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How to access the Bios when your PC shows a blank screen

What to do when your Bios is banished

QUESTION I'm unable to access the Bios on my Microsoft Windows Vista PC and instead see a blank screen. I haven't altered any settings, so what could be the problem? Les Bostock

HELPROOM ANSWER I've come across problems in the past where machines with standalone graphics cards are unable to correctly direct the display signal until after the Bios has loaded. Since your PC isn't getting this far, try plugging your monitor into one of the two onboard connections (VGA or SVGA) instead. Also update your Bios.

Once you're able to access the Bios, ensure the display settings are set to either ‘Auto' or ‘PCIe'. This should let you use any graphics card you may have fitted.

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