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strike F1 to retry boot F2 for setup utility

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I have a dell 4600 running xp.
It will no longer boot. I keep getting strike F1 to retry boot F2 for setup utility.
When I go into setup it sees the hard drive and the cd but it will not boot from either hard drive or cd.
I booted to xp setup from the floppy but it ask to enter the XP cd and it can't read or see the cd.
I am thinhing that maybe the bios is messed up. So I downloaded the bios fropm Dell. However it needs to be boot into either dos or windows.
Is there a way to reload the bios from a floppy with out booting to dos or windows?

Thanks
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Why dont you try reset bios see if helping out. If you would like to try, please see the link below:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21797028.html#16347844

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Push F8 several times at boot time and try to boot in safe mode, then restart normally.
If not, find a dos bootable floppy together with fdisk and launch it, see whether your boot partition is still active. If it is not anymore, make it active.
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Thanks This sequence reset the bios and now I can boot from the cd
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Let me know if you want more help. Thank for the accept.

Best Regards.
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