access to bios?

Have a Toshiba Satellite 5105-S701.... need to get into the bios to change boot order.

Have tried many keys and combinations but no luck so far.  Am wearing out my HD just rebooting the machine!@!@#@   How to access the bios??

Difficult for me.... Easy for you if you know the answer..../
snowman22Asked:
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sunray_2003Commented:
When you restart your machine , can you not access BIOS pressing F2 (function key)
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MicrotechCommented:
if not F2 it will be esc or del or F8 or F1.... during startup.... can't remember which on a tosh
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snowman22Author Commented:
Sorry... have tried all but no luck.
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bobo_techCommented:
hold down the escape key when the system is off (not in suspend or hibernate).  Turn the machine on and keep the escape key pressed.  Eventaully you should get a warning or error and that should let you into the bios. (it does on older toshiba laptops.)
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snowman22Author Commented:
My machine must be really messed up.... When I do this procedure the only thing that comes on the screen is "Press F1 for default setting."

Press F1 and the machine reboots to the screen that lets me boot in Safe Mode... only problem is that the machine will not do this either.  It gets 1/2 way, hesitates and quits...then trys to reboot again --- back to the choices page with "Safe Mode, etc.   Then I tried to reboot from the recovery CDs and I get a "Wrong Machine" message.   Apparently this is common and there is a workaround but I do not know what it is.  I have posted a question on the Toshiba forum.  Hope to hear something soon.
Thanks anyway...
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snowman22Author Commented:
Found a document on Toshiba's website explaining access to the bios on various Toshiba machines.
Seems like there are numberous possibilities depending on the machine and when it was manufactured.   Anyone needing this info should look up Document ID 98081013 under the Support Bulletins from Toshiba.  

As for my machine... the hard disk has gone south so I will have to replace it.  

My Thanks to all who offered to help.
RobertJl
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CoolATIGuyCommented:
Don't forget to award points...glad to help (or try)!

Cheers!


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