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Carter Sudeith Aug 21, 2003, 10:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I acquired this Gateway, has a Celeron 650, 64 RAM, mini tower case, only 2 PCI slots. I want to overclock it (the cooling system seems pretty decent) but I can't seem to get into the BIOS menu. I've tried DELETE, F8, SHIFT-F8, F, and even some swearing. However, my fear is I won't be able to get into the BIOS because I use a USB mouse and keyboard and USB isn't initialized right away on startup. Sandra has trouble giving me info on the mobo, it says this:

System
Manufacturer : Gateway
Model : "
Version : 4000677
Serial Number : 0020104850
ID : 02F33660-11B21DE3-9CD00080-A8A443CE

Mainboard
Manufacturer : Gateway
MP Support : No
Model : Brookings
System BIOS : 63-0100-009999-00101111-071700-WHITNEY

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module 1 : Micron 8LSDT864AG-133C7 5B0766CD 64MB 8x(8Mx8) SDRAM PC133U-333-542 (CL3 up to 133MHz) (CL2 up to 100MHz)

PCI Bus(es) on Hub 1
Version : 2.10
Number of Bridges : 1
PCI Bus 0 : PCI (33MHz)
PCI Bus 1 : PCI (33MHz)
Multiplier : 1/2x

USB Controller 1
Model : Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset USB Controllers
Version : 1.10
UHCI Interface : Yes
Channels : 2
Speed : 48MHz
Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

Expansion Slot(s)
PCI1 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared Full-Length Available (Gateway 2000 82810e 810e Chipset Graphics Controller)
PCI2 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +3.3V Shared Full-Length Available

Would BIOS update help me?


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Chris McNally Aug 21, 2003, 12:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can't access BIOS menu Gateway system
Try F2 and F10

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grant fanning Aug 23, 2003, 07:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can't access BIOS menu Gateway system
try using a ps/2 keyboard.

Satnam Khalsa Nov 01, 2003, 12:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can't access BIOS menu Gateway system
I have several computes assembled with the Gateway Brookings Motherboards (there are several variations as to features). F1 should get you into the bios.

If you are using a USB keyboard, this might be a contributing factor. All of my Brookings machines have no serial/parallel/PS2 ports. I use USB keyboard and mouse on all of them. One only one, probably due to a cheap keyboard, the response time is incredibly slow (several seconds) and once it does respond, its difficult to prevent it from repeating the keyboard command several times. When I do get to the BIOS, it overshoots my choice as the arrow key will cause the highlighted selection choice to skip several choices before it stops. Its maddening, but with perseverence and time, I can get the choices I want.

Note that this bios doesn't have many choices anyway.

Hope this helps (even though quite some time has passed).


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