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Old 11-13-2002, 11:22 PM   #1
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I know im dumb but could you tell me how to get into..............

I need to get into my bios on red hat 7.2 please tell me how Im sure its easy but im not very bright (lol)
Old 11-14-2002, 12:44 AM   #2
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You mean just your general old computer bios??

Just reboot your machine. When it's going through all it's tests during boot time, hit the Delete key.

Actually it might be a different key, look at the screen as it's booting, it will usuall say:

Setup = del

or whatever key you need to push.
Old 11-14-2002, 03:39 AM   #3
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On some computers, the "Hit [del] for setup" is already gone before your monitor initializes, so if you don't see it, hit the [del] key a few times before you screen shows anything
Old 11-15-2002, 04:07 PM   #4
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On AMI and Phoenix BIOSes it is often F2 to enter setup.
Old 11-15-2002, 04:16 PM   #5
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on old compaqs it's the INS key at the proper time. when I'm on a computer I don't know I try the following (after the first few beeps) :

[in no order]
SHIFT (<-- never seen this, but still....)
Old 11-16-2002, 03:53 PM   #6
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we have a bundle of crummy computers at work and its f10 for the bios, or you can just hold anykey down durning bootup then its f2.....

I had an old 486 that you could hit CTRL-ALT-ESC at any point in time and enter the BIOS, change around some stuff, then return to your normally running programs...boy things hate it when you change harddisk geomentry on the fly...

either way, your BIOS isn't Linux, and you need to consult the documentation that either came with your computer or motherboard, or you need to call the people who made your computer (dell, compaq, gateway..)


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