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. --le ----- 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 Machine 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? Thanks. Keith Bundy Director of Student Development Dakota State University 605-256-5121 Email: Keith.Bundy@xxxxxxx http://homepages.dsu.edu/bundyk Murphy's Law #1: Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.