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Entering the BIOS Setup Program

The BIOS setup programs can normally be entered only during the boot process, either a cold boot or a warm boot (after hitting {Ctrl-Alt-Del}). Some setup programs will let you go into setup program using a key combination at any time.

At least one thing is finally becoming somewhat standard: the use of the {Del} key to enter the setup program during boot. This is true of AMI and Award BIOSes, and some others as well. Older BIOSes can use any of a myriad of strange key combinations, including {Esc}, {F1}, {F2}, {F10}, {Ctrl-Esc}, {Alt-Esc}, {Ctrl-Alt-Esc}, {Ctrl-Alt-Enter}, {Ins} or others.

Next: Typical Key Controls

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