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When i start the computer it says "strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility" how do i fix this?

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  • nikkiw10584 Aug 09, 2008

    Time and date are correct. There is no Exit Menu, but I hit escape to exit as instructed at the bottom of the screen and it took me back to the same black screen with the same message.

  • nikkiw10584 Aug 10, 2008

    No, there is a save changes, discard changes, and return to setup and that's it.

  • nikkiw10584 Aug 11, 2008

    It still went back to the same screen with f1 and f2.

  • nikkiw10584 Aug 11, 2008

    I am pretty sure it is more than 3 yrs old, we got it from a friend. When I press f1 it just beeps but stays at the same screen.

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Press F2 and enter BIOS menu - find Exit Menu and select
'Reset to defaults' -

Check the time and date setting in BIOS menu - correct it if wrong.

then Exit and Save.

If time/date was wrong - you may need to replace the internal button cell battery on the mainboard.

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  • Steve Si
    Steve Si Aug 09, 2008

    No - No - No

    If you press Esc then it will not change anything. You must find a Save and Exit menu (try pressing F10).

    Did you find 'reset to defaults' ?

  • Steve Si
    Steve Si Aug 10, 2008

    OK, do the Return to Setup defaults and then Save changes

  • Steve Si
    Steve Si Aug 11, 2008

    Hi

    It is possible that the battery on the mainboard needs replacing - is the mainboard more than 3 years old?

    Look for a button cell battery on the mainboard and put a new one in. Make sure the system is unplugged when you do this.



    Normally, if this is dead, the time and date will be wrong though, so I am not sure that this is the problem, however it is all I can suggest.



    P.S. What happens if you press F1?

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