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No UEFI tile and no option/function key for BIOS at startu

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    No UEFI tile and no option/function key for BIOS at startu


    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but I have been reading up on threads trying to find a solution to my problem. I am trying to boot from USB in order to start using Ubuntu but my problem is that when I go to the advanced settings - troubleshoot - there is no UEFI Firmware Settings, which, from what I have gathered is necessary to be able to boot Ubuntu from my USB flash drive. So far the solution that most people have is that there is no UEFI on that particular computer/type of windows 8, and on the startup screen to press f2, f11, esc, etc but there is no indicator as to what key is is on the ACER splash screen, similar to this. scn101.jpg Photo by Kizwan_Chronos | Photobucket
    Therefor, I cannot get into BIOS? I have lost many hours of sleep over this matter and I am finding it very frustrating... Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you so much.

    Acer Aspire|M
    Aspire M5-481T

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Not the Windows boot menu...
    You need to use the laptop's boot menu to select the USB:
    Boot the BIOS with F2 and enable the boot menu -> that will be F12 so reboot and press F12 with the usb inserted. If the usb is on the list, select it.
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    Windows 8


    Which seems logical right? But NONE of the function keys do anything. I cannot get to the BIOS with f2, nor f1 nor escape, and it gives me no option to either, just an Acer splash screen with the little windows 8 dotted circle loading spinning thing
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    What...

    You do have a BIOS right?
    Try DEL key.

    The new Acers might use other combinations...
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Enabling the boot device menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Acer
    On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

    SOLUTION

    Enabling the F12 function:

    1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
    2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
    3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
    4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
    5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.
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    Windows 8


    I haven't downloaded one but it is a 4 month old (relatively new) computer, and I just assumed that it would either have a bios pre installed or, have the uefi firmware setup! But if it has neither am I screwed?
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Hmmm...
    Acer does have F2:

    Click image for larger version

    Acer Aspire M5-481T | User Manual

    At least for the laptops.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Thank you Ray!
    It's is DEL for the desktops then.

    (I don't have Acer desktops, from there all my unclear posts)
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  9. #9


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MrLaSir View Post
    I haven't downloaded one but it is a 4 month old (relatively new) computer, and I just assumed that it would either have a bios pre installed or, have the uefi firmware setup! But if it has neither am I screwed?
    Some details for slow guys like me:
    The one computer with the issue, Is it a laptop or a desktop?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    It is a laptop, and I have had many computers before and for all the startups it was straightforward, press blah blah to get into the bios but look at the link I posted in the original post, and that is all I get on startup, pressing f2 does absolute nothing. :/
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