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    Boot Menu Keys and BIOS Keys

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    | Manufacturer     | Type        | Model                                          | Boot Menu                                      | BIOS                                                 |
    | ---------------- | ----------- | ---------------------------------------------- | ---------------------------------------------- | ---------------------------------------------------- |
    | ACER             |             |                                                | Esc, F12, F9                                   | Del, F2                                              |
    | ACER             | notebook    | AspireOne, Aspire Timeline                     | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ACER             | notebook    | Aspire v3, v5, v7                              | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ACER             |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Del, CTRL+ALT+ESC, F10 (start with default BIOS) |
    | ASUS             | desktop     |                                                | F8                                             | F9                                                   |
    | ASUS             | laptop      |                                                | Esc                                            | F2, F9                                               |
    | ASUS             | laptop      | R503C                                          | F8                                             | F2, Del                                              |
    | ASUS             | netbook     | Eee PC 1025c                                   | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ASUS             |             |                                                |                                                | F9, F10, INS, CTRL+ALT+ESC                           |
    | ASUS             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | DELs                                                 |
    | ASUS             | laptop      |                                                |                                                | DEL                                                  |
    | COMPAQ           |             | Presario                                       | Esc, F9                                        | F10                                                  |
    | COMPAQ           |             |                                                |                                                | F10                                                  |
    | DELL             | desktop     | Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude                  | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | desktop     | Inspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-One | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | laptop      | Inspiron                                       | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | laptop      | Precision                                      | F12                                            | F12                                                  |
    | DELL             |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Fn+F1, F3, F12, CTRL+ALT+ENTER                   |
    | HP               | generic     |                                                | Esc, F9                                        | Esc, F10, F1                                         |
    | HP               | desktop     | Media Center                                   | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion 23 All In One                         | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion g6 and g7                             | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c                      | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion PC, p6 2317c                          | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion PC, p7 1297cb                         | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | TouchSmart 520 PC                              | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | laptop      | 2000                                           | Esc                                            | Esc                                                  |
    | HP               | notebook    | Pavilion                                       | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | notebook    | ENVY dv6 and dv7 PC                            | Esc                                            | Esc                                                  |
    | HP               |             |                                                |                                                | Fn+F1, F2, F10, ESC, Fn+ESC                          |
    | LENOVO           | desktop     |                                                | F12, F8, F10                                   | F1, F2                                               |
    | LENOVO           | laptop      |                                                | F12                                            | F1, F2                                               |
    | LENOVO           | laptop      | IdeaPad P500                                   | F12 or Fn + F11                                | F2                                                   |
    | LENOVO           |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Fn+F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+INS                          |
    | LENOVO (PRE-IBM) |             |                                                |                                                | CTRL+ALT+F3                                          |
    | LENOVO/IBM       |             |                                                |                                                | NOVO, ThinkAdvantage, IBM Access                     |
    | SAMSUNG          |             |                                                | F12, Esc                                       |                                                      |
    | SAMSUNG          | netbook     | NC10                                           | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | SAMSUNG          | ultrabook   | Series 5 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos            | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | SAMSUNG          |             |                                                |                                                | F2, F10                                              |
    | SONY             |             | VAIO, PCG, VGN                                 | F11, ASSIST                                    | F1, F2, F3                                           |
    | SONY             |             | VGN Esc                                        | F10, ASSIST                                    | F2, F3                                               |
    | SONY             |             | VAIO                                           |                                                | Assist press when powered off                        |
    | SONY             |             |                                                | F11                                            |                                                      | 
    | TOSHIBA          |             | Protege, Satellite, Tecra                      | F12                                            | F1, Esc                                              |
    | TOSHIBA          |             | Equium F12                                     | F12                                            | F12                                                  |
    | TOSHIBA          |             |                                                |                                                | F1, F2, ESC                                          |
    | ASUS             |             |                                                | F8                                             | Del                                                  |
    | GIGABYTE         |             |                                                | F12                                            | Del                                                  |
    | GIGABYTE         | maiboard    |                                                |                                                | DEL                                                  |
    | MSI              |             |                                                | F11                                            | Del                                                  |
    | INTEL            |             |                                                | F10                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ASROCK           |             |                                                | F11                                            | F2, Del                                              |
    | EVGA             |             |                                                | F7                                             | Del                                                  |
    | XIAOMI           | Notebook    | MI Notebook Air                                | Fn +F2 (Choose Boot Menu)                      | Fn +F2 (Choose BIOS Setup)                           |
    | PANASONIC        |             | Toughbook                                      | F2 (go to the exit and then choose boot order) | F2, Del                                              |
    | NEC              |             |                                                | F5                                             | F2                                                   |
    | PACKARD BELL     |             |                                                | F8                                             | F1, Del                                              |
    | eMCHINES         |             |                                                | F12                                            | Tab, Del                                             |
    | FUJITSU          |             |                                                | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | GATEWAY          |             |                                                | F11, Esc, F10                                  | F2, Del                                              |
    | GATEWAY          |             |                                                |                                                | F1                                                   |
    | iBALL            | i360        | CompBook                                       | F9 (Choose your media under boot option)       | Del                                                  |
    | HUAWEI           |             | Matebook                                       | F2                                             | F12                                                  |
    | SHARP            |             |                                                | F9                                             | F2                                                   |
    | PACKARD BELL     |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Del                                              |
    | INTEL            |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | ASROCK           |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | SIEMENS          |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | IBM              |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | IBM THINKPAD     |             |                                                |                                                | CTRL+ALT+F11                                         |
    | SHARP            |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | BFG              | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | BIOSTAR          | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | FOXCON           | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | MSI              | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | EVGA             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | ABit             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SHUTTLE          | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SHUTTLE          | barebone    |                                                |                                                | Del, CTRL+ALT+ESC                                    |
    | SOYO             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SUPER MICRO      | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SUPER MICRO      | serverboard |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | TYAN             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | TANDON           | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | CTRL+SHIFT+ESC                                       |
    | MICROSOFT        |             | SURFACE                                        |                                                | Volume UP, Volume Down                               |
    Enjoy!

    Source: I have worked with all of these machines.
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    This might come in handy one day! I just hope I won't forget about it!
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    Compaq?
    haven't a compaq computer for at least 10 years.
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    Great post! Now do one on BIOS backdoor passwords

    A small addition: in Compaq machines old enough to be irrelevant today, F12 will let you access either the BIOS or the boot menu depending on the model.
    "I just remembered something that happened a long time ago."
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    Now do one on BIOS backdoor passwords
    I already have it, and much more :) I will do it sometime this week.
    For those that are worndering why I wrote these in this weird layout is because that's how I write notes in my text files. 3 line space similar items, 4 lines space for different areas.

    Compaq machines old enough to be irrelevant today
    Yes but these notes apply to all machines, not just current ones.
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    Hm... how do you update bios?
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    Depends on the motherboard. Newer motherboards 2010-present have in the BIOS an option to update it using a .bin rom file copied to a USB stick or HDD.
    If you do not have that option in your BIOS, you will need to get a Windows 98SE startup disk and execute it from there.
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    Nice job! This can come very handy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoco View Post
    Hm... how do you update bios?
    If your motherboard is from this decade, chances are the BIOS update can be flashed from Windows and without rebooting.

    "I just remembered something that happened a long time ago."
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    Code:
    | Manufacturer     | Type        | Model                                          | Boot Menu                                      | BIOS                                                 |
    | ---------------- | ----------- | ---------------------------------------------- | ---------------------------------------------- | ---------------------------------------------------- |
    | ACER             |             |                                                | Esc, F12, F9                                   | Del, F2                                              |
    | ACER             | notebook    | AspireOne, Aspire Timeline                     | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ACER             | notebook    | Aspire v3, v5, v7                              | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ACER             |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Del, CTRL+ALT+ESC, F10 (start with default BIOS) |
    | ASUS             | desktop     |                                                | F8                                             | F9                                                   |
    | ASUS             | laptop      |                                                | Esc                                            | F2, F9                                               |
    | ASUS             | laptop      | R503C                                          | F8                                             | F2, Del                                              |
    | ASUS             | netbook     | Eee PC 1025c                                   | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ASUS             |             |                                                |                                                | F9, F10, INS, CTRL+ALT+ESC                           |
    | ASUS             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | DELs                                                 |
    | ASUS             | laptop      |                                                |                                                | DEL                                                  |
    | COMPAQ           |             | Presario                                       | Esc, F9                                        | F10                                                  |
    | COMPAQ           |             |                                                |                                                | F10                                                  |
    | DELL             | desktop     | Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude                  | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | desktop     | Inspiron One 2020, 2305, 2320, 2330 All-In-One | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | laptop      | Inspiron                                       | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | DELL             | laptop      | Precision                                      | F12                                            | F12                                                  |
    | DELL             |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Fn+F1, F3, F12, CTRL+ALT+ENTER                   |
    | HP               | generic     |                                                | Esc, F9                                        | Esc, F10, F1                                         |
    | HP               | desktop     | Media Center                                   | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion 23 All In One                         | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion g6 and g7                             | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion HPE PC, h8-1287c                      | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion PC, p6 2317c                          | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | Pavilion PC, p7 1297cb                         | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | desktop     | TouchSmart 520 PC                              | Esc                                            | Esc F10                                              |
    | HP               | laptop      | 2000                                           | Esc                                            | Esc                                                  |
    | HP               | notebook    | Pavilion                                       | Esc                                            | F10                                                  |
    | HP               | notebook    | ENVY dv6 and dv7 PC                            | Esc                                            | Esc                                                  |
    | HP               |             |                                                |                                                | Fn+F1, F2, F10, ESC, Fn+ESC                          |
    | LENOVO           | desktop     |                                                | F12, F8, F10                                   | F1, F2                                               |
    | LENOVO           | laptop      |                                                | F12                                            | F1, F2                                               |
    | LENOVO           | laptop      | IdeaPad P500                                   | F12 or Fn + F11                                | F2                                                   |
    | LENOVO           |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Fn+F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+INS                          |
    | LENOVO (PRE-IBM) |             |                                                |                                                | CTRL+ALT+F3                                          |
    | LENOVO/IBM       |             |                                                |                                                | NOVO, ThinkAdvantage, IBM Access                     |
    | SAMSUNG          |             |                                                | F12, Esc                                       |                                                      |
    | SAMSUNG          | netbook     | NC10                                           | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | SAMSUNG          | ultrabook   | Series 5 Ultra and Series 7 Chronos            | Esc                                            | F2                                                   |
    | SAMSUNG          |             |                                                |                                                | F2, F10                                              |
    | SONY             |             | VAIO, PCG, VGN                                 | F11, ASSIST                                    | F1, F2, F3                                           |
    | SONY             |             | VGN Esc                                        | F10, ASSIST                                    | F2, F3                                               |
    | SONY             |             | VAIO                                           |                                                | Assist press when powered off                        |
    | SONY             |             |                                                | F11                                            |                                                      | 
    | TOSHIBA          |             | Protege, Satellite, Tecra                      | F12                                            | F1, Esc                                              |
    | TOSHIBA          |             | Equium F12                                     | F12                                            | F12                                                  |
    | TOSHIBA          |             |                                                |                                                | F1, F2, ESC                                          |
    | ASUS             |             |                                                | F8                                             | Del                                                  |
    | GIGABYTE         |             |                                                | F12                                            | Del                                                  |
    | GIGABYTE         | maiboard    |                                                |                                                | DEL                                                  |
    | MSI              |             |                                                | F11                                            | Del                                                  |
    | INTEL            |             |                                                | F10                                            | F2                                                   |
    | ASROCK           |             |                                                | F11                                            | F2, Del                                              |
    | EVGA             |             |                                                | F7                                             | Del                                                  |
    | XIAOMI           | Notebook    | MI Notebook Air                                | Fn +F2 (Choose Boot Menu)                      | Fn +F2 (Choose BIOS Setup)                           |
    | PANASONIC        |             | Toughbook                                      | F2 (go to the exit and then choose boot order) | F2, Del                                              |
    | NEC              |             |                                                | F5                                             | F2                                                   |
    | PACKARD BELL     |             |                                                | F8                                             | F1, Del                                              |
    | eMCHINES         |             |                                                | F12                                            | Tab, Del                                             |
    | FUJITSU          |             |                                                | F12                                            | F2                                                   |
    | GATEWAY          |             |                                                | F11, Esc, F10                                  | F2, Del                                              |
    | GATEWAY          |             |                                                |                                                | F1                                                   |
    | iBALL            | i360        | CompBook                                       | F9 (Choose your media under boot option)       | Del                                                  |
    | HUAWEI           |             | Matebook                                       | F2                                             | F12                                                  |
    | SHARP            |             |                                                | F9                                             | F2                                                   |
    | PACKARD BELL     |             |                                                |                                                | F1, Del                                              |
    | INTEL            |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | ASROCK           |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | SIEMENS          |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | IBM              |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | IBM THINKPAD     |             |                                                |                                                | CTRL+ALT+F11                                         |
    | SHARP            |             |                                                |                                                | F2                                                   |
    | BFG              | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | BIOSTAR          | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | FOXCON           | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | MSI              | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | EVGA             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | ABit             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SHUTTLE          | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SHUTTLE          | barebone    |                                                |                                                | Del, CTRL+ALT+ESC                                    |
    | SOYO             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SUPER MICRO      | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | SUPER MICRO      | serverboard |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | TYAN             | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | Del                                                  |
    | TANDON           | mainboard   |                                                |                                                | CTRL+SHIFT+ESC                                       |
    | MICROSOFT        |             | SURFACE                                        |                                                | Volume UP, Volume Down                               |
    Last edited by Master Razor; 19.05.22 at 22:15.
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    UEFI?

    Then hold SHIFT + Click restart
    Hold SHIFT until you see menu

    ALSO WORKS WITH TPM AND SECURE BOOT

    :)

    You can reinstall windows10/11 there without deleting files or make a clean installation
    but all programs will be gone

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    And I also found that if you press SPACE during POST it will pause the screen. Very useful to read when the timeout is set too short.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor View Post
    | SONY | | VAIO, PCG, VGN | F11, ASSIST | F1, F2, F3 |
    | SONY | | VGN Esc | F10, ASSIST | F2, F3 |
    | SONY | | VAIO | | Assist press when powered off |
    Ugh. Last time I repaired a Vaio, I had to spend an hour learning this through trial and error

    Quote Originally Posted by Master Razor View Post
    And I also found that if you press SPACE during POST it will pause the screen. Very useful to read when the timeout is set too short.
    This is from my laptop's BIOS update guide.

    BIOS Recovery
    1. Copy MPxxxxp.cap to root directory (not in any folder) of the USB flash drive and rename to BIOS.cap
    2. On the Marble Point keyboard (a USB keyboard can NOT be used) press: the function key and the R key at the same time. Fn+R
    3. Plug in AC and the LED will blink.
    4. Press power button.
    5. The BIOS will update and the computer will shut off.
    It would be nice to collect hidden tricks like these too, but there must be dozens, and most of them model-specific.
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    Most of these come from my own experience, but I also got them from someone that had them written in pencil on sheets of paper. They got so old it's difficult to read.
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    Thanx alot for this, i have Lenova laptop that i bought from someone long time agio and the bios was lcoked, i still can enter bios but cant make changes, some people could help but i have to send my laptop to them so they do something with hardware? is that true?
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