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When I boot My Dell Inspiron 531, it goes to a screen that says it can't find the Floppy Disk Drive, and says, at the bottom, to press F1 to reboot, or F2 to change the settings.

When I press "F1" it reboots with no problem. When I press "F2," it has a lot of settings. Not knowing the best settings, I chose default, and it still doesn't boot right.

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Simply press F2 and the screen probably a blue color with lots of settings you are talking about is BIOS setup. In this setup find a tab named "Boot setting" or something similar and go inside this menu. You will find devices and look for floppy drive and set is "Disabled". Save and exit. Error will disappear.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

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    Peter Shepherd Jan 16, 2013

    Thank you very much for your suggestion. I'll try it first thing in the morning when I get home.

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at the same time goto set up screen by pressing f2 and then change the boot sequence as cd drive to be first boot device and then try to boot from cd and as soon as you restrt and after dell logo it giuves you a message press any key to boot from cd at the same time press space bar be very quick as you have only 2 seconds to press the key or it wont boot if that does not work then the problem is with the cd drive.

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Sounds like someone may have left a non-bootable floppy disk in the drive. Check to be sure there isn't a floppy in the drive. Also, when in setup, it's the boot order that you'll want to change.

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SOURCE: On the Boot-up screen I get the message: "Diskette

I think you should press F2 to go to the setup page.

There, you should change the order of your boot device.

set the first boot device to hard disk

set the second boot device to cd rom

and the third to floppy.

follow the instructions and click save and continue

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