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Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to enter system utility

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#1 bonnjer


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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:30 PM

I have a Dell Dimension 4600 running XP. It's about 8 years old. I have not changed any settings or added any new hardware recently.

A couple of nights ago, I tried waking it from sleep and it wouldn't come up. I restarted the whole machine and it came up just fine, so I didn't think much of it.

This evening, it rebooted and comes up with a black screen that says "Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 to enter system utility." I tried F1 and it comes up with the same message with two beeps. I tried F2 and it goes to system info. It recognizes that my hard drive is there. I made sure that the boot order had the hard drive first.

I started researching this issue (using my laptop) and found suggestions, but nothing has worked. What could be happening here? Could the CMOS battery be causing this problem? I'm a little stressed here because I've got a lot of pictures, files, etc on the hard drive and I really hope that I have not lost them.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

open the side of the case, inside the case located somewhere on the motherboard there will be a small, circular watch type battery, this is the CMOS battery. While not moving your feet all while your doing this-first touch the metal frame of the case them remove the battery, there should be a small number on it. You can find these batteries in the jewelry and electronic departments of most larger chain stores like wal-mart and kmart, as well as most jewelry and computer stores, find a matching battery, and then put the new one in to see if that fixes the priblem or not. Make sure your careful to ground yourself on the metal case and not to move your feet while doing so, and you put the new one in the same way the old one came out.



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Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:33 AM

That battery should be a CR 2032 battery. Cost should be $2 to $8 or so, any higher and you might want to look elsewhere.

If the Date & Time are correct I would move past the battery as being the problem.

When you turn it on and the Dell Logo appears try pressing F12 to go to the Boot Device menu.

Try selecting the hard drive to boot from. Does that work?

If not then F12 and select the Diagnostics partition and run the Memory and Hard drive tests. Do they Pass?

If so run the rest of the Diagnostics. Exclude the CDrom (DVDRom)

Good Luck

Edited by rotor123, 01 May 2012 - 11:34 AM.

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