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Setting up the software side

Guided by the wisdom of AskMeFi, I recently purchased a tricked-out desktop computer. It's a whitebox build, and rather than have the builders install the operating system(s) for me, I asked that they just format the drive. I want the learning experience of installing my own. I know how to find tutorials-- what I'd like are your tips and tricks, both about the OSs and the software running on them, that I might not find in a tutorial. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Dec 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Why virtualbox can overcome win8 UEFI issue to install Linux?

I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios. So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops. But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox. So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon on Feb 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Bricked my computer updating my BIOS. Help!

I updated my BIOS and now my computer won't boot. Please save me. [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Sep 28, 2013 - 8 answers

RAID-0 HD Replacement After Laptop Repair?

What do I need to know about my RAID-0 configured hard drives before removing them to send my laptop away for repair? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 23, 2013 - 5 answers

H61 install hell!

Getting the dreaded "Required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing" during Windows 7 install, but no drivers are working! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jan 2, 2013 - 7 answers

"esc" & f2 aren't doing it

Booting from a disc on a Toshiba Portege R935 - how? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Which is the exact keyboard sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G to boot from CD?

Which is the exact keyboard-time sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G to boot from CD instead of HDD? I need to be guided like a blind. [more inside]
posted by lion on Dec 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Laptop's screen is shattered, need BIOS menu tree

I have an ASUS G60V laptop. My lcd screen is shattered, and now I need to use a repair CD. Laptop won't boot into external monitor in repair mode, so I can't see the screen. Any ASUS owners be willing to walk me through the BIOS menu steps to see if I can get my laptop to connect to the external? [more inside]
posted by siddhartha_in_costume on Nov 24, 2011 - 2 answers

Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.

My homebuilt, always-on HTPC has ground to a halt. It won't boot past the BIOS, which slowly - slowly - fills the screen like it's being downloaded by a very old dial-up modem. What's my "checklist" for zeroing in on the problem? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

My Poor Laptop

Is there a place I can take my laptop to get crisis bios recovery done to it in person, instead of sending it to the manufacturer and waiting forever? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Sep 30, 2011 - 2 answers

How to reset CMOS on a Samsung N150

How to reset CMOS on a Samsung N150 netbook? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 12, 2011 - 5 answers

bootless toshiba

I'm trying to install an OS on a machine whose DVD drive won't work. I have an external (USB) DVD drive but no way to convince the machine to use it as a boot device (that I know of). [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 3, 2011 - 28 answers

Corrupted BIOS Toshiba L305D

Fuck! I corrupted the BIOS on a Toshiba L305D trying to update it in windows 7 (which i later realized was an incredibly stupid idea). It was a laptop we fixed and we were getting ready to sell it on our floor. Boss wants me to come in Monday with a fix. There seems to be a way to fix it using crisis BIOS recovery. But I need a BIOS.rom file. HELP!!! [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jul 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Laptop goes black after BIOS. Was working minutes ago. What happened?

Was fiddling with the eject settings on my laptop (didn't solve my problem, cd is still stuck in the drive no matter what i do), when I decided to reboot out of ubuntu and disable the drive altogether in the BIOS. Now almost as soon as the BIOS appear, everything goes black, though the computer is still clearly on. Help! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me see my BIOS using a monitor attached to VGA out on my laptop. Please?

How can I force a laptop to use VGA out during boot up prior to windows loading so that I can get into the BIOS and change the primary display to be permanently the VGA out? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Sep 29, 2010 - 15 answers

help my student get a working laptop

Why can't I get into the BIOS on this Thinkpad? Alternately, how can I get this machine working? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on May 12, 2010 - 4 answers

How to access advanced BIOS settings on an Asus notebook?

Some time ago I was able to access hidden BIOS settings on my M50Vm Asus notebook and change memory settings for my video card. Now I need to change them back but have no idea how to access it again. I know that there is some magic key combination (and it's not ctrl+F1) but Google seems useless. [more inside]
posted by przepla on Mar 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me fix a hard drive that fails at 86%

How can I recover anything off this hard drive that fails low level scans at 86%? [more inside]
posted by patrad on Dec 24, 2009 - 5 answers

What caused my drive to die?

What happened that suddenly caused my harddrive to not be recognized by BIOS? [more inside]
posted by comradestu on Nov 11, 2009 - 3 answers

I need a specific CMS that allows each user to edit one part of a page.

I need a page of bios integrated into a WordPress site. I would like to give each person the ability to update his own bio without letting him mess with other people's bios. It would be awesome if the list was alphabetized. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Painted into a corner, I fear

Did I just brick this computer? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Nov 2, 2009 - 19 answers

BIOS Schmios

How can I get XP onto my laptop... if I only have a 3.5inch drive, and my BIOS is one version away from letting me boot by USB? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Oct 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Can't boot AMD BIOS w/ plugged-in USB hard drive?

Why can't I boot my computer (even past BIOS) with a USB hard drive attached? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Apr 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Maybe we should just throw this clunker out

Double whammy! Persistent "ghost" floppy drive, and slow, halting performance, all on my parents' PC. [more inside]
posted by curagea on Dec 27, 2008 - 8 answers

My laptop (Compal IFL90/Sager 2090) wont boot up! Blank screen, HD, CD drive still whirring. DESPERATE help needed! More details inside...

My laptop (Compal IFL90/Sager 2090) wont boot up! Blank screen, HD, CD drive still whirring. DESPERATE help needed! More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed on Dec 27, 2008 - 12 answers

Disk Drawer Double Bind

My friend's only Admin account on Windows has been ripped to shreds by a virus, an uninstaller program, or both; his CD drawer won't open or shut manually at all; and his BIOS settings, which are protected by a password we don't know, are to boot from a CD in the drive before anything else. Help me to not destroy his computer with an axe. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Nov 14, 2008 - 20 answers

New computer build--No signal input on monitor?

I just cobbled together a computer for the first time, and while it powers up OK (fans and drives awhirring) I get nothing on the screen. No signal input. What did I mess up? Did I kill my CPU? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Oct 17, 2008 - 12 answers

I'm up at 2am because my computer is down. Help me get it to boot!

My PC was working fine until tonight. I rebooted to fix a BIOS setting (to enable the onboard Ethernet port) and since then it won't boot properly anymore. The PC POSTs fine, keyboard is initialized, I can enter the BIOS setup fine and make any changes I like, then save them. After that, the screen blanks and I'm left staring at a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. Nothing happens. How can I troubleshoot this and fix it? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Aug 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Dell Inspiron 5100 BIOS password reset?

Dell Inspiron 5100 BIOS password reset? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jun 18, 2008 - 9 answers

Best way to flash my BIOS

A little advice required about flashing the BIOS on a new Gigabyte motherboard, and reducing the chances of killing it. [more inside]
posted by malpractice on May 11, 2008 - 5 answers

BIOS Gone Bye-bye

How can I flash my BIOS without paying HPs exhorbitant tech support fee? Details down under ... [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Mar 30, 2008 - 4 answers

I wish I could run my BIOS in a debugger.

Help me guess which part of my homebrew PC is causing my POST video failure. [more inside]
posted by mindsound on Mar 12, 2008 - 12 answers


NoIWillNotFixYourComputerFilter: I've got a 500 gig that won't show up in Windows XP. Help! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Jan 29, 2008 - 7 answers

How to upgrade the OS on a laptop with no CD or floppy?

How do I upgrade from Win 2k to XP on a laptop with no CD or floppy and no option in the bios to boot from USB? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Jan 29, 2008 - 8 answers

How can I install Ubuntu alongside XP without being able to boot from a DVD drive?

I've recently purchased a new external USB DVD drive, as I do not have a floppy drive or internal CD/DVD drive on this windows PC. I am trying to set it up now for dual-booting Solaris+Ubuntu but, even after updating the BIOS (Phoenix 6.00) I cannot boot a USB drive. First, does anyone have a way I could somehow add USB drivers as a boot option (along with XP), so that I can then add Solaris and Ubuntu (making it four options at boot)? [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk on Dec 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Replace Toshiba M55 CMOS battery

Mrs. mysterious1der's laptop (M55-S331) won't keep time accurately. I've torn apart and repaired (board swaps, not actual board level repair) dozens of Dell laptops, but this is my first Toshiba. Lo and behold, the CMOS battery is soldered to the motherboard. Do I either have to unsolder it and resolder a new one, or get a new motherboard? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der on Dec 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Help make an N800c boot in VGA-out!

I need help changing BIOS settings in a headless laptop to make it boot in VGA-out mode. [more inside]
posted by kureshii on Nov 28, 2007 - 5 answers

BIOS won't flash :(

I am not able to flash my BIOS on my gigabyte K8NF-9 motherboard using current @BIOS utility. Why do I keep getting write errors? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

BIOS update failure

I tried updating my computer's BIOS the other night. The update didn't work, and now neither does my computer. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate on Oct 3, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I reset the BIOS on an HP ze5375us laptop?

So, I used the wrong BIOS flash on a HP laptop ze5375us. It is now bricked. My girlfriend is rather pissed...... [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me get past the BIOS password on a Dell Latitude.

Help me get past the BIOS password on a Dell Latitude. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Jul 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying?

Overheating PC problems - is my sensor lying? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Why won't my BIOS recognize a SATA drive?

Why won't my BIOS recognize a SATA drive? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Dec 15, 2006 - 8 answers

Go *beeep* *beep* *beep* yourself...

I have a Thinkpad G41. About an hour ago, I (shut it off) packed it in a backpack-style case, and rode my bicycle to the radio station where I work. Upon arriving, I turn it on and the screen does not do anything at all. Everything else about bootup appears normal, except the total deadness of the screen (the light behind the TFT does not appear to come on). Also, there are (what I presume to be) BIOS beeps, one long two short. Googling produces this which informs me I have a "video adapter error". What do I do now? (This laptop is about a year old, I think it's out of warranty now... is it just doomed to become a server?)
posted by phrontist on Oct 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Should I use LVM or onboard RAID for redundant storage?

What's the most sensible way to add redundant storage to an existing Linux system using LVM? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 19, 2006 - 7 answers

Help! My computer freezes instantly!

Help! My computer freezes almost instantly after power-on! [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Sep 29, 2006 - 6 answers

Help me figure out this BIOS Error

I'm experiencing the following BIOS error: "CPU Fan Error!" Please help me figure out how to solve the problem. [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo on Jul 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Is it possible to bypass a bios password without me knowing? How safe is my data?

I have a desktop that is located in a semi-public place. I have a bios password and a windows password on it. Sometimes I leave it logged out of windows so that I can leave in the middle of a project without restarting everything again. I was wondering how hard it would be to get my data? Short of stealing the actual hardware, is there a way to get past a bios password and access my data without me knowing? (From what I understand, resetting the cmos would clear the password so I would know if someone got in.) Also, is it possible to get in if I leave it logged out of windows with a password? How safe is my data?
posted by D Wiz on Jun 5, 2006 - 28 answers

Is my computer possessed? My BIOS has a mind of it's own!

I've got a tower (AMD 3000+ with a gigabyte motherboard, 3/4ths of a gig of ram, etc.) that I'm trying to set up for a media center. The thing is, the first screen (where it's checking the ram) the keyboard works fine. I can go and edit my bios settings, save and exit, etc. However, on the next screen (where I have the option of booting from CD and such) keyboard input ceases to be. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Apr 22, 2006 - 10 answers

My computer-box done broke!

My desktop PC, which has been working happily for a year, has suddenly refused to boot - I get prompted to insert boot media. The two SATA hard drives aren't detected in the BIOS (as they used to be). What should I do to work out the problem and fix it? [more inside]
posted by wilberforce on Mar 5, 2006 - 14 answers

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