Toshiba Satellite can't enter BIOS

I've got a Toshiba Satellite C675. The BOOTMGR isn't loading, so I need to change the Boot Options to boot from DVD. When I power it on, I've tried F2 and Escape, but it goes right to the BIOS password. I know the BIOS password and I can get past that, but nothing I've pressed enables me to get to BIOS, it just goes right to the BOOTMGR error. Anyone have any ideas?
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
For Toshiba notebook PCs manufactured since the introduction of Windows XP

One or more of the following methods will be effective:

F2 key method

Turn the computer on. If you see an invitation to press the F2 key to enter Setup, do so. The Setup screen will appear.

Toshiba Hardware utility method

Run the Toshiba Hardware utility from the Toshiba Console. It may also accessible (as 'HWSetup') from the Windows Control Panel. Changes to some of the settings will require re-starting the computer. This method is the only way to access the BIOS settings on some notebook PCs (Satellite 5000 series, for example). (For these machines, pressing and holding the F12 key immediately after powering-on the notebook will allow you to alter the notebook's boot priority.)

      If the Toshiba Hardware utility is not present, try the F2 key method and the Esc key method (see below). The Toshiba Hardware utility may be downloaded from the Toshiba support website at

If the computer is fully off, and/or to avoid having to re-start it (and Windows), use one or the other of the following two methods. The PC will have to be truly off (not suspended, or in standby mode, or in hibernation mode). If an external keyboard is attached to the notebook (either directly or via a docking station or a port-replicator), disconnect it until you have completed this procedure.

Esc key method

Turn the computer on. If you do not see a prompt to press the F2 key, then immediately press and hold the Esc key for three seconds, and then release it. When prompted to, press the F1 key. The Setup screen will appear.

You can also try removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes, remove the batter and make sure the laptop is not plugged in.
The BIOS password may be different to the one you are entering. The security settings of my ASUS notebook has different levels. One is the supervisor password, another is the User password. I can change the level of what the user can do, for example "No Access", which means with that password I can't get into the BIOS, "View only", which allows the user to be able to view the BIOS settings, but not change anything, "Full Access" which allows him to change settings in the BIOS, and "Limited", which only allows him to change certain settings like data or time. Besides that I can additionally password protect the disk with a master and a user password.
jconklin-ansinc-netAuthor Commented:
I called Toshiba support. They said that BIOS access was tied to the hard drive. They offered to sell me a new drive for $45, but it got me to thinking so I hung up. I removed the hard drive and rebooted, and the system gave me the F2 option. Then I could configure to boot to alternate media. I don't think I've ever run into this with another manufacturer.

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Good find.  Thank you for posting what you found to help others.
jconklin-ansinc-netAuthor Commented:
the resolution recommended by others wouldn't have worked because the system never gave me the chance to hit other keys. after removing the hard drive, I could.
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