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Cant find Cmos command Desktop pro

Im trying to get to cmos on a old desktop pro to change HD settings
to enable second drive . could someone tell me command. F 10 goes
to set up but not Cmos is no help. I tried life gauard floppy no help help
Need to auto enable but cant get there.

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  • Mike Sicola Nov 23, 2008

    I cant find auto enable to set up 2nd hd slave .This screen look like things are missing.

  • May 11, 2010

    Setup is CMOS. That is, if you make changes through the setup screens, you are changing what is stored in the CMOS. What do you mean when you say you get to set up but not cmos?

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Have you tried the F1, F2, or Del keys instead of F10?

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