Every computer has a BIOS setup utility and BIOS entry key for accessing to BIOS setup utility. In general, the key is Delete, F1, F2 or F10. Different vendors make their computer bios with different BIOS entry keys.
The BIOS entry key will be shown at splash screen when computer boots, but it flashes quickly, so many people cannot capture it. How we can find the BIOS entry key?
1. Reboot your computer repeatedly until you get the BIOS entry key from first startup screen.
2. Find BIOS entry key from computer manual.
3. When turning on computer power, press the pause key to stop and go on step by step to the screen which shows BIOS entry key. So you have time to write BIOS entry key, and will never forget it.
4. Find it in the following list.
When to press the BIOS entry key to enter BIOS setup utility?
Turn on computer. When the splash screen displays or manufacturer logo displays, immediately press the bios entry key repeatedly until a BIOS Setup screen opens.
The following tables show most computer modules and their BIOS entry keys.
How to Access Thinkpad BIOS
How to Access HP BIOS
How to Access Dell BIOS
How to Access Acer BIOS
How to Access Gateway BIOS
How to Access Fujitsu BIOS
How to Access Lenovo BIOS
How to Access NEC BIOS
How to Access Sharp BIOS
How to Access Toshiba BIOS
How to Access Shuttle BIOS
Other BIOS Suppliers and BIOS Entry Keys
Current ThinkPad Systems
|G40, G41, R40, R40e, R50/e/p, R51, R52, T40/p, T41/p, T42/p, T43/p, X40, X41, X41 Tablet||Press the blue Access IBM button when the message "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button" is displayed to enter the ThinkVantage Productivity Center, then select Start setup utility to open the BIOS Setup Utility.|
|R51e, R60/e/i, R61/e/i, T60/p, T61/p, X60/s, X61, X61 Tablet, Z60m/t, Z61e/m/p/t, Reserve Edition, T400, T400s, T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T500, T510i, W500, W510, W700, W700ds, W701, W701ds, X200, X200s, X200si, X200 Tablet, X201, X201i, X201s, X201 Tablet, X300, X301, and later model.||Press the blue ThinkVantage button when the message "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button" is displayed to enter the ThinkVantage Productivity Center, then select Start setup utility to open the BIOS Setup Utility.|
|Pressing F1 during startup when the ThinkPad logo is displayed.|
Older ThinkPad Systems
|BIOS Utility is entered by holding F2 while the ThinkPad logo is displayed after powering on.|
|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
|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.
|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).|
|Pressing CTRL+ALT+INS when the cursor moves over to the upper right hand side of the screen right after the memory count.|
|Hold the suspend/resume switch while powering on the computer.|
|HP PC model||Action|
|HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7))||Turn on the computer. When the first screen displays,immediately press the F10 key if your computer was built in 2006 or later (came with Vista or Windows 7). Press the key once every second until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens.|
|HP and Compaq Desktop PCs (Built before 2006 (XP or earlier) ).||Turn on the computer. When the first screen displays, immediately press the F1 key if your computer was built before 2006 (XP or earlier). Press the key once every second until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens.|
HP Notebook PCs:
|Turn on computer power. When the red Compaq logo or blue HP logo displays, press F10 repeatedly until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens, or press F1 to get help.|
|Dell PC model||Action|
|Dell PC||At the first text on the screen or when the Dell™ logo appears, tap <F2> until the message Entering Setup appears.
Note: Some older Dell computers use an alternate key sequence instead of <F2> to enter System Setup. These key sequences include:
|Dell 400||F3, F1|
|Accer PC model||Action|
|Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa, Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos||Press Del or F2 immediately after powering on.|
|Acer Altos 600||Ctrl+Alt+Esc|
Older Acer computers
|use the F1 or Ctrl+Alt+Esc keys to access BIOS|
|Gateway PC model||Action|
|DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro||Press F1 immediately after powering on.|
|Fujitsu PC model||Action|
|LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower||PressF2 immediately after powering on.|
|Lenovo PC model||Action|
|Lenovo||Press F2 immediately after powering on.|
|NEC PC model||Action|
|PowerMate, Versa, W-Series||Press F2 immediately after powering on.|
|Sharp PC model||Action|
|Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite||Press F2 immediately after powering on.|
|Toshiba PC model||Action|
|Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium||Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS|
|Shuttle PC model||Action|
|Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance||Press F2 or Del on startup|
|BIOS Suppliers||BIOS entry key|
|ALR Advanced Logic Research, Inc. ® PC / PCI||F2|
|AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOS||F1|
|Award older BIOS||CTRL+ALT+ESC|
|AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOS||DEL|
|Phoenix BIOS||CTRL+ALT+S, CTRL+ALT+INS|
|DTK (Datatech Enterprises)||Esc|
The information is collected from Lenovo, hp, dell, acer etc official websites. If you need more information, please visit those websites.