I have installed Linux Mint 13 XFCE dual boot with XP.
I still have a Dell Utility partition but can't access it.
If I hit F12 on boot and select 'Diagnostics' then a 'Pre-Boot Assesment' runs and at the end I get the message:
'Booting Dell Utility Partition. Press any key to Continue'
If I then hit a key it just takes me to the Grub menu.
The reason I want to acces the diagnositics is because I want to check any settings it might have for my CPU fan (F2 - BIOS does not seem to have any info on the fan).
I think the fan has probably failed. It is a recent cheap replacement I bought on ebay and was noisy from the outset.
I have searched for info on this subject already but anything Im have found is a bit beyond my limited computer knowledge
EDIT: Regarding the damaged fan - I opened up the laptop again and realised that I had screwed through the wire connecting the new fan to the computer when I put the case back on....
Edited by j_bins, 25 September 2014 - 12:49 PM.