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 Common BIOS Entry Hot Key Commands.

Here are some common PC Hardware BIOS entry key commands;

BIOS Hot Keys

The following is a list of BIOS start up key list by manufacturer.

BIOS Computer Key Command(s)

Acer®  F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
AST®  CTRL+ALT+ESC or CTRL+ALT+DEL
Cannon  F1
Castex  DEL
Compaq®  (Red Compaq Logo Screen) F10
CompUSA®  DEL
Cybermax®  ESC
Dell® Delete key
Dell Dimensions 4100 - 8100
tap the F2 key at blue Dell screen
  • Dell 400 F1
  • Dell Dimension® F2 or DEL
  • Dell Inspiron® F2
  • Dell Latitude Fn+F1 (while booted)
  • Dell Latitude F2 (on boot)
  • Dell Optiplex DEL
  • Dell Optiplex F2
  • Dell Precision™ F2
Digital  F2
eMachine  DEL
Enpower (laptop)  Ctrl+alt+s
Gateway®  (F1 or F2)  2000 1440 F1 Gateway 2000 Solo™ F2
HP® (Hewlett-Packard)  F1, F2, Del or F1 (at blue screen) Esc or F10
Hewlett Packard (Pavillion Notebook)  F2 (Insyde BIOS) or F10
IBM (Aptiva)  F1
IBM®  F1 IBM E-pro Laptop F2 IBM PS/2® CTRL+ALT+INS after
 CTRL+ALT+DEL
IBM Thinkpad® (newer) Windows:  Programs-Thinkpad CFG.
Intel®  Tangent DEL
Leading Edge  Ctrl+alt+s
Micron™  F1, F2, or DEL
NEC  F1 or F2
Packard Bell®  F1, F2, Del  (After Packard Bell start up screen) F1 or F2
Quantex  Del key
Sony® VIAO  (After Sony start up screen) F2 then hit F1
Sharp  F2
Tiger  DEL
Toshiba  XP Laptops: From the desktop, click Start>>All
 Programs/Programs
>>TOSHIBA Console>>TOSHIBA
 Console
Toshiba Portable PC(Phoenix)  Press the [F2] key while the system processes its Power
 On Self Test (POST).
Toshiba  Rebooting press ESC and F1 to enter the BIOS setup
Toshiba®   335 CDS ESC
  • Toshiba Protege ESC
  • Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS F1
  • Toshiba Tecra F1 or ESC

 If all else fails, hold down the space bar during startup. This should halt the machine and allow the customer to enter the startup key. The computer will display the BIOS key option.

IBM Thinkpad

300
350
500,510
Enter setup by pressing CTRL+Alt+F3 from a DOS prompt (you must be in DOS mode, not a DOS session under Windows).
310,315
310E/ED
315ED
BIOS Utility is entered by holding F2 while the ThinkPad logo is displayed after power on.
365C/CS
365CD/CSD
365E/ED
Enter setup by pressing CTRL+Alt+F11 from a DOS prompt (you must be in DOS mode, not a DOS session under Windows).
365X/XD With the unit powered off, hold the F1 key and power the unit on. Keep F1 held down until Easy setup appears
360,355 series
380,385 series
560 series
600 series
701C/CS
75x series
76x series
770 series
With the unit powered off, hold the F1 key and power the unit on. Keep F1 held down until Easy setup appears.

Note: On the TP 701, you can also access the Configuration area on BIOS by pressing the FN+F1 keys.
240
390
570
i Series 1200
i Series 1300

i Series 1400
i Series 1500
i Series 172x
A20
T20
Pressing F1 during startup when the ThinkPad logo is displayed.
700/C
720/C
Pressing CTRL+ALT+INS when the cursor moves over to the upper right hand side of the screen right after the memory count.
710T
730T
Hold the suspend/resume switch while powering on the computer.

 

 

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