How do I access my computer's Setup (BIOS) and enable the USB port in Windows®?
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Many laptops and older desktop systems shipped with the USB setting in the BIOS disabled. This causes the USB port not to be recognized within Windows®. Please use this document to resolve this issue.

How to access the computer Setup (BIOS) on many brand name computers

    Warning: The instructions listed below may vary depending on the make and model of your computer. Iomega® does not assume responsibility for any problems that may occur by using this information. We recommend you use the documentation provided with your computer to access your computer setup and change your parallel port settings. If you have questions, please contact your computer manufacturer.

  1. Dell® computer

    To access the Dell Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the DEL key when rebooting. If the computer is a 486, the F2 key may be used instead.

  2. Dell Latitude

    To access the Dell Latitude Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press and hold the F2 key before starting the computer.

  3. IBM® Aptiva

    To access the IBM Aptiva Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the F1 key at restart.

  4. Gateway® 2000 computer

    To access the Gateway 2000 Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the F1 key during reboot.

    Some Gateway computers require the F2 key to be pressed

    (rather than the F1 key).

  5. Packard Bell® Computer

    To access the Packard Bell Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the F2 key at reboot.

    Some Packard Bell computers you may have to press the F1 key.

  6. Micron® Computer

    To access the Micron Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the F2 key at reboot.

  7. CompUSA® computer

    To access the CompUSA Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press the F2 key at startup when memory is counting up.

  8. AST® computer

    To access the AST Setup (BIOS) utility:

    Press down the Ctrl-Alt-Esc keys at the same time.

    If on a 486 AST computer, Ctrl-Alt-Del keys may be used instead.

  9. Compaq® computer*

    Press the F10 key on boot during the memory count to access the setup or BIOS.

How do I get into my computer's Setup (BIOS)

If your computer is not listed above, there are some common key functions that can be used to access most brand name computers Setup (BIOS).

    Caution: Be careful when you make changes within the Setup (BIOS). Keep a documented list of each change made in case you need to restore a previous setting.

Many computers display instructions on how to access the system Setup (BIOS) while the system is booting. To access the computer's Setup (BIOS), you will need to press a key or a combination of keys before the operating system begins to load. Some common keys are ESC, F1, F2, F10, Ctrl-Del or Del. For more information, check the documentation that came with your computer to find out how to gain access to the computer Setup (BIOS).

    Note: If you are still unable to access your computer Setup, please refer to the documentation that came with your computer.

How do I enable the USB port in my computer Setup (BIOS)

Because computer manufacturers have individualized and varying configurations within their systems, the best source for information regarding your USB controllers setting is the computer owner's manual.

  1. The USB port setting can be located in either the Advanced Settings section, Peripherals, Communication, or Input/Output sections.

  2. Locate the USB controllers setting in your computer Setup (BIOS) and change the status to Enabled.

  3. Save the changes and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

25 July 2003