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Boot the computer and watch for the black boot up screen. It will only show for a few seconds but somewhere through the boot process, a line message in white text will say...either 'to enter the bios press F2' or, 'to enter Setup, press F2'.
The F buttons are on the top row of your keyboard.
So press F2 at the appropriate time and you will find yourself in the Setup area. The graphics will look cruder than usual - that is normal.
Your mouse won't work to allow you to move you around in there, so use the keyboard arrow keys to move the cursor and 'return' to open other options and follow the instructions to move left, right etc.
Look for a command 'Restore Factory Defaults and Exit?' toggle to it to highlight and Enter. Then enter a 'Y' for yes, Enter again and the PC should re-boot and be as good as it was on day one.
You may have a USB keyboard that is not recognized by the BIOS on powerup, but is later recognized by Windows when that starts running. Try connecting a keyboard with a PS2 connector, enter F2 on startup and set the BIOS to enable USB devices in BIOS. If this still doesn't work, then keep a PS2 keyboard around in case you ever need to activate F2 or F12.
Restart your Dell laptop. Click on "Start," "Turn off Computer" and "Restart."
Press "F2" during the boot process to enter the BIOS. Press "F2" before the Windows loading screen. Certain models may use a different key. The key will be displayed during the boot process. For most Dell models, the key is "F2."
Use the "Alt" + "F" key combination to load defaults.
Press "Esc" on your Dell laptop keyboard to save and exit.
Choose the "Enter" key to save all changes and exit the BIOS screen. Allow your laptop to restart for BIOS settings to reset.
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Upgrade the BIOS regardless, and yes check if by A23 release the hard drive you are trying to install will be supported.
You are several BIOS versions behind.
A21 15 Jul 20029:51:18 AM
A20 07 May 200211:39:04 AM
A19 25 Feb 20027:34:51 PM
A18 15 Jan 200212:19:46 PM
A17 25 Sep 200110:00:47 AM
A16 31 Aug 20013:28:37 PM
A13 01 Aug 200111:05:34 AM
A10 06 Jul 20013:37:24 PM
A12 06 Jul 20013:37:24 PM
To reset the BIOS please follow the below steps.
1 . Restart your Dell laptop. Click on "Start," "Turn off Computer" and "Restart."
2 . Press "F2" during the boot process to enter the BIOS. Press "F2" before the Windows loading screen. Certain models may use a different key. The key will be displayed during the boot process. For most Dell models, the key is "F2."
3 . Use the "Alt" + "F" key combination to load defaults.
4 . Press "Esc" on your Dell laptop keyboard to save and exit.
5 . Choose the "Enter" key to save all changes and exit the BIOS screen. Allow your laptop to restart for BIOS settings to reset.
Have you checked your interner keyboard in BIOS, Try turning on the system and keep tapping F2 , see if u see a diffrent screen then normal. and try playing around with the keys. if it works then it is not a problem with keyboard , but if it is then, you need to purchase a new keyboard.
Note/:- while exiting the F2 screen,.do not save any changes.
It sounds like you bought the computer without an operating system, if you just bought it you need to install an OS (Windows or linux).
You might be able to get recovery discs from Dell if this sytem is entitled to a windows install. Does it have a Windows OEM sticker on the bottom?
In short, You need to install an Operating System.
You can submit a form to request replacement CDs at https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form
You may need to do a ownership transfer with Dell before they will send this there is a form for this as well or you could call customer care http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/change_order/tag_transfer?~ck=ln&c=us&cs=19&l=en&lnki=0&s=dhs