Re: Mystery surrounding computer

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Its not a new idea, way back in the days of 8 bit home computers, many of the settings could be changed in exactly this way, also saving a back up copy of the original settings if you screwed it all up.
It always seemed to me that pcs were well behind on this aspect but as has been said I suppose security hacking could be a problem.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Mullins" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:55 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Mystery surrounding computer

That sounds like a sensible idea. On the computer, have an app to maintain
something like a Bios.Ini file which refreshes the bios when you restart the
machine. No doubt there are many security implications but it could
possibly use existing screen reader technology to make it accessible.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rui
Sent: 20 September 2016 00:27
Subject: Re: [nvda] Mystery surrounding computer

The new Toshiba laptops have a more or less accessible program to set some
BIOS settings...
You must restart the laptop to changes take effect.


-----Mensagem Original-----
De: Chris Mullins
Data: 19 de setembro de 2016 21:26
Assunto: Re: [nvda] Mystery surrounding computer

I've had a quick look on the net and there are a couple of ways described
for getting into the bios on the UEFI machine but the principle of reverting

to a standard keyboard function then using the fn key to invoke smart mode
remains the same. I too know of no screen reader that can operate at the
bios level and I think it unlikely there could be, so sighted assistance
would be required to make the changes.



From: [] On Behalf Of Brian
Sent: 19 September 2016 17:14
Subject: Re: [nvda] Mystery surrounding computer


That's a great set of instructions, but it predates UEFI. For
those who have a machine with UEFI there will be a couple of steps to get to

the BIOS function under UEFI.

I still don't know of any screen reader that operates this early
in the boot sequence, no matter if we're talking a native BIOS machine or a
newer one with UEFI. My HP laptop had the keys set for multimedia mode, but

the machine is UEFI based and that function is called SmartKeys on this
model. Now that I've turned off the SmartKeys (ActionKeys in your posted
example) I'm back to having to hit the Fn key plus the actual function key
to invoke the media function, which is just how I like it.

I worry a lot. . . I worry that no matter how cynical you become it's never
enough to keep up.

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the Universe"

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