HP Compaq how can I access BIOS?

  bumpkin 16:48 27 Aug 2012

Hello, How can I access BIOS on HP compaq dc 7600 SFF. I have no manual and have tried usual things like Del or Tab and some F keys.


  Nontek 16:53 27 Aug 2012

Pressing F1 during startup should take you to the BIOS.

  lotvic 16:59 27 Aug 2012

I think it's this ClickHere guide to bios settings

The HP Computer Setup Utility, or F10 Setup, allows making changes to the system BIOS

  Woolwell 17:19 27 Aug 2012

Why do you want to enter the BIOS? I usually leave mine well alone unless I have a major snag.

  bumpkin 17:23 27 Aug 2012

Hi and thanks for the quick replies. F1 does not work it just carries on booting. I am still reading Lotvics link. The reason I want to access Bios is to change boot order of hard drives.


  lotvic 17:37 27 Aug 2012

If it's a temporary change then this bit sounds useful:

Short cut to Temporary Override Boot Order

To boot one time from a device other than the default device specified in Boot Order, restart the computer and press F9 when the F10 = Setup message appears on the screen. When POST is completed, a list of bootable devices is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select a device and press the Enter key.

  bumpkin 18:00 27 Aug 2012

If I press F9 it gives me a choice of. CD-ROM USB Hard Drive MBA

No option to choose the other HD.


  bumpkin 18:08 27 Aug 2012

One drive is IDE with XP on. The other is SATA with Win 7. If I connect SATA I get error File missing ntoskrnl.exe please reinstall a copy.


  lotvic 18:11 27 Aug 2012

"No option to choose the other HD"

You need to give more details on that... Is it an internal sata, ide, or a usb ext HD? and what Operating systems are involved?

I would have thought you needed a Boot Manager to enable you to choose which HD to boot from? (I'm not very knowledgeable at setting that up but sounds like you're wanting a dual boot situation?)

  lotvic 18:13 27 Aug 2012

We cross posted :)

Still, better wait for someone else who has better knowledge of this than I do.

  lotvic 18:19 27 Aug 2012

I think you will get more helpers if you start a new thread about Dual Booting and give the full info regarding what you have and if 32bit and/or 64bit etc.

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