How to Access BIOS

How to Access BIOS. Computer and motherboard manufacturers and BIOS suppliers may use varying keyboard keys or key combinations that can be pressed during system post to access your system BIOS. Unfortunately there is no standard method to universally access or enter a motherboard BIOS. The following is a list of some popular BIOS suppliers, Computer Vendors and the keyboard key combinations that have been known to work with them.

If you know of a combination that is not listed, please feel free to contact us with the information and we will have it added.

Keyboard Key Commands used to Access a System BIOS

The following BIOS Suppliers chart lists the keys used to enter BIOS.

Bios SuppliersKeyboard Commands used to access BIOS
ALR Advanced Logic Research, Inc. ® PC / PCIF2
ALR PC non / PCICTRL+ALT+ESC
AMD® (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.) BIOSF1
AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.) BIOSDEL
Award™ BIOSCTRL+ALT+ESC
Award BIOSDEL
DTK® (Datatech Enterprises Co.) BIOSESC
Phoenix™ BIOSCTRL+ALT+ESC
Phoenix BIOSCTRL+ALT+S
Phoenix BIOSCTRL+ALT+INS

Computer Manufacturers and the keys used to enter system BIOS.

Computer Vendor/Manufacturer
Keyboard Commands used to access BIOS
Acer®F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC
ARI®CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL
AST®CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL
Compaq® 8700F10
CompUSA®DEL
Cybermax®ESC
Dell BIOS web site search linksFor models not listed below.
Dell® 400F3, F1
Dell 4400F12
Dell Dimension®F2 or DEL
Dell Inspiron®F2
Dell LatitudeFn+F1 (while booted)
Dell LatitudeF2 (on boot)
Dell OptiplexDEL
Dell OptiplexF2
Dell Precision™F2
eMachine®DEL , F 2
Fujutsu Manuals & BIOSManuals & BIOS Download
Gateway® 2000 1440F1
Gateway 2000 Solo™F2
HP® (Hewlett-Packard)F1, F2 (Laptop, ESC)
IBM®F1
E-pro LaptopF2
IBM PS/2®CTRL+ALT+INS after CTRL+ALT+DEL
IBM Thinkpad® (newer)Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.
Intel® TangentDEL
Lenovo(formerly IBM)Lenovo BIOS Access page
Micron®F1, F2, or DEL
Packard Bell®F1, F2, Del
SeanixDEL
Sony® VAIOF2
Sony VAIOF3
TigerDEL
Toshiba® 335 CDSESC
Toshiba ProtegeESC
Toshiba Satellite 205 CDSF1
Toshiba TecraESC then F1 or F2
Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]1. Turn on computer by Holding down power button while pressing the ESC key.
The machine will beep, then display:
Check System, then press [F1] key.
2. Release ESC key
3. Press F1 key

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