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Can't get into BIOS, machine won't start

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Can't get into BIOS, machine won't start


    I have a a Toshiba Satellite P55t with windows 8.1. Today I used the Toshiba Password utility to set a User password, Rebooted the machine and got a "reboot and select proper device" error. Hitting F12, F2, Esc, nothing works. Putting the recovery DVD in does not work. Any suggestions on what to try next? Thank you.

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Hold Function key (Fn) and then press F2 to get into the bios.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you. I tried holding down the Fn+F2, Fn+F12, just F2, just F12, and I get the same error. I have tried it with my Toshiba system recovery disc and with an Ubuntu disc. I did upgrade the hard drive a couple of months ago, and have tried booting up with that drive attached to a USB port. Nothing. The only thing that comes up on the screen is the message to insert boot media and press a key.

    Are there any other tricks I can try?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    I hate Toshiba's .. for this exact issue. They can be a real bitch to get into the bios. Why do they not display the key sequence when you start it .. like Lenovo for example. Like .. idiots, and why I will never buy a Toshiba.
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  5. #5


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Have you tried <ESC> key ?
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by edmscan View Post
    I hate Toshiba's .. for this exact issue. They can be a real bitch to get into the bios. Why do they not display the key sequence when you start it .. like Lenovo for example. Like .. idiots, and why I will never buy a Toshiba.
    I don't know, if I could speed read fast enough mine boots so fast a Post screen would just be a blurr LOL

    Have you seen this?

    Toshiba Hardware utility method


    The Toshiba Hardware utility (HWSetup) can also be used to change some of the settings if F2 or F12 does not work. This method may be the only way to access the BIOS settings on some laptops.


    1. On the Start Screen type in HWSetup.
    2. In the search returns select HW Setup to open.
    3. Make changes as necessary and select "Apply."
    4. Reboot the computer if not prompted to do so.

    If not already installed, the Toshiba Hardware utility can be downloaded from http://support.toshiba.com after clicking "Downloads" and selecting your computer information.

    Here is the link to the full story on getting into the UEFI set up doesn't sound good for you if the HWSetup doesn't work for you
    How To: Enter the system BIOS or UEFI in Windows 8 - TOSHIBA FORUMS
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  7. #7


    Any beeps upon powering on?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Topgundcp, yes I tries the Esc key, that does not work either.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Clintlgm, thank, but I don't even get to a screen to type anything. Attached is a picture of what I get.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Azasadny, I get no beeps, no sound.
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