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Can't enter bios setup

Posted on 2008-10-26
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Hi,
 I'm not sure i've ever entered this screen before, but i just stuck in 2 more 1gb ram chips and wanted to see if the memory was installed correctly. However, when i press f2 at the startup screen, i get "error can't enter setup..." and then it goes right into booting.

If i press f12, i can have the option to go to the setup options, and when i do that, i get a garbled setup screen that only takes up 1/3 of the screen, and i can't really see what it says. Any ideas?
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Question by:chrismarx
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by:jazzIIIlove
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Hi there;

could you try <esc> or <ctrl-alt-enter> while booting?

Best regards...
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by:PUNKY
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Shutdown computer, disconnect power cord, open the case, and remove the coin shape cmos battery out of the board for few minutes. Then install it back, connect power and power up, F2 at start up see if you can access bios page.
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by:jazzIIIlove
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If my step fails, use PUNKY's step...

<<coin shape cmos battery out of the board for few minutes

That few minutes is important...Make sure that time passed...

Here a guide to remove the cmos having screenshots...

http://groups.msn.com/computingsolutionscenter/cmosbatteryreplacement.msnw

Best regards...
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by:jamietoner
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If removing the battery doesn't work use the jumpers the reset the bios, using the jumpers will also clear the nvram(removing the battery doesn't). I find using the jumpers, which is usually the manufactures suggested way to reset the bios, usually works better.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op745/en/UG_en/advfeat.htm#wp1147353
Id resetting the bios doesn't help then try testing the ram 1 stick at a time to see if it's a bad stick causing the issue.
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by:nobus
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remove the new ram chips and test if you can enter the bios then
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the problem was with an additional video card that I added a while ago, when I took that out, entering the bios was fine. thanks for the tips though!!
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