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Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

Q: Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

Hey guys,

A newbie to the board so please go easy on me lol!

I got an old computer from a friend..a Dell Optiplex GX110. P3 733Mhz, 128mb, 10gb...no OS

So I turned on the computer and got the msg: Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.

I popped in an XP Pro CD (its burnt), and pressed F1...restarts and comes back to the same page...
The other problem is: the CD tray closes, opens, closes, then opens and stays OPEN!...is this a hardware problem?...or the computer rejecting the CD?

My boot sequence has CDROM as #1...Anyone know the problem/solution?

ANY help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

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A: Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

Firstly remove your email addy from your post (using "EDIT")
This is an Open Public Forum, all messages will be replied to here (like mine right now)

Is this version of Windows legitamit?
There are many reasons to answer this truthfully, as there are many different (known) Windows versions out there.

Now, that "Burnt CD" is it bootable in the first place?
The best way to tell, would be by putting it into another computer to test

Is your CD drive just a CD Drive and the disc is a DVD disc?
Usually Windows Xp comes on CD, but can be burnt to DVD

Do other bootable disks work in the drive?
You can download the Ultimate Boot CD to confirm this.

Waiting for your reply...

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I JUST INSTALLED A NEW HARDDRIVE IN MY DELL DIMENSION 2400 AND WHEN I TURN ON THE COMPUTER IT GOES TO STRIKE F1,STRIKE F2 AND IT ALSO SAYS CANT FIND PRIMARY DRIVE BUT WHEN I STRIKED F12 I RAN A DIAGNOSTIC AND EVERYTHING SHOWS BUT I CANT INSTALL WINDOWS XP OR ANY OF THE DRIVERS..PLEASE HELP I AM NEW AT THIS

A:strike F1 to retry boot,strike F2 for setup utility

Press F2 to enter Setup (Bios) Here set it to Failsafe Defaults (usually F5). Now look for Boot Priority. Change it so CD rom drive is First Boot Device. Look for SATA or HDD mode change the HDD mode from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility Mode. Save and Exit (usually F10) Now put the XP CD in the drive and restart the computer. You should see the message Press Any Key To Boot From CD. This starts the Windows XP CD and the Windows install. Then you would Create a Partition, Format the Partition NTFS, and Install Windows.

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Trying to fix son's girlfriend's Dell Dimension 4600. We think the hard drive is bad. Put it in a sleeve and hooked it to another computer ... shows no files. So she bought a new WD 160GB hard drive. Installed the new hd after connecting it to another computer and using Disk Management to format it. Then installed it in the Dell 4600. When we start the computer it shows:

Dell System Dimension 4600 Series
BIOS Version A02
www.dell.com

Performing Automatic IDE Configuration ...
Secondary Master: CD ROM Device
Secondary Slave: CD ROM Device

Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup Utility

F1 does nothing but repeat prior line.
F2 brings up the BIOS settings.

Boot sequence only shows:
Diskette Drive
IDE CD ROM Drive

no new HD listed.

I also cannot get it to boot from Windows XP disk even after I change the boot sequence to IDE CD ROM Drive in the first position. Although, yesterday it did attempt to load XP, but ended at a BSOD - Unmountable_boot_volume.

Help. What should my next step be?

Thanks for any and all help.
 

A:Solved: Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup Utility

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Dell Optiplex 170L Series
Intel Celeron Processor 2.40 GHZ
Level 2 Cache: 256 KB Intergrated
Bios: A07

Turn on my sons computer today and after the dell logo screen comes up, i hear 2 beeps.The following message comes out.Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. (Picture of what I see) ---> http://i34.tinypic.com/10d8pi0.jpg
I also tried to install windows on it again and this message comes up.(Look at the PIC) http://i36.tinypic.com/10qcc9y.jpg

Any help I would really appreciate it. Thank you.
 

A:Need Help ASAP Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

This is an easy one.

You already know your computer does not detect the presence of a hard disk or other boot media.

I suggest you disconnect and reconnect the disk to be sure it is making connection. If that doesn't work, try replacing the cable with another known-good cable--perhaps one inside the machine currently connected to the DVD/CD drive, Try connecting the disk to another system to see if it is recognized there. It probably won't be, in which case you will simply have to replace the disk drive.

The good news is they are cheap these days.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=14&name=Internal-Hard-Drives
 

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my hd supposedly went bad after a diagnostics test so i installed a new hd that dell sent me and still get this error..as if my cd-rom isn't working but the light is on and if i put a dell diagnostics cd in it it will run that..not sure what else to do here...i;ve downloaded Windows Server 2003 r2 from the website thinking maybe it's the cd and nothing..what am i missing??
 

A:No bootable devices-strike F1 to retry boot F2 for setup utility

Will F2 get you in to the setup utility screen?
 

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my client get this msg everytime when i shutdown my laptop directly on power button .

Not yet performed diagnostics or changed the bios settings for now.

what are the best options to fix this ?


its a dell xps - Windows Vista OS

for now removed threats using hitman pro


waiting for your suggestions.


thanks in advance .

A:strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility, press f5 to run diagnos

  
Quote: Originally Posted by abhinani24


my client get this msg everytime when i shutdown my laptop directly on power button .

Not yet performed diagnostics or changed the bios settings for now.

what are the best options to fix this ?


its a dell xps - Windows Vista OS

for now removed threats using hitman pro


waiting for your suggestions.


thanks in advance .



Hi abhinani24,

Is this the complete error message that you receive. If possible kindly provide us with the complete error message that you receive.

Also, please set the system hard-drive as the first boot device to ensure it boots without any issues.

Please update your system details here and if you need help then follow this.

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i have a dell latitude d610
bios version ao3 ( 03/02/2005)
when i start the machine up it loads up with the dell logo page
then the next page that comes up says "no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility "
completely black screen except for those words
what is wrong? how can i get to the desktop?

A:no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility

Hit F2...go into BIOS/Setup...and verify two things:a. Your hard drive is properly reflected on the main page (along with date/time, etc.).b. That your hard drive is the first item in the boot options section of your BIOS.You might as well also ensure that your date/time data is correct.Worth Reading, IMO.Louis

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Hi there,

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop running Win XP Home Edition SP2. Few days ago when I tried to run my laptop I suddenly out of nowhere got the error message "no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility". I believe my hard drive has died. I did some research online and have read several articles about this problem. At this stage I am only concered about recovering data from my hard drive. My hard drive is 100Gb with 2 partitions 50Gb each. Most of my data is on the 2nd partion. Reading few articles online, I have tried to run the recovery disk which came along with my laptop. While trying to use the repair option, it says that the disk is unpartioned and gives an option to format and create partion. I do not want to do this yet as all my data will be lost. I have also tried to fixbr and fixmbr, but I am still not able to boot my laptop.

I have now acquired 2.5" HDD USB Enclosure or caddy and 2.5" to 3.5" converter adapter. I tried to connect my Hard drive to the caddy and connected it to my PC. My PC is able to detect the hard drive but does not show any drive icon in "My Computer". In Disk Management hard drive is showing unallocated. I borrowed another hard drive (20Gb) from a friend and connected it to my PC via caddy and same thing happens, this hard drive also appears as unallocated.

I read the following article (see link below), now this could be because of the partition type FAT32 or NTFS. I am ... Read more

A:no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility

allocate the hard drive right click where it says unallocated and allocate that should work .
 

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I have an old Dell Latitude C610 Laptop, Pentium III, that I got from a friend who's son got some wicked virus on it and the computer was pretty much useless. It would boot and load windows but once it finished loading, it would freeze, wouldn't let me run a virus scan, nothing.

To make a long story short, I used a utility on my 'Ultimate Boot CD" to wipe the drive clean. Oh, my friend didn't have the restore disk either. Now I get this message "No boot sector on hard disk - No bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" I have a Windows XP disk that I tried using to reinstall the OS but kept getting the same message. I set the bios so the CD Rom would boot first, did no good. My UBCD boots just fine so, it is not a bad HD. The laptop doesn't have a floppy drive either so, I can't make boot floppies.

Help
 

A:"No bootable devices strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

Hi

did you buy any chance remove the drive from the laptop at all... ?

the c610 has a little blade adaptor that changes the standard IDE pins into a flat set of pins, they sometimes dont sit right or the drive isnt snugly in the drive bay....

take it out and reinsert it,,on boot up go into the BIOS (F2 at boot) and check the drive shows, if it doesnt then the drive has died and needs to be replaced.

regards

ididmyc600
 

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It started when I was playing Overwatch then for some reason the screen completely froze. I wait for around a minute and then when I held down the power button to turn it off, a second before it turned off it showed blue screen saying error occured. Since that time my Pc have been running diagnostic, scanning,repairing but it always ended up in some extremely long black screen thats lasts hours so I turn it off. Then the next day when I turn on my pc it says "No bootable device" and under it "Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." I tried clicking F1 and it doesn't work, I get lead back to the same screen. I read somewhere to try doing ALT+TAB with E,F,B with Num Lock, Cap Lock, and Scroll Lock on but I just get a black screen.
My PC is Alienware x51 R2. I've had it for around 4 years now and all the specs of the PC is default. I am running Windows 10.

A:"Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

Replace the hard drive - it has failed.

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Thanks to the links from Catdancin" and the Roman's advice from 2005 on your forum, I very confidently tried the steps listed and followed the previous Dell Techs recommended proceedure. Alas, I am still getting the screen for F1 and F2... on my Dell Dimension 2400.

I removed each PCI, and disconnected each drive, then reconnected each individually... The new hard drive passed the diagnostics. I am attempting to boot up on the Windows XP S2 system disk that came with the Dell.
Oh my...
I set the boot sequence in the Bios screen to the DVD drive which is the secondary master, and I "uninstalled" the floppy drive though there is still the "diskette seek failure".
I am also getting the two beeps...then the F1, F2 set-up screen. The indicator lights show that a cable to a drive may be not working, but I haven't changed IDE cables yet...
I will so appreciate assistance!!!!!!
Thanks!
 

A:Strike F1 to retry boot or F2 set up utility

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OK so, I was trying to run a GMER scan but the computer froze. The only thing that was moving was my cursor. So I decided to turn it off by holding down my power button. I turned it back on then it gives me this error "strike F1 to retry reboot or F2 to enter system utility. I didn't know what to do so Im using my iPad to post this. I am using a Windows xP Home Edition. I also tried doing alt tab E then alt tab F and alt tab B but they didn't seem to do anything except for the alt tab F. But it says the same hinge, F1 or F2.
 

A:Strike F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter system utility

Sorry when I typed "hinge", I meant "thing".
 

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I tryed reinstalling my OS to clean up my hardrive and halfway through installing my os my computer reset and I got this error

Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

I figured that maybe it was a hardrive problem so I went out and bought a new hardrive

I put my new hardrive in the dell screen loads up. The computer beeps twice and it goes to a black screen with nothing but

Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

on the screen. When I hit f1 it repeats the message. When I hit f2 it takes me to my bios. I checked my bios and under harddrive it has my hardrives model and capacity, Everything is ok and it locates my hardrive. I also ran my IDE Diagnostics and It passed. So if it can find my hardrive what else could be the problem?

I am running a Dell Dimension 4600, It doesnt have a floppy drive and All I have are the dell discs with it including the os disc. I tried putting the os disc in but I still get the error.

Your thoughts?
 

A:Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

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Hi,I use Windows 8.1 and yesterday it started to run very slow and
at the moment I've given it a reset, as I could do absolutely nothing. Evereything 
was loading for ages. And then it happened while loading the desktop. After couple tries 
and automatic repair said that it is something with the HDD I've been asked do I want to
go back to factory settings I've pressed cancel. 
And from that moment on I get the message "No boot available SATA 1: Installed mSATA: None
Strike the F1 key to retry boot, F2 to run the setup utility."This is what I've done so far, I've tried to switch RAID and AHCI SATA mode and see what happens, nothing, then set BIOS on default settings, nothing yet.Any ideas? simple solutions? how to get the computer back to booting/move back to the last working settings.
Kind regards,Chris

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Hi Chris,
Thank you for writing to us!
Kindly follow the steps below :
Solution 1
This solution is to disable the automatic repair from starting if your computer fails to boot into windows.
What you will need - A Windows 8 or 8.1 CD
Step 1: Place the CD in your drive and proceed to boot from it
Step 2: When the install screen pops up, look to the bottom left and select "Repair Your Computer".
Step 3: You will now see a screen that says "Choose an option". Select "Troubleshoot", then "Advanced Options", and finally "Command Prompt".
Step 4: You should now see the command prompt. Type "bcdedit" (without quotes) and hit enter.
Step 5: A list should have appeared. Towards the top, you should see "resumeobject" (It is under "default"). Highlight the long number, including the brackets, and copy.
Step 6: Now type "bcdedit /set (the long number you copied) recoveryenabled No" (Without quotes). Hit enter.
Step 7: You should now see the message "The operation completed successfully"
Step 8: Type "Exit" (Without quotes)
Step 9: Reboot
_______________________________________________________________________________________
Solution 2
Booting into safe mode first, then rebooting the computer.
What you will need - nothing
So you are at the screen that says something on the lines of "Windows did not load properly".
Step 1: Select "Advanced repair options"
Step 2:... Read more

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I own a Dell Dimension 3000 with Windows XP. A month ago I got the BSOD with the 000000024 error. Since I wanted to upgrade the 40 GB hard drive anyway I purchased a Western Digital 80 GB hard drive. I installed the HD and the computer beeped two times and took me to the "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" screen. If I hit F1 it just repeats the same command. If I hit F2 it takes me to the BIOS screen. When I go into drive configuration it shows that the primary master drive is the hard drive and the secondary drive is the cd rom device. the diskette drive A is off since my computer does not have a floppy disk drive. When I try to save changes and exit it beeps twice and takes me back the F1, F2 screen again. I have tried resetting the computer by pulling the battery out for 10 minutes and replacing but nothing has changed. Any ideas?
 

A:I can't get past the F1 to retry boot, F2 setup utility

Is the date right? Is the battery good?

Is the drive set to autodetect in BIOS and/or does BIOS recognize all the correct drive parameters?

What is on the new drive? Did you install an operating system? If it is blank, nothing will boot up.
 

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I have Dell XPS running Windows XP. I used Disk Cleaner which came pre-installed on my computer and it moved and lost files, now it will not boot up. I have XP re-install disk but I need to export my files to an external hard drive before I do so. I have Knoppix, and many other live cd's I have downloaded but when I try to boot from cd with these, I get the "strike F1 to retry boot" message.
Please help me figure out what I can do to get by this.
Thanks
 

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When I turn on the computer it says:
internal
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot. F2 for setup utility. F5 to run onboard diagnostics.
I have tried booting it from the windows vista disc but it acts like it is going to load the files then goes to a black screen with a mouse pointer. It is a dell inspiron 1525 running windows vista home premium.
 

A:No bootable devices--strike f1 to retry boot..etc

Press the F2 button and check in BIOS that a hard disk and an optical drive are both showing as present and working.

 

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hi every one :)

when my PC starts 2 tern on , I started getting this message:
"Alert! cover was previously removed. Strike the f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility."
I googeled the alert message and followed a suggestion that  I change the bios setting:

BUT, I still get
"strike the f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility".



plzzzz help 
i'm gonna cry :,(

A:strike the f1 key to continue f2 to run the setup utility :(

Hi jasmine1990,
Please tell me the model of your Dell desktop and your operating system.

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Can Anyone help help help pls
I keep getting this error Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

I have tried : Replacing a New Cmos Battery
Switched HDD
Installed New Memory
Reset Bios by disconnecting the onboard jumper
Remove all connections to HDD, CD-Rom and all power cables

this is a dell dimension 4300s model
when the screen loads at the DELL LOGO there's strange funny letters and hearts.
Can anyone help me with this problem?
 

A:Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

Are you sure it is "Strike F1 to restart" and not Strike F1 to continue? You probably have very limited bios, but is there an option to select the boot drive? If so, this option may not be set right
 

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hi i need some help with this problem pls.

Dell Dimension 4300s

When i start up the computer i get this Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error message. I press F1 and it restarted over again and it did the same thing again. I reseat the memory, plug out the cables and put them back in but it keeps saying the same thing. I also repair my windows cause it had errors on them. Also when i started it up i noticed like funny writing etc.like hearts, and letters before the message came up on the screen can this be caused by memory problem?
 

A:Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

When do you get the error?
On the POST screen, or in Windows itself?
 

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Ok well the office at my work had the blue screen of death when I came in (left it on) and when I rebooted I got "unmountable_boot_volume" Error. So I think the hard drive had bad volumes... so I put a scsi drive in the pc (with a scsi pci card) and now I get the "strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility error" when i hit F1 is just keeps bring the error up and F2 goes to the bios settings. But there is no way to get past this... I've cleared the bios (ALT+TAB+A, etc) and I jsut can't figure out whats wrong.

Computer: Dell 8250
SCSI drive is 32gb

Thanks.
 

A:Solved: strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility error?

For some reason I just tried hitting F1 again and it seems to boot to the disk media... but the error still comes up... installing a fresh windows copy now.
 

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Hello everyone,

I have been receiving the following message for over a year now

Alert! Previous Fan Failure Strike the f1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility The entire screen is blank, with this text only. (followed by 2 beeps)

Normally I just strike the F1 key to continue the pc boots and
everything runs fine; recently my pc has begun to shut itself off
after about 20-30 mins. I am wondering could the above message
message be causing this? If so why did it take so long for something?
like this to occur? How do I check to see if the fan has failed? Is there
more than one fan? Are fans easy to replace? Where do I get one?



If the fan is not the cause do you have any possible suggestions as to
What might be the cause? I realize I should have addressed this issue
A long time ago. I want to get this fixed these shutdowns are very
Annoying.

Here are some details of my P.C

DELL Dimension 8250 P4 3.06GHZ
Purchased in 12/02 (5 years old)
Windows Home XP SP1
80 Gig hard drive
512 RDRAM memory


Thanks for any replies, responses
 

A:Alert! Previous Fan Failure Strike the f1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility

Well it must be the fan. probably on the cpu. If this is the case when you ignore this you allowing the cpu too run with no cooling and it shuts off when it overheats. seeing as how you have a Pentium 4 from back in 02 its probably a socket 478.

its pretty straight foward changing this fan old off new on. but to make sure remove the side panel on you computer and when you power it up there should be a fan some what to the top of the mainboard if it doesnt spin then you know thats your problem. If thats the case heres a decently priced fan for your needs>>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1800600&CatId=795
and after you fix the fan problem id upgrading to SP2
 

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I just bought a couple year old Dimension 8300 desktop. I put a new WD 1TB hard drive in it and replaced the dead clock battery, hoping that that would be enough to get it up and running..however it was not.

I'm trying to install ubuntu 10.10 on it and have a CD with the program installed on it. I can get it to work fine on other systems so that's not the problem.

My computer is detecting the new hard drive as the primary SATA drive. Here's exactly what it says under the hard drive portion of the setup utility:
SATA primary drive: Hard Drive (Drive I just put in the tower) - 1000 GB Capacity
SATA secondary drive: off
Primary Master Drive: off
Primary Slave Drive: off
Secondary Master Drive: CD-ROM device (standard DVD drive)
Secondary Slave Drive: CD-ROM device (DVD RW)
IDE Drive UDMA: off

I am telling it to boot off of the IDE CD drive, but when I try it, I either instantly get the message telling me to push "F1 to retry or F2 to go into setup" or it will try for a little while (15 seconds or less) and then give me the same message I just stated.

Any ideas what I should try? Or more info you need? Thanks!
 

A:Solved: Press F1 to retry, F2 for setup. Can't boot

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Dell Insiron 2350 AIO upgraded to Windows 10. I Had a Power failure while shutting down my computer.When trying to reboot, computer posts:
No Boot device availableSATA1: InstalledmSATA: NoneF1 to retry F2 for setup
Did Dell's ePSA diagnostics, all hardware passed, Tried backup and recovery usb drive, computer booted to drive, tried the 5 minute repair, could not repair partition. I do not want to lose all my data by reformatting and replacing the system.This is information using the Mini-tool Partition Wizard Boot Disc 9 
Partition     Capacity     Used       Unused       FileSystem       Type        Status Disk 1 System 99.98 mb 29.54 mb 70.44 mb Fat32 GPT (EFI System Partition) Active and Boot System 128 mb 128 mb 0 B other GPT (Reserved Partition) None OS 918.15 gb 576.75 gb 341.40 gb NTFS GPT (Data Partition) System 450 mb 357.34 mb 92.66 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None PBR Image 12.35 gb 11.75 gb 620.57 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None 350.00 mb 289.48 mb 60.52 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None Disk 2 29.82 gb 0 B 29.82 gb Unallocated Logical None Disk 2 is a mSata Samsung SSD PM83 which was used as a cache disk. I tried to perform the Partition Recovery Wizard on this drive with no success. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what all these partitions are for, and how I get my computer to working again. I am not sure what the GPT type means either.Any hel... Read more

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I recently deleted some type of driver or driver software when I thought that I was updating my dell drivers. I ended up deleting something that recognized my "CD/DVD/CDRW" drive. I then removed the entire "CD/DVD/CDRW" drive completely and then it started to work but with issues.

Now I not only need to use my "CD" drive but I also need to use my computer but it won't let me pass that screen for anything and gives me the "No Bootable Devices. Strike F1 to retry reboot" message.

I am completely willing to delete everything on the computer and start completely over. I don't have the "XP" original disc, but I do have a windows 2000 disc that I am willing to download even though it came with XP.

Thanks,
Calvin Russell

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Greetings forums!

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to read this post. I've done my best to google, try everything I possibly could imagine and still things aren't going my way - you're my biggest hope!
Background information & my probable earlier mistakes
The computer in question is an ASUS K55D that, used to, run Windows 8.1. Since this OS did not cooperate with our home network I decided it was a good idea to install Windows 7.

Long story short it doesn't boot via USB or DVD so I try to do it from inside W8.1 (under the presumption that it'd install it on the same disk and do the "Windows Old Folder" thing) - works fine until the reboot when it forgets about the installation, then goes into a weird boot loop that finally ended up in continuing to install W7.
I let it finish and, lo and behold, the computer crashes and boots into chkdsk (or some similar utility) claiming there's loads of issues. Que a long time of non-sensical information (did not look like any tool I've ever used before) and a lot of error messages (this is in post, by the way) that lasted for a few hours. So I decide to reboot again.

Suddenly the laptop decides it DOES want to boot into the DVD, since it can't get into W8.1 anymore. I try to install but when I try to select my newly formatted HDD it gives me "cannot install to partition of the GPT format".

So I press "delete" in the hopes of my computer understanding that ... Read more

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptop that keeps getting stuck in the Aptio utility loop and BIOS stuff and doesn?t allow me to load Windows 10 successfully. The other day my PC randomly had a blue screen of death and crashed and now it?s preventing me from getting back to my OS ever since. Sometimes upon booting it loads a PCI white screen saying ?Hard drive not installed.?

I ran the ePSA diagnostics to check and scan the system, but it only keeps saying it finished the tests with a yellow caution sign next to my hard drive. Is there anything I can do to get a successful boot? I just don?t want to lose everything I was working on.
 

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Hello,

was long time member unfortunately it seems that my account got wiped? Or im assuming you guys have some cap on non-active accounts.

Non the less, im here about my x751s. Today i turned it on and it made 5 rapid sequential beeps and goes straight to the BIO's menu.
Ive tried launch csm route, but that gives me the " No bootable driver" error, On startup ive tried esc, f1, f8, f9, f10, f11, f12 none of them work.

I opened my laptop and looked around, safely unclipped the mother board connections and nothing looks out of place i unscrewed the HDD it looks good none of the small slits are moved and the pins are also fine.

Any ideas?

Thank you,
David
 

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Hi All,

I really nned some help with my Dell dimension 4600 desktop pc. My 120gb Hard drive started to make a clicking sound and the pc would not boot up, i guessed the drive has died. So i purchased a nw 320gb Western Digital Pata drive (ide connection). took out old drive and straight swapped it with new one. when i bought pc from dell around 6,7 yrs now it came with xp home edition. i don't have the original disks but i have an xp pro disk.
after fitting new h/drive in i pressed power button but keep gettin the message "F1 TO RE BOOT, F2 FOR SETUP UTILITY"
I HAVE TRIED:
removin cr2032 battery for 30 mins from m/board (power cable pulled out" then tried but same message.

i have removed all the ide connections and re inserted but to no AVAIL.

I HAVE TRIED EVERY VARIATION I COULD THINK OF IN THE BIOS SETTINGS TO BOOT FROM CD ONLY,HARD,USB ETC BUT STILL NOTHING. still get same message.

Could it be my xp pro boot up cd is faulty?, i have put the cd in laptop(which has vista home prem on it) and it loads up to the main xp screen so i assume it is a bootable disk.

on the problem dimension machine i have 2 cd rom drives and a floppy drive if thats of any help.

I would really appreciate some kind soul/s help on this. my kids have no pc and i can't afford a new one at the moment hence why i spent the ?50 on a new hard drive.

A:[SOLVED] Dell dimension 4600, F1 to re boot, F2 to setup utility ERROR

Boot order set floppy, cd, hd?

edit: because this doesn't help -'I HAVE TRIED EVERY VARIATION I COULD THINK OF IN THE BIOS SETTINGS TO BOOT FROM CD ONLY,HARD,USB ETC BUT STILL NOTHING'

edit again: was the 'old' drive an IDE?

With the 'new' drive in, does it show in Bios?

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i'm trying to do a system recovery on my older dell laptop that won't start. the following link from microsoft only has the setup disks for service pack 1 and 2. where do i download the one for service pack 3? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994

A:Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 3 Utility: Setup Disks for Floppy Boot Install?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/slipstreaming-windows-xp-to-create-bootable-cd/Please read the tutorial above from BC tutorials -Thank You -

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I have a Dell OptiPlex GX110 that produces the message "F1 to retry, F2 to Enter Setup" every few boots intermittently. I looked up a few websites and they said that the BIOS battery may have died.

I replaced the battery CR2032 with a new battery and thought that all was going well until on about the tenth boot (a cold boot), the dreaded "F1 to retry, F2 to Enter Setup" message came up again.

I've ruled out the battery so what am I looked at replacing the BIOS chip or the board or what. I only have BIOS version A05, will upgrading to A09 help - I dont see how it should.
There have been no hardware changes at all by the way.

thanks,
 

A:Dell OptiPlex GX110 "F1 to retry, F2 to Enter Setup" after new BIOS battery install.

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My computer started to run very slow and will lock up when I go into Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.  I can go to one website and maybe follow a couple links before the computer locks up with the message that the website is not responding.  It will eventually go to a black screen with the message: "NO BOOT DEVICE AVAILABLE  HIT ENTER TO RETRY"  The power has to be turned off and back on to restart the computer, only to repeat the process.  Any help will be appreciated.
 

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Hey I just bought a computer and when I try to start it up, this message pops up.
it also says
SATA 0 - not installed
SATA 1 - NOT INSTALLED
SATA 2 - NOT INSTALLED
SATA 3 - NOT INSTALLED
SATA 4 - NOT INSTALLED
SATA 5 - INSTALLED
I just wanted to ask for some tips and maybe a resolution to my problem so I can use the new computer. Thank you in advance!
 

A:No boot device available. Press enter key to retry

Hey I just bought a computer and when I try to start it up, this message pops up.Click to expand...

if this is a new computer, id take it back.

Drive not enabled in the BIOS
Serial ATA drivers are not properly installed
Faulty or unplugged data cable
Drive is not spinning up
Incorrect jumper settings on the drive
Faulty hard drive
there isnt a hdd in the computer

 

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please help.

all of a sudden, the screen on our Dell laptop inspiron e1705. Said somthing like Windows has encountered a problem and has shut down....

It would not go into safe mode, would not boot from a disc or anything. So, I bought a new harddrive.

Installed it and got the message......
No Bootable Devices-strike F1 To Reboot F2 For Setup

I tried all the suggestions that was offered by FASTCO that I saw in an earlier post that was similar to this.

I cannot get it to work. there are no plastic things on any pins on the harddrive.

It will only to the message about no bootable.....

I went in and changed the sequence and put CD as 1. It will not let me put numbers before any of the other items...ie: hard disc, diskette drive.. etc.

Can you help me? I really need to get this thing up and running again.
 

A:No Bootable Devices - strike F1 To Reboot F2 For Setup

I went in and changed the sequence and put CD as 1Click to expand...

The new HardDrive is not bootable, because it doesn't even have Windows installed on it yet.

You need to re-confirm the CMOS boot order (as CD first) then Save and Exit CMOS
Then put a bootable disc (ie Windows disc) and boot from it

edit:

Sorry I'm not "fastco" you can disregard my response until he checks the thread if you like
 

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Hi All,

When I switch the laptop on I get the following message and 2 beeps:

'No bootable device(s) selected'

'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility'

I then retry the boot, but get the same message appearing on screen.

I then try the set-up utility, where I experimented with the boot configuration. I basically changed the Boot First Device option from 'CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive' to 'Internal HDD', restarted the laptop and got the following message and 2 beeps:

'No boot sector on hard disk - 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for set-up utility'

It seems like there is no O/S, so I tried booting a Win2K disc I have, but cannot by pass the above messages. Does anyone have any suggestions? Look forward to your replies.

Regards

AD

dell latitude c840
 

A:No Bootable Devices-strike F1 To Reboot F2 For Setup

What operating system are you installing? If it's Windows Xp, boot from the cd and follow the instructions on the screen.
 

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hi me and my friend have wanted to make our own severs to play over the internet but we have no idea how. we make a sever and search for it but cant find our severs. can someone please help
 

A:Solved: how do i setup the Counter Strike Source: Deticated sever

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I need help getting my Desktop to the log on screen. When I turn it on it says Operating System not found.
 

A:Setup Utility

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I am working on a Toshiba Satellite with Insyde H2O bios. It says to use F2 for setup and F12 for boot manager.

I've tried all the function keys, as well as esc and del and they only get me to Windows Boot Manager. (This includes F2.)

The machine has Vista that stops loading when it gets to the network drivers. Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause? If I download a new BIOS can I install it from the command prompt?

If the BIOS is still OK are there other ways to get into setup?

(Meanwhile F2 works just fine on my Dell Lattitude)
 

A:Can't get into BIOS setup utility

Try using a USB keyboard...

"Could a corrupt BIOS be the cause?"

I don't think you would get that far in the boot process if the bios were corrupt
 

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I need to enter bios, not the "HP setup utility", because in the utility there are no settings for SATA controller. I need to change it to IDE, but in the utility there is no option for that. How do i do it?

A:I need BIOS, not HP Setup Utility

Hi: Why do you need to change the setting to IDE? A BIOS update won't add that feature anyway. If you are trying to reinstall XP and get the blue screen stop error, simply add the SATA AHCI drivers. See this guide below.  Read the Intel section and then read the downloadable document for how to slipstream all of the sata drivers. http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/SATA-drivers-for-XP-solution-on-... I have zipped up and attached the drivers you need to slipstream below...  


























Driver.zip ?201 KB

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having trouble locating the desktop printer utility on the mac.
I went to sherlock and typed it in but each time i get adobe.....
I went into the hard drive still cannot located the printer to set it up to a network printer/. Thanks for assisstance.
 

A:printer utility setup

Hi, Shanoa.

I moved your post to the hardware area in hopes that you'll get more/better/faster response.
 

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Hello I am stuck in an Aptio Setup Utility menu loop and everything I have tried has not worked to get me out of it I was hoping maybe someone on here could help me figure it out
 

A:Aptio Setup Utility

I see you've marked your thread as Solved, what ended up resolving the issue?
 

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Hi, I've got a P34 gigabyte running on w10 and can't exit from aptio setup utility and not too many options available in the menu boot

I've got 1 ssd (system) + 1 hdd, none appears in the screen

Yesterday, I updated nvidia drivers before shuting down the laptop

Any help would be appreciated

 

A:aptio setup utility

Sorry, my HDD is recognized but serial ATA port 0 is empty
 

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I am stuck on this page and unable to go back to my desktop no matter what i do.
 

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Dear Sir,I have Acer V5-473PG laptop for more than a year now and using W8.1. My problem now is (since a month ago) every time I boot my laptop, the screen will come to "insydeH20 setup utility". Then I have to press escape, press enter for "Yes" and the screen will continue to Windows. FYI, my W8.1 is working very fine as far as I can see. This happens every time whenever I boots/starts my laptop. Is this a bad sign for me? Is my laptop going to R.I.P? Thanks in advance.










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A:insydeH20 setup utility

fenolly75,
 
Sorry to hear you are having problems, there are a couple things we can try:
 
Enter the BIOS and restore defaults to make sure there wasn't something changed accidentally.
Attempt a start up repair on your system to see if that resolves the issue.
Attempt a system restore to before you started having this problem.
Perform a refresh to try and repair the Windows operating system files, some programs may be lost with that function, which was why I listed it last.

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My new Asus s550ca cannot get past the Aptio Setup Utility. I have tried f10 and forcing shutdown but it still pops up. How can I get this to go away?
 

A:Aptio Setup Utility

some on it here

http://www.justanswer.com/computer/...l-not-exit-aptio-setup-utility-everytime.html

run the h/d makers diagnostic on the hard drive
 

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Dear Sir,I have Acer V5-473PG laptop for more than a year now and using W8.1. My problem now is (since a month ago) every time I boot my laptop, the screen will come to "insydeH20 setup utility". Then I have to press escape, press enter for "Yes" and the screen will continue to Windows. FYI, my W8.1 is working very fine as far as I can see. This happens every time whenever I boots/starts my laptop. Is this a bad sign for me? Is my laptop going to R.I.P? Thanks in advance.











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A:insydeH20 setup utility

fenolly75,
 
Sorry to hear you are having problems, there are a couple things we can try:
 
Enter the BIOS and restore defaults to make sure there wasn't something changed accidentally.
Attempt a start up repair on your system to see if that resolves the issue.
Attempt a system restore to before you started having this problem.
Perform a refresh to try and repair the Windows operating system files, some programs may be lost with that function, which was why I listed it last.

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