Solved Need to use F1 key to start computer

October 11, 2013 at 11:30:21
Specs: Windows XP
Whats the best site or program to download Windows XP Fix All problems. I need to hit F1 key to start computer. Computer runs slow and some programs (Microsoft Word) issues

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October 22, 2013 at 10:44:21
I assume it's not booting up and is stopping at that error screen? If the bios is correctly set up then it's not seeing your hard drive so it must either be bad or perhaps has a bad connection. Try several reboots and see if it finds it and boots up OK. If so you may want to run a diagnostic on the drive (software should be available on the drive manufacturer's site) and see if it detects any problems. You may need to look into getting another drive. If that's necessary it's best to get it before the old one fails completely so you can copy everything over to the new one.


#1
October 11, 2013 at 14:40:57
"I need to hit F1 key to start computer"

I will deal deal with this issue separately.

What is the EXACT message please?


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#2
October 11, 2013 at 16:26:43
What John said. We need a place to start and information that will allow us to eliminate crap that many will offer as a solution.

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#3
October 11, 2013 at 20:58:34
Yeah, I wanna know where to download that 'Windows XP Fix All problems' too. Sounds like some 'must have' software.

Having to hit F1 to keep it booting up usually means a dead cmos battery or some other bios problem. But as already mentioned we need the accompanying message.


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#4
October 12, 2013 at 10:54:09
"Fix-all" type programs are usually at best ineffective or can cause new issues, at worst they are scams. If it was that easy forums like this would hardly need to exist.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
October 13, 2013 at 06:08:39
If you have to press F1, to boot into your operating system, it's a hint on an empty CMOS battery.

"Computer runs slow and some programs (Microsoft Word) issues"
This is another case and has nothing todo with the first issue.
Therefore, you have to check, which programs are installed and not wanted or not needed.
Then you have to uninstall them, especially toolbars.
Often people have installed tons of them, cause they come with shareware or free programs or, it comes with Java.

Then use Ccleaner to clean up the rest of the system and registry and restart the computer.


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#6
October 13, 2013 at 07:40:11
If you run the following two free programs it will tell you and us if there are any obvious virus related issues causing your slowness:

MalwareBytes:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...
Download, Install, Update and Run this program. It is safe to let it remove all it finds. Please paste the log on here showing what it found.

ADWCleaner:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
Do not Run the download but Save the file somewhere. Double click the saved file then choose Search. This will find any unwanted toolbars you have collected. Paste the log on here then run the Clean. There are options to exclude anything it finds but I have generally found it OK to let it clean everything.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#7
October 14, 2013 at 07:14:33
The most definitive WinXP fix site I know of is linked below.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm


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#8
October 14, 2013 at 08:55:07
Yes, Kelly does a grand job on XP. In particular the "Tweaks" can fix many issues.

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#9
October 22, 2013 at 08:55:48
Hello,
Sorry to take so long to reply. I just left my computer running, didn't turn it off was my way of fixing the issue. But I now have the wordage on my screen as I try to start it up.

It reads like this:
Drive 1 not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1
Strike the F1 Key to continue, F2 to Run the setup utility

I see Bios Revision 2.0.8
Optiplex 745 Series at the very beginning of my computer screen start up also if this helps.


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#10
October 22, 2013 at 10:44:21
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I assume it's not booting up and is stopping at that error screen? If the bios is correctly set up then it's not seeing your hard drive so it must either be bad or perhaps has a bad connection. Try several reboots and see if it finds it and boots up OK. If so you may want to run a diagnostic on the drive (software should be available on the drive manufacturer's site) and see if it detects any problems. You may need to look into getting another drive. If that's necessary it's best to get it before the old one fails completely so you can copy everything over to the new one.

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#11
October 22, 2013 at 12:48:07
If you are happy to delve inside, unplug and refit the HD connectors several times then finally press firmly home. I have found the SATA power connectors to be a bit unreliable at times - unlike the big heavy things on IDE HD's that were almost too tight.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#12
October 22, 2013 at 15:45:49
If none of the above work, I would boot into Safe mode & run Chkdsk. Check/tick both the boxes.

http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Artic...


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#13
October 23, 2013 at 09:49:15
The message I get is:

Drive 1 not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1
Strike the F1 Key to continue,
F2 to Run the Setup Utility

My computer is a Dell OptiPlex 745 Series
Bios Revision 2.0.8

Thank you in Advance


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#14
October 23, 2013 at 10:45:14
Yes, that's what you said in #9. Have you tried #11 or would you prefer not to delve inside?.

It does look as if the HD is either faulty or its connections are poor. I don't think you are very likely to solve this issue by software, button pressing and so forth. If it's a hardware issue that is what needs to be attended to.

Whatever, see what others say.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
October 23, 2013 at 13:19:56
So what happens when you press F1? If it boots into windows then you must have 2 drives and the OS is on the one that's detected.

And you need to verify everything is setup right in cmos/bios setup. If things have been changed there it might be trying to boot from a drive that's not there or from a SATA drive when you may have an IDE. If you think those setttings may have been altered you should consult the system or motherboard manual on setting up the drive in bios setup.

Edit You might want to hit F2 and post back what it says there about the drives--their model number and what controller they're attached to.

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#16
November 24, 2013 at 07:08:35
I need the same thing. I must press F1 in order for my Dell XPS-400 2.8 GHz dual core,3 G.B. DDR2 RAM WindowsXP Pro MCE 2005. I must install the SATA Drivers for it to bootup Its a an painfull process unless you have a floopy drive so you an slipstream thru the floppy the SATA drivers,Do a internet search on SATA drivers.

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#17
November 24, 2013 at 19:01:47
There shouldn't be a problem booting an existing xp installation on a sata drive. If you're trying to do a fresh install and don't have sata drivers you can see if you can configure the sata drive in bios setup as 'IDE mode'.

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