press f1 to boot Dell desktop

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June 28, 2010 at 05:24:44
Specs: Windows 7, Dell Desktop
I had a criticle error causing windows to fail, I re formatted and installed windows and now during th boot sequence I am prompted to enter F1 to continue or f12 to enter setup utility.

Above the error is some other information that I am not sure of.

floppy diskette failure ( i dont have a floppy disk drive and I have tried to disable and remove from the boot sequence)

and : Port 00: Hard disk, ST3160812AS
(this drive is protected by the RAID BIOS)

There are several posts on how to get past the error msg but I would prefere to fix it as it is obviously there for a reason.

Can anyone help me?


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#1
June 28, 2010 at 05:33:20
... try loading "Default" settings in your bios.


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#2
June 28, 2010 at 05:37:39
I have trid that and also changing the boot sequence.

Still no joy.
If I press continue the computer seems to run fine but something must be causing it.
It all started with a virus gen:Variant.Xpuse.1


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#3
June 28, 2010 at 06:13:50
"...Above the error is some other information that I am not sure of..."

... [Press] the <Pause> <key> @ bootup when message appears post back error message.


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#4
June 28, 2010 at 06:30:29
Not on the net on the pc cause haven't reloaded it all buut this is all that is on the screen........

Serial ATA AHCI BIOS, VersioniSrc 1.02.23 11212006
Copyright (c) 2003-2006 Intel Corporation
Controller Bus#00, Device#1F, Function#02: 02 Ports, 02 Devices
Port-00: Hard disk, ST3160812AS
(this drive is controlled by the RAID BIOS)
Port-01: CDROM,TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-H653A
AHCI BIOS installed
Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM v6.0.0.1022 ICH8R
Copyright (C) 2003-06 Intel Corperation. All Rights Reserved.

Floppy Diskette seek Failure
Strike the F1 Key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility


And thats all it says. F1 seems to load windows fine without visable errors.


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#5
June 28, 2010 at 08:34:24
Usually that's because your cmos battery has failed. If so, it's not holding the info and is loading defaults which must include floppy support.

Anyway. you should be able to disable the floppy controller. The error message is not because it's trying to boot from the floppy but because it's not there.. Then if you have a good battery it should hold that info.

The association with the virus may just be coincidence. There are some virus out there that'll mess with your cmos but I don't think that's one of them.

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#6
June 28, 2010 at 21:28:27
Because there is no A: I'll try and disable it and replace the batter and see how we go with tht,
Thank you

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#7
June 29, 2010 at 04:08:50
ok possibly a dumb question but anyway......

My pc dosn't and never has had a floppy disc drive. I have noticed that in my bios it is disabled and I have taken it out of the boot sequence but in 'my computer' the drive now appears when it never used to.

Could this be what is causing the boot issue and if so how do I remove it from my system again? I have read on another post to check my cmos settings but dont know the first thing about what they are referring to?

Any ideas?

Thanks Steven


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#8
June 29, 2010 at 06:30:53
... if you hav'nt replaced the cmos (watch type) battery do so.

... as it controls the bios settings, with a flat battery it'll kick-in random settings.

... save settings on exit of bios!


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#9
June 29, 2010 at 08:54:57
CMOS is another term for bios setup. It describes the type of chip used to hold the information.

If it's showing up in My Computer then the OS is picking up that the bios thinks you have a floppy drive. So it's some hardware or bios problem.

There could be 4 references to the floppy drive in your cmos:

The floppy controller (needs to be disabled)
The floppy drive type (set to NONE)
Floppy drive seek--the bios looks for a floppy drive during the posting process (set to NO)
Floppy drive in the boot order (remove it from the boot order or set it as the last device)

If none of that works then maybe your bios got corrupted. You could try a bios update or even 'update' with the current version of your bios.

But that can be tricky. Have you replaced the battery yet?

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