|the F1 to continue during post usually means that setting in the bios needs setting correctly, i have seen this when|
1) keyboard is not detected
2) mouse is not detected
3) a floppy drive is enabled in bios when no floppy drive is installed
on my machine when i updated the bios it had enabled drive B which does exist and was a floppy drive, this caused my machine to hang during post and required F1 to continue.
You can also change a setting which is something like "Continue booting on error" on my motherboards bios i have the option to "require the user to press F1 on error" or ignore the error state and continue.
Hope this helps