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BIOS Reference Table

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2014 10:02AM EDT
If you are unable to find the key sequence to access your BIOS Configuration Menu on your computer, consult the following table.
Manufacturer Key Sequence
Acer (Aspire, Power, Veriton, Extensa,
Ferrari, TravelMate, Altos)
Press [F2] or [Del] Immediately After Power Up
Acer (Altos 600 Server) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [F1] During Boot (for
Advanced Options)
Acer (Older PC) Press [F1] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] to Access BIOS
AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS,
Press [Delete] or [F10] During Boot
AMI (American Megatrends AMIBIOS,
AMI BIOS) – Old Version
Press [F1] or [F2] During Boot
Award BIOS (AwardBIOS) Press [Del] After Powering Up Computer
Award BIOS (AwardBIOS) – Old Version Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] During Boot
ALR Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] During Boot
ARI Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] or [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Del] During Boot
AST Advantage Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] During Boot
Compaq (Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro,
Systempro, Portable)
Press [F10] When Blinking Cursor Jumps To Top Right
Corner of Screen
Compaq (Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro,
Systempro, Portable)
Press [F10] When Logo Screen Is Displayed
Compaq (Older Computers) Press [F1], [F2], [F10], or [Del] Key
Cybermax Press [Esc] Key
Dell (XPS, Dimension, Inspiron, Latitude.
OptiPlex, Precision, Vostro)
Press F2 When Dell Logo Is Displayed Until “Entering
Setup” Appears
Dell (Older 486 Models) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Enter] During Boot
Dell (Some Models) Press Reset Button Twice (i.e. Power Reset Button)
Dell Dimension L566cx System Press [Del]
Dell (Older Laptop Models) Press [Fn]+[Esc] or [Fn]+[F1]
DTK (Datatech Enterprises) Press [Esc] Key Right After Powering On the PC.
EISA Computer Press the Reset button on the Front of the Computer,
then Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc] immediately when the
memory count begins or Press [Crtl]+[Alt]+[S].
eMachines (eMonster, eTower, eOne,
S-Series, T-Series)
Press [Tab] or [Del] During Boot
eMachine (Some Older Computers) Press [F2]
Fujitsu (LifeBook, Esprimo, Amilo,
Tablet, DeskPower)
Press [F2] When Fujitsu Logo Is Appearing.
Gateway Using Phoenix BIOS (DX, FX,
One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro)
Press [F1]
Gateway (Some Older PCs) Press [F2]
Hewlett-Parkard (HP Pavilion,
TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet)
Press [F1] Upon Startup or Bootup
Hewlett-Parkard (HP Alternative) Press [F2] or [Esc]
Hewlett-Parkard (HP) Tablet PC Press [F10] or [F12]
IBM ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Early Models) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] When Cursor Is At Upper-Right
Corner of Screen
IBM ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Later Models) Press and Hold [F1] When Powering Up Laptop
IBM ThinkPad using Phoenix BIOS Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F11] from DOS Prompt
IBM PS/1 (Late Models), PS/ValuePoint
​and 330s
Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[?]
IBM PS/2 with Reference Partition Press [Insert] During Boot
IBM PS/2 Press [Ctrl]+[Ins] When Pointer Is At Top Right of
IBM PS/2 Need Reference Disk and ADF Disk for Setup
IBM PS/2 75 and 90 Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[?]
IBM (PC, XT, AT) Press [F1] Immediately On Powering On the Computer
IBM (Older Computers or Notebooks) Press [F2]
Lenovo (ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series,
ThinkCentre, ThinkStation)
Press [F1] or [F2] on Boot Up
Lenovo (Older Products) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[F3], [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] or [Fn]+[F1].
Microid Research MR BIOS Press [F1]
Micron (MPC Computers ClientPro,
Press [F1], [F2] or [Del] On Startup
NEC (PowerMate, Versa, W-Series) Press [F2] During Boot
NEC Versa Notebook Press and Hold Down [F1] Upon Startup or Bootup
Olivetti PC Pro Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Shift]+[Del](in Num Pad) During Boot
Packard Bell (8900 Series, 9000 Series, Pulsar,
Platinum, EasyNote, imedia, iextreme)
Press [F1], [F2], or [Del].
Packard Bell (Early 386 and 486 Dodels) Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[S] Sequence
Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS) Press [Del] During Power On Self-Test
Phoenix BIOS (Phoenix-Award BIOS) – Old Version   Press [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[S], [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Esc],
[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Ins] or [Ctrl]+[S] During Power On Boot
Self-Test Right After Startup
Sharp (Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite) Press [F2] On Computer Starts
Sharp (Old PCs) Require Setup Diagnostics Disk to Access BIOS
Shuttle (Glamor G-Series, D’vo, Prima P2-Series,
Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance)
Press [F2] or [Del] on System Startup
Sony (VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series) Press [F1], [F2] or [F3] After Turning On the Computer
Sony Vaio 320 Series Press [F2] During Boot
Tandon 386 Press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Esc]
Tandon Press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Esc]
Toshiba (Portégé, Satellite, Tecra) Press [Esc] During Boot
Toshiba (Portégé, Satellite, Tecra with
Phoenix BIOS)
Press [F1] during Boot

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