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Not able to go to bios setting

I am trying to format the system ... i am not able to go to the bios setting even tough i have inserted the installation CD. The exceptional think which we are having is we have the CD drive which is connected through USB

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You do not need to insert any Cd to get into BIOS. You just have to hit the Esc key as soon as the toshiba logo appears. I am not sure if the system can boot from a USB CD drive though..

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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