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You should be able to use the BIOS init key. It could be the <del>, F2 or whatever you had before the Fedora install. BIOS does Init and there should be enough time to press the proper key. Most Gnu/Linux don't modify or init BIOS but read then pass to the kernel information. You should still be able to get into the BIOS with the proper key selection.
Most BIOS do display the keys for desired action when the machine is first activated by power on.
Are you using a USB or wireless keyboard? If so, unless your BIOS has support for them, you will not have a keyboard until the linux kernel starts to load during boot. You need a keyboard with a PS/2 connector. Try thy neighbors trash.
It always helps to read the posted information. I thought again and did a quick edit. Let's see if the OP can get into the BIOS or the one-time-boot function. You are right, the manual that I found on-line gives the F2 key as the one that should open the BIOS Setup.
To our Original Poster...
You may not see a POST screen splash, but first see the boot splash screen. If this is the case, try to press the F2 key as soon as you start the laptop.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 12-19-2010 at 11:04 AM.
I am sorry for the delay in answering your posts, I have been ill.
My mouse is hardwired to the Laptop (I do not like Touch pads)
The keys to bring up the BiOS setup screen do not work, the same applies to the BOOT MENU.
I press the keys at switch on. There maybe a series of key
presses which allow the Bios screen to be hidden?
If F2 is the right key to press, the normal expectation is that it should open Setup whether you can see the POST screen or not. I once encountered a Dell machine without a visable POST, just a black screen until the Windows boot splash. I had to guess at when and how long to press the proper key for Setup and try several times before I got into Setup.
I then discovered that if I pressed the Tab key at start-up , the POST screen appeared, but that was a Dell.
Would you be willing to open the case and disconnect the HDD to see if you can then get into Setup? If the system wants an operating system, other than fedora, you could try with another linux live-cd.
It's just a last try and I'm guessing.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 12-22-2010 at 06:18 PM.
I have found the fault.I am partially sighted so I use a large Monitor powered by the VGA socket on the Laptop.I was pressing all combinations of keys at switch on when the BIOS screen appeared. The keys I pressed were fN and f4. These keys route the display signal to the external monitor. or the Laptop screen or Both.
The Lapto was sending the signal to the external Monitor but it was not responding. As soon as the keys were pressed the screen appeared on the Laptop.So the fault was due to the duff Monitor.
Thank you all for trying to solve my problem.