Used bootice to remove USB and Optical drive from my Bios

November 10, 2017 at 02:52:51
Specs: Linux x86_64, Intel pentium B960"2.20ghz. RAM 4gb DDR3 SD
Hi,
First of all let me clarify "I am a plank".
I was messing around with my Fujitsu Lifebook A512 and managed to delete the listing for my optical drive and my USB from my Bios Boot order (they do not show up in the list). To make it worse I renamed the bootable names to Linux Mint and Windows 10.
I then proceeded to delete The windows 10 Partitions including it's recovery and EFI partition) rendering my HD useless.
I can't boot to HD and I can't reinstall the system because I can't set Bios to boot from USB or DVD.

I know that i'm a complete dick and believe it or not i do know better but half a bottle of wine and there you go.

Does anyone know how I can get all of my boot order options back. The Bios is Phoenix SecureCore Tiano 1.07 (09/24/2012) secure bios.
The laptop is a Fujitsu Lifebook A sreies AH512


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#1
November 10, 2017 at 03:52:03
If you've messed up in the BIOS configuration you can reset it to it's factory defaults by removing the CMOS battery from the motherboard for 5 minutes (turn off & unplug your laptop before you do this). Wait 5 minutes then put the CMOS battery back in.

Alternatively, rather than removing the CMOS battery, you may be able to reset it within the BIOS itself. Look for the Reset option. It may be named Reset to default, Load factory defaults, Clear BIOS settings, Load setup defaults, or something similar.

If the BIOS has no Reset option then you'll have to use the CMOS battery removal method explained above.

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#2
November 10, 2017 at 04:28:52
Hi phil22,
Thanks for looking into this for me. I had tried all of your suggestions with no luck. Soft reset from the Bios left the Boot order list unchanged and a hard reset (Cmos battery removal) didn't make any more difference than reset to defaults.

Thanks for your advice though it's much appreciated.


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#3
November 10, 2017 at 05:30:47
You made a complete mess of things. Why were you poking around in the BIOS & how exactly did you go about deleting partitions? Of course you can't boot to the hard drive because there's nothing left on it to boot from. You're going to have to reinstall the OS from scratch. But since you deleted the Win10 recovery partition, you will not be able to reinstall Win10 again without a disc. Hopefully you have backup copies of your files & programs because I suspect you lost everything.

You cannot delete a boot device from the BIOS, all you did was muck up the settings. Even if you reset the BIOS defaults, it's no guarantee the boot order with be "correct". More than likely, the HDD will be listed 1st in the boot order & that's obviously not what you want. Try cold booting the laptop & immediately begin tapping the F12 key (possibly F11). That should bring up the boot menu. This should allow you to boot from your OS DVD or bootable USB flash drive & then reinstall your OS of choice.


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#4
November 10, 2017 at 06:41:53
Yes I know I'm a plank,
I have already tried a cold boot and the Boot order is the same as th bios (obviously). No bootable devices available because being a complete tool I deleted them using a BCD editor called BootIce. The Bios Bootable order is stored on an EEEPROM and can not be erased or reset in the ussual way. I was just hoping that someone out there would have a plan. Perhaps a backup hidden flash key combo or similar.
Thanks a lot for your help though.

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#5
November 10, 2017 at 07:47:28
If you somehow deleted the USB & CD/DVD options from the BIOS, you didn't do it with BOOTICE. It's not a BIOS editor, it's a MBR editor & partitioning tool. Your problem is with the BIOS settings, possibly related to Legacy mode, UEFI mode, secure boot, etc. I don't know what options you have or what you've done with them but defaults are never 100% correct, they're only a starting point. Check out the discussion here:

https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread...


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#6
November 10, 2017 at 08:04:20
Thank riider,
I will check that out now. Great advice yet again.

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#7
November 10, 2017 at 20:48:34
You can look into flashing your BIOS back to factory settings, I is usually done through the BIOS to initialize and from a flash drive as the source. Since it is not really booting to the USB it might work still. You will have to look deep into the mfg's support site to see if they offer the file and instructions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
November 12, 2017 at 16:54:48
This document describes how to disable secure boot if that is the problem:
http://www.fujitsu.com/downloads/CO...

Set a temporary SUPERVISOR PASSWORD


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#9
November 13, 2017 at 08:51:59
Thanks sluc. Great suggestion but my bios doesn't recognise USB to boot or access for BIOS flashing.

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#10
November 14, 2017 at 05:54:56
You may have to replace the motherboard or the machine depending on the age, the cost of the parts, and if you can do it yourself. If it is new enough it is possible that the factory service can push a BIOS update for you or they may be able to sell you a new hard drive fully loaded with Windows on it and then you could potentially update the BIOS from within Windows if they have that option (some do, I presume some do not).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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