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Can I boot to BIOS without an operating system

No operating system. Can I still boot to the BIOS?

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  • Erin Lee Oct 29, 2012

    Thanks, Brian. In a normal situation this would work. I found my solution: on mu IBM R51 thinkpad there is a memory slot on the bottom and I just found another memory slot below the keyboard. I took the memory card from the bottom and inserted it into the empty slot under the keypadand PRESTO! I had a screen. My system booted to the operating system ( it didn't earlier) and I got my BIOS screen and I'm a happy camper. But Thank you, Brian!

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Oct 29, 2012

    thanks for getting back and well done hope it all goes well for you

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Restart your computer

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key
this will vary depending on your computer and operating system

Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart

this will set the boot order

hope this helps

if this fails you might try some of these



Acer: - Ctrl+Alt+Esc

ALR PC: (F2) or (Ctrl)(Alt)Esc)

AMI BIOS: (Del), (F1) or (F2)

AST, Advantage, Award, Tandon: - Ctrl + Alt + Esc

Award BIOS: (Del) or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)

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