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Windows 7: bios configure restored ?

30 May 2016   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
bios configure restored ?

My computer was self built about 2 years now. Never a problem. I have always, with this machine, used cloning for my back-up disaster recovery method. I keep 2 clone hard drives (a back-up and a spare). I clone the system every 2 weeks and rotate the drives. I replace the ‘c’ drive with a clone when an ‘experiment goes wrorg’; this could be trial software or just monkeying with the OS. This has been a flawless method until the last time I relaced ‘c’ with a clone..

It booted just fine; then sometime (days) later on a reboot I noticed there was no bios post or the screen to f2 to change or confiure the bios if needed.

From a cold boot or re-start...the screen is dark for some seconds then the win log-in screen; the option, admin or me user, click user (i don’t use a password) , welcome screen and win loads quickly. Is rock stable an is up usually for 7-9 days; or when reboot is required.

Question....any ideas on how to get screen for bios configure restored....for example If needed to boot from cd or any other bios change? My win 7 is legit; as is all softwae or programs, no warez, no malware or virus detected or known.

Win 7 sp1
asus m5a99fx pro r2.0
16 gig ram
nvidia geforce gtx750
amd fx 6300 3500mhz


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2016   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

Shutdown your PC and Boot again and constantly press Delete. This should bring you to the screen that has several different options for continuing, one of which is "Enable Last Good Configuration". Choose that and see if it gets things right for you. == I am guessing the Key is Delete. My PC is Custom Build with an Asus motherboard and it uses Delete, yours might be different, F8 if Delete doesn't work. == If you get nothing there I would try your other backup. Post back with how things go. Thanks,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2016   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Sorry, should have noted in original post that had been tried. actually tried f2, delete, f8. Nothing. Screen remaims black. I never got 'last config' screen. Its like there is no bios, yet win boots just fine. I also put win 7 disc in an hoped it would give some options. Just boots into windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

31 May 2016   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

I assume you tried booting with all your backup HD's and they all have the same issue.

Things i would try

1) Look in the Motherboard manual and see if you can find any info about "bypassing the BIOS screen".
2) If that doesn't help, disconnect the HD with Windows, see if that forces it to display a BIOS screen.
3) If that doesn't work, do a BIOS reset.
If you do a BIOS reset you will have to reconfigure any BIOS changes you previously made.


The asus m5a99fx pro r2.0 has a DirectKey button on the MB.
If you have this button enabled, you could give it a try.
This snip is from the asus m5a99fx pro r2.0 manual:

bios configure restored ?-directkey.png

My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2016   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

Are you using a second monitor?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2016   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Are you using a second monitor?
And to elaborate on this, have you made any changes to monitor configuration? For example, the nVidia card in my home machine won't display POST on HDMI even if it's the only output connected.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2016   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64

Bingo........thanks. After removing a sometime used second monitor (actually a 42 in tv by dvi connection) and with a re-boot all is right in computer land.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2016   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coto View Post
Bingo........thanks. After removing a sometime used second monitor (actually a 42 in tv by dvi connection) and with a re-boot all is right in computer land.
Glad to hear it.
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