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Master Geek

Topic # 73563 15-Dec-2010 23:30
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I just did a silly thing in BIOS (don't ask) and now it wont even post.

I need to undo this....but now all I have is a blank screen.  I could open the case (I really don't want to do this), and reset the BIOS, but I thought I'd ask here first if there were some short cut keys I could use to force the BIOS screen to display when I turn on the computer?  Pushing F1 or F2 or Delete doesn't work.

Note: there is nothing wrong with either the hardware or software, it is just the BIOS change that I need to reverse - thx.

I'm still using XP SP3.


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  Reply # 417883 15-Dec-2010 23:36
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Best bet is to reset the bios. Either open the case and put the jumper over. or kill power and remove the battery for 20seconds.

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  Reply # 417889 15-Dec-2010 23:47
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Thanks Bob, thats what I expected.
I put the case together some time ago when I had everything hunky dory, but it was a dog. Looks like a job for tomorrow morning.


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  Reply # 417890 15-Dec-2010 23:51
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You may as well try each function key first. I know some manufacturers use different ones eg Fn10...

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  Reply # 418513 17-Dec-2010 14:07
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The delete key or F10 keys seem to be the common keys for accessing the BIOS on bootup.

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  Reply # 418881 18-Dec-2010 18:32
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Thanks all for those ideas.

It is working now. I did the BIOS reset, but now I have another problem with IE8 closing down without warning. (so far it is holding - today)
It did this some time ago and it finally went away after I did something - god knows what!
Maybe it is not related?
I did try all function keys, but none worked, so I thought a combination would do something, but obviously there are just too many of them, and it was quicker to just reset the computer.

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