I have a Gatway 500LS desktop and I can't get into the BIOS.
When I start the machine the only words that come up are a bit of info on the graphics card. It then goes to the large Gateway logo and stays there. There's no info on how to get into the BIOS or the make of motherboard etc.
To get into the BIOS I've tried switching on whilst holding down Ctrl-Alt-Esc, F1, F2, F10 and Delete. None of these work. I've tried clearing the BIOS using the jumper J7B1 on the motherboard (which has E139761 written on it).
Unfortunately the Gateway logo is probably disabled from the BIOS - which isn't a lot of help! I presume that the machine boots after all this, and you just want to get into the BIOS to tweak it (or disable the Logo!). Firstly, try holding down just the CTRL key when the logo appears, and see if that gets you in. Secondly, if you're running 98, you could try carefully editing the file MSDOS.SYS (you'll need to find it in Explorer after setting the view to show All Files - MSDOS.SYS is a hidden system file by default. You will also need to amend its' attributes by unticking the read only box - and retiscking when you've finished with it). Open MSDOS.SYS in notepad and amend Logo=1 to Logo= 0 - this disables the Windows logo and might help reveal the way to the BIOS. Make sure that BootKeys= is set to 1 to enable the bootup function keys.
I'm actually just trying to get into the computer! I want to format the hard disk and start fresh with a new OS. I've tried sticking a new XP CD in the CD drive but it doesn't boot from there. Holding down CTRL doesn't do much - the Gateway logo just sits there annoying me.