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Acessing the BIOS screen

I've got an old E-Tower 266 machine with a wiped HDD. I'm trying to install the OS (WinME) but I need to acess the BIOS to change the boot sequence. I've tried ALL the keys delete,F8, F1 etc. nothing works is it even possible to get into the BIOS screen this comp was built around 1998 or so?

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  • roadbum May 02, 2008

    I discovered the problem. Turns out the keyboard was at fault, not all the keys were registering, DEL being one of them, which by the way opens the BIOS

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