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I have scoured the net and found nothing that tells me what key combination to enter to get the BIOS in a Toshiba Satellite P875-S7310.  Toshiba documentation is incredibly absent, even on their own web site.

I've literally tried hundreds of key combinations and nothing gets me into the BIOS including F2 like everyone says.  I've booted to Knoppix and tested the keyboard and all the keys work fine.

It at the point now where I'm questioning my decision to buy Toshiba.  Dell and Lenovo are not this difficult.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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by:chughes54
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It is usually F2, ESC, DEL, F1.

If those don't work, the only other way I know is to:
Turn on computer
Hold ESC until it prompts you to press F1 to go to setup
Then hit F1
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by:nobus
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it depends on the bios brand , see here for a list :  http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
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by:Levi Gwyn
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DaveBaldwin - I found the desktop assistant app.  That got me most of the way there.  I found the answer and it isn't straight forward.  For Toshiba computers (and I assume for other manufacturers as well), you can't get into the BIOS on a computer with OEM Windows 8 installed during computer POST.  No key combinations will work.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) replaces the BIOS.  See the following article:

http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Windows-8-Knowledge-Base/UEFI-replaces-BIOS-in-Windows-8/ta-p/343472

The next article explains how you get to the UEFI - an ugly process to say the least.

http://forums.toshiba.com/t5/Windows-8-Knowledge-Base/How-To-Enter-the-system-BIOS-or-UEFI-in-Windows-8/ta-p/329292

Dave, you came the closest so I'll give you the points.  Thanks for your help!
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by:Levi Gwyn
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Thanks Dave
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You're welcome, glad to help.
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by:nobus
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i wonder what to do if the OS is not running..?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I'm sure that there is a CD or floppy somewhere that contains the software or maybe an alternate version.  There has to be something that lets them set it up at the factory.
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by:nobus
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i agree -  but what i don't understand is why they hide it...
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by:Levi Gwyn
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I also found out that unless you disable UEFI and set the boot method to CFM (legacy), you can't even boot from a CD/DVD.

This is incredibly disturbing to me and limits how well a computer can be supported in the enterprise.  My hope is that I just don't know enough about Win8 yet.

I started another thread on EE regarding the no boot from CD/DVD if you want to look at it.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/Q_27995347.html
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I suspect that someone thinks they are 'helping' us again by "hiding things we should not be changing".  Harkens back to the days when IBM wouldn't tell it's customers how to do anything with their computers.  Claiming to 'protect' them when it was really to get more service calls.  But I don't know how anyone could think that was a good business model today.
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by:JL Neal
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This laptop by default has "special function mode" enabled for hotkeys (F1-12). Be sure you are hitting the FN button with F2 at boot. (I spammed the crap out of it during boot) Worked for me.
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