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After post screen system ask to press f1 or f2

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Is there another message besides the F1 or F2 prompt?

Does it happen to mention CMOS settings at all? Usually this will happen if your CMOS battery has died, and will be fixed upon replacement. It is normally a CR2032 lithium battery, easily obtained at radio shack, walmart, etc. and super easy to replace.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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How do I get it to go into bios when pressing f2 doesn't work?


Per the internet site, it depends upon the model of laptop. Here are some examples:

Laptops - Access Bios Settings Key

Issue


The most common Access Bios key is the "DEL" button or "F2". This depends on the laptop model, however, and can be confusing if you do not know which key to press.


Solution


Here is a list of laptop models and brands with the keyboard commands / key for accessing the BIOS Setup:



Acer: F1, F2, CTRL+ALT+ESC

ARI: CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL

AST: CTRL+ALT+ESC, CTRL+ALT+DEL

Compaq 8700: F10

CompUSA: DEL

Cybermax: ESC



Dell Laptops:

Dell 400: F3, F1

Dell 4400: F12

Dell Dimension: F2 or DEL

Dell Inspiron: F2

Dell Latitude: Fn+F1 (while booted)

Dell Latitude: F2 (on boot)

Dell Optiplex: DEL

Dell Optiplex: F2

Dell Precision: F2



eMachine: F2

Gateway 2000 1440: F1

Gateway 2000 Solo: F2

HP (Hewlett-Packard): F1, F2 (Laptop, ESC)

IBM: F1

E-pro Laptop: F2

IBM PS/2: CTRL+ALT+INS after CTRL+ALT+DEL

IBM Thinkpad (newer) Windows: Programs-Thinkpad CFG.



Micron: F1, F2, or DEL

Packard Bell: F1, F2, Del

Seanix: DEL

Sony VAIO: F2

Sony VAIO: F3

Tiger: DEL



Toshiba 335 CDS: ESC

Toshiba Protege: ESC

Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS: F1

Toshiba Tecra: ESC then F1 or F2



Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]:


  • Turn on the computer by holding down the power button while pressing the ESC key



    • The machine will beep, then display:




    • Check System, then press [F1] key.





  • Release the ESC key


  • Press the F1 key


Laptops Access Bios Settings Key

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I have a dell desktop computer, windows 98 and it is coming up in bios mode and tells me to push f1 to reboot, or f2 to setup, and i pushed f2 and still won't boot back up? How do I setup in Bios mode?


The --timing-- of when you press F2 is critical. And it also takes a bit of luck.. :) Assuming your F2 button is functional (Check for dust/dirt under it) start pressing your F2 button repeatedly just as soon as you see the first message on the screen, but BEFORE Windows starts to come up. I've been repairing Dells for many years and still it sometimes takes me 2-3 tries to get F2 at that "just right" moment.

Note: if you press F2 too many times, each press results in a beep. That means the keyboard buffer is full, and no further presses will matter, so if its not up by that point, give up and try again.

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Dimension 8300 boots up to a black screen that says "Alert! Storage battery voltage low" Press f1 to continue, f2 to enter set up etc If I press f2 I can use the keyboard to scroll through...


i think storage battery low indicates that the cmos battery is losing its ability to reatin a charge. try replacing it. if that doesn't solve your problem, you have deeper issues. consult a professional if this is the case.

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Hi, When I try to start my Dimemsion 5150C in Windows XP computer, I received one of the following error messages "Floppy diskette seek failure Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup...


The "floppy" disk-drive (3.5-inch diskette) on your computer is broken.
Press F1 to ignore the error, and to boot from your C: drive.
Or, press F2 to enter BIOS SETUP, and then navigate through those "setup" screens to tell the computer to "disable floppy seek", or change the setting from "3.5 1.44Mb drive" to "none".
Or, take the computer to a technician, and buy a replacement disk-drive, and get it installed.

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My dell c400 will not boot windows. it tries then goes to the screen to ask to boot in safe mode. will not boot in safe mode. run diagnostics and it passes everything. any ideas


You need to repair your windows system files.
For that you need windows disk recovery disk.
If you don't have windows disk then buy it from nmearest computer shop.
It is very useful for your computer life.
Insert that disk into cd/dvd rom then when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or del or ALT + F2 key to enter in bios .
then go to boot menu and st first boot device as cd.dvd rom then save settings and exit.
Then it boot from disk then follow the procedure and press any key to boot from cd..
Then wait for 5 minutes then you can see scren to choose option choose R for enter in recovery console then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" then press enter.
Then it fix and recover error on harddrive.
Then restart computer and again boot with disk then this time choose R for repair previous windoiws then it repair old windows then you can get back your windows.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Toshiba satellite 1415 S-173 BIOS entry key



Try this...

Toshiba® 335 CDS ESC Toshiba Protege ESC Toshiba Satellite 205 CDS F1 Toshiba Tecra ESC then F1 or F2 Toshiba Notebook [Newer models]
1. Turn on computer by Holding down power button while pressing the ESC key.
The machine will beep, then display:
Check System, then press [F1] key.
2. Release ESC key
3. Press F1 key

Nov 04, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite 1415-S173 Notebook

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UN MOUNTABLE BOOT VOLUME ERROR - BLUE SCREEN


Place a Windows XP disk in to a drive and just after pressing power button keep pressing F10 or F12 to get to the boot menu then choose cd/dvd drive and follow procedures from the screen to repair or install system. ANother way is by pressing F1 or F2 or Del just after pressing power button to get to BIOS the go to Boot options and set firs cd/dvd drive then press F10 and enter.

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I have a Dell pc but it won't boot up. When I switch it on a black screen comes up saying No boot device available strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility. When I press f1 the same message comes up,...


you should try a repair to your operating system.
The easies way to do this is to insert the XP disk into the cd/dvd
turn the computer on and select to boot from the cd/dvd player.
when you are asked if you want to run recovery console say no, and at the screen where it ask if you want to install windows tell it yes. at the next screen it will say that if you want to do a repair press r.
Follow the on screen instructions and hopefully it will find you earlier installation of xp.

You can download step by step guides on how to do this from the internet.

Ian

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Please help going out my head with this problem


dell machines store information about the recovery partition in the boot record of the computer.
If your computer was reformatted earlier or the original boot record was replaced this would happen.

What you can do right now is insert the dell recovery cd in the drive and restart the computer. it will ask you on the screen to press any key to boot from cd press any key and the reinstallation formatting options would appear on the screen.

I hope this helped!

Regards
keshey

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