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My notebook wont start up

My notebook keeps on saying press F1 for Ibm Bios setup utility and under that it says press F12 for to choose temporary boot device and when i dont click anything it goes to this black screen and words apear like oak technolgy and mscdex.exe and stuff like that so can anyone help me get to the main screen that would be helpfull

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  • acorn123 Aug 18, 2007

    please i need help with this problem guys

  • rfreeman07 Nov 11, 2008

    Yes I have the same problem. I just get an IBM logo w/the same choices for f1 and f12. It just hangs if I select one. I thought maybe cmos battery was dead but it looks like it might be rechargable. Is that right? So anyway it won't boot from disk, it wont let me in the bios at all. I'm stuck please help.

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Have you ever been able toboot this machine? Sounds like you have a corporate machine which is configured to boot with several options. If that's the case, you should re-load windows. Get back to me if that's the case. Thanks, harvester3

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