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Dell dimension 4600 keyboard failure message

I get the keyboard failure message with press f1 to retry or f2
of course pressing f1 just gives the same error, nothing in f2 or f12 has helped, can't get f-8 to work,nothing else seems to work, can't boot bootable repair disk from the cd on start up either, very frustrated, looking at the window contimplating throwing it out to see gravity work

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  • bigredbg Mar 12, 2008

    I tried a diff keyboard, I tried removing the cmos batt, I tried removing the blue block on the three prong, nothing yet, I don't want to admit the MB could be it yet, anything else I can try???

  • bigredbg Mar 13, 2008

    Cool, thanks, I'll try that, should have thought of it, let you know



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  • ravs22 Apr 16, 2008

    Hi,

    I have the same problem on my Dell desktop, "KeyBoard failure Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup" Nothing happens on hitting the keys.



    Anything that worked for anyone who had this issue before?

  • notatech 101 May 30, 2008

    Problem started with a slow moving Dell Dimension 4600. Had a tech buddy try and reinstall windows xp with no luck. It wouldn't boot in either cd drives. Finally after trying 3 different discs, 2 keyboards and an external drive he was able to erase windows but couldn't copy all files. Now I'm left with F1 to reboot, F2 for setup and can't do anything with it and ending up in circles. Are their any masters out there with a solution? I'm about to bite the bullet and go shopping.

  • eilertre01 Sep 04, 2008

    I have a Dell Dimension 4600i. I am trying to run a Control F11 to clean sweep my computer however everytime i restart and hit control F11 at start up i get key board failure!!!! How do i fix this problem?

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    I also have a problem keyboard controller failure. I could not get access to Dell tech support.

  • ht0858 Dec 20, 2008

    Yes I have the same problem with keyboard controller failure. what to do?

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher May 11, 2010

    Have you tried another keyboard?

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If it is a ps2, then try a usb keyboard.

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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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Tried all methods of solution for fixing computer couldn


I formatted my computer dell dimension 4600c and now i can't get my windows to boot up it say strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utiility

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My pc dell optiex gx270 when i attach 1 hardrive in computer in start up time in black screen message 0 seek failure , boot press f1 to stup press f2 when i press f1 message not boot drive find when go to...


once in the setup (F2 at boot) turn on Caps Lock, NumLock and Scroll Lock (all 3 keyboard lights on)
Press ALT + E (system should beep once) Press ALT + F (System should beep once) Press ALT + B (System should reboot and re-detect drives)

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I can't get past the blue sign screen. I keep getting a message that says 'keyboard failure'. What do I do to fix this problem?


check there is a hanged key at your keyboard then press f2 to go to bois and check option of keyboard

Aug 08, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Computer that keeps saying F1 to reboot F2 for setup utility


what is the message you getting?

if it is to press F1 key to contiune then u need to replace ur cmos battery. you will find the battery on ur mother board, if there is no battery then you need to buy a new battery .

good day

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Just replaced the motherboard for a dell 4600 desktop


Go to the BIOS setting in the boot setting... deselect F1 to resume

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Cant get 4600i started. powers up but will not get past intro screen. screen shows F1 to continue and when i press F1 it tells me to press it again to retry reboot, F2 for setup options.


you need to go to cmos or bios setup, set all the date and time and proper boot setting there save and exit, it is a cmos or bios failure that causes these problems try replacing the cmos battery if the message still continues

Nov 22, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Can't reboot windows cd on with cd drives


If you have it available, boot to the Dell DImension Resource CD and run the diagnostics on the hard drive. From the description of you problem, you may have a failing hard drive.

Other things to check:

1. Ensure the system BIOS (F2 at boot) sees the hard drive and has the correct date and time. If the motherboard battery is failing, the time and date will not be retained when system is powered off.

2. If you are able to format the hard drive, but the windows XP installation process gives you file copy errors, then you may have a bad RAM module. If the system has 2 or more modules, take out all but 1, retry the install. If you get file copy errors again, try a different module.

3. If the Hard drive passes dieagnostics, but fails to complete a format, replace the hard drive.

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My Dimension 4600 won't boot


strike F2 for setup utility and then find there "use default configuration or default optimized configuration" (something like that" then press F10 to save and exit.

Don't work?

Replace the CMO battery and then do the above statement.

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