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Accessing Bios

17 " Toshiba Laptop (5 years old) running Windows 7. DVD tray keeps opening and indications are it might be the BIOS menu. However, I cannot get into the Bios. Tried F2, F12, F8 (actually F12 is supposed to be the correct option) but nothing works. To further frustrate me, it takes several minutes every time I tried to shut down or reboot. Are these all separate issues, or is something causing all of these problems?

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Odd. I can't think of a reason that your BIOS would cause

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your DVD drive to spontaneously open and close. I'd guess you either have some hardware defect or some program searching for information. It could even be a malware issue. Have you tried "safe mode" to see if this occurs? I could also question the condition of your battery and even that of the BIOS battery. From what I can find about Toshiba laptops is that you need to press the appropriate function key prior to the power button. Some of these are set to "fast boot" and are a pain to deal with. One trick you might try, however, is to remove the battery back and hold down the power button for at least a full minute. This often alleviates some hangups of the startup process. Do that and try entering the BIOS again by pressing and holding the function key first and the power button next. Good luck.

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I've used Steven's method before.

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It's a common workaround to BIOS's the don't give you any time to tap the right key.

As to the Drive opening, I might try a test run without the drive and would read a HIJACKTHIS LOG FILE. That is, on my PC I want to know what every line in the log file means. I can google what HIJACKTHIS is, how to make the log file then I can research each item until I know what my machine is doing software wise.

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