Can't interrupt bootup to get to bios...tried all key combos I know.

Dell PC (WXPsp3)  Need to interrupt bootup and get into the bios.
Cannot do it no matter what I try.
I've tried:  f2, f12, del, but no dice (bios splash sez the del key).
This all happened after I'd done a bootcfg / rebuild (successfully,
according to the command output).
Any ideas how to force it to just STOP and let me in there ??  
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ewkellyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Power off and upnplug it and check to make sure that all chips are seated properly.
If it still doesn't come back to life when you uplug it in,  call Dell because it sounds like you may have wiped out the bios entirely.
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latchwaysCommented:
Hi,

First things first; i guess the delete key is working when in windows?! is it a USB keyboard? If so it may not be available at that point in POST - Try a PS2 one?

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Alex.
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ccbonAuthor Commented:
Latchways, I'm using a Dell USB HID keyboard.  If a PS2 keyboard is one that connects via the older-style round plug, I don't have any of those slots on my tower.  This bios couldn't be that old, though.  It was purchased only about two or three years ago.  
And yes, the delete key works normally under all other circumstances.
Thanks !

EWKELLY, that link is very informative.  I'll try some of those.
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latchwaysCommented:
The only other suggestions i can come up with are try hold DEL prior to power on or restting the bios via the jumper on the mainboard.
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anass_fCommented:
Some times it is necessary to completly power off the computer then power it on and try the keys mentionned in the link provided by "Ewekelly" instead of only restarting.
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
Try unplugging your hard drive so it'll detect a hardware change and then it should give you the option to go into BIOS. That will also keep Windows from getting in the way,
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nobusCommented:
remove AC and the bios battery for a minute to reset the bios. then test
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ewkellyCommented:
Any luck?
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ccbonAuthor Commented:
I'm in the process of trying some of these right now.
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ccbonAuthor Commented:
I tried removed and reinserted the mb battery.  But now when I restart I'm getting just about nothing.  I'm not getting any USB-device function (mouse and keyboard), and I had to turn the monitor on manually.  When I did, there was just a "no signal" msg displayed.  Nothing else.
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ccbonAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  
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