Changing BIOS settings on a Toshiba

I have a Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop with Windows XP installed on it and I wanted to create a partition and install the Solaris Express Developer Edition(SXDE). I will write about my partitioning and SXDE installation experiences in another blog entry. The Solaris Express, Developer Edition Installation Guide explains the process. Take a look also,at the  dual-boot partitioning video using QTParted.

To install SXDE you have to change the BIOS settings for the laptop to boot from the CD-ROM. For this particular laptop,the usual F1,F2 keys did not work. I checked Toshiba's PC support site, which lists 3 ways to change the BIOS settings on a machine with Windows XP. The only way I could change the settings was through the Toshiba HW Utility (under Control Panel). This was already installed on my laptop and I changed the Boot Priority to CD-ROM->FDD->HDD->LAN instead of the default HDD->FDD->CD-ROM->LAN setting. If the HW utility is not installed on your machine,you can download it here.


Comments:

I just got a Toshiba Tecra M9. Was able to get into the BIOS settings screen by typing CTRL+ESC at the Toshiba screen on boot and then pressing F1 when prompted.

Maybe that works for your laptop too?

Posted by Kuriakose on November 02, 2007 at 07:42 AM PDT #

That worked for me! Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Jyothi on November 05, 2007 at 06:56 AM PST #

Had no problem getting into what is called 'bios' on year old Toshiba satellite u205. yes could change w/HW tool or FN key.

Problem-setting a password, you have to be fast to get in before os boots.

#2-what u change there is saved to 'cmos'. most pcs use 'phoenix bios'. It is set by vendor. Not seen a vendor machine where u could get into full 'bios options' yet.

#3 Mscorp has articles from 2002 @ vendors setting bios wrong. Intel has a 'disclaimer'. Re-mscorp--bios set wrong conflicts w/windows bootstrapping.

Found the files. Lots of errors.Consequence-seeing more bios rootkits. This is not just one vendor IMO. New Toshiba shows 'code errors'-ie vista conflicts with vendor additions or tweaks.Same things w/xp-vista error files ezier to find tho. Hardware wize, lots of 'cache misses'.

best to build your own,but creates a serious problem for laptops.

GL

Posted by Laura on January 06, 2008 at 01:45 AM PST #

Laura,

Thanks for your interesting comments about changing the settings on a Toshiba, especially the tip about "CMOS" and "Phoenix" BIOS. http://www.phoenix.com/en/Customer+Services/BIOS/BIOS+FAQ/default.htm has a useful FAQ about BIOS.

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