Got a BIOS problem on an old PC.

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  1. Mikki79

    Mikki79 Notebook Guru

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    My old PC from 2010ish had been so sluggish that it was nearly unusable. Recently I bought some more ram (upgraded from 4gb to 8gb) and also a 240Gb SSD. It works great now, I'm not sure which one did the trick the RAM or the SSD. It used to take like 10 minutes before you could load the browser after pressing the power button and the PC was constantly loading (It NEVER stopped loading, so I'm guessing it mainly had too little memory). Now you can probably have the browser open within 30 seconds of pressing the power button.

    That's all fine, but... somehow I can't access any BIOS settings anymore. When I press the BIOS shortcut (CTRL+M on this motherboard) it just opens a window that shows some information (I don't remember what), but no BIOS settings. I don't think it even shows CPU or RAM info, just some crap. Now the CPU and memory are stuck at stock speeds (CPU: 2.66Ghz and RAM: 1333Mhz) cause I can't change anything.

    The mother board is a MSI p55-gd85, the CPU an i5 750, and now 8gb corsair vengeance DDR3, a Kingston 240Gb SSD + 2 old 7200rpm drives.

    I don't know how this happened, I tried opening the bios after installing the new RAM and SSD and it worked fine but after installing windows and updating everything (installing motherboard drivers etc) the BIOS pages where you can change any settings were gone. I can't even change the boot order, luckily it boots from the SSD and not the old 7200rpm drives)

    Oh well the PC is just used for browsing the Internet / watching youtube these days and perhaps playing some old games once in a while and I suppose it does that fine with it's somewhat gimped CPU/RAM speeds.

    btw I already tried removing the CMOS battery for 5 minutes but that did nothing. It's as if the PC decided to flash the BIOS with some ****ty version that doesn't give you access to anything what so ever.
     
  2. Mikki79

    Mikki79 Notebook Guru

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    Well...

    Seems it wasn't "CTRL + M" you should press. I'm sure that's what i pressed before, and that's what it says you should press to enter BIOS when the PC boots up. Seems it's DELETE you're supposed to press to enter BIOS.
     
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    StormJumper Notebook Virtuoso

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    Most older system was the "DEL" key to get to the bios. But there are those like HP and Dell which has other key to use for it as well - as I found out. So if your not sure go the their page and lookup your model and they more or less will tell the "Key" to press to get to the BIOS.
     
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