I had this problem. Puzzled the hell out of me. Reading the posts above led me to believe it might be a problem with the USB keyboard. I changed the keyboard to a different USB port, and Bingo, I was in there!
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Re: Can't enter BIOS
If F2 won't get you in, hold your hand on a bunch of keys as soon as you power it on. Eventually it will tell you that you have a problem with your keyboard and you can press F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup. I have also had problems with these computers competently recognizing the USB keyboard you are using. I highly recommend visiting the Dell web site and downloading and installing the newest bios firmware.
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Some very old Sharp PCs require a Setup Diagnostics Disk to access BIOS.
Shuttle - Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance
Press F2 or Del on startup.
Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.
Toshiba - Portégé, Satellite, Tecra
Press F1 or Esc after powering on to access BIOS.
The following companies are either closed for business or no longer manufacture or support mainstream computers systems so verifying the following BIOS access information is nearly impossible. I have included what I could dig up for anyone who might be interested: ARI / ALR / AST (Advantage) - Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del keys. Cybermax - Press the Esc key. Tandon - Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys.