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Old 09-09-2003, 10:49 PM   #1
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Question How to get into BIOS on Toshiba Tecra 800?

Yeah ; I have this old beastie of a Toshiba Tecra 800 lying around (32 MB memory , 1 Gig HD , 100Mhz CPU ) and I'd like to make it a lightweight Linux-box.

However : It doesn't want to boot from CD and I don't know how to get into the BIOS of the blimer.(DEL , nor "F1" do anything)
Is there some occult secret as to get into the BIOS?
Is this piece of junk capable of booting from cd at all? I've had 486-machines , that could , so it would seem a little weird a pentium-machine couldn't.

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Old 09-09-2003, 11:52 PM   #2
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you could try this:

press the Esc key while turning on or resetting your laptop. After the BIOS' system initialization is done, it displays the message "Check system. Press [F1] to continue.". Pressing the F1 key will get you to the BIOS setup screens. Note that local keyboard mappings are not yet in effect.

i know it's not exactly your model, but....
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try press esc and f1 as fast as possible.

at least my model it does work
Old 09-10-2003, 07:22 AM   #4
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On a Toshiba Portege

... you can press Ctrl + C during BIOS sequence for a boot from CD Rom

Mind, that's using an external CDRom via a PCMCIA card, so may not be too useful for you


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