still needs authorization, and my keyboard, mouse, and anything else USB fails to function once the computer reaches the Windows logo. So now I can't even type in a new authorization key!Please help me, my job depends on this computer...-My ps/2 port doesn't hasn't worked in years.-my keyboard and mouse are both USB-I'm running Windows XP Home edition, sp2

Answer:BIOS and Windows confusion after BIOS flash

The problems arose while I was updating drivers...What drivers? i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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Hey guys, first post here.

I have a computer here that has a "BIOS Rom Checksum Error" upon boot up. The computer doesn't post, and I can't get in the bios. It does nothing but give me a black screen with that error, and then the following line occasionally says Detecting IDE Atapi Device.

I have read around, and think I need a new bios, since the old one got cleared or corrupted in a CMOS Clr. My question is, how do I flash a new bios without windows, or through the old bios.

I have tried using drdflash to make a boot disk with AWDFlash and my new bios version on it. I have an external floppy plugged in through USB that didn't seem to do anything. I also tried an old floppy I had lying around that I plugged into the IDE that didn't seem to do anything.

Did I do the boot disk wrong? Is that not my problem? Am I going about it completely wrong?

It's an Asus Striker motherboard, Q6600 Chip, running Windows...if any of that helps. Thanks guys, I look forward to your replies.
 

Answer:Flashing a Bios without Windows, or through the previous Bios

read:http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic75555.html
 

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hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this
thanks

Answer:dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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I tried unchecking read only.
When apply and look it is back to read only.

How can I make this read and write permission?

Answer:public tv folder read only? mythtv needs read write persmissions

You can do this by going into the C:>Users>Public folder properties, click the Sharing tab then click on the Advanced Sharing button showing in the first picture.

Click the box to share the folder like in the second picture, at that point the Permissions button will light up.

Click the permissions button, Add check marks for full control "third picture" then hit the Apply button, on all windows click Ok etc.

At this point the Public folder and it's subfolder will have read/write access.

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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
[email protected]
thanks!
 

Answer:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

Backup, backup and backup is the mantra when it comes to important data...

Dont put your mailing address on a forum like this by the way you will end up getting spammed to hell.

As a newbie to the site would you please take a few moments to read the following. It will help to make your Techspot experience a more pleasurable one.

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Regards
 

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Hey there...ok...I have some files that are saved from the Macs at school...when I take them home to my PC (Win) they don't have the extensions on them...when I originally save something from Windows and take it to a Mac and modify and save it then take it back to my PC it still has the extension and keeps it since it was added by Windows...

So I am wondering something...is there a program for Windows that recognizes Mac files and andds the extensions back??? I hate when I start work on some things at school and have to add the extensions to all the stuff I created when I take it back home...my guess is the Macs store the extensions or what the file opens up with or whatever in their "._(filename)" files...that's annoying too...for every file you have another is created with a "._"...

Any help on this??? THANX
C'YA
 

Answer:Files saved from Macs don't have ext.'s when read on Win. Need sftwre 2 read & convrt

I've never had that problem. If you save it as a "xxx" type document it doesn't matter if you have the software that created it on both Mac and PC (or software that can read the format) so I don't know how/what is going on with your situation.

BTW my experience is with using Word (forgot which version but it's on OS X) on a Mac and OpenOffice on my PC.
 

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!
 

Answer:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?
 

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Whenever I boot up my VAIO (VGN-SZ750N) laptop an all-blue screen appears only momentarily, so that there's no time to read any of what is clearly a very wordy warning in white typescript that fills the whole screen. How can I stop this long enough to read it and take whatever action it recommends?

then, something happens that may be related to this . . .

soon afterward, a boxed message appears saying: "System has recovered from a serious error . . . " Clicking on this results in a huge number of figures that would challenge anybody who attempted to write them down.
 

Answer:How to read warning that appears and disappears too fast to read on startup

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We have one service App reads remote hosts side Windows event log periodically. It first open remote host side Windows log to get the handle.
HANDLE hEventLog = OpenEventLog(hostIP, SECURITY_EVENT_SOURCE);
Check hEventLog not NULL here.
ReadEventLog(hEventLog, ...);
ReadEventLog never returns (stops) sometimes. It blocks thread.

These API also never return:
GetNumberOfEventLogRecords(hEvent, ...)
GetOldestEventLogRecord(hEvent, ...)
Could you help what happened on there, never return? How can I check further?

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I have a Visual Basic 6 app that reads files from a shared network folder and then processes them.  It was installed on two Windows XP computers many years ago.  Now we want to upgrade it to Windows 7.  I have two different computers with
Windows 7.  When I connect the Windows 7 computers to the network and run the app (which has a File Watcher window) and am watching all 4 computers, I noticed that the File Watcher window of the XP boxes show the files about 2 seconds before the Windows
7 boxes see the files.  What would cause this?  Everything else in the app works as it should.
The apps are running as Administrator on the Windows 7 boxes and XP compatiblility mode.  I have tried it both ways.
Confused...

Fred

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once the update started it rained go maybe 15 seconds and just shut my computer off entertainment a bloatware screen say that the software ran in to an error and it would restart itself. I let the computer along for over an hour and finally restarted the system muse us in the power button.  once I went to restart the system I only got a blackberry screen my computer is out of warranty and your dell bios update killed my motherboard I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.  If I gave some on software I wrote and they installed it and it had no warning it would fry the I computer thatbwould be data to someone's personal property... DELL is this how you value your customers?

Answer:got the windows 10 free upgrade and used the dell diagnostics tool to upgrade driver and bios everything worked fine until the update of the bios!!!!

I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.

Dell just saying it's a "possibility" the motherboard might need to be replace. No one can tell you that motherboard is definite "Fried" without first looking at the system.
What is the system model number and version of windows before upgrading to windows 10? Example: Dell Inspiron 3543, windows 10
You're able to boot into BIOS(F2 key) and diagnostic (F12 key) ?
1. Power off computer
2. Power on computer, quickly start tapping F2 key ( BIOS) or F12 key( BIOS) continuously

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once the update started it rained go maybe 15 seconds and just shut my computer off entertainment a bloatware screen say that the software ran in to an error and it would restart itself. I let the computer along for over an hour and finally restarted the system muse us in the power button.  once I went to restart the system I only got a blackberry screen my computer is out of warranty and your dell bios update killed my motherboard I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.  If I gave some on software I wrote and they installed it and it had no warning it would fry the I computer thatbwould be data to someone's personal property... DELL is this how you value your customers?

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I have been trying to back up my data onto DVDs and I have tried using Nero9 and Roxio 10 and in each case the DVD burns fine, but each time I try to read it in Windows Explorer, although it lists all the data that is burned on the disk, it freezes and will not open any file type, or folder on the burned data dvd.. help!?!??!!

Answer:Windows XP does not read a burned DVD-RW disc without freezing in Windows Explorer

I'm not sure about how to fix this, but my advice would be not to use re-writeable discs anyway, especially as backups, I've found them problematic in the past.

I suggest using DVDR's (+ or - doesn't matter), ok they are only writeable once but they are more stable and they're a lot cheaper anyway (I buy 100 for ?15), and also you might consider an external HD for backing up.

In my experience RW discs are more hassle then they're worth

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Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out for Windows 10






Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out in the Windows Store today, it?s free to download from the Store and will be available across all Windows 10 devices.





Viber is the easy-to-use free app that lets people just about anywhere send messages and make HD-quality phone and video calls securely over WiFi and mobile networks. Now, the connections can happen on any Windows device as Viber for Windows 10 beta arrives. Built from the ground up, this version retains the best of Viber while adding welcome new capabilities and a uniform, familiar interface that suits every Windows device.




Viber for Windows 10 beta delivers features unavailable on earlier versions of the app. Now, in addition to messaging friends for free, sharing photos, videos and voice messages, adding stickers and links, and other popular features, users can enjoy Public Chats, end-to-end encryption and People app integration as well. Group messages of up to 200 participants are possible, and if you have second thoughts about a message you?ve sent, just delete it ? from everyone in the conversation, even after it?s been delivered.

Responsive design resizes the app for optimal viewing, whether you?re on your mobile device, laptop, or tablet. Even chat info and contact details are viewable on your PC. And for peace of mind, a padlock icon confirms that all of your messages, including group messages and th... Read more

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Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out for Windows 10






Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out in the Windows Store today, it?s free to download from the Store and will be available across all Windows 10 devices.





Viber is the easy-to-use free app that lets people just about anywhere send messages and make HD-quality phone and video calls securely over WiFi and mobile networks. Now, the connections can happen on any Windows device as Viber for Windows 10 beta arrives. Built from the ground up, this version retains the best of Viber while adding welcome new capabilities and a uniform, familiar interface that suits every Windows device.




Viber for Windows 10 beta delivers features unavailable on earlier versions of the app. Now, in addition to messaging friends for free, sharing photos, videos and voice messages, adding stickers and links, and other popular features, users can enjoy Public Chats, end-to-end encryption and People app integration as well. Group messages of up to 200 participants are possible, and if you have second thoughts about a message you?ve sent, just delete it ? from everyone in the conversation, even after it?s been delivered.

Responsive design resizes the app for optimal viewing, whether you?re on your mobile device, laptop, or tablet. Even chat info and contact details are viewable on your PC. And for peace of mind, a padlock icon confirms that all of your messages, including group messages and th... Read more

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