My BIOS isn't working
by GERRY RAINS - 8/28/10 10:37 AM
There was a storm last week. While there were no power surges, the lights always get very bright when that happens, my Toshiba Satellite running XP Pro was adversely affected while my Windows 7 Desktop was not. I should point out that I'm paranoid about power surges. For both computers I have a Tripp Lite surge protector (about $70) plugged into the grounded three hole wall socket and then an $80 Belkin plugged into the Tripp Lite. My computers and all peripheral devices that need AC power get plugged into the Belkin. The ones that I have for the laptop are about 6 months old. Anyway the lights flickered on and off about 6 times. The desktop was unaffected, but now when I turn on the laptop (the battery is not in it), as soon as the notification area is filled I get the Blue Screen of Death.
I tried F8 but the system thinks that this is a good system and does nothing. No sweat. I take out my Recovery Discs change the BIOS (F2, etc.) to CD/DVD from HDD, click F10 for "save and exit" and on it goes. There's only one problem - I don't hear the disc drive and again "filled Notification Area and BSOD". So I have no choice but to turn it off electrically. It starts up on its own so I have to keep it unplugged. So F2 again and the BIOS is back to HDD. After enjoying myself doing this three or four more times with the same results, I turn it off electrically one step after the BIOS change. It still designates HDD. When it does this the screen has all of my icons and the Notification is filled perfectly.
If I could just turn it off properly, which I cannot do, that might help - self-adjusting BIOSs are not my specialty. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. It has just changed no BSOD. But the mouse and keyboard don't work so I can't turn it off properly. I still could use some help.