Guide: Blind BIOS Navigation

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Guide: Blind BIOS Navigation

Postby cimino » Sat Jul 03, 2010 18:30

Some users have a need to change settings in BIOS when their UX screen is dead, or they have no screen at all. An external monitor will not work outside of a full OS. I have compiled what should be a comprehensive guide allowing people to do whatever they need to do in BIOS.

[SIZE="5"]General Stuff[/SIZE]

Entering BIOS
On startup, press F2 (Fn + 2) repeatedly.
Additional presses of F2 within BIOS will make a beep (but not if you have a machine password set).

Top-Level Screens
Five top-level sceens: [Main Advanced Security Boot Exit].
Pressing Esc will take you to the Exit screen from any top-level screen.
Pressing Esc two times (or more) will take you to the Exit screen no matter the current action or location.
Top-level screens are cycled by pressing left-arrow and right-arrow.
Note that there is no "stop" when using left and right arrow. i.e. you will cycle in a loop.
Within a top-level screen, items are highlighted using up-arrow and down-arrow.
Note that there IS a stop when you reach the top/bottom-most item within a top-level screen. i.e. you will NOT cycle in a loop.

Set Default Values
Note that this does not affect passwords or fingerprint data.
Make sure you are not in a sub-menu (press Esc twice).
Press F9 (Fn + E) to bring up confirmation box.
Press Enter to select Yes.
Default values are now loaded. Your location in BIOS is not affected.

Save and Exit
This is easier than going to the Exit screen and saving.
Press F10 (Fn + R) to bring up the Setup Confirmation screen.
Press Enter to Accept and reboot UX.

Sub-Menus
Sub-menus are selected by pressing Enter.
Within sub-menus, items are highlighted by pressing up-arrow and down-arrow.
Highlighted items are selected by pressing Enter.
Within a sub-menu, pressing left-arrow or right-arrow will make a beep.

Alternative to Sub-Menus
With a highlighted item that can either be (Enabled/Disabled) or (Yes/No), it can instead be toggled by pressing - (minus key) or + (plus key).
It is easier to use the minus key because the plus key requires use of shift.

[SIZE="5"]Top-Level Screen Description[/SIZE]

Main Screen
Nothing really to do here.
This is the screen that appears when you first enter BIOS.

Advanced Screen
LCD Screen Expansion (Yes/No)
Network Boot (Enabled/Disabled)
External Drive Boot (Enabled/Disabled)
Keyboard Backlight (Enabled/Disabled)

Security Screen (No passwords set)
Set Machine Password (sub-menu)
Hard Disk Password (sub-menu. Can't do anything here)
Clear FingerPrint Data (sub-menu).

Security Screen (Password(s) set)
Set Machine Password (sub-menu)
Set User Password (sub-menu)
Password when Power On (Enable/Disable)
Hard Disk Password (sub-menu. Can't do anything here)
Clear FingerPrint Data (sub-menu).

Boot Screen
(complicated. Just do Setup Defaults)

Exit Screen
Exit Setup (sub-menu)
Get Default Values (sub-menu)
Discard Changes (sub-menu)
Save Changes (sub-menu)
Shutdown (instant off)

[SIZE="5"]Examples[/SIZE]

Example: External Drive Boot Enable/Disable
Press Esc twice to get to the known state of the Exit top-level screen.
Press left-arrow three times to go to the Advanced top-level screen.
Press down-arrow twice to highlight the External Drive Boot option.
Press - (minus key) to toggle the value.
Press F10 (Fn + R) to bring up the Setup Confirmation screen.
Press Enter to Accept and reboot UX.

Example: Clear Fingerprint Data
Press Esc twice to get to the known state of the Exit top-level screen.
Press left-arrow two times to go to the Security top-level screen.
Press down-arrow at least four times to highlight Clear Fingerprint Data.
Press Enter to open sub-menu.
Press right-arrow to highlight Continue.
Press Enter to Accept and reboot UX.

Example: Entering BIOS when you have a Password Set
After entering BIOS by pressing F2:
Type in the password (MAKE SURE CAPS LOCK IS OFF).
Press Enter.
You should now be at the Main top-level screen.

Example: Clear Passwords
Note that clearing the machine password will also clear the user password (if already set).
Press Esc twice to get to the known state of the Exit top-level screen.
Press left-arrow two times to go to the Security top-level screen.
(You should now have the Set Machine Password item highlighted since it is the topmost item).
Press Enter to bring up the sub-menu.
Type in the current password.
Press Enter to go to the first New Password field.
Press Enter to go to the second New Password field.
Press Enter to accept and bring up a Setup Notice box.
Press Enter to continue.
Press F10 (Fn + R) to bring up the Setup Confirmation screen.
Press Enter to Accept and reboot UX.

Example: Disable Password when Power On
Press Esc twice to get to the known state of the Exit top-level screen.
Press left-arrow two times to go to the Security top-level screen.
Press down-arrow two times to highlight Password when Power On item.
Press - (minus key) to toggle the value.
Press F10 (Fn + R) to bring up the Setup Confirmation screen.
Press Enter to Accept and reboot UX.

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Postby Benz145 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 00:28

Awesome guide cimino, will sticky for sure!
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Postby Lexer » Sun Jul 04, 2010 17:44

Yes for sure Thumbs UP

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Postby brunoclaus » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:40

The method to obtain advice varies from BIOS manufacturer and version. The PDF manual has screenshots of the BIOS screen. If so, expand and look carefully at the bottom of a legend in the navigation keys. I have two manuals mothers who have Phoenix BIOS and the two tables are slightly different navigation keys.


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