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The 'Press F1 to continue" message is a result of an error caused as the BIOS does its hardware checks during the boot process.
The BIOS boot process (bootstrap) preceeds the loading of the operating system.
The most amusing example of this occurs if you unplug a ps2 keyboard,
1, it generates the error
2, pressing F1 does no good because the keyboard is not plugged in.
3, if its ps2, you will need to do a hardware reset after plugging the keyboard in again.
The bios can be set to 'halt on'
'no errors' which will stop the error message appearing.
'keyboard errors' see above
'all errors' any hardware failure detected by the bios will halt the boot process and give the above message.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
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