No BIOS boot after Windows 8 restart to "fix disk"

Beware!

 

I've already ruled out any problems from the videocard and other hard drives.

Usually when the BIOS doesn't show it's an obvious motherboard issue.. not a good sign.

But this is literally a week old motherboard.. so that led me to look into other options.

 

From the events that followed (Windows said it was doing something and restarting.. then no boot after restarting) I've surmised that, somehow, Windows 8 managed to corrupt the BIOS image.

The plan is to reset the CMOS battery.. and hope.

 

Any suggestions in case this doesn't work?

 

Update

It worked!

 

There are two ways to reset the CMOS from the motherboard

1) pull the CMOS battery out for a few seconds

2) find the jumper that resets the cmos and swap configurations for a few seconds.

 

With either of these methods, make sure to turn everything off and unplug the power supply beforehand.

Create shortcuts to Chrome apps

Since it wasn't immediately obvious, I decided to write this down.

enable the app launcher

4-chrome-app-launcher-windows-8

If you don't see the app you want, scroll until you see it.

Method 1
Right click and choose "create shortcuts..."

app-launcher-right-click-menu

create-shortcut-menu

Method 2
You can also create a shortcut manually from an open application (this actually works for any application)

Get the shortcut info

- Right click on the icon in the taskbar

- Right click on the program's name at the top

- Select properties

manually-create-shortcut

shortcut-properties

 

Create a new shortcut

- Right click on your desktop and choose New > Shortcut

create-new-shortcut

- Copy the Target from the properties window to the location box and hit Next

create-new-shortcut-dialog

- Name it whatever you want

Ok good. You can stop here or change the icon.

Here's how:

Change the shortcut's icon

- In the properties window that you have open, click "change icon"

- Copy the path that you see under "look for icons in this file:"

- Right click your new shortcut and choose properties

- Click "change icon" and paste your path in there.

- Press enter or OK and the icon should show up.

change-shortcut-icon

Done.

Create shortcuts to Chrome apps

Since it wasn't immediately obvious, I decided to write this down.

enable the app launcher

4-chrome-app-launcher-windows-8

If you don't see the app you want, scroll until you see it.

Method 1
Right click and choose "create shortcuts..."

app-launcher-right-click-menu

create-shortcut-menu

Method 2
You can also create a shortcut manually from an open application (this actually works for any application)

Get the shortcut info

- Right click on the icon in the taskbar

- Right click on the program's name at the top

- Select properties

manually-create-shortcut

shortcut-properties

 

Create a new shortcut

- Right click on your desktop and choose New > Shortcut

create-new-shortcut

- Copy the Target from the properties window to the location box and hit Next

create-new-shortcut-dialog

- Name it whatever you want

Ok good. You can stop here or change the icon.

Here's how:

Change the shortcut's icon

- In the properties window that you have open, click "change icon"

- Copy the path that you see under "look for icons in this file:"

- Right click your new shortcut and choose properties

- Click "change icon" and paste your path in there.

- Press enter or OK and the icon should show up.

change-shortcut-icon

Done.

No BIOS boot after Windows 8 restart to "fix disk"

Beware.

 

I've already ruled out any problems from the videocard and other hard drives.

 

Usually when the BIOS doesn't show it's an obvious motherboard issue.. not a good sign.

 

But this is literally a week old motherboard.. so that led me to look into other options.

 

From the events that followed (Windows said it was doing something and restarting.. then no boot after restarting) I've surmised that, somehow, Windows 8 managed to corrupt the BIOS image.

The plan is to reset the CMOS battery.. and hope.

 

 

No BIOS boot after Windows 8 restart to "fix disk"

Beware!

 

I've already ruled out any problems from the videocard and other hard drives.

Usually when the BIOS doesn't show it's an obvious motherboard issue.. not a good sign.

But this is literally a week old motherboard.. so that led me to look into other options.

 

From the events that followed (Windows said it was doing something and restarting.. then no boot after restarting) I've surmised that, somehow, Windows 8 managed to corrupt the BIOS image.

The plan is to reset the CMOS battery.. and hope.

 

Any suggestions in case this doesn't work?

Prevent applications from stealing focus in Windows 8

note: should work in earlier versions of windows too

regedit
1. open regedit*
2. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop (screenshot below)
3. change the value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 30d40  (by default the value is probably 0)

Restart may be required for the change to take effect.

*pssst.. 30d40 is the hex value for  200000

* to open regedit hit the windows key and search for "regedit"

foregroundlocktimeout

Prevent applications from stealing focus in Windows 8

note: should work in earlier versions of windows too

foregroundlocktimeout regedit

1. open regedit*
2. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
3. change the value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 30d40  (by default the value is probably 0)

Restart may be required for the change to take effect.

* to open regedit hit the windows key and search for "regedit"

Prevent applications from stealing focus in Windows 8

note: should work in earlier versions of windows too

regedit
1. open regedit*
2. navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop (screenshot below)
3. change the value of ForegroundLockTimeout to 30d40  (by default the value is probably 0)

Restart may be required for the change to take effect.

* to open regedit hit the windows key and search for "regedit"

foregroundlocktimeout