toshiba laptop does not show BIOS, boots ok

June 19, 2011 at 05:39:49
Specs: Windows XP, no clue/2 gigs

how do I get the BIOS screen to display on my old toshiba satellite laptop? XP boots just fine, but until windows boots I have a black screen of nothing, and I'd like to see the BIOS so I can install Ubuntu and get rid of XP. Where do I start?

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June 19, 2011 at 08:02:31

On startup, tap the F1 key, (I think it's F1) go into the BIOS set up and change your boot screen options there.

Or read the posts here: if F1 doesn't work.

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June 19, 2011 at 08:08:56

It might actually work, to tap the F1 key. I've tried it, a couple of times.

But the screen *remains black.* and will not proceed from the boot. Which tells me that F1 probably works, but it's not doing me any good, because I can't see the screen when it's not at the stage of booting windows. but if I just power it down and back up, I get a black screen for about 25 seconds, and then windows boots, and I see a display as soon as the "welcome" screen comes up.

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June 19, 2011 at 09:48:59

What does the owners manual say about accessing bios? Is it F1?

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June 19, 2011 at 15:00:26

The manual for the laptop says to press ESC on boot. when i do that, the computer beeps. There is still nothing on the screen. It will not go on to boot windows, so I've done something. But I cannot see what it is that I have done, because the display doesn't show anything.

pressing and holding the power button for ten seconds and letting it go, and then not touching it, will allow the computer to boot to windows, and the monitor doesn't display a single thing until I see "welcome" on the screen when XP is mostly loaded and ready to go.

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June 19, 2011 at 15:15:00

Then try the escape key. Unplug the ac to your monitor and then plug it back it. It might sync back up.

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June 20, 2011 at 01:22:14

well, this didn't work either, but I wound up sort of solving my problem. while I was nosing around in windows control panel feeling frustrated, I found a window that allowed me to toggle between booting as windows XP and booting as ubuntu linux. i clicked ubuntu, restarted, and not 5 seconds later, ubuntu! I'm formatting XP off the hard drive as we speak and installing ubuntu as the sole operating system.

This could be folly, I realize, but I'm just happy that I finally got it to do what I ultimately wanted, even if I can't see my BIOS screen.

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June 26, 2011 at 17:08:45

Just as a follow-up - i never did solve my problem, and My toshiba won't show the bios screen on powerup. But I managed to work around it using a command in windows XP which instructed the computer to boot to ubuntu linux, and I succeeded in scouring XP off my machine. Ubuntu's fast and light and I'm now going to get a couple more years out of an old laptop.

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