BIOS doesn't run

March 13, 2011 at 17:00:39
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel Core (TM)2 duo
I have a laptop Fujitsu (a bit old but...). I want to reformat C:, they say I need to go to BIOS to change BOOT priority. I tried many times to press F2, Win always starts the normal way, I can't access the settings. It works with Win XP SP3. Besides, I can't run the recovery disc :(. No file can be opened.

I would be very grateful for your help. I read that the BIOS CMOS battery might be dead????

Thanks a lot

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March 13, 2011 at 17:30:37
Whats the exact model of your laptop as some have different ways of setting boot order.

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March 13, 2011 at 17:54:39
I am sorry, I must be very tired tonight, after a long day fighting with this awful thing :(

It is a Toshiba Portege R500-S5008X. The Fujitsu is another one, older, and that was definitely much better. I didn't stop with problems since I bought this Toshiba.

Thanks for drawing my attention :)

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March 13, 2011 at 18:06:28
Hold down the zero key while the laptop is booting and you can gain access to the recovery partition that will reinstall to factory settings.
Remember you will lose all your data so back up first.

If you dont have a recovery partition then hold F12 to select boot order and install windows using a windows operating system disc

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March 13, 2011 at 18:13:25
Forgot to add you can find your manual here

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March 14, 2011 at 14:12:58
Thanks a lot, madmax. I didn't know the trick. Now my computer is a new-born again... and yes, I make 2 backups to an external HD (different ways in case...) of all my info. Now I just have a big job to do to reinstall everything. I cross my fingers.

However, I hit the Fn+F2 button over and over, no BIOS in sight.... Hum... Some more hints?

And thanks for the user manual, I didn't have this one.

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March 14, 2011 at 16:17:11
Some Toshiba models use the selection of pressing the F1 key. Does your system show a group of icons on the bottom of the Toshiba logo screen? Those models are built to select the boot device by pressing the left/right arrow key when you see them to pick the boot option. These models also use the F1 key to get into BIOS.


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March 14, 2011 at 17:35:33
yes, there are several icons at the bottom.... they say in the manual to use the left/right arrow, but I have been unable to find the correct BIOS key. I will try the F1 next time it reboots (every few minutes!).
Thank you

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