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Old 11-02-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Cannot Access BIOS !!!!


Hello, as you can probably tell by the heading I a fairly new to linux. I have installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 on a HP nc6120 notebook. I am trying to make this NISPOM compliant and have to configure the bios not to boot from CDROM unfortunately I cannot access the setup utility or boot device during power on. It does display the option to press the F9 and F10 keys to access but it does not respond when I press either. Anyone have suggestions?
 
Old 11-02-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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You might wish to flash the BIOS:

http://www.opendrivers.com/driver/23...-download.html
 
Old 11-02-2008, 02:39 PM   #3
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Unfortunately the laptop is offline and contained in a lab. I cannot run it online.
 
Old 11-02-2008, 03:47 PM   #4
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Can you download and burn the file in the link to a floppy disk or CD, then use that to flash the BIOS?
 
Old 11-02-2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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Hi,

Is the BIOS locked with a password?
 
Old 11-02-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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It's not locked and I do have the password. It does not respond when I hit f9 or f10 to enter the system bios. I am trying to get to the bios to disable booting from CD.
 
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Hi,

What happens when you press 'ctrl-S' at the POST? This will stop the POST if you pass in time and you can issue a 'ctrl-Q' to resume. I'm wondering if there is any keyboard response.

If you do have the machine BIOS password protected the BIOS should still be able to enter it, just not able to configure.

You could look at the 'HP NC6120' support. The 'HP BIOS Configuration for ProtectTools' might help. The 'HP protect tools' can be used to configure the BIOS;

Quote:
from 'HP protect tools';
BIOS configuration for HP ProtectTools

* BIOS configuration and security settings from within the HP ProtectTools Security Manager console
 
Old 11-02-2008, 06:00 PM   #8
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Great thanks for the info. I'll give it a try in the morning and get back to you.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:16 AM   #9
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I have tried those steps at the post and they do work. It is not a keyboard issue but I was wondering if you have happened to she this error before.


pci bios bug : MCFG area at f8000000 is not E820-reserved

Thanks
 
  


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