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Windows 7: BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.

02 Sep 2012   #1
mikeo56

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, SP 1 Build 7601
 
 
BIOS: Can access BIOS utility, but cannot change settings.

Hello:

This is my first post here, so hi to everyone.
I just got an ASUS X401a Notebook and I want to use a flash drive to boot from Linux.
I need to change the sequence in the BIOS so that the flash drive is first choice to boot from.
I have no problem accessing the BIOS utility, but it allows me to alter only some settings. Those in blue colored font I can change those in black font I cannot. What drive to boot from first is in black and not adjustable.
I used command line to work as admin and I also set up a password for admin in the BIOS to access the BIOS utility, but still no go; some things are allowed to be changed some aren't.

Any help is appreciated.


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02 Sep 2012   #2
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

Is it asking for a password or something?
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02 Sep 2012   #3
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello, mikeo56.
Welcome to Seven Forums.

Try to disable Boot Booster / Quick Boot in your BIOS and try again. I found it somewhere for How to boot from USB flash drive.

Trinty
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02 Sep 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

On an Asus laptop, press ESC immediately when the system boots and you will be offered the boot device menu.

Hope that helps.
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02 Sep 2012   #5
mikeo56

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, SP 1 Build 7601
 
 

No, Carl a password was not requested by the Bios utility, until I set an admin password in the Bios utility. I restart, F2, get Bios, give password and I am in, but still I cannot change certain items in the Bios and one of them I cannot change is the sequence, putting the flash drive/usb first.

Thanks
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02 Sep 2012   #6
mikeo56

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, SP 1 Build 7601
 
 

TVeblen:
Same thing; I get to the boot menu in Bios but I still am not able to adjust the sequence.

Thanks
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02 Sep 2012   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

No, this would not be the boot menu in the BIOS settings.
This is a separate pop-up window that offers you the boot device menu.

You need to immediately start tapping the ESC key just after you push the power button to turn on the laptop. The same procedure as if you were pressing F2 to get into the BIOS settings. If you see the Asus screen go by it is too late.
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02 Sep 2012   #8
mikeo56

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, SP 1 Build 7601
 
 

I have been at the wrong place in the Bios utility and am not communicating exactly what is going on. I don't mess with the Bios that often. (Need to try Linux Now). But, In the Bios utility: Under Boot Option Priorities there is "Boot Option 1", "Add New Boot Option" and "Delete Boot Option". Highlight "Boot option" and hit enter, it shows a choice of the "system hard drive", which is active or "disable".
Highlight "Add New Boot Option" and I get three new choices to highlight: "Select Filesystem", "Path For Boot Option" and "Create".
It is not as simple as XP, where your choices are already laid out and you simply pick. I do not know what to enter.
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02 Sep 2012   #9
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Please stop thrashing about in the BIOS. You just need to follow the instruction.

Also: your operating system has nothing to do with your BIOS.
You are experiencing the new UEFI BIOS that is used on all newer laptops today. Time for the old dog to learn the new tricks.
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02 Sep 2012   #10
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikeo56 View Post
Hello:

This is my first post here, so hi to everyone.
I just got an ASUS X401a Notebook and I want to use a flash drive to boot from Linux.
I need to change the sequence in the BIOS so that the flash drive is first choice to boot from.
I have no problem accessing the BIOS utility, but it allows me to alter only some settings. Those in blue colored font I can change those in black font I cannot. What drive to boot from first is in black and not adjustable.
I used command line to work as admin and I also set up a password for admin in the BIOS to access the BIOS utility, but still no go; some things are allowed to be changed some aren't.

Any help is appreciated.
The following images show that you should be able to change the boot settings;


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