Laptops - Access Bios Settings Key

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The user can go to BIOS settings by pressing the access BIOS settings key when the laptop starts up. The access BIOS settings key is a single key or a combination of keys which need to be pressed to enter the BIOS menu. The BIOS access keys are different for every laptop manufacturer. It is important for the user to know the key commands for BIOS settings to enter the BIOS menu, to change settings like the boot sequence and hardware related changes, etc. Generally, it has been observed that the function keys along with the CTRL and ALT keys are the most commonly used access BIOS settings keys for laptops.


The most common Access Bios key is the "DEL" button or "F2". This depends on the laptop model, however, and can be confusing if you do not know which key to press.


Here is a list of laptop models and brands with the keyboard commands / key for accessing the BIOS Setup:

Acer: F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
Compaq 8700: F10
Cybermax: ESC

Dell Laptops:
Dell 400: F3, F1
Dell 4400: F12
Dell Dimension: F2 or DEL
Dell Inspiron: F2
Dell Latitude: Fn+F1 (while booted)
Dell Latitude: F2 (on boot)
Dell Optiplex: DEL
Dell Optiplex: F2
Dell Precision: F2

eMachine: F2
Gateway 2000 1440: F1
Gateway 2000 Solo: F2
HP (Hewlett-Packard): F1, F2 (Laptop, ESC)
E-pro Laptop: F2
IBM Thinkpad (newer) Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.

Micron: F1, F2, or DEL
Packard Bell: F1, F2, Del
Seanix: DEL
Sony VAIO: F2
Sony VAIO: F3
Tiger: DEL

Toshiba 335 CDS: ESC
Toshiba Protege: ESC
Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS: F1
Toshiba Tecra: ESC then F1 or F2

Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]:
  • Turn on the computer by holding down the power button while pressing the ESC key
    • The machine will beep, then display:
    • Check System, then press [F1] key.      
  • Release the ESC key
  • Press the F1 key

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