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I cannot get into the BIOS setup

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I am working on a Packard Bell Legend 125 computer. I cannot get into the bios setup to change the hard drive information. According the the Packard Bell website, you use F1, F2, or DEL to get in. I have tried all of these. I have also tried ALL the F keys, INS, CTRL-ALT-ESC, ESC, CTRL-A, and everything else I can think of. Nothing works. I have cold booted and warm booted. I either get a keyboard lock error from pressing the key so many times, or it just tries to boot into the OS.
Any suggestions?
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Some proprietary PCs have a jumper on the motherboard that you need to alter in order for bios setup to be available, some you have to disable password protection as well as a manufacturers boot logo screen. If PB tell you the right keys and they do not work, they probably forgot to tell you about a jumper. Look out a motherboard manual for your machine to see if there is such a jumper.

Got to the download section of the support site to get a motherboard manual for your computer. The link gets redirected so I can't paste it here for you.

regards,

Road Warrior
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by:Cicely
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I have downloaded a manual for the oldest computer they had available. This one is a PB410A or PB411. The oldest manual they have is for a PB450.

It also says to use F2, and does not mention having to mess with any jumpers.

I also thought about removing the battery to clear the CMOS to see if it would bring up a setup screen afterwards. There is NO battery on the motherboard that I can find.

This certainly isn't changing my opinions about Packard Bell.

Any other thoughts?
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by:patrickpeeters
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If nothing works there's one way to get into the BIOS in most cases : disconnect the harddrive and boot. It will give you an error and the option to enter the setup. If everything is normal is will. But why do you need to enter into the bios ??
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by:jj_mako
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just a guess:

ctrl-alt-enter
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by:Otta
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> There is NO battery on the motherboard that I can find.

I've seen 486 motherboards where the battery was integrated into one silicon chip (the RealTimeClock), rather than being a separate battery.
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by:Cicely
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I am accepting Road Warrior's comment as my answer. Although there was no jumper to disable the boot screen, I did jumper the password clear, then rebooted. The computer didn't like it so gave me the option to F2 into setup.

I was able to get in to get my hard drive set up.

Thank you to everyone that helped.
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by:Cicely
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Thank you.
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