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#1 Guest_Rob_*

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:19 AM

Does anybody know how to access the BIOS on a Dell vostro 1500 - I understand that it is possible to set the hard drive mode to 'quiet' ?

#2 alastair

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 01:02 PM

F2 on boot I think (says on screen during boot). Discovered F12 opens up some nice diagnostic tools too. Can't say I notice the noise from the HD on my 1500.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 01:55 PM

Does anybody know how to access the BIOS on a Dell vostro 1500 - I understand that it is possible to set the hard drive mode to 'quiet' ?


During the boot up phase where the white bar goes across the screen, press F2.

There is a message in the upper right of the screen, it goes pretty quick, timing is crucial.

There are a lot of performance settings here that can/should be changed.

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 01:47 AM

Does anybody know how to access the BIOS on a Dell vostro 1500 - I understand that it is possible to set the hard drive mode to 'quiet' ?

F2 on the dell logo at startup

#5 Roland

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 03:46 AM

hey i got vostro 1500 thereis no posible noise of hdd i could even hear, only thing its posible to hear is cooler when it starts to spin, nothing else quet as hell :) nice thing for htpc :)

During the boot up phase where the white bar goes across the screen, press F2.

There is a message in the upper right of the screen, it goes pretty quick, timing is crucial.

There are a lot of performance settings here that can/should be changed.


what perfomance settings would you recomend to change, its my 1th laptop :P no idea, it feals that its more power on gaming than on my desktop :P

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Posted 07 July 2008 - 04:52 AM

hey i got vostro 1500 thereis no posible noise of hdd i could even hear, only thing its posible to hear is cooler when it starts to spin, nothing else quet as hell :) nice thing for htpc :)



what perfomance settings would you recomend to change, its my 1th laptop :P no idea, it feals that its more power on gaming than on my desktop :P


I have mine set to "bypass" (not sure if it does a lot) and also have it running in AHCI mode. (dont know if the Vostro has this... Cant see why not...)

There is an option in the bios that gives you the oprion to set to AHCI ... apparently its a different way to increase performance of the drive.

Here is a quote from Intel

"Native Command Queuing (NCQ) is a feature supported by Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI). It allows ATA drives to accept more than one command at a time and dynamically reorder the commands for maximum efficiency. NCQ, when used in conjunction with a hard drive that supports NCQ, can increase storage performance on random workloads."

Edited by Vern, 07 July 2008 - 04:52 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:52 PM

keep hitting the F2 key while the setup is being loaded ...