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Old 01-02-2006, 07:51 AM   #1
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Bizarre! Dell Inspiron 5100, openSuse keyboard boot problem


Hello,

I have googled, trawled forums, but it seems noone else has ever had this problem. I shall try to be detailed.

I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 bought a couple of years ago and I recently installed openSuSE onto it. Originally it was dual boot but about a month ago I let it use the whole drive (in installation - the "use entire drive option").

Now the problem: When I switch on, the bios splash screen appears. I want to get into the bios options or "system settings" as the splash screen calls it. Unfortunately the F2 key doesn't do this. The Esc key does work (brings up bios info) and it says stuff like "system bios shadowed", "video bios shadowed" etc.

Also, in the Grub boot loader, the F1 key works, but the F2 key doesnt!?

In SuSE itself, after logging in the F2 key DOES work.

I should say that the F2 key did work under windows and did work when the system was dual boot. Im not sure when it stopped working, but I think it has worked with single boot at some point. I can't reinstall the bios, unless anyone has something that can be run from linux. The Dell stuff is windows only.

So to summarise. F2 key doesn't work in bios or Grub, but does work in SuSE. Any ideas would be great. Im completely stumped! I'm a complete newbie but I don't mind taking the thing apart if I need to!

Cheers,
mmatt

Last edited by mmatt; 01-02-2006 at 07:56 AM.
 
Old 01-03-2006, 09:42 PM   #2
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Alot computers use the DELETE button to get into the BIOS. I had computer once that use either F8 or F10 (can't remember now). When I run out of options, I just keep rebooting and pressing buttons . Not the most effienct process, but it does work after a lot of reboots! lol
 
Old 01-04-2006, 05:56 AM   #3
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Yes, but no

Yes, I have computers that use del, but unfortunately not this one. I've tried all the F keys and del and every other key in fact (out of shear desperation you understand). F2 used to work and now it doesnt. How very bizarre. Oh, and the Bios won't reinstall either. Might try it from CD later. Oh, anyone know where the CMOS battery is inside a Dell Inspiron 5100?

Also, There was once a FAT32 partition on the hard drive called DELL UTILITIES, which is now no longer with us. Only thought about it this morning. Does anyone know what was actually on it, and whether or not that would have caused my problem?

mmatt
 
Old 01-04-2006, 01:17 PM   #4
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The cmos battery just looks like a big watch battery on your motherboard. It should be clearly visiable when you take off the cover to your case.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 02:12 PM   #5
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In case anyone was wondering, the motherboard was faulty... Bit late I know, but better 4 years late than never.
 
  


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