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Access BIOS Setup

The method for accessing the BIOS is going to be dependent upon the manufacturer of the motherboard and the BIOS vender they have selected. Here is a list of the most common access key used to enter BIOS.

  • Acer - Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos, etc.
  • • Press Del or F2 immediately after powering on.
  • • The BIOS on the Acer Altos 600 server uses the Ctrl+Alt+Esc key and the F1 key for advanced options.
  • • Older Acer computers may also use the F1 or Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys to access BIOS.
  • ASUS - VivoBook, Zenbook, S, V, X, K, T, U series, etc.
  • • Press the F2 or Del key to start the BIOS setup utility.
  • • Older ASUS computers may also use the F1 key to access BIOS.
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) - Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet
  • • Press the F1, F10, or F11 key after restarting the computer.
  • • HP Tablet PCs may use F10 or F12.
  • • Other HP computers may allow access to BIOS using the F2 or Esc keys.
  • Lenovo (formerly IBM) - ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation
  • • Press F1 or F2 after powering on the computer.
  • • Older Lenovo products allow access to BIOS using Ctrl+Alt+F3, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Fn+F1.
  • Shuttle - Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance
  • • Press F2 or Del on startup.
  • Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
  • • Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.
  • Samsung - Notebook, ATIV Book, ATIV One, etc.
  • • Press F2 key after turning on the computer.
  • • Older Samsung products allow access to BIOS using Del key.
  • Toshiba - Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium
  • • Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS.
  • • Press F12 on a Toshiba Equium.
  • Dell - XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude. OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro
  • • Press F2 when the Dell logo appears. Press every few seconds until the message Entering Setup appears.
  • • Older Dell desktops and laptops may instead use Ctrl+Alt+Enter or Del to enter BIOS.
  • • Older Dell laptops may use Fn+Esc or Fn+F1.
  • Compaq - Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable
  • • Press F10 while the cursor in the top right corner of the screen is blinking.
  • • Older Compaq computers may use the F1, F2, F10, or Del key to give access to BIOS.
  • eMachines - eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series
  • • Press Tab or Del while the eMachine logo displays on screen.
  • • Other eMachine computers may use F2 to enter BIOS.
  • Fujitsu - LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower
  • • Press F2 once the Fujitsu logo appears.
  • Gateway - DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro
  • • Press the F1 key repeatedly after restarting the computer.
  • • Some older Gateway computers use F2 to access the BIOS Setup utility.
  • IBM - PC, XT, AT
  • • Press F1 immediately after powering on the computer.
  • • Older IBM computers (including some laptops) may utilize the F2 key for BIOS entry.
  • Micron (MPC Computers) - ClientPro, TransPort
  • • Press F1, F2 or Del immediately after powering on the PC.
  • NEC - PowerMate, Versa, W-Series
  • • Press F2 to enter the BIOS Setup.
  • Packard Bell - 8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme
  • • Press F1, F2, or Del to enter BIOS.
  • Sharp - Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite
  • • Press F2 after the computer starts.
  • • Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.