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    Printing BIOS Settings

    Help!
    Can someone out there tell me how to print out the current bios settings without the tedium of writing it all out by hand?

    Thanks in adfvance.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Yeah, I have often wondered if you could take a Snapshot of BIOS to keep up with the settings and changes you make. Well can ya?
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Just a guess, but have you tried using PrintScreen when the BIOS is open ??? It started out as a DOS function and might work in this instance.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Thanks Doc
    That would be acceptable if I could figure out how to get into BIOS while Windows is running. Any ideas?
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    I have seen (long ago!) BIOS flashing programs from a vendor or two that have either a SAVE or PRINT function, but it has been a long time ago. You should probably start with the manufacturer of YOUR BIOS to see if their utility programs do it. Meanwhile, if I remember correctly, a key combination for sending the "screen" to the printer used to be CTRL-P, did it not? I dunno, I may be thinking of something else.

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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Hi Don,

    My thought was to hit the PrintScreen key when the BIOS settings screen was open, thus saving the image to the clipboard, and then opening Windows and pasting the clipboard contents (if they survive the process) into Paint or other graphics program. I'm just not sure if the PrintScreen key functions the same way outside Windows (saving to the clipboard) as it does with Windows open. Like I said, just a guess.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    It would appear that my "guess" was pretty good.

    I found this info here

    I have heard that it is possible with some BIOSes to get the BIOS setup screens to print out on the printer. Turn on the PC, and boot up DOS. Then hit {Ctrl}+{Alt}+{Delete} to reset the PC, and go into BIOS setup. On some systems, the routine that handles the {Print Screen} key will still function, and you can use it on each of the BIOS screens as a nifty shortcut! It won't work on all systems, and it won't work when you first cold start the PC, since the Print Screen handler hasn't been installed yet at all.

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    There are a few methods that one can save the current settings. You can use the flashing utility to save the current BIOS into a file or you can use printscreen to print each of the BIOS setup screens. With this method, a parallel printer is required and must be attached to the systems parallel port. A network printer will not work, nor will nor will a USB printer. Within each of the BIOS setup screens, you can press the print screen key on the keyboard (this is actually a BIOS service your calling) and the output of the current screen will be sent to the printer port.

    Hope it works for you.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    You might try Aida32...I think it lists at least some of the bios settings, although not in particularly the same order you see in the BIOS screen. It might be overkill in the information it provides though. You might can limit the Aida32 report to just what you are looking for however.

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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    I used to have a program for that... now to find it.

    I DON'T think you want this type of information, but this is something called Bios Wizard. Let me see if I can find what you want.
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    Well, not on this computer. It must be at work... What you want is a "CMOS utility" -- one that can Save and Restore the CMOS (Bios) data. I previously located one that I THINK would partially work in Windows. All the ones I can easily find on Google are really not that user friendly. Sorry.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Well, I myself have tried the Prt Scr key while in BIOS and there was nothing on the Clipboard when I got back into Windows, nor did it go to my Printer. I used a Digital Camera that uses Floppys and took pictures and they came out great. That way I have them on a Floppy Disk for safe keeping. Other then that I don't know.
    You know the old saying. A picture is worth a thousand words.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    I found a utility that backs up your CMOS onto a floppy and alows you to restore the settings from that floppy. Its like Recovery Disk. I have already tried it out, and it works great. Go to this page HERE and scroll down and you will see The URL for RAM CMOS.ZIP. Download it and open the file and read the Word Doc and will explain how to use it. In short you make a MSDOS startup disk, copy the contents{cmos_ram.exe and ETC}of the file you downloaded over to the statup disk , startup in DOS and at the A: Promt type cmos_ram and it will give you 5 options. One of them being Backup Cmos.
    Also while on the site above you can also Download a utility that checks your Cmos Battery.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    Prnt Scrn to Clipboard is a Windows-only function -- Windows must be running. In DOS, this used to, eh, simply print the screen -- via your printer. But, this may only work with DOS commands and not while viewing the CMOS data... (obviously, since no one has said differently...) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I will be back at work today and see if I can find that Windows-based CMOS utility...

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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    I have a stack of paper that I created by using Print Screen to send each BIOS screen to an attached printer. This was quite a long time ago and I can't remember what PC it was at the time, I guess I could go get the paper out and see <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    R2,

    From my post #309319, the second source states that the PrintScreen key is "calling a BIOS function" and will print to a printer on a parallel port. I can't even test this theory any longer (not having a parallel port printer available), but it sounds like a reasonable assumption.
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    Re: Printing BIOS Settings

    If your PC is a Dell, I believe they have a utility for doing what you need - a search of the KB should locate it...

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