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  1. #1
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    Can't load BIOS setup

    Okay, I'm not sure which section to post this question, but since I first noticed it after upgrading to 8.04 I'll post it here.

    I can't get to my BIOS setup. When I try, it gives me an error saying "System Authentication Failed
    Press Escape to Continue..."

    So naturally I press escape which brings me to the grub boot loader. So this isn't terrible as my computer is still implements runnable (sorry, to much Java) but it is annoying.

    I can't see how anything I've done will have changed anything with the BIOS. I'm sure I could still go into the setup menu with 7.10.

    I'm running an IBM Thinkpad T41. I upgraded to 8.04 using the upgrade button as opposed to clean install.

    p.s. The reason that I want to go into the BIOS setup is to boot from usb. If someone knows of an easier way to this than by fixing my computer I might be satisfied with that.

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    Re: Can't load BIOS setup

    please help!
    i am in the same problem
    authentication failed writing and i am not able to login!

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    Re: Can't load BIOS setup

    Don't know what the bootloader has to do with this actually..
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...GR-4k2pz7.html

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    Re: Can't load BIOS setup

    Thanks for the reply. It says I need a recovery cd, except I was never given one. So I guess I don't really need to ever enter the setup.

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    Re: Can't load BIOS setup

    Hi again617,

    Did you find another way of solving this besides using the recovery cds? I'm trying to boot from a USB as well on a T41. Do you know if that's even an option if I were able to get into the bios?

    Any information is greatly appreciated!!!

    Warm Regards

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    Re: Can't load BIOS setup

    Try hitting the Esc key every second from the moment you power on. If the bios has a boot manager then it should come up and allow you to select which device to boot from.

    Most modern desktop motherboards now have this feature, not sure about notebooks.
    Last edited by njparton; May 8th, 2008 at 08:49 AM.

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