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01-17-2009 12:59 AM  9 years agoPost 1
evoflight

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I can't get into the bios or boot to a cd from startup. Is there anyway to change the boot order from inside xp while it is running?

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01-17-2009 01:01 AM  9 years agoPost 2
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What kind of computer is it? Make, model? Some computers need the del, F1, F2, ESC, or F10 at boot up to get to the BIOS.

You can change the boot order from within XP ONLY if there is a BIOS utility (specific to the computer) installed in XP that allows you to make those changes. Some computer motherboard manufacturers have this such as Asus. Otherwise, you can't.

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01-17-2009 01:05 AM  9 years agoPost 3
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Depending on the PC (and bios), some have utilities that you can use from the OS (XP) to change bios settings.

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01-17-2009 01:05 AM  9 years agoPost 4
evoflight

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I can't get into bios from start up. As soon as the computer starts I get an OS error message and no matter how fast I hit the keys I can't get into the bios and I can't get to the screen where it lets me select what drive I want to boot from.

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01-17-2009 01:06 AM  9 years agoPost 5
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Some computers need F12 for boot options.

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01-17-2009 01:22 AM  9 years agoPost 6
zaw

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Press the power button and run your finger across F's keys.

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01-17-2009 01:24 AM  9 years agoPost 7
legoman67

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Press the power button and run your finger across F's keys.
LOL im guilty of this too, it works usually...

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01-17-2009 12:17 PM  9 years agoPost 8
RayJayJohnsonJr

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If the above suggestions don't work, try opening the case and pulling the cable on the hardrive. Then when you boot you might see a screen that tells you how to enter 'setup'.

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01-17-2009 01:07 PM  9 years agoPost 9
DS 8717

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If all else fails,remove the memory battery for a few minutes and it will rest the bios.

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01-17-2009 06:41 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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It would help considerably if you bothered to identify the computer that this is a problem with.

I don't like guessing just because the questioner doesn't care to give details.

Depending on the system, it could be F1, F2, F10, F12, DEL and maybe a few more to get into CMOS.

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01-17-2009 07:02 PM  9 years agoPost 11
altima1779

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On my home built pc when i start windows with a disk in the cd-rom it will ask boot from cd? This system is running xp.

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01-17-2009 07:26 PM  9 years agoPost 12
AirWolfRC

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it will ask boot from cd?
That's because your CMOS is set to try booting from the CD before looking for the hard drive. That can be changed.

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01-17-2009 08:55 PM  9 years agoPost 13
evoflight

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THanks for the advice guys. I was able to change the boot order with a utility from inside windows and got it to work.

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01-17-2009 08:58 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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The proper way to do that is from the BIOS screen, not Windows.

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01-17-2009 09:02 PM  9 years agoPost 15
RCHSF

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I have found that if useing a wireless keyboard, and mouse thru usb port, it want let you. So when this happens, I grab the ps2 keyboard.

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01-17-2009 09:04 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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Yup . . . . BIOS only supports standard AT / PS2 keyboards . . . . no USB

. . . . now if there was a wireless version of a PS2 keyboard . . . .

. . . . but there isn't . . . .

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01-17-2009 09:14 PM  9 years agoPost 17
evoflight

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I understand the proper way to do it is from BIOS, but like I said I couldn't get into BIOS. I know what function key to hit to get into BIOS and if that worked I wouldn't have asked.

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01-17-2009 09:19 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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If it works then there is no proper way. Theres more than one into town. It got did,thats all that matters.

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01-17-2009 09:56 PM  9 years agoPost 19
zaw

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PS2 Keyboard comes in handy a few time for me.

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01-17-2009 10:14 PM  9 years agoPost 20
balbs

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Actually, I had a Toshiba laptop that did that. You had to use the windows utility to configure the BIOS. I had other Toshiba laptops and all you had to do is hold the ESC key down while powering up.

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