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I have set up my compaq computer , it was working fine, then I shut it down. Now when I start it up it goes into the compaq screen asking for press esc or f11 or f10 etc for rebooting etc. What have I done wrong. Even when I press esc etc nothing is happening.

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The Start up screen for Compaq series computers is normal, that screen takes you into your BIOS mode. when the screen appears press F1, at the bottom of the screen it will say press F5 or one of those keys to install your Default Settings, Click Yes and Exit. That should do it. Good Luck.

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