inspiron 4000 arrow keys do not work in bios

May 21, 2013 at 00:18:07
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I'm trying to set up my old Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop. To change the boot priority, you have to use the arrow keys, but the right and left keys do not work. The problem occurs only in BIOS (not using Windows) and even with an external keyboard attached (USB and PS2).

Any ideas? Thanks a lot!


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#1
May 21, 2013 at 00:43:42
Don't you just need to use the up and down arrow keys to select boot priority? You may also have to hit the space bar or 'enter' to highlight the drive.

The first bios page should tell you which keys do what or check the user manual.

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#2
May 21, 2013 at 01:09:41
try the TAB key instead

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#3
May 21, 2013 at 01:34:15
Hi Gulli,

Up and Down arrow keys are used to change fields.

Right and Left arrow keys are used to change the value.

Alt + P is used to change the page.

Are you able to use the arrow keys inside the operating system?

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Manshu S
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#4
May 23, 2013 at 13:16:50
Gee folks,

don't you know anything?

@Daveincaps: the INSPIRON BIOS uses all arrow keys, @ Richard 59: the TAB key has no funktion in that BIOS, @Dellmanshu: read the words: "The problem occurs only in BIOS (not using Windows)..." [good to know you work for Dell...]



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#5
May 23, 2013 at 18:04:44
I don't see that any of the above suggestions were claimed to be definite fixes--just possible key strokes that might work. Since the problem only occurs in bios the logical assumption is the user is not doing it right. As I previously mentioned, the function of the keys in bios setup should be on the first setup page and the user manual--both of which the user can easily check.

The only inspiron laptop I have is the 2200 and its boot priority is set with the up/down keys and ENTER.

You seem to be familiar with that bios. What do you think the problem is?

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