How do I enter the Computer's BIOS?

The following is a list of basic instructions for entering the BIOS Setup and configuring the parallel port to EPP mode on several popular computer models. While we have attempted to provide as detailed and complete information as possible, there are many different BIOS versions, sometimes even between two similar model computers, that may not be represented here. If you find that these steps do not access your system's BIOS, or if you are unsure of the commands in the BIOS menus, contact the manufacturer of your computer system or consult the computer manuals.

BIOS Basic Tip: Unless otherwise noted, the access keys listed to enter the BIOS setup are pressed in conjunction with a prompt on the screen (i.e. "Press F1 for setup.") during the first few moments of booting up. Moving from menu to menu in the BIOS is almost always done with the keyboard arrow keys while using the ENTER key to select an option.

Menus and selections are listed in blue. Read each BIOS screen carefully to locate menu items and the proper keys to make or save changes.

Acer
    Aspire:
Enter the BIOS: Press the CTRL + ALT + ESC keys during the Acer Boot-up screen.
In the BIOS: System Security to Parallel Operation Mode and select EPP.
C100 TI: F2

    AST:
Enter the BIOS: Press CTRL + ALT + ESC for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Ports and select Enhanced (EPP)

Compaq
    Presario:
Method 1
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 or F10 during the Compaq boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to I/O Device Configuration to Parallel Port Mode and select EPP. Press F10 to save the changes and exit.
Method 2
Enter the BIOS: Press F10 during the Compaq boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Communications to Parallel Port Type. Press ENTER for the menu. Select EPP.

Dell
1610: F10
F1 Dimension 4400
Del for Dimension XPST 800R, XPS B1000
F2 for Inspiron 8200, Optiplex DHM

Gateway
    2000:
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Peripheral Configuration to Parallel Port Mode. Use the + and - keys to change values or ENTER for the menu. Select EPP and use F10 to save the changes and exit.

HP
    Pavilion:
Method 1
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 during the blue HP screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Peripheral Configuration to Parallel Port Mode. Use ENTER key to open menu and select EPP. Press F10 to save changes and exit.
Method 2
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 during the HP boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to I/O Device Configuration to Parallel Port Mode. Use ENTER key to select EPP. Press F10 to save the changes and exit.
ZE5170: F2
    Vectra:
Enter the BIOS: Press the F2 during the HP boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Integrated Peripherals to Parallel Port Mode and use + or - to select EPP. Press F10 to save changes and exit.

IBM
    Aptiva:
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 during the IBM boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Device I/O Port to Parallel Operation Mode and select EPP.
    ThinkPad:
Double-click the "IBM ThinkPad" on the desktop. Select ThinkPad Features and click on the icon of the printer. Select Advanced and choose EPP, possibly ECP.

NEC
    Ready:
Enter the BIOS: Press F2 during the NEC boot-up screen for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Integrated Peripherals to Parallel Port Mode. Use + or - to select EPP.
    Packard Bell:
Method 1
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Peripheral Configuration to Parallel Port Type. Press ENTER for the menu and select EPP. Press F10 to save changes and exit.
Method 2
Enter the BIOS: Press DEL for setup.
In this BIOS: Integrated Peripherals to Parallel Port Mode. Use Page Up or Page Down to change values and select ECP+EPP1.9.

Sony
    VAIO:
Enter the BIOS: Press and hold down F2 or F3 during VAIO screen for menu. Press F1 for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Peripheral Configuration to Parallel Port Type. Use ENTER to access the menu and select EPP.

Toshiba
    Infinia:
Enter the BIOS: Press F1 for setup.
In the BIOS: Advanced to Peripheral Configuration to Parallel Port Type. Select EPP and press F10 to save changes and exit.

    Satellite:
Change boot order: F2 for setup
Press ESC to enter BIOS