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Thread: HELP, URGENT QUESTION: How to CHANGE BOOT DEVICE on SYSTEM76 RATEL, 64BIT MACHINE?

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    Red face HELP, URGENT QUESTION: How to CHANGE BOOT DEVICE on SYSTEM76 RATEL, 64BIT MACHINE?

    My SYSTEM76 RATEL F2 key, when pressed during bootup, only allows minimal change of

    SingleProcessorMode/somethingelse.../SystemDate/etc

    but NOT the BOOT DEVICE!!!!

    I want to change the BOOT DEVICE from harddrive to CD or to USBFLASH. How do I do this?

    I already tried F8, F12, but I can not get to any other "Adanced BIOS" webpage.

    Thank you for competent, timely help!!!!

    A Stymied System76 customer,
    Richard Pan, 774 450-7451
    32 Greenleaf Street
    Malden, MA 02148

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    Re: HELP, URGENT QUESTION: How to CHANGE BOOT DEVICE on SYSTEM76 RATEL, 64BIT MACHINE

    A maddening problem. There seems no logic to what works and you have tried the most common, but I have one machine here that uses the escape key and another that uses F1. Go figure.

    I suppose if none of this works -- and the boot screen does not suggest a key -- then we go into the BIOS and change the boot order? Awkward but it would work I think.

    One of the System 76 support techs probably knows which key stroke(s) brings up the boot menu.

    Yo Thomas!

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    Re: HELP, URGENT QUESTION: How to CHANGE BOOT DEVICE on SYSTEM76 RATEL, 64BIT MACHINE

    The Ratel's used F2, I do believe. Once you get into the BIOS splash page, just tab over to Boot Order.
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

    Thomas Aaron
    FetchMasters, LLC

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