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instead of pressing F12, use F8, (pressing repeatedly,) you should see the Advanced Boot Options Menu. Select one of the "Safe Mode..." optiions.
if you get to the desktop, then restart the PC and see if it boots normally. if it does, great. Back-up your data.
If it does not, then power-down the PC. Disconnect the Power cord and all other cables excepting the keyboard and the mouse (unless using wireless ones.)
power up the the PC and see if it boots normally. if it does, then likely there is a Device Driver conflict going-on. You will need to power-off and connect your devices one at a time and power-on to find out which of them needs to be updated....or if you have current Drivers, then un-install and re-install the device Drivers.
I would remove the ribbon cable from motherboard end i.e. Keyboards ribbon cable connector. then put back the Keyboard, meaning it's totally disabled (Not sure if Laptop will boot properly) UNLESS it's possible to do it via Device Manager and OR the Bios.
I'll try it for myself later.
turn off laptop , remove cables and battery then press and hold power button for 8 secs. Reinsert cables and battery then turn on the pc. Observe if there is power on the laptop by checking the keyboard if there is light on it. You may check it at the upper portion of your keyboard. If it still wont boot, you may have a bad memory or hard drive. Normally if it is a system problem, your unit won't turn on. Consult ACER for possible repair of your laptop
for me this is the try and test situation, try to remove ram -- look what happen. or try to turn on the laptop with the xp cd in the drive rom, there a similar case and the problem solved after i take out the keyboard and put it on again.
You can try connecting an external keyboard. When the external is connected the BIOS may ignore in built-in keyboard, bypassing your keyboard error.
You can also try removing the stuck key by prying it up GENTLY.
The answer to your question is unless you can get a working keyboard connected to your computer there is no way to change the boot order. Without a working keyboard you can't get into the system setup (BIOS), nor can you press the correct key.
See if you can run the Pre-boot System Assessment (PSA) diagnostics. To run the PSA+ Diagnostics on this system, perform one of the following actions: 1) Hold down the <Fn> key while pressing the power button. 2) Turn on the system, press <F12> at the initial Dell™ logo screen, and select “Diagnostics” from the boot menu. 3) Disconnect the AC power and remove the battery. While holding down the power button, insert the AC connector into the back of the system. The system then starts and the message “Diagnostic boot selected” displays. The system then launches the PSA+ Diagnostics. According to Dell specs, there is no error code listed that you described, (Flashing Caps LED). Also try reseating the memory modules, (you might want to try this first). Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience. Thank You.
if you can hear the one beep sound when booting that means your laptop's system is in good condition. try putting it in the external monitor if still you cant see anything both in external and the LCD just install the old keyboard and press the Fn then external monitor... hope this helps...
We can only assume that because the cd drive operates then the motherboard is operating in part, although, the southbridge chip may be damaged, as the northbridge works memory etc.
Maybe it is that the processor is fried as there is no fan and the system then shuts down.
Toshiba are probably half way there with the answer, unless; they investigated further and decided it was not the processor but the motherboard.