Bios Boot Loop: Resolving PC Stuck at BIOS Screen

Summary

  • Check connections and remove external devices to troubleshoot the BIOS boot loop problem
  • Restore BIOS settings and clear CMOS by removing the CMOS battery or using jumper pins on the motherboard
  • Adjust boot order in BIOS and update drivers to potentially resolve the issue
  • Use Windows recovery options or reinstall Windows if the problem persists, as it may be a hardware issue

Dealing with a PC stuck at the BIOS screen can be frustrating and confusing.

Check Connections and Remove External Devices

If your computer is still stuck at the BIOS screen, try restarting your computer without any external devices attached to see if the issue persists. Additionally, check for any error messages or prompts on the BIOS screen that may provide clues to the cause of the boot loop.

In some cases, a faulty power supply unit can also lead to the BIOS boot loop problem. Consider testing your PSU with a multimeter to ensure it is functioning properly. If you have recently made changes to your hardware or BIOS settings, try reverting them back to default to see if that resolves the issue.

By systematically checking connections and removing external devices, you can troubleshoot and potentially resolve the BIOS boot loop problem on your PC.

Restore BIOS and Clear CMOS

To resolve a BIOS boot loop where your PC is stuck at the BIOS screen, you can try restoring the BIOS settings and clearing the CMOS.

First, turn off your computer completely and disconnect the power supply unit. This will ensure that no power is running through the system while you work on it.

Next, locate the CMOS battery on your motherboard. It is a small, round battery that helps store BIOS settings. Remove the battery carefully and wait for about 5-10 minutes before putting it back in. This will reset the BIOS settings to default.

If removing the CMOS battery doesn’t work, you can also try clearing the CMOS using the jumper pins on the motherboard. Refer to your motherboard manual for the specific location of the jumper pins and follow the instructions provided.

Once you have restored the BIOS settings and cleared the CMOS, reconnect the power supply and turn on your computer. Check if the issue has been resolved and if your PC now boots up properly without getting stuck at the BIOS screen.

Adjust Boot Order and Update Drivers

  • Restart the computer and enter BIOS by pressing the designated key (usually Del or F2) during boot up.
  • Navigate to the Boot tab using the arrow keys.
  • Use the arrow keys to move the desired boot device to the top of the list.
  • Save changes and exit BIOS by pressing the designated key (usually F10).
  • Restart the computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Update Drivers

  • Open Device Manager by pressing Win+X and selecting Device Manager.
  • Expand the categories and locate the device drivers that need updating.
  • Right-click on the device and select Update driver.
  • Choose to search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the driver update process.
  • Restart the computer and check if the issue is resolved.

Use Windows Recovery Options and Reinstall Windows

Windows recovery options menu.

First, try accessing the Windows Recovery Environment by restarting your computer and pressing F8 or Shift + F8 during boot. From there, you can access troubleshooting tools such as Startup Repair or System Restore to fix the problem.

If those options don’t work, you may need to reinstall Windows:

1. Insert your Windows installation media (USB or DVD) and restart your computer.
2. Press the key prompted to boot from the installation media.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall Windows. Make sure to choose the option to keep your files if you want to preserve your data.

Reinstalling Windows should fix any software-related issues causing the BIOS boot loop. If the problem persists, it may be a hardware issue that requires further diagnosis.

FAQs

Why does my PC keep booting into BIOS?

Your PC keeps booting into BIOS due to various potential reasons such as changes in BIOS setup, failed application updates, hardware compatibility issues, external hardware connections, pressed boot keys on the keyboard, outdated BIOS, or improperly plugged-in components.

How to fix boot looping?

To fix boot looping, you can try various methods such as disabling automatic restart, booting in safe mode, checking for file system errors, updating drivers, deleting the wrong registry, repairing boot loop via command prompt, or performing a fresh installation of Windows.

How to fix a PC stuck on the BIOS?

To fix a PC stuck on the BIOS, you can access the BIOS settings by pressing the top-keyboard keys (such as F2, F9, F12, ESC). Once in the BIOS settings, navigate to the “Boot Order” section and set your SSD or hard drive to boot first. Restart your system to see if the problem is resolved.

Why wont my computer get past the BIOS?

My computer won’t get past the BIOS because the HDD may not be recognized by the motherboard or has failed completely. Check the BIOS to see if the HDD is being seen under components, and consider replacing cables or the HDD if necessary.