How to Access Bios Settings on an Emachine
By Ty Arthur
All computer systems go through a set of instructions called the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) when they are turned on. The BIOS checks all of the hardware and software installed on the computer to make sure they are working properly before loading the operating system. You may need to access the BIOS menu periodically to find out the current version of the BIOS you have if there are upgrades available. The command you use to access the BIOS settings on an Emachines computer will vary depending on the specific model you have.
Access the Start menu and click "Shut Down." Select the "Restart" option.
Wait for the Emachines logo to appear on the screen as the computer begins booting up again. Press the "Tab" key when the logo appears and see if the computer switches to the BIOS menu.
Press the "Escape," "Delete," or "F2" keys if the "Tab" key doesn't take you to the BIOS menu screen.
Use the right arrow key to highlight the "Main" entry and press Enter. Scroll down to the heading labeled "BIOS version."
Check the long string of numbers and letters under the "BIOS version" heading to locate the current BIOS version your Emachines is using. Press the "F10" key to exit the BIOS menu screen and finish booting up the computer's operating system.
- As Emachines continues to make new models, they may eventually change the key used to access the BIOS menu again. Check the manual that came with your Emachines computer for the specific key to use if the "Tab," "Delete," "Escape" or "F2" keys don't work for you.
- You can also change various settings in the BIOS menu if you need to boot your Emachines computer from a disc other than its normal recovery CD. For example you can turn on the "Boot from USB" setting in the "Main" tab if you have a copy of your operating system saved on a USB drive.
- Don't make changes in the BIOS settings menu unless you are sure of the change you need to make. If you change the wrong setting, your computer will no longer boot up properly, and you will have to re-install your operating system.
Ty Arthur has been writing technical and entertainment-related articles for a variety of online sources since 2008. His articles have appeared on Metalunderground.com and many other websites. Arthur attended the Great Falls College of Technology and studied both computer science and creative writing.