Solved Configure Asus F502C to recognize/boot to external DVD drive

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
September 5, 2013 at 22:59:21
Specs: Windows 8 - 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
I have an ASUS F502C series laptop with Win 8 64bit installed but the machine does not have a DVD drive. I have created a Recovery USB which may one day come in very handy. I have managed to access the BIOS but I have no idea how to add the external DVD drive or how to manage the boot order. I use Macrium for all my running back ups but I cant use the Rescue CD to access the backups.

Any and all help will be much appreciated.

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September 6, 2013 at 14:10:42
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You maneuver using the keyboard. Across the top of the first screen you should see Main_ Advanced_ Boot_ Security_Save&Exit. Use the Tab, Up?Dn, sid to side arrows, Pg up/dn, Esc, Enter keys to move about.

Use the tab key to highlight the Boot tab. Hit enter. Highlight Boot Option #1 and hit enter. Use up/dn arrows to select the boot option you are looking for.

You get the idea now?

When you are finished Use the Save&Exit (F10).

Why in the world did you buy that notebook that has no optical drive (CD/DVD)?

The above instructions are based on your manual, page 68. If you don’t have a manual then download one from the link below.

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September 6, 2013 at 21:23:20
I never thought an experience guy like Ewen would forget to check his manual.

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.

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September 7, 2013 at 16:59:11
kuwese... it's the first thing I did but because the BIOS is so different to any that I have seen I had no idea where to start. It would seem on reflection that in order for the BIOS to "see" my DVD writer it will need to be connected before I power up. Once in the BIOS I am unsure of how to change the boot order.

I have not tried to do this yet (connect the DVD first) but I will be doing so this morning and things may then become clearer... in any event I'll come back later with the results.

Thanks for your interest and regards

Late edit:

I have searched the net for an answer without success and in desperation I have joined an ASUS forum. I'll keep you posted.

message edited by Ewen

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September 8, 2013 at 19:35:27
I gave up in desperation eventually and called on my local tech who made some extensive changes within the dark recesses of the BIOS and I am now able to make it do what I want. Othehill was on the right track but there were adjustments to be made.

All is well and I thank you for your interest


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