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Only get f1 and f2 when I start the computer. Do not have any cd's when I got it from ebay and cannot get it going. IF I do the recovery willnI lose my connection for my laptop? SO confused ut knbow there should be an answer. Help me please.

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  • haptooley Dec 31, 2010

    Thank you. I have windows XP and it shows that on starting up but then goes to the f1 or f2 options. I just want to be sure I don't lose my laaptop connection..I am 61 years old and not too computer literate. Any suggestions?


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Need a bit more info to understand what your problem is. Sounds to me like you don't have windows installed and the hard drive was formatted before you got the PC but not a lot to go on from your description. What has your laptop connection got to do with starting or doing a recovery on your desktop PC. Better post again with some more details

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  • Bruce McCready Dec 31, 2010

    Does it still start XP ok after you push F1. If it does it should be ok to keep using it as it is it's just annoying to have to keep pushing the button each time you turn it on.

    To try and fix it if it is too annoying or if it doesn't start windows properly you can try pressing F2 to go into the BIOS setup screen. You have to be very careful if you don't know what you are doing on this screen though as you might cause some other problems. If you go to your hard drive selection on the BIOS screen sometimes changing the detection of the hard drives to auto might help to get rid of the problem. Also if your pc DOESN'T have a 3.5 inch floppy disk drive built in and if one is listed in the BIOS settings the PC might be looking for the floppy drive when it starts and not finding it which could also cause the F1 error to show up. If you do change any settings on the BIOS screen you need to select save and exit in order for your changes to be saved. If you don't it will stay as before next time you start up. Hard to navigate your way around this screen as you need to use the arrow keys and possibly the page up and down and enter or space bar. Read the instructions on the bottom of the page for how to navigate and change the various options. Just take your time and be careful what you do and you should be ok. Hope that will help with your problem.


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