How to Enter Setup on Emachine Computers

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How to Enter Setup on Emachine Computers
"Set-up" software is stored on a ROM attached to the motherboard. (bios chip image by Nikolay Okhitin from

First released in 1998, eMachine is a brand of budget computers bought by computer manufacturer Acer in 2007. The set-up utility and menu is a standard component of all PCs. Attached to the computer's motherboard, this configuration utility controls many of the basic core aspects of your computer. While entering and using the utility menu can be risky for a novice, actually getting there and navigating the menu and options isn't difficult.

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    Turn on your eMachines computer. The first screen should show an eMachines logo and, at some point, flash a message in the top right corner.

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    Press either "Del" or "F2" when you see the message. The specific button depends on your particular eMachines model. If you fail to hit the correct button in time, your computer will continue booting normally. Once it finishes, restart and try again. When you hit the button in time, you'll be taken to a "BIOS set-up utility" menu.

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    Notice the key at the bottom of the menu; it tells you the keys you'll need to use to navigate the set-up utility. Unfortunately, you can't use a mouse in set-up. Navigation is easy, with your main keys being the navigational arrow keys for navigation, and "Tab," "Shift," or "Enter" to select menu items, and the "+" and "-" keys to change values.

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    Press the "F1" key over a particular menu item to receive information regarding that specific selection. When you're done, you can press "Esc" to exit, if you don't want to save any changes you've made. If you want to save your changes, press "F10" to save and exit. Your computer will boot normally once you exit set-up.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't go into your set-up unless you know what you're doing. If you accidentally change the wrong setting, it may have adverse effects on your computer, possibly even preventing you from using it.

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