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Title: access bios options
Post by: InTheWoods on May 07, 2009, 05:35:06 am
I have a Toshiba Tecra which I have run Vector on for some time. I have just come into possession of a second identical Tecra with one difference. It has an updated bios.

When I access the bios in the first Tecra I see ACPI BIOS=v 1.00
When I access the bios in the second Tecra I see ACPI BIOS=v 1.40

In both cases the the boot preference options are on the second page of settings which may be accessed by pressing the PgDn key.

The problem is that on the second Tecra pressing PgDn does nothing. It is not a keyboard problem. The PgDn key does work just not when in the updated BIOS.

Any ideas on how to get around this short of swapping hard drives and installing on Tecra no.1
I cannot use the netbootin idea discussed in another thread as I had some partial success and have killed the Windows installation.
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: M0E-lnx on May 07, 2009, 08:49:22 am
Swapping hard drives is not going to correct your BIOS problem. The BIOS resides in the mobo itself, not on the hard drive.

I would check to see if may be the key that triggers the BIOS Setup has changed in the new bios.

Common keys are for instance
Esc
F1
F4
F12
Del

In the past, I've owned some that even required a combination like ctrl+alt+esc

Do you know which (brand (ie, award, phoenix, etc)) BIOS is in the machine in question?
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: lagagnon on May 07, 2009, 10:17:37 am
Does the right arrow key get you there?
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: InTheWoods on May 07, 2009, 03:12:27 pm

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I would check to see if may be the key that triggers the BIOS Setup has changed in the new bios.
Esc then F1, same as earlier version.
The key combinations within the bios are the same. They are listed at the bottom of the screen within the bios pages.

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Does the right arrow key get you there?
The arrow keys allow you to move from setting to setting within a given bios page. The options are actually changed with the space and backspace keys.

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Do you know which (brand (ie, award, phoenix, etc)) BIOS is in the machine in question?
I have no idea what company makes the bios. It seems it may be a Toshiba proprietary bios from my initial search. Nothing comes up on the screen like other bios's I have seen indicating another brand.

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Swapping hard drives is not going to correct your BIOS problem.
No it's not! But on the plus side it did get me a working install.
However I still want to change the boot order.

Short of seeing if I can re flash the bios, something I haven't done before and am leery of trying, I may be beat here.

Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: toothandnail on May 07, 2009, 04:35:57 pm
Not sure if this applies (it does to some Toshiba machines), but on quite a number of laptops, pressing F12 as the machine is powered on will give you a boot menu, at which point you can select the CD/DVD drive.

Doesn't get you to any other options on the second page of BIOS settings, but may help with any boot order problems.

paul.
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: gamfa on May 07, 2009, 05:51:18 pm
Have you looked for help on this forum....

http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9 (http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9)

I have a couple of A215's and have received help there.
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: GrannyGeek on May 07, 2009, 07:39:11 pm
On my 6-year-old Toshiba Satellite, pressing C after the computer starts will boot from the CD-ROM.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: InTheWoods on May 08, 2009, 09:23:49 pm
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Not sure if this applies (it does to some Toshiba machines), but on quite a number of laptops, pressing F12 as the machine is powered on will give you a boot menu, at which point you can select the CD/DVD drive.
Not for this one.

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On my 6-year-old Toshiba Satellite, pressing C after the computer starts will boot from the CD-ROM.
Also a no go.

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Have you looked for help on this forum....

http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9
I am waiting for the email allowing me to book on right now.
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: justin on May 09, 2009, 01:52:11 pm
What model number?
Title: Re: access bios options
Post by: InTheWoods on May 09, 2009, 05:28:50 pm
It is a Toshiba Tecra M2
MODEL NO. PTM20C-4MP2S

When I go to the Toshiba support page I can find plenty of M2 Tecras but not this particular model no.
Perhaps it is to old for their site (circa 2004)

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http://forum.notebookreview.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9
So far I have not been able to get on this other forum to ask my question there.