It depends on the computer. Try pressing the F2 key. F8 key. F10 key or Delete Key. Either of those four.Tell if it will work. Thanks.
Remember to press it as soon as you turn on the computer and as soon as it begin the POST process.
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Step 1: All computer systems go through a set of instructions called the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) when they are turned on. The BIOS checks all of the hardware and software installed on the computer to make sure they are working properly before loading the operating system. You may need to access the BIOS menu periodically to find out the current version of the BIOS you have if there are upgrades available. The command you use to access the BIOS settings on an Emachines computer will vary depending on the specific model you have.
Access the Start menu and click "Shut Down." Select the "Restart" option. Wait for the Emachines logo to appear on the screen as the computer begins booting up again. Press the "Tab" key when the logo appears and see if the computer switches to the BIOS menu. Press the "Escape," "Delete," or "F2" keys if the "Tab" key doesn't take you to the BIOS menu screen. Use the right arrow key to highlight the "Main" entry and press Enter. Scroll down to the heading labeled "BIOS version." Check the long string of numbers and letters under the "BIOS version" heading to locate the current BIOS version your Emachines is using. Press the "F10" key to exit the BIOS menu screen and finish booting up the computer's operating system. Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
While you will have a hard time finding OEM branded XP disks for MPC products (since the manufacturer is no longer in business) you can still use a retail copy of Windows to format the system (but it will require activation and a valid license key to do so.)
Most computers need to have the boot order reset in the Bios to enable booting from cd. The following should be the correct way to access the Bios setup for this model.
Starting with the system powered off (not in sleep/suspend or
hibernate mode)-Start with the system powered off. Press the power
button and then immediately press and hold the Esc key while the system
POST (Power On Self Test). When the POST finishes, a prompt will appear
you to press the F1 key to enter BIOS Setup. At that time, press the F1
access the BIOS Setup program.
Once in the Bios setup, change the boot order to boot first from cd, then save changes and exit. You should then be able to run the cd install.
On some models there are manual switches but on most it will be one of
the function keys and usually it will be in blue and the symbol of an
antenna. to toggle this on and off hold the blue "FN" key usually
located in the left corner of the keyboard then push the key with the
antenna on it, There is usually a Icon in the control panel also that
can do the same function.
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 email@example.com
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:
Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.
Shuttle - Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance
Press F2 or Del on startup.
Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.
Toshiba - Portégé, Satellite, Tecra
Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS.
The following companies are either closed for business or no longer manufacture or support mainstream computers systems so verifying the following BIOS access information is nearly impossible. I have included what I could dig up for anyone who might be interested: ARI / ALR / AST (Advantage) - Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del keys. Cybermax - Press the Esc key. Tandon - Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys.