Windows 7/Accessing BIOS


Is there a sure fire way of accessing BIOS on W7.
I have an ASUS Motherboard. The User Manual indicates to press DEL at startup. I tried that several times and it does not work. I also tried the ESC and F2 keys with similar results.
Any advice would be helpful.

Hello Nicholas

Actually if your manual says it is DEL then that is what it is. A few things to note. When you first turn on the power you are going to want to start pressing the DEL key right away and you can't just press and hold it.. you need to press it repeatedly until you get to the bios menu.  Here's the next tip.. you need to have a keyboard that is plugged in to the computer, not using wirelessly and that means even if your wireless uses a usb dongle that is plugged in as the usb devices are not detected on start up until you set up your bios correctly and even then typically to invoke the bios you need to have a keyboard that is plugged directly in to the computer. So long as the keyboard has a cable from the keyboard in to either a usb connection or the PS/2 connection you should be good.

Basically if you start the computer and start pressing the DEL key and then see the windows flag, you missed it and should just press (and hold) the power until it shuts off. Then try again.  You should first see the ASUS logo and you should already start pressing the DEL key.

My guess is your keyboard is the problem.

Hope this helps


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