I have a very annoying problem with an Inspiron 600m laptop. Every time it boots up I get the message "Strike the F1 key to continue or press F2 to enter the setup utility'. I have hit F2 to edit the BIOS settings and change just about everything in there. I also set the system to factory defaults, but that didn't help either.
As a side note, the laptop also appears to have problems with the onboard LAN. I can't install the Broadcom 57xx software for the LAN adapter. The system detects the hardware as a "PCI Device" and never accepts the correct drivers. I have even installed the latest drivers from Dell's website, but it never actually installs the drivers for this hardware component. Is it possible that the onboard LAN fried and is now causing the BIOS message to appear at every bootup?
I did also run the latest (v1257.2) 32bit diagnostics from Dell and everything passed! How crazy...