I've tried every key combination I can think of to get into the bios, but it just keeps booting into Windows.Manual has nothing on it. It's a Toshiba Satellite 2400-S251. Only time I got into bios was taking the battery out and letting it sit for 2 months. Then it prompted me to go into bios by pressing F1, but that has no effect now.
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First of all when you are in the BIOS and have set the DVD/CD drive as the first boot device make sure you save the settings before you restart the computer as it will not remember the changes if you don't.
Make sure that the lens on the CD/DVD drive is clean and also make sure the Windows 7 install disk is clean and free of any finger prints.
make sure that you keep tapping a key when the drive spins up as sometimes people miss the "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD" message.
If you still can't get the disk to boot then try the install disk in a working PC and see if that reads the disk. If it does then the optical drive could be faulty or does not support DVD format.
I've gist had the same problem after flashing bios ... go to BIOS and change the SATA mode to IDE. it worked for me. original instructions: also You have to turn OFF (disable) the boot from network. The error your seeing is result of the network boot rom not finding PXE server to boot from. Again, be sure to disable boot from network. PLUS it seems if only 128 MB is showing as memory then the memory sticks might be damaged and not able to retain information/data to complete the installation process. Best take them out clean it properly & replace & try again. Nothing to do with BIOS!
1. You didn't specify if you are installing Windows XP or which operating system. I assume that you want to install Windows XP. I am not sure as to the age of this unit and if it is compatible with the above mentioned OS. 2. If you have a valid key then any Windows XP Operating disk will boot your PC unit provided you have allow the device in the bios to boot from it. 3. You will need to select the CD/dvd device to be enabled for the pc to see the boot disk. Usually selecting F12 or F1 will allow you into the BIOS setup for this.
You will need to ask your friend for the user manual to follow the bios setup procedure. I don't think there is a user manual for this model online anymore.
Remember, there are many things you can do which will make your Windows installation as well as your laptop unstable, or even make it so it will not boot. Try to get into your bios. Different computers have different ways to get there - some have it on the screen, such as "hit delete key toenter bios" or "hit f12 to enter bios" or some other key combination. I think you enter the bios on your computer by pressing F10 repeatedly while booting. You should get to the setup screen. See if your hard drive is listed. You should see a hard drive as well as a dvd drive. If your drive is not listed, either someone has changed your setup so it is not the boot drive, or your drive may have gone bad. While you are in the setup, if it is not already the first choice, make your dvd (or cd) drive the first boot device. If it shows up, make the hard drive the second choice. Then when you boot, the Ubuntu should load. Try not to make any other changes, as you can make your laptop unuseable.
On many of the MPC laptops, the bios can be brought up at boot by pressing the F2 key. Generally, while booting, the screen will show you the button to push. Here are some more of the most used key combinations you can also try. On our mpc support site, there is no manual available yet for this model. Also, mpc laptops have the capability to lock out the bios at users request so many used models obtained cannot be changed. We'll have a new support site for mpc up this summer. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the time during boot-up the key (combination) will be shown. If it is not, then you could try the following key combinations:
you have not set the cdrom as first boot device in the bios (press F2 or Del on boot up to get in bios), choose cd as first boot device, save settings and restart the pc with your cd in the drive and then when prompted press enter