Cannot enter BIOS!! Help!!

November 30, 2011 at 10:57:33
Specs: Windows vista, Pentium 4 core 2 duo 1.8 GHz/2GB
I have an Emachines laptop, whose F2 key doesn't work(I think i dropped some water on it!). The vista it was running on crashed recently, apparently due to the so called black screen of death. Anyways i was planning on switching to Ubuntu, so I've decided to remove vista. However i cannot open BIOS (To boot from CD) because the F2 key doesn't work!

I tried connecting an external keyboard, one with a PS/2 port to my laptop's USB port via an adapter, but it doesn't get detected before boot. What now? Is there any other way to boot from CD, without BIOS?

Thanks in advance


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#1
November 30, 2011 at 16:22:37
If you aren't going to use windows, disconnect the HD until the PC boots, from the CD. Then reconnect & do your install.

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#2
December 1, 2011 at 14:08:07
You can't disconnect a hard drive during the boot process then connect it later and expect it to bee seen. Leave the hard drive connected.

Don't use a keyboard with an adaptor, just go get a USB keyboard, they are dirt cheap.


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#3
December 2, 2011 at 01:38:46
Pressing F12 or F8 key during booting process takes you temporarily to the boot priority option screen where you can select which device to boot to. You can try it.

My motherboard from Asus uses F8 key for this purpose. F8 key is normally used to enter into Advanced Boot Options menu where you can select Safe Mode, Safe Mode Command Prompt, etc.. Therefore, if I want to enter Advanced Boot Options menu, I have to choose HDD and press Enter.

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#4
December 3, 2011 at 07:28:33
hi thanks for the options... F12 and F8 didn't give me boot options, but F10 opened Edit Boot Options with a default command as /Noexcecute=optin. I thought that certain commands might help me change the boot priority; but alas the 'e' key also doesnt work!( i know, i should probably dump my laptop)

I am also not risking removing my hard disk as i am not confident (due to lack of experience in this regard) and as THX mentioned it might not be visible again.

Anyways if all else fails i'll go buy a usb keyboard. (Thing is, im broke and my dad's pissed off at the crashed comp and all, and he doesn't seem too excited about adding another keyboard to the already many that he's got, although he doesn't mind shelling out ten times more at the repair store).


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#5
December 3, 2011 at 17:06:07
If he wants to pay more for repairs, let him pay more. It's good for the economy.

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#6
December 4, 2011 at 23:47:41
/Noexcecute=optin

This, I remember, is a command in Windows XP boot.ini file. I did not know Vista had the same file and used it during bootup.

CoolGuy


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