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New build PC, carries out POST, recognises DEL key to access BIOS, but can not use keyboard to change BIOS settings

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  • rodlips Aug 29, 2008

    I found the cause of the problem. I disconected the USB connectors and found that the system booted AOK. On closer examination of the 'Quick connect' plug I found that I had crossed over 2 of the connections. Re-connecting the wires in the correct postions and re-connecting the USB 'Quick connect' plug sorted the problem.

    Thanks again for assistance.



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You may have to try a different keyboard or make sure it is in the right port or you may want to see if you have your bios jumpers set to normal and not setup

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Per the internet site, it depends upon the model of laptop. Here are some examples:

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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.


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



Compaq 8700: F10


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)


E-pro Laptop: F2


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]:

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    • The machine will beep, then display:

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