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  1.    22 Feb 2016 #1
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    Cant acces uefi firmware settings


    Hey guys,
    So Im trying to install a new graphics card, and I have to tweak some settings in the bios. Unfortunately, when I try to open it(pressing escape at startup, scrolling down, and selecting uefi settings and pressing enter) nothing happens. I looked this up, and it said to go to advanced startup and go through some steps to get to a menu that supposedly contains "uefi firmware settings". Now, I confirmed that this is the right menu, but the option is just not there. I thought about updating my BIOS, but there are no updates for it available.
    Does anyone know what do?
    Thanks in advance
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  2.    22 Feb 2016 #2
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    Can you confirm that you do have UEFI Bios? The simplest way to do this is check via System Information (type in the search box) and see what it says. E.g.

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  3.    22 Feb 2016 #3
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    Actually, it says Legacy. What's the difference?
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  4.    22 Feb 2016 #4
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    If it allows, you can set the bios type in the bios ui to from legacy to uefi or both uefi and legacy(best setting IMO) then you can access the uefi bios the way you were trying to in the first place. Legacy is old style bios control, uefi is new style with ease of accessing your physical bios ui through the operating system controls.

    Full description here: Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  5.    22 Feb 2016 #5
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    I looked that up, it says I have to reinstall windows to switch between legacy and uefi. Is there a way to access similar settings in legacy (namely the activating the pcie graphcis card slot or whatever its called)?
    Thanks for the quick response, by the way.
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  6.    22 Feb 2016 #6
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    Installing a graphic card does not have anything to do with whether your bios is set with UEFI or MBR. What actually are you trying to do ?

    I looked that up, it says I have to reinstall windows to switch between legacy and uefi
    Some of the info from the internet is not always 100% correct. There's way to convert your Windows running with MBR mode to UEFI mode and vice versa. I've done it, However, you'd need to use a third party software to get it done.
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  7.    22 Feb 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by WintertheMute View Post
    I looked that up, it says I have to reinstall windows to switch between legacy and uefi. Is there a way to access similar settings in legacy (namely the activating the pcie graphcis card slot or whatever its called)?
    Thanks for the quick response, by the way.
    Should be.

    In my recent systems, the setup was accessed by pressing the delete key or the F2 function key during POST (power on self test). A UEFI can be navigated with the mouse, while the legacy BIOS needed cursor keys. Not that big a difference.

    If you could identify your motherboard, that would lead us (or you) to which key is needed to get into the BIOS settings. One simple way to do that is CPU-Z (freeware):

    CPU-Z | Softwares | CPUID

    The .zip version requires no installation, just unzip and run the 32 or 64 bit version (depending on your OS).

    edit: CPU-Z doesn't identify the key needed to enter the BIOS. It will tell what motherboard you have, and that will enable you to look up what key is needed. (Download the MB manual, or Google the board.) I repeat: the delet key or F2 are common choices. I doubt that the escape key is the right one.
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  8.    22 Feb 2016 #8
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    Are you sure Escape key is the key to enter your bios? Make sure when you exit Windows 10 you are clicking on the power icon, then select restart. Almost immediately after clicking on restart you can start repeatedly tapping the key which the manufacturer says gets you into bios setup. Just keep tapping it during the restart.
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  9.    22 Feb 2016 #9
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    So, clarification/explanation: I'm trying to install a new graphics card, but the screen goes black when I plug the monitor into it. A friend recommended that I activate the pcie port(i think that's what it's called) in bios, and i'm trying to figure out how to get to that setting. I'm pretty sure esc is the right key, because that's what it says as the computer starts, and it gives me a menu with some options, i just cant find the right one for this.

    This is the output from that motherboard utility: Motherboard info - Pastebin.com
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  10.    22 Feb 2016 #10
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    So, clarification/explanation: I'm trying to install a new graphics card, but the screen goes black when I plug the monitor into it. A friend recommended that I activate the pcie port(i think that's what it's called) in bios, and i'm trying to figure out how to get to that setting. I'm pretty sure esc is the right key, because that's what it says as the computer starts, and it gives me a menu with some options, i just cant find the right one for this.

    This is the output from that motherboard utility: Motherboard info - Pastebin.com
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