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Changing BIOS options - PLEASE HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ak0010, Oct 19, 2005.

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  1. ak0010

    ak0010 Thread Starter

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    I need to know how to change the boot order in the BIOS. I figured out how to get into it, now I can't decipher how to change the boot order.

    I run a Toshiba Satellite 3000-S353 model - Phoenix BIOS

    I have a constant restart problem and can't get into Windows at all. I'm trying to load the setup from the floppy disk drive and I need to know how to get it to boot from the floppy!

    I don't have the WinXP CD so that's why I'm doing it this way.

    I'd really appreciate any help here! I'm freaking out!
     
  2. Slug6

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    When you get onto the bios screen, you need to arrow down or whatever until you are hilighting the boot sequence field. Look at the bottom of the screen and there should be a key to how you change the values. Then exit bios and save changes. You will probably have to verify the 'save changes' part.
     
  3. ak0010

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    Ok, I'm in the BIOS

    I have these tabs: MAIN - ADVANCED - SECURITY - POWER - OTHERS - BOOT - EXIT

    Which one is it under?
     
  4. Anton Wan

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    I would think BOOT. Change that it is under OTHERS.


    TK
     
  5. ak0010

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    Yeah, that's what I thought too, but there's nothing indicating a change to the boot order:

    Under the BOOT tab:

    +Removable devices
    Legacy Floppy Drives
    !-Hard Drive
    ! Fujitsu MHM2200AT - (PM)
    ! CD-ROM Drive
    ! Network Boot

    Along the side:
    Item Specific Help

    Keys used to view or configure devices:
    <Enter> expands or collapses devices with a + or -
    <Ctrl+Enter> expands all
    <Shift+F1> enables or disables a device.
    <F6> and <F5> moves the device up or down

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Under the OTHERS tab:

    Low Battery Alarm: [Enabled]
    Panel Close Alarm: [Enabled]
    System Beep: [Enabled]

    Along the side:

    Item Specific Help:
    [Disabled] The system will not alarm when battery power is low.
    [Enabled] The system will alarm when battery power is low.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    What now?
     
  6. Anton Wan

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  7. ak0010

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    Yes, and I posted what appears under the OTHERS tab:

    This is what it says.

    Low Battery Alarm: [Enabled]
    Panel Close Alarm: [Enabled]
    System Beep: [Enabled]

    Along the side:
    Item Specific Help
    [Disabled] The system will not alrm when battery power is low.
    [Enabled] The system will alarm when battery power is low.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Doesn't look like an option to change boot order is under that tab...

    What next?
     
  8. Anton Wan

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    Back to the BOOT tab, What do the "!" mean?? Also is Legacy Floppy Drives under Removable devices?
    Under the BOOT tab:

    +Removable devices
    Legacy Floppy Drives
    !-Hard Drive
    ! Fujitsu MHM2200AT - (PM)
    ! CD-ROM Drive
    ! Network Boot

    Along the side:
    Item Specific Help

    Keys used to view or configure devices:
    <Enter> expands or collapses devices with a + or -
    <Ctrl+Enter> expands all
    <Shift+F1> enables or disables a device.
    <F6> and <F5> moves the device up or down
     
  9. ak0010

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    Ok, back to the BOOT tab.

    Yes, Legacy Floppy Drives is under Removable Devices.

    I don't know what the "!" means - it appears by pushing <Shift+F1>.

    It says that <Shift+F1> enables or disables a device, but I don't know if the "!" means it is enabled or disabled...
     
  10. Anton Wan

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    I would put a "!" next to Legacy Floppy Drives. Make sure it is at top of the list and save your settings and reboot. Make sure the floppy is in the drive. Are you using the 6 boot disks for XP? Is the floppy drive built into the notebook or is it external? Toshiba has about a million different BIOS versions. Some even have the option to press F12 to get a boot menu also. So when you reboot keep your eyes peeled.

    TK
     
  11. Slug6

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    Use the "F5, F6 to move up or down" option until the floppy drive (a:\) is on top or #1 in the boot sequence. Good Luck!
     
  12. ak0010

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    Ok - the Legacy Floppy Drive is at the top of this list.

    Should I get rid of the "!" beside the other things (hard drive, cd rom drive, network boot) and put a "!" beside the floppy drive only?

    And yes, I have made the six WinXP disks - haven't got to use them yet as I can't get it to boot from the floppy drive, but if this works, will it automatically boot from the floppy on startup or do I have to do anything else?

    The floppy is internal - there are two 'bays' in the computer that can be changed. I have a floppy drive, CD rom/DVD drive, and a battery. I have taken out the CD rom drive and replaced it with the floppy drive.

    The bios is PhoenixBIOS version v1.80 if that helps.
     
  13. Anton Wan

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    If it is on top of list it will check to see if the floppy has a disk in it. If it doesn't it will go to the hard drive next, if Windows is missing it will then go to the CD-ROM.

    Once you insert the first disk it will start chugging away and will prompt you to insert Disk #2 ,#3, and so on.

    TK
     
  14. ak0010

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    Ok, I'm going to give it a try - I'll let you know in a minute how it goes.

    You are definitely very patient like your sig says! Thanks so much for walking me through this!
     
  15. StumpedTechy

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    I would assume ! is for enabled and it goes down the list so you want to keep the !'s on the rest of them. Actually if your on a home network you probably want to take off the ! in front of Network Boot.

    Just as a rule of thumb I usually set bios boot order to the following - it should look like below.

    !Removable devices
    Legacy Floppy Drives
    ! CD-ROM Drive
    ! Fujitsu MHM2200AT - (PM)
    !-Hard Drive
    + Network Boot

    The BIOS processes it from top to bottom and of course anything without a ! is disabled.

    This setup will allow you to first boot to a flooppy (good for virus boots and certain bootable disk utilities like HDD testers and mem testers), next boots to CD good for reloading windows or even booting to a self contained linux CD or just a plain bootable diagnostic CD, then it tries to boot to the HDD where the Windows load is, lastly I disable network boot as this is really ONLY used in company environments or specialized cases.
     
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