Press F12 to continue USB Floppy not present

Sony / Pcv-rx752(uc)
July 15, 2009 at 07:26:05
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.8 GHz / 512 MB
The subject was to say press f1 to continue, f2 to enter setup. Also I didn't have the model number at the time I posted, it is a Dimension 3100. The computing.net software wouldn't let me change the model of the PC...strange, that's why it says Sony...BUT it is a DELL, sorry for the confusion.

EDIT: I also checked the manual:
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...
and no luck.

Hi, This PC worked fine untill the power suddenly shut down in the neighborhood. Now every time it reboots there is a screen saying Press f1 to continue or f2 for setup and it says the usb floppy drive is not present.
Please note: There is NO floppy drive installed on this desktop.

I went into the bios and disabled the usb floppy drive and it still reboots to the same screen. If I press f1, it loads up fine, but does the same thing on the next reboot.

Is there any place in the registry that I can turn off that message?
Thanks

I've googled as much as I can and haven't found a solution yet. Your help would be appreciated,
Thanks

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#1
July 15, 2009 at 15:08:57
"This PC worked fine untill the power suddenly shut down in the neighborhood..."

I suspect that's damaged the computer.

Power outages, especially sudden ones, often have power surges or power spikes associated with them - if your computer was plugged into AC, even if it wasn't running at the time, anything on the computer or anything connected to it could have been damaged by that or those if it has no decent anti-surge/anti-power spike device - between the computer and the AC source, AND between everything that plugs into the computer that plugs into AC and the AC source, AND that protects the cable connection that connects you to the internet.
If the outage was caused by a lightning strike on the power grid, that can damage the computer, or anything that connects to AC that connects to it, even if it is connected to an anti-surge/anti-power spike device, even if the AC power to the computer was switched off, if the AC cord was plugged in at the time.

Power outage events often damage the power supply on desktop computers.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

You could try another power supply that has enough capacity you know powers a system okay.

If it is failing, you can usually replace it with any decent standard sized standard ATX PS with the same capacity or greater.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

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You could try loading bios defaults in the bios Setup, or clearing the cmos, but if you have the same situation with another power supply that probably won't help.

Sometimes a power outage event makes some connections inside the case iffy.
Unplug the case/power supply.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case.
Some Dell cases have a latch you must push one way rather than screws you must remove at the back of the case.
Check all the connections of the wiring to make sure they are all the way onto their pins and into their sockets, especially the main connector from the power supply. The wires close to the mboard going into the main power connector/socket should be more or less perpendicular to the mboard surface rather than at an angle. Make sure all cards in slots are all the way down in their slots.

It might also be a good idea to unplug connectors and any cards and examine them for evidence of damage - e.g. burnt or damaged pins or contacts, carbon deposits.

See response 2 in this - make sure the modules are properly seated - remove them to see if any contacts are damaged on the modules or in the slots:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...


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#2
July 15, 2009 at 19:19:56
This is part of the boot procedure, it wont be a registry key.
are you able to provide you BIOS information for us. specifically what company made your BIOS and/or any version information.

once you have this information you could find out how to reset your BIOS, most of the time this is done by removing the power supply and the internal battery and leaving for 20 minutes or so.

you might want to check with your motherboard manual on resetting the BIOS


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#3
July 17, 2009 at 16:38:38
sorry for the late reply. I've been swamped with repairs in the past few days. Tubes, I'll try that stuff hopefully 1st part of the week as my client lives about 30 minutes from here.

Shadow, I'll try removing the bios battery for awhile and seeing if I can reset the bios that way.
Thanks
When I find out more I'll reply here.

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