On page 47 it states F2 is used to get into the bios, press repeatedly while booting so you don't miss the window, and of course check you keyboard, it should flash the caps,num, and scroll lock lights on boot.
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You have to change the BIOS settings to boot from your CD drive. It must have been set to boot from harddisk. To do this you have to change the primary boot device from Harddisk to CD drive. When you restart your computer press DEL or F12 or TAB or F1(any one...Depends on your BIOS see manual or try all) to bring bios. In bios go to boot device priority and set the CD drive to boot first. Restart your computer, it will boot from CD drive and XP setup will start.
As soon as you turn on the computer start tapping (not fast, but steady) the F1 key, you could try F2, DEL, and other various keys that work on other boards.
Usually the screen will show you what to press in the corner or somewhere on the screen.
F12 for boot / F2 for BIOS / etc
Or it might say Press F1 or F2 or something to enter Set-up.
You have to catch it before the computer starts to boot into your operating system.
At this point you can push the power button for half a second and the computer should turn off instantly as you have not started booting up the computer.
Then you can try another key to enter the BIOS.
After locating the manual and skimming through it, I see that it states you need to press the DEL key to enter setup (BIOS).
if you want to enter the bios set up of a mercury motherboard what you have to do is that from the begining of the system booting, system will give you the key to hit or press like some system may tell you to press Del key, some may resquest for F1 but you can try any one of this keys Del, F1, F2, F10, Ctrl+Alt+enter try any none of them. then go to booting sequence. to set the setup.
ok fair enough.... boot the computer and watch the screen.... you need to watch for the key to enter setup.... delete key seems to be the most popular but i've had computers use f1 and f2, f11 and f12.... if it goes to fast hit pause as it gets to the point where it tells you the key to hit to enter setup.... after you are in change the boot sequence to boot to cdrom..... hit f10 and save the changes... reboot to the cd and continue with your install
"The BIOS Setup program can be used to view and change the BIOS settings for the computer. The BIOS Setup program is accessed by pressing the <F2> key after the Power-On Self-Test (POST) memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins."
That is from the manual for the board, instead of reinstalling Windows you may as well just change the product key on one of the installations to your other copy.