F2 BIOS menu missing on start up, need a way to enter BIOS

January 16, 2012 at 13:38:04
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, 6G Ram
Need To Access BIOS through Windows. System is a DELL 520 Desktop. The F2 message is missing at startup so rebooting doesn't work. Somehow, the "boot order" has been changed and it is skipping my C: drive and CD Rom, so even a bootable CD doesn't work. In other words, windows doesn't startup because it's skipping over the operating system.

If I can get into the BIOS I can put the boot order back to how it should be.


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#1
January 16, 2012 at 13:55:56
How do you expect to access the BIOS through Windows, even if it could, if the system wont boot?

There is only one way to get into the BIOS and that is at start up.

What do you get on the screen if anything?

The boot order doesn't change by itself. I suspect there is something else wrong. If you insert a bootable CD in to the CD drive and everything else is working it will boot from that if everything else fails.

Failing that you should gt a message to insert a bootable disc or reference to PXE Boot ROM failure. If you get non of these then it is something more than the boot order.

Stuart


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#2
January 16, 2012 at 14:18:41
Try clearing the BIOS by removing the coin battery while the power is unplugged.

After replacing the battery and booting, you need to immediately enter the BIOS to reset some values. You may have an option to show or skip the screens you refer to. At any rate you will need to reset the date and time and your boot order.


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