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Accessing Advanced Chipset Settings?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Accessing Advanced Chipset Settings?


    Hello.

    I've been wanting to access the Advanced Chipset Settings in Windows 8, but I simply can't find it. I looked online to see where it is, and I learned that it was in the BIOs. However, I couldn't find the BIOs so I searched a bit more and learned that it was replaced by the UEFI thing so I accessed that instead. However, the UEFI Startup thing (excuse my usage of "thing," I have no idea what else to call it and leaving it hanging would be awkward) has very limited options so of course, it turns out that it doesn't have the Advanced Chipset Settings. I remembered that there was a forum for Windows 8, so I did a little searching and ended up here, hoping to find a bit of help.

    TL;DR: Does anyone have a clue how to access the Advanced Chipset Settings in Windows 8? I'm really at a loss.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    I have a toshiba sattelite and I access the bios tapping f2 on bootup. However the bios options are very limited and next to pointless. There are no advanced options. Seems they like to assume were all morons and not to be trusted.
    They hide everything in windows eight too. I'm surprised they give us a keyboard but that will be next to go.......
    Last edited by archie123; 24 Feb 2013 at 05:37.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I just used this to access bios in win 8 pro ---

    How to Access the Boot Menu and BIOS in Windows 8 Operating Systems
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Driz View Post
    Hello.

    I've been wanting to access the Advanced Chipset Settings in Windows 8, but I simply can't find it. I looked online to see where it is, and I learned that it was in the BIOs. However, I couldn't find the BIOs so I searched a bit more and learned that it was replaced by the UEFI thing so I accessed that instead. However, the UEFI Startup thing (excuse my usage of "thing," I have no idea what else to call it and leaving it hanging would be awkward) has very limited options so of course, it turns out that it doesn't have the Advanced Chipset Settings. I remembered that there was a forum for Windows 8, so I did a little searching and ended up here, hoping to find a bit of help.

    TL;DR: Does anyone have a clue how to access the Advanced Chipset Settings in Windows 8? I'm really at a loss.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Hello Driz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to boot to your UEFI firmware settings in Windows 8.

    UEFI Firmware Settings - Boot to from inside Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Yeah, I found the UEFI by myself, which is how I know it doesn't have the advanced chipset settings menus. Thanks for the tutorial though, it might help people who are searching for the UEFI. I'm guessing there is no advanced chipset settings in Windows 8? And thanks for the reply guys!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You have UEFI settings now instead.

    Was there a specific setting you were wanting to change?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driz View Post
    Yeah, I found the UEFI by myself, which is how I know it doesn't have the advanced chipset settings menus. Thanks for the tutorial though, it might help people who are searching for the UEFI. I'm guessing there is no advanced chipset settings in Windows 8? And thanks for the reply guys!
    the settings are there , they are just locked out . Some boards i used to use would need an extra key press after loading the bios to get to the overclock settings eg an Asus board will boot to default bios but tapping F10 would load the advanced settings.I beleive there are ways of unlocking the bios on OEM boards you'll just have to search the interweb. If you can find out who manufactured your mobo you would be onto a winner maybe Everest wil come up with the goods. Download EVEREST Home Edition 2.20 - FileHippo.com

    btw the advanced settings are down to the bios not the operating system , its nothing to do with windows 8 and if you dont know what your doing stay out of there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Driz View Post
    Yeah, I found the UEFI by myself, which is how I know it doesn't have the advanced chipset settings menus. Thanks for the tutorial though, it might help people who are searching for the UEFI. I'm guessing there is no advanced chipset settings in Windows 8? And thanks for the reply guys!
    Basically, it has nothing to do with Windows 8. The BIOS/UEFI settings are accessed without loading the operating system. You don't even need to have a hard drive in the system with any OS installed in order to access the BIOS. The operating system may function depending on how the BIOS is set up, but the BIOS settings don't come from the OS.

    Notebooks usually have much fewer BIOS settings available than a desktop. Appliance desktop PCs (Dell, HP, etc.) may have fewer BIOS settings than a PC that you'd assemble yourself. (Motherboard makers tend to not limit the choices in settings.)
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Driz View Post
    Yeah, I found the UEFI by myself, which is how I know it doesn't have the advanced chipset settings menus. Thanks for the tutorial though, it might help people who are searching for the UEFI. I'm guessing there is no advanced chipset settings in Windows 8? And thanks for the reply guys!
    Basically, it has nothing to do with Windows 8. The BIOS/UEFI settings are accessed without loading the operating system. You don't even need to have a hard drive in the system with any OS installed in order to access the BIOS. The operating system may function depending on how the BIOS is set up, but the BIOS settings don't come from the OS.

    Notebooks usually have much fewer BIOS settings available than a desktop. Appliance desktop PCs (Dell, HP, etc.) may have fewer BIOS settings than a PC that you'd assemble yourself. (Motherboard makers tend to not limit the choices in settings.)
    Yeah, I guess that might be the problem (having a laptop). I'm not too much of an expert (as you probably can tell) so I'm gonna take archie's advice and not mess around with anything. Better safe than sorry!

    To be honest, I wanted to access the settings and see if there was any way to tweak the Dedicated Video RAM for my GPU. Mine is set to 512MB at default, and that only passes the minimum requirements of two games I'm really excited for (Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite). I'm pretty sure this would mean I could only run the game on Low~Lowish-Medium. I really don't need high graphics or anything; I just want to play at medium with decent framerates. I pass everything in their recommended requirements except for the amount of dedicated video ram (1GB), so I poked around on the internet to see if there's any ways to tweak that and I found multiple people saying that this could be done by accessing the Advanced Chipset Settings in the BIOs. Oh well, I guess the only thing I could do now is to purchase the game and hope for the best. I know laptops aren't really good for gaming, so I'm planning to build a desktop over the summer. I guess if it doesn't play smoothly now, I'll be able to sometime in the future (hopefully, haha).

    Thanks for the help guys!
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