[guispeak] Re: Getting into the Bios of a Windows XP Machine

  • From: "Bundy, Keith" <Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 08:55:28 -0600

Thanks, Laura.  I do have a sighted assistant, but thanks for the post.


From: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Laura Eaves
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 7:06 PM
To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [guispeak] Re: Getting into the Bios of a Windows XP Machine

Hi Keith --
Well, are you partially sighted or do you have someone sighted to
assist? as the bios is not usually accessible without a hardware synth
plugged into a serial port.
Also, isn't it only run befor windows boots up?
Also, the interface screen to the bios actually is different for
different hardware, and so some have GUI's and some are text based, so
even if you do have a speech synth, you may not be able to send the text
to the serial port, or fire it off to the printer, and of course, it may
not be possible to interactive change things anyway as you might just be
able to get a screen snapshot but no feedback about what you are typing.
Bios accessibility is a real pain that haas been the topic of discussion
on a lot of lists I'm on.  It can't really be pinned down and enforced
as there are many hardware manufacturers in many countries, and they all
do whatever fits their needs and probably don't think of a blind person
accessing the screen.
Ok, sorry -- perhaps you do have a way of getting to the bios... but
thought I'd pass it along.  I always have to have a family member in
whenever I need to access it.
Take care and good luck.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Bundy, Keith <mailto:Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx>  
        To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2005 1:12 PM
        Subject: [guispeak] Getting into the Bios of a Windows XP

        Hi Listers.  Recently I needed to get into the BIOS of a machine
running Windows XP Home.  I did a search on Google and found at least
three ways to get
        into BIOS, none of which worked on my machine.
        Any suggestions?
        Keith Bundy
        Director of Student Development
        Dakota State University
        Email: Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx
        Murphy's Law #1:

        Everyone has a photographic memory.

        Some don't have film.


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