Access BIOS on a Gateway NV76R Series Windows 8 Laptop

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, 7:23pm
Categories: Tech / Nerdery

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Yeah I admit, this is nerdier than my usual nerdy stuff.... but I was having trouble getting into the BIOS on my Gateway Laptop, apparently because Windows 8 or the manufacturer had the BIOS set up to be totally skipped.

The user manual / guide stated to push F1 or F2. Some forum users said one or the other should be pushed repeatedly. Others said to hold it down. One dude even said use a morse code SOS pattern.

Eventually I got in touch with tech support, and found a video that included working steps, but they had nothing to do with what I expected up until this point. I think I need to start learning Windows 8.

Anyway... I'm going to list the steps here, both to help others and also to help myself when I inevitably forget how while I'm past my free tech support period lol.

1. Go to lower-right corner of Window 8 to select the "Charms Bar", and click "Settings".
2. On the bottom right, select "Change PC Settings"
3. In the "PC Settings" menu, click "General"
4. Scroll to the bottom, find the "Advanced Startup" section, and click "Restart Now"
5. The next screen should say "Choose an Option". Click the "Troubleshoot" button.
6. On the "Troubleshoot" page, click "Advanced Options"
7. On the "Advanced Options" page, click "UEFI Firmware Settings"
8. On the "UEFI Firmware Settings" page, click the "Restart" button.

At that point, the computer should restart and load into the BIOS.

Please note: I did this before making any changes to windows, or updating the BIOS (I believe mine started at version 2.08).

Also as of yet, I can't seem to figure out how to set the BIOS to give me a longer POST message, with the option of hitting a function key to get directly into BIOS (without having to use that ugly Windows 8 trick). If anyone knows how to do this - please tell me!

~Mike Peralta

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Sunday, October 6th, 2013, 3:12pm
Informative post! We've found that when we: switch the boot type from UEFI to Legacy Bios; enable F12 boot menu; switched fn keys from specialty keys to function keys; and exited with changes saved.
We then had a menu at the bottom of the bios screen. I do think that it was the switch to "Legacy Bios" that did the trick.
Saturday, June 28th, 2014, 5:10pm
Thanks. I hate windows 8 and needed this to go back to windows 7.
Sunday, June 29th, 2014, 5:01pm
Thank you. This helped me in solving a tough issue of one of my customer. Cheers!
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