I cant access the Bios or Boot menu

Dell Dimension 1100n desktop - customiza...
December 25, 2010 at 06:59:38
Specs: Windows XP, Celeron/1GB
Hello everyone,

I have Dell Dimension 1100. It has Intel Celeron D processor at 2.5GHZ and RAM of 512 MB PC3200. Now recently I upgraded the RAM to 1GB with exact specs. The windows function perfectly but since then I cant get into BIOS or Boot setup. I have tried F2 and F12 keys on startup as it says but screen goes blank. I tried putting back the old ram but problem still exist. I cant reboot it with my XP CD.

Can somebody help me.

Much appreciated your help in advance.


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December 25, 2010 at 07:11:11
"I tried putting back the old ram but problem still exist"

Why did you take the old RAM out? 512MB + 1GB is much better than 1GB alone. Were you able to access the BIOS before the RAM change?

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December 25, 2010 at 07:38:59
Have you waited long enough?

Sometimes it takes long to get into the BIOS because it is attempting to detect devices and not succeeding in finding them.

Usually this is because an IDE device has stopped working (failure) or it is not happy with the memory configuration. Get you memory configuration correct and ensure the memory card/s is/are fully slotted into their slots and try again.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 25, 2010 at 11:33:59
Thanks for the reply.

It has 2 memory slots and previous ram was 256x2 hence was the reason to change the ram to 1 gb single stick. I did installed the ram firmly till sts click in.

For the other question did I wait for sometime, the longest I waited was or atleast 10 min.

Thirdly, I dont know about memory coniguration, what do mean by that, how to check it and what to do.


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December 25, 2010 at 11:35:52
Also I dont remeber when was the last time I required to access the bios but i remebering to install my windows about 4 months ago and at that time I did manage to access the bios.

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