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No Bios!

by Jullesp / January 26, 2017 3:30 PM PST

Hey everyone, I have just bought a friend's old PC. It had everything except a hard drive so bought and installed an ssd hard drive and installed windows 10.

Everything installed fine and windows runs perfectly, but when I restart the computer I have to press F8 and re-select the drive that it boots from. I then tried to access the BIOS to select the hard drive the computer should boot from but it doesnt matter what I do I cannot access the bios screen! It seems that the computer has no BIOS. I can access (with alt F2) the EZ Flash 2.

I have tried switching the cables that connect the hard drive, in case it was originally a different one.
I have looked for a bios update through ASUS but there is no windows 10, only 8.1 and lower.
I have also tried all the buttons from F1 to F12, as well as delete and the only one that works is F8 for the boot screen.

I have a P7p55d motherboard with an intel i7 processor.

Any help would be great. Thank you!

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Clarification Request
No BIOS and the machine would be dead.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2017 3:41 PM PST
In reply to: No Bios!

I think you meant that you can't use the keyboard to get BIOS options.

Time to find the fine manual.

I see this using the old PS/2 keyboard so to get to the BIOS not only do you need to press the right key at the right time but it is too likely the keyboard must be a PC/2 keyboard.

Post was last edited on January 26, 2017 4:09 PM PST

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Can't Access the BIOS!
by Jullesp / January 26, 2017 3:58 PM PST

Hey, thanks for the speedy reply.

I had already found the manual, but couldn't see anything that helped me access the BIOS screen.

Maybe it's my keyboard. I have tried pushing all the buttons at the right time! I have also tried 2 different keyboards, but one that runs through a USB slot and the other wireless. I'll have to buy a connector but i'll try it through the PC/2 connector.

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Do not buy USB to PS/2 "adapters."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2017 4:20 PM PST
In reply to: Can't Access the BIOS!

For those to work the keyboard must be one that came with the adapter. That is, the keyboard would be a special model and your run of the mill USB keyboard would not work on this adapter.

So it's either a PS/2 keyboard is required or you didn't hit hit the right key at the right time.

From the manual:
"Entering BIOS Setup at startup
To enter BIOS Setup at startup:

Press <Delete> during the Power-On Self-Test (POST). If you do not press <Delete>,
POST continues with its routines.

Entering BIOS Setup after POST
To enter BIOS Setup after POST:

3-6 Press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously.

Press the reset button on the system chassis.
Press the power button to turn the system off then back on. Do this option only if you failed
to enter BIOS Setup using the first two options."

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Must be the keyboard
by Jullesp / January 26, 2017 10:10 PM PST

Thanks again for the reply.

So it must be the keyboard.

The Del button does nothing. Regardless off how often or fast a press it during the start up.

When I press <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> simultaneously the system just restarts itself!

I'll buy a new (or see if I can borrow from work) a keyboard with a PS/2 connector.

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Keyboard didnt work!
by Jullesp / January 27, 2017 6:13 AM PST
In reply to: Must be the keyboard

So like the title says, the keyboard thing didnt work.

I have borrowed a keyboard from work with a PS/2 connector and it seems to work fine.

But still whatever button I repeatedly push as soon as i turn on the computer, until windows loads up, does nothing.

The <Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Del> also doesnt seem to do anything!

What's also strange is that when i shut down the computer and restart it, it loads fine. But if I just restart or log off and then it restart it doesnt know which drive to boot from and asks, even though there is only the one drive installed. I have unplugged everything else!! So i have to restart it and then push F8 to be able to manually select the drive.

Really confused as to why i cant access the BIOS!!!

Any more help would be wonderful.

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There are two ps/2 ports on the back
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2017 9:00 AM PST
In reply to: Keyboard didnt work!

Be sure it's in the right one and that the ps/2 keyboard works.

Now there is another option but I didn't see it in the menus. Let me share my workaround when I run into that. Ready? I UNPLUG THE HDD.

This forces the machine to not boot and give me a chance to get into the bios. If this trick fails, then I worry the procedure or motherboard is broken. I can't tell which from here. But a simple observation test is next. Do the keyboard leds light up on that PS/2 keyboard?

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