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May 25, 2013 4:31:46 PM

I have a new (at Christmas 2012) ASUS K55N notebook running Windows 8 and I need to get into my BIOS (or UEFI if that's what it is properly called these days). I can't figure out how to get in there. I'm not seeing anything in the manual and googling returns the advice that I should hit F2 when I reboot and see the ASUS logo. I've tried that several times but it simply doesn't work.

I've seen some vague references to some kind of security feature that is intended to keep strangers from breaking into the BIOS to change the boot device and then taking over the machine - seems like a good idea - but I'm darned if I can find anything that tells you how to satisfy or disable that security feature.

Can anyone enlighten me on how I can get to my BIOS?

Why do they make it so darned DIFFICULT to do something so routine? I've already p***ed away two hours researching and trying things to get into my own BIOS for a legitimate reason....

Would it have killed ASUS to make it a little more obvious how to do this?

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May 25, 2013 4:58:21 PM

All MOBOs doesn't get into BIOS with the same key

My current ASUS MOBO boots into BIOS by pushing 'Del'.

Common keys to enter BIOS with are; 'F1', 'F2', 'F10', 'Del' and 'ESC'. Rapidly push one of these buttons when booting up your system. I'm almost certain one of these will work.
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May 25, 2013 5:05:56 PM

OK, looked around, your laptop is not one Asus wants their users modifying at a BIOS level. Pressing F2 ( usually delete, but F2 is correct for your system ), repeatedly, right as you turn it on or restart is supposed to work. I would tap it slowly about one second apart until I see the BIOS pop up! Your manual and many others say to press F2 when you see the Asus logo, but I doubt it would hurt to start pressing a little earlier. It may have a very narrow window of time to press the F2 key. Don't mean to be rude, your laptop may work very well, but I guess you learn something from this: Read the manual, before you buy!
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May 25, 2013 5:34:05 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
All MOBOs doesn't get into BIOS with the same key

My current ASUS MOBO boots into BIOS by pushing 'Del'.

Common keys to enter BIOS with are; 'F1', 'F2', 'F10', 'Del' and 'ESC'. Rapidly push one of these buttons when booting up your system. I'm almost certain one of these will work.


I tried ALL of your suggestions and NONE of them worked. Thanks anyway.
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May 25, 2013 9:18:33 PM

It's F2.

From a cold boot, start up the laptop, and start tapping F2 repeatedly.
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May 26, 2013 5:37:47 AM

avjguy2362 said:
OK, looked around, your laptop is not one Asus wants their users modifying at a BIOS level. Pressing F2 ( usually delete, but F2 is correct for your system ), repeatedly, right as you turn it on or restart is supposed to work. I would tap it slowly about one second apart until I see the BIOS pop up! Your manual and many others say to press F2 when you see the Asus logo, but I doubt it would hurt to start pressing a little earlier. It may have a very narrow window of time to press the F2 key. Don't mean to be rude, your laptop may work very well, but I guess you learn something from this: Read the manual, before you buy!


I tried what you said (FN-F2) but it didn't work.

I just don't think it's realistic to base a buying decision on whether the BIOS is easy to access. For one thing, any reasonable person would assume that it wasn't going to be hard. For another, there are many features that would be of much greater importance, like video or sound quality, CPU power, disk capacity, etc. than the ease of getting to the BIOS.
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May 26, 2013 6:04:30 AM

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the BIOS!"

I just tried the main solution that has been offered to my question on this forum (and others) again - F2, ONLY F2, not FN-F2 - and it worked. I have finally seen my own BIOS and navigated within it.

By word of explanation, I had assumed that all advice involving F2 (or F1 or F10) implied that the FN key was also supposed to be held down at the same time in order to work. That was certainly the case if I wanted to turn my sound on or off: if I just pressed F10 by itself, the sound didn't toggle but if I pressed FN-F10 it would toggle.

In each reply, I stated that I had done what was suggested but indicated that I took the advice to be FN-F2 and no one ever came back and said "No, I mean just F2, NOT FN-F2". Also, I'm 98% certain that I did try just F2 on at least one occasion but, given how fussy this process is, I must have not tapped it enough times or started a moment too late.

My apologies if anyone was offended by my tone in my replies. I really appreciated all the responses I was given but I was just running out of patience with the whole mess because the advice didn't seem to be working. Thank you all for your replies. There doesn't seem to be a way to pick all of your replies as the right answer so I won't pick any; that seems fairer than singling one of you out since you all gave me the right answer.
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