With the help of BIOS, you can customize the computer for yourself, overclock the processor and RAM, and also eliminate some malfunctions in the operating system. We will tell you how to enter BIOS using the Asus brand as an example.
In terms of stability, laptops are less practical devices than desktop computers. They break more often and are more difficult to repair. This is largely due to the compactness of portable devices. Moreover, problems occur not only in the hardware part of the device, but also in the software. In many cases, a BIOS can come to the aid of the user. Its interface depends on many factors. It will differ even within the same manufacturer. Therefore, there is no universal formula for entering BIOS. Nevertheless, we decided to talk in general terms about how to enter BIOS on ASUS laptops.
What is BIOS
If you do not quote Wikipedia and speak in simple language, then the BIOS is needed for the correct functioning of computer hardware and the operating system. It is located in the motherboard chip and does not depend on which OS will be installed on the media. Some manufacturers install several copies of BIOS in their motherboards so that they can restore the original version of the software in case of a problem. BIOS is quite difficult to disable: it is protected from an inexperienced user. However, it often becomes faulty during firmware updates. But everything has its time, we’ll talk about this below.
BIOS can be useful when you want to overclock the processor or RAM. Their parameters, such as frequency and voltage, cannot be changed using any program. But not all hardware lends itself to overclocking. Therefore, the most common use for BIOS is to reinstall the operating system. In some cases, you can install using the operating system interface, but what if the OS shows no signs of life? There is only one way out – BIOS.
However, API capabilities are expanding every year. Previously, motherboards provided virtually no user experience. More often than not, it all boiled down to simple monitoring of system indicators. However, now the functionality has become much wider.
How to enter BIOS on an ASUS laptop
As mentioned above, hardware developers embed various software into their components. Therefore, there are many ways to enter BIOS, which depend on the specific model. The entrance is carried out using a key or a combination of keys. The most proven way is to look at the specifications that come with the motherboard. But who will even look for them, and also read a ton of text in search of the information they need? That’s right, nobody. Therefore, the easiest way is to try all possible options in turn until you find the coveted combination. A whole mini-quest of some kind.
The keys must be pressed during the loading of the operating system, or rather, before it starts. To determine the moment, you can simply look at the monitor, immediately after pressing the start button. Most often, during the BIOS startup, information about the system is displayed on the screen: the version of the motherboard, the type of operating system installed, the processor model, the amount and frequency of RAM, or something like that. Also, in the corner, an inscription like “Press F2 or DEL to run Setup” is usually displayed. This means that you need to press the F2 or DEL key to start the BIOS. However, there are times when nothing is displayed on the screen at all, it is just black. This happens, for example, if the drivers on the video card are installed incorrectly and in a number of other cases. Therefore, it is easiest to simply press certain hotkeys during boot and restart the computer every time, when logging into the OS. Here is a list of the most popular combinations:
- DEL is the most common option that most developers lean towards. Most likely, in the near future, this key will become a kind of unspoken standardized option among developers. It is found in almost every motherboard manufacturer, and therefore you should start with it first.
- F2 is the second most used key among developers. Usually an alternative to the DEL hotkey.
- F11, F12 – most often used to launch the Boot Menu, which allows you to select the priority bootable media. That is, using this function, you can not even go into the BIOS itself and not change the order of loading the drives. This can be very useful in the case of reinstalling the operating system, when you need to boot from a USB flash drive that contains a clean Windows image. However, this feature does not exist on all motherboards. Most often, modern motherboards are equipped with similar functionality.
- F10 is a fairly rare hotkey, but on some older models, only it is the only correct one, without any alternatives, as is the case with Del and F2.
- F6, F8 – very rare, but you should also try them if other options did not fit.
How to update BIOS on an Asus laptop
Many users ask the question: “How to install BIOS on an Asus laptop?” The question itself is not correct. You will hardly be able to install it without deep knowledge of software and architectural features of motherboards. Most often, this question means the ability to update the firmware. This can be done quite simply. This is most often required when new processors are released that are compatible with a long-standing socket on the market. But for the new items to work correctly, you need to roll the update. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to the developer’s official website and download the firmware. Drop it onto a formatted USB flash drive in FAT32 format. Then insert the USB stick into the USB port.
- Go to BIOS and find the proprietary ASUS EZ Flash utility in the Tool section. In some cases, it can also be launched during OS boot using certain keys. Most often this is a combination of ALT + F2.
- Then specify the media where the firmware is located and confirm the operation.
- Wait until the end of the process and under no circumstances turn off the computer. Otherwise, it may cause the motherboard to stop working. Therefore, it is recommended to use an uninterruptible power supply during the update.