Boot to BIOS

February 12, 2011 at 10:42:39
Specs: Windows 7, 2.26 8GB DDR3
I just upgraded the RAM and HDD's, I was going to throw them into RAID 0 and proceeded to do so then changed my mind half way through (lol), I had already changed the HDD settings in the BIOS to RAID.... Now when I boot I cannot enter the BIOS at all. It flashes past the screen where I would normally press F2 and get in, then it just goes to the RAID configuration utility (press CTRL-I to enter).... Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
February 12, 2011 at 11:11:15
Remove the mains lead and BIOS Battery, this will reset to factory defaults.....

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#2
February 12, 2011 at 11:18:31
Not sure what you mean by main lead, but I unplugged the CMOS? battery... no luck

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#3
February 12, 2011 at 12:03:00
The computer needs to be unplugged before removing the CMOS battery.

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#4
February 12, 2011 at 12:23:03
You won't find any of the regulars in these forums supporting your decision to run a RAID-0 configuration, but why did you cancel 1/2 way thru?

As OtheHill stated, you need to unplug the power cord before you attempt to reset the BIOS. Removing the battery generally isn't necessary. Almost all boards have a clear CMOS jumper that is usually in the general vicinity of the battery. Just unplug the cord, move the jumper to the clear poisition, wait a few seconds, then move it back again. That's all there is to it.

Are you working with an OEM system?


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#5
February 12, 2011 at 12:34:06
I did more research as it was formatting and decided against it.... primarily for gaming, It was unplugged and battery removed when I did it.... did not see a jumper though... i will try again thanks

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#6
February 12, 2011 at 12:39:25
You didn't answer the question by mickliq about your computer. Perhaps you didn't understand. Is your computer a pre-assembled brand name unit or custom built. F2 is usually the keystroke used by OEM pre-assembled computers. If yours is custom then try using the Del key.

No matter how the hard drives are set up you should be able to enter the BIOS screens.

Start tapping F2 as soon as you start the computer. Are you using the original keyboard?


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#7
February 12, 2011 at 12:59:33
It is a laptop and it is brand name, I was able to enter the BIOS before using F2 and i have tried spamming it as soon as i boot :(

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#8
February 12, 2011 at 13:08:04
So, you removed the power battery on the underside. We are not clear on which battery you removed.

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#9
February 12, 2011 at 13:26:05
"It is a laptop and it is brand name"

Apparently you feel it's not important for us to know the make/model? The fact that you're working on a laptop is pretty important. You should have stated that right at the start. And the fact that you have a ? after CMOS in response # 2 would seem to indicate that the battery you removed was the main power battery, not the CMOS battery. The CMOS battery on a laptop is generally not easy to get at. Many times it involves removing the keyboard.


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#10
February 12, 2011 at 14:44:11
I remove the main power battery before doing anything every time.... It is a gateway P7801-u. I have removed the CMOS battery but still cannot find a jumper.

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#11
February 12, 2011 at 16:46:43
Sounds like your keyboard is not working right. Try hitting Scroll lock or Pause when the screens start showing to see if it stops the screen from changing.

Viewing the specs of that model shows it has only one hard drive. Are you sure you set up RAID 0? Did you partition that hard drive in half?


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#12
February 12, 2011 at 18:23:01
Ok so after the RAID configuration manager you can hit F2 or F10 as apposed to doing it as soon as it turns on like before. I was able to get into the BIOS and change the drive setting from RAID to AHCI successfully... Thanks for the help everyone :)

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