BIOS Keys

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This page contains a listing of all known manufacturers and the keyboard key(s) that correspond with accessing the BIOS. The list has been compiled to reduce the time necessary to use the correct key to access the BIOS.

Acer

Models: Aspire, Predator, Spin, Swift, Extensa, Ferrari, Power, Altos, TravelMate, Veriton

  • Del or F2
  • Acer Veriton L480G: F12.
  • Acer Altos 600 server: Ctrl+Alt+Esc. Press F1 for advanced options.
  • Older Acers: F1 or Ctrl+Alt+Esc

eMachines

Acquired by Gateway in 2004, then Acer in 2007. eMachines brand discontinued in 2013.

Models: eMonster, eTower, eOne, S-Series, T-Series

  • F2, Tab, or Del

Gateway

Acquired by Acer in October 2007. Models: DX, FX, LT, NV, NE, One, GM, GT, GX, SX, Profile, Astro

  • F1 or F2

ASUS

Models: B-Series, ROG-Series, Q-Series, VivoBook, Zen AiO, ZenBook

  • F2
  • Some ASUS laptops require that the Del, Esc, or F10 key be pressed instead.
  • Older ASUS computers may need the Esc key held down.

Dell

Models: XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude, OptiPlex, Precision, Alienware, Vostro

  • F2
  • Older Desktops: Ctrl+Alt+Esc or Del to enter BIOS.
  • Older Laptops: Fn+Esc or Fn+F1.

Dynabook

A Sharp company that will handle and honor Toshiba warranties.[1]

Toshiba

Owned by Sharp.

Models: Portégé, Satellite, Tecra, Equium

  • F1 or Esc
  • Equium: F12

Sharp

Now under company Dynabook with Toshiba.

Models: Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite

  • F2
  • Certain very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.

EVGA

Models: SC17, SC15

  • Del

Fujitsu

Models: LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo, Tablet, DeskPower, Celsius

  • F2

Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Models: Pavilion, EliteBook, ProBook, Pro, OMEN, ENVY, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet, Stream, ZBook

  • F1, F10, or F11
  • HP Tablet PCs: F10 or F12.
  • Other HP computers: F2 or Esc.
  • Others may require Esc and then F10.

Compaq

Merged with HP in 2002, brand name retired in 2013.

Models: Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable

  • F10
  • Older Compaqs: F1, F2, F10, or Del

Lenovo

Models: ThinkPad, IdeaPad, Yoga, Legion, H535, 3000 Series, N Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation

  • F1, F2, or F12
  • Some Lenovo products have a small Novo button.
  • Older Lenovos: Ctrl+Alt+F3, Ctrl+Alt+Ins, or Fn+F1.

IBM

Acquired by Lenovo in 2005.

Models: PC, XT, AT

  • F1
  • Older IBMs: F2

Micron (MPC Computers)

Out of business: December 31, 2008. Models: ClientPro, TransPort

  • F1, F2, or Del

NEC

Models: PowerMate, Versa, W-Series

  • F2

Samsung

Models: Odyssey, Notebook 5/7/9, ArtPC PULSE, Series 'x' laptops

  • F2

Packard Bell

Former subsidiary of Acer. On October 14, 2016 PBX Holdings acquired the United States Packard Bell trademark.

Models: 8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar, Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme

  • F1, F2, or Del

Shuttle

Models: Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, XPC, Surveillance

  • F2 or Del on startup.

Sony

Discontinued: February 6, 2014.[2]

Models: VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series

  • F1, F2, or F3
  • https://gizmodo.com/following-colossal-scandal-toshiba-is-back-with-a-barr-1833727151
  • https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201402/14-019E/