I HAVE A DELL 100L LAPTOP I CANNOT ACCES THE BIOS TO CHANGE TO BOOT SEQUENCE AND I HAVE TRIED THE F12 OPTION TO BUT I ONLY GET HDD BOOT OR INTERNAL NO CD BOOT OPTIONS. THE BIOS ARE PASSWORD PROTECTED AND I CANT REMEMER IT PLEASE HELP ME SOMEBODY
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Re: NO BOOT OPTIONS FROM CD
Simple if you need to format your system then insert the windows xp cd in a normal mode and go to installation and it will ask for the an upgrade or fresh installation select fresh installation no need to enter bios this reboots your system via cd and let youformat your machine.
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Turn on the machine, press F12 once the Dell splash screen is displayed, the boot menu will show up. From the Boot Menu, use up-down arrow keys on the keyboard and highlight the CD/DVD/CD-RW and press Enter.You will see another menu, select "Boot from Cd-Rom" and press enter to select it. The system will boot up from the CD-Rom. Please note that this settings is only for one time boot, once the system is restarted, the boot sequence will be restored to the previous saved settings. If you wish to set it from the Bios, enter the Bios settings by hitting F2 or Delete (should be shown at the bottom of the Dell splash screen) while you see the Dell Splash Screen. In the Bios settings menu, go to Boot options and make the changes with the boot sequence.
Turn On Your PC Have you ever noticed the messages
that pop up on the screen as soon as you turn on your PC? These messages
tell you a key combination you can press to enter "Setup" or the
"BIOS." Watch your screen and see if you can read what keys to press.
the Keys to Enter Setup Mode If you did not see a message
telling you what keys to press, try tapping the following possibilities
as you turn on the machine:
pressing Esc or other key, you will most likely
see instructions telling you how to enter "Setup Mode". Follow those
On some computers, you
must hold down the key before you press the power button to
turn on the computer. For example, if you are converting a Toshiba
laptop to a Linux Workstation, you must hold down the Esc
key and then press the power button. The computer then asks you to
press F1, and you can then set the "Boot Priority."
the Arrow Keys, Choose the "Boot," "Boot Order," or "Boot Priority"
Option The menu of choices you see will be different for
different kinds of computers. Remember that the choice you want is the
"Boot" order or "Boot Priority." On some computers, this is called the
"Start Up Options" or "Start Up Sequences." You are going to change
where the PC will look for boot information when it starts up. (CD-ROM, HARD DRIVE/HDD, LAN, FLOPPY, USB). If you wish to boot from your Hard drive, then select it as your First Priority.
Using the instructions on the screen, save your settings and start up
your PC. The PC must boot from the HDD. Regrds
The moment you turn on your computer start taping F12 key on your keyboard, It will lead you directly to boot menu where you can select CD rom as your boot device, if that doesn't work that go to BIOS and under Bios you will either see "boot sequence" or "Boot" options from where you can change the sequence of your boot devices.
Locate the BIOS clear / password jumper or dipswitch and change its position. Once this jumper has been changed, turn on the computer and the password should be cleared. Once cleared, turn the computer off and return the jumper or dipswitch to its original position.
If you are working on a laptop computer the location of the dipswitch (almost never a jumper) can be under the keyboard or on the bottom of the laptop in a compartment such as the memory compartment.
Another way to try is use the BIOS mfg "backdoor" password to see if you can get in. It's a little more risky as if you're wrong three times, it may lock you out.
Here's a list of backdoor passwords for many of the BIOS manufacturers... scroll down page 1/2 way to see start of listing... http://xtreview.com/review113.htm
In order for your PC to read your CD on boot, you don't have to enter your BIOS settings. When you start your computer, press the F12 button repeatedly (like F12-F12-F12-F12), and your pc will ask you which boot device you would like to use. http://ice.he.net/~hedden//images/F2_for_Setup_Dell.jpg
when the pc in post usually on dells bios there is a boot menu option it is usually f12 if you don't know what your doing in the bios it is not a good place to test your skills after pressing F12 just choose cd rom for boot