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Can't find bios

by Wrong_Number / April 21, 2012 2:31 PM PDT

I'm trying to boot up a cd with ubuntu and I cant access bios on my computer. Instead i'm taken to windows boot manager and asked to select either windows 7, or some memory diagnostic tool.

System Info:
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC
BIOS Version: Hewlett-Packard F.1B, 10/5/2011

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Lucky you. I just so happen to have a dv6-1361sb here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't find bios

Let me try it.

After I turned on the power and a split second after I saw the text "Press Esc" I pressed down the F9 key and did not let go. I see "Boot Manager" on the screen.

While the boot screen did tell me to press Esc, it didn't seem to work! I tried again and the timing is very unforgiving but these keys did work.


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Which key worked for you specifically?
by Wrong_Number / April 23, 2012 11:31 AM PDT

I just want to be sure I replicate those results.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 11:36 AM PDT

But I did write which keys I used. I know Esc and F9 is not English but when it comes to PCs, it's their language.

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I tried it and it works
by Wrong_Number / April 23, 2012 3:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry.

Funny no matter how many times I pressed escape to get into bios before I could never get into it. But after your suggestion of the timing I was able to. Thanks.

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Good to read. And sheer luck.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 4:04 PM PDT

I was checking out some old work on the "pickled" laptop. What's that?

In our office we work on a project and when it's over the laptop and backups are put away if we think we'll be working that project again. This way we never have to recreate the system that made that app.

It's very cheap compared to the alternatives.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2012 10:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Can't find bios

It seems you need to press F10 before Windows begins to load, (which also means before the boot manager loads).

When you turn on the system do you see POST messages, (Power On, Self Test)? Or do you see an HP splash screen/logo?

If you see POST messages look for the key needed to "Enter Setup" or similar. If you see the splash screen there should still be a me4ssage telling you how to enter Setup or enter the BIOS.

But anyway, try F10.


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HP boot menu
by TWB404 / April 22, 2012 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: F10?

You can also try the ESC key. The best way is when you turn on the puter start tapping the F10 or ESC key.

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I checked on my HP
by TWB404 / April 22, 2012 7:42 AM PDT
In reply to: F10?


F1 = System Info

F2 = System Diagnostic

F9 = Boot Device options

F10 = BIOS Setup

F11 = System recovery

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I tried hotkeys wont take me to bios
by Wrong_Number / April 23, 2012 10:02 AM PDT
In reply to: I checked on my HP

Tried esc, f10, f9,f1 they all take me to windows boot manager which only sees windows 7.

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If that is the case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 9:21 PM PDT

then there are serious problems.

But make sure you are doing this right. As soon as you turn the system on, and when anything displays on the screen, (the very first thing that displays), start tapping the F10 key gently, once a second.

If you miss it the BIOS POST finishes and moves on to trying to boot up Windows.


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I see you've solved it.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 9:28 PM PDT
In reply to: If that is the case

Good work and I hope you can now do what you want.


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It appears...
by Willy / April 21, 2012 11:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Can't find bios

Visit the HP support website for your model# HP product. Review or find the process to access the bios that's required. Then, I "assume" you edit the bios in order to be sure the 1st boot device is the CD/DVD drive. Then save upon exiting the bios. Since this is a laptop it should also have a boot option during initial boot display if a key is depressed, to provide a boot menu, again the support website offers details. Since, you seemed to have tried booting the Ubuntu loaded disc and it got to a windows menu, suggest that either the made Unbuntu disc is not done right or not fully finished. Provided you have burned the Ubuntu disc as a "live version" from the .ISO file for that purpose, please recheck your work. You can use that Ubuntu disc in another PC that boots from CD/DVD drive and it should work, if not then you know of a fault. Restart the process again once a true bootable disc is made.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Once again, HP makes its own Bioses for their own choice of
by LucJPatenaude / April 22, 2012 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't find bios

O.S. In this case, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition(x64 or x86). Pre-configured for that specific O.S. and, will not accept a dual boot environment or, even, a possibility of substituting Windows with Ubuntu or Linux Operating Systems.

Reason: Ubuntu and Linux are not fully recognized across the globe but, Windows is. HP thinks thoroughly, just like, that. Product not internationally sellable, no can do. But, by preinstalling Windows, it does. OK then, Windows only.

Especially on a portable unit such as a Notebook PC. No personal customization, sorry.

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Not sure what your talking about
by TWB404 / April 22, 2012 3:15 AM PDT

I have dual booted many flavors of Linux on HP systems. Is this what they call FUD?

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You have never heard of
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 22, 2012 4:29 AM PDT

a Linux Live CD?

That is what the OP is trying to do.

And of course, Linux will dual boot with Windows without any problem, but as I said, that is not the issue here.


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(NT) Never bothered to nor do I need to, ever.
by LucJPatenaude / April 22, 2012 5:40 PM PDT
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In that case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 22, 2012 8:58 PM PDT

you accept that your advice is wrong?


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My advice will be right forever and ever, amen.
by LucJPatenaude / April 23, 2012 3:27 AM PDT
In reply to: In that case

And, that will go for Billions of people worldwide.

Ubuntu and Linux are Operating Systems for the ones whom can not troubleshoot themselves on Windows and uses these for a totally lame reason to blame Microsoft on all fronts of development of their most popular O.S. of all time.

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Here's the problem
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 5:10 AM PDT

While anyone is free to comment and help the posters in these forums, and help is always welcome, passing on incorrect and/or misleading information not only confuses those we help, but may also, in extreme cases, be very damaging to a system.

Of course I am not saying that your post here is anything other than misleading, but when you say, "My advice will be right forever and ever, amen. - And, that will go for Billions of people worldwide". I find that very worrying, and I have to wonder to myself, are you posting in these forums to deliberately confuse the members here.

I trust you are not.


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I don't know where you are getting at here but,
by LucJPatenaude / April 23, 2012 11:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Here's the problem

for the past weeks and even months, you have been very confusing to both the topic starter and myself.

To the point of having to ignore all of the moderators and, make a thorough research of that person's problem way before posting anything at all. I find that, very disturbing, to see extremely experienced people like yourself, Mark, posting the most idiotic non-sense like quick-fixes that will never solve any problems permanently, ever. I even read that, you will even go out-of-your-way to make a research on what-ever type of quick-fix that I, myself, would never do to my own computer system.

BTW: I do own and use an HP Pavilion desktop PC as I write this very post. I really do know of all the frustrations that I, myself, have to deal with every day.

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Re: frustations
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 23, 2012 11:41 PM PDT

If your frustrations are caused by using Windows (you didn't tell, alas), consider switching to Linux. Works fine.

And please do not accuse a mod of writing "the most idiotic non-sense". Even if he does, it's too easy for anohter one to see it as a reason for deleting a post. And you wouldn't want that, would you?


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Here's a hint: I am 44 years of age and, do not like to
by LucJPatenaude / April 24, 2012 1:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: frustations

waste my time on the internet several hours a day.

Deleting posts will not bother me much, since I might not remember them.

Blocking me from posting, keeps me away from such forums.

Banning me is absolutely pointless and, I get to remove the bookmark to such web address + uninstall all apps. attributed to it(services given by these are, most of the time, totally useless). Get to enjoy all the extra time retaken by doing anything else I get to come up.

Controlling me is, basically impossible and, punishment is futile.

Developed a strong sense of immunity to threats coming from authority using freaks.

Say, any more posts intended to intimidate me? Yes or No will not matter. You may go on your own way, now.

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BIOS option
by sazol_99 / January 30, 2016 10:55 PM PST
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