How to access eeePC boot screen?

According to the eeePC manual, pressing the ESC key at bootup should allow me to access the boot device selector screen so that I can boot from a USB device.

It doesn' work. This is a brand new machine with the default Xandros OS installed.

I can't access any boot screen to see the BIOS version or any other info. When I press ESC I just get esc keystrokes overlaying the splash screen.

I've tried DEL, F12, F2 etc - no luck.

Any ideas?
LVL 24
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

From what I'm reading, holding F2 down during boot is the keystroke for entering the BIOS.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
You should hold down the ESC-key while booting. Not just press it once when you turn the machine on. Also make sure youre really rebooting the device, not getting it up from hibernation.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
I'm starting from cold - not hibernation or sleep.

Holding down ESC or F2 during boot doesn't work.
Tapping Esc or F2 during boot doesn't work.
Tried with and without USB drives attached.
Tried attaching USB devices while running and then rebooting

All I accomplish is a disabled touchpad!

The Ultimate Tool Kit for Technolgy Solution Provi

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy for valuable how-to assets including sample agreements, checklists, flowcharts, and more!

Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Is this what you read sparkmaker?

After several attempts using F2 I got the BIOS. Yay!!! Doesn't always pay to RTFM.


I'll report back on booting from the USB drive.
Actually it was the very last line on this page that I read it.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Thank you people.

For the benefit of generations yet unborn:

The manual says use ESC to access the boot menu. That's correct, but you can't use ESC when the splash screen is active.

You must get into BIOS to disable the splash screen and enable verbose startup.
To do that, you must access BIOS using F2.

As pointed out in some forums this is flaky. I had to reboot several times before I could hit the sweet spot for pressing F2.

Or maybe I was holding my tongue just right. :o)

It's worth the pain. I now have Ubuntu for Eee PC installed and it's a great improvement on the default Xandros. Wireless and networking work without any sweat whatsoever.


Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Whilst this didn't answer the question directly, it led me in the right direction.
Thanks sparkmaker.
Ubuntu is sweet, must be a treat on an EEEPC.
I realize you were trying to boot from a USB device, but I have little experience with the EEEPC.Did you manage to get it to boot from USB?
Thanks for the points,
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Yes, it boots from a USB flash or an optical drive once you get rid of the splash screen.
For installing Ubuntu, UNetbootin makes the process totally painless and quick with a flash drive.
I first installed Ubuntu Eee. I've now installed Ubuntu 8.10 instead. This thread helped me get wireless enabled easily:



It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.