How to enter BIOS on an old non-windows PC?

November 19, 2016 at 10:26:01
Specs: AOL Avant
Hi.

I have an Intel Dot.Station PC which runs AOL Avant as OS; which is not registered, which means i can't use it. so basically when you turn the PC on, after the welcome screen, comes the registration process.

I need to access the BIOS to change the boot settings to USB to insert a usb stick and install a new OS; Win98 or DOS or... .

It doesn't have a windows keyboard, so there are no F keys. although i used a windows keyboard as well which by the way was a USB and i guess it doesn't get recognized as soon as the computer starts and is the right time to press the buttons for entering BIOS. this PC only hast USB ports and nothing else; so no PS2.

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#1
November 19, 2016 at 11:24:47
According to this 2002 CNet article, your running Red Hat Linux.

https://www.cnet.com/news/intels-do...


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November 19, 2016 at 11:31:13
Here is a Spanish language article from 2001

http://www.elmundo.es/ariadna/2001/...

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November 19, 2016 at 12:00:01
Thanks for your reply.

Red Hat; so does that change the fact that I still can't access the bios? I think it doesn't.

I read somewhere that the only solution would be to take out the HDD and format it and install a new OS on it and then place it back. but since this is an all-in-one pc, that would be risky and it may not work either.

any other suggestions?

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#4
November 19, 2016 at 12:37:44
You might post a question the the Linux forum and see if anyone there can offer any assistance.

And, since you do not have the F keys,
the best I can offer, is that the key sequences of:
DEL, or ESC, pressed at the proper moment,
as well as key combinations of CTRL + ALT + ESC or CTRL + ALT + DEL,
have been used in the past by some companies.
You might give them a try.

On a such an obscure, 15 year old system, good luck.

MIKE

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#5
November 19, 2016 at 22:51:06
Try attaching a USB keyboard. If it's recognized on startup try the F keys then, especially F2.

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#6
November 20, 2016 at 00:15:20
Thanks.

I did that. Didn't work; the usb keyboard probably gets recognized a few seconds later than the startup, so i'm probably missing the right time to press them. This machine doesn't have PS/2 ports either, so I'm stuck.


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#7
November 20, 2016 at 03:01:09
Hi Austin ,did you see:-

http://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#8
November 20, 2016 at 05:06:37
Thank you Mike.
that was very helpful; in the way that i now know even if i 'can' access the BIOS, there is no USB BOOT priority available! that's the way I wanted to install the new OS; from a usb stick.

So now that booting from usb is out of question; I guess I'm left with limited choices;
either i have to remove the HDD and install the new OS from another machine to it; which as I see reported on the link Mike provided; this may not work either.

the other way is using the PXE which i have no idea how to do; as a matter of fact, I have no knowledge of Linux at all.


this may sound stupid; I'm not very knowledgable as i said; but is there any way to do this using the LAN port? can I connect this machine by a crossover Ethernet cable to another pc or laptop (running Windows) and do something from that other machine? Is it possible to access its HDD like this and change the OS?

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#9
November 20, 2016 at 10:11:48
It appears what you have is a Dot.Station 2300. This can be confirmed by checking the label on the back. There should also be a model number such as INTC300AIO. This tells you that it has an Intel Celeron 300MHz processor. Do you see Intel Celeron on the screen at startup? From what I was able to dig up, if you connect a standard USB keyboard, you can enter the BIOS by tapping the F2 key. How's your Spanish? There are several youtube videos about your system. Some are shown running WinXP or Win7 but it's not clear how they were able to install it on them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFo...

Win98 should transfer from one computer to another. All you have to do is temporarily install the HDD in another computer, preferably an old Intel system, then install Win98. Once the installation is complete, go to Device Manager, uninstall all the devices, then immediately shutdown. Place the HDD back in the AIO & boot up.

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