BIOS Problem? or Corrupt Boot Exe.??

By Cabellbiomed ·
Recently used a Seagate HD utility to try to check a HD through my PC using an external USB HD device reader. Didn't change anything ... just looked at external drive. Then I exited the program (Dos based btw) or tried to. That's when my PC just locked up. Had to reboot my PC (running XP Professional) and that's when the fun started. My PC will not boot now unless I put in a XP Pro install CD... then it boots fine and runs without a problem. If I do not have the XP CD in the PC, then it takes a very long time to tell me that it cannot find bootable media. It hangs up for a long time on the HP logo screen that you normally would see for about 4 seconds... then it goes to the DOS looking screen with that message.
I've tried to access the Bios to see what device is first on list to boot from but cannot get into bios at all no matter what key I try. I've tried every combination or key with no results... any key I try just takes me to a black screen with a few odd software version numbers and the type of PC... nothing else!
Any ideas ???? This is an HP Compaq 6000 Pro.

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Here's what HP says about entering the BIOS setup utility

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to BIOS Problem? or Corrupt ...

HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One PC - Computer Setup (F10) Utility

Computer Setup (F10) Utilities
Use Computer Setup (F10) Utility to do the following:
???Change factory default settings.
???Set the system date and time.
???Set, view, change, or verify the system configuration, including settings for processor, graphics, memory, audio, storage, communications, and input devices.
???Modify the boot order of bootable devices such as hard drives, optical drives, or USB flash media devices.
???Enable Quick Boot, which is faster than Full Boot but does not run all of the diagnostic tests run during a Full Boot. You can set the system to:
???always Quick Boot (default);
???periodically Full Boot (from every 1 to 30 days); or
???always Full Boot.
???Select Post Messages Enabled or Disabled to change the display status of Power-On Self-Test (POST) messages. Post Messages Disabled suppresses most POST messages, such as memory count, product name, and other non-error text messages. If a POST error occurs, the error is displayed regardless of the mode selected. To manually switch to Post Messages Enabled during POST, press any key (except F1 through F12 ).
???Establish an Ownership Tag, the text of which is displayed each time the system is turned on or restarted.
???Enter the Asset Tag or property identification number assigned by the company to this computer.
???Enable the power-on password prompt during system restarts (warm boots) as well as during power-on.
???Establish a setup password that controls access to the Computer Setup (F10) Utility and the settings described in this section.
???Secure integrated I/O functionality, including USB, audio, or embedded NIC, so that they cannot be used until they are unsecured.
???Enable or disable removable media boot ability.
???Solve system configuration errors detected but not automatically fixed during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
???Replicate the system setup by saving system configuration information on a USB flash drive and restoring it on one or more computers.
???Execute self-tests on a specified ATA hard drive (when supported by drive).
???Enable or disable DriveLock security (when supported by drive).
Using Computer Setup (F10) Utilities
Computer Setup can be accessed only by turning the computer on or restarting the system. To access the Computer Setup Utilities menu, complete the following steps:
1.Turn on or restart the computer. If you are in Microsoft Windows, click Start > Shut Down > Restart .
2.As soon as the computer is turned on, press F10 before the computer boots to the operating system to enter Computer Setup. Press Enter to bypass the title screen, if necessary.
NOTE: If you do not press F10 at the appropriate time, you must restart the computer and again press F10 before the computer boots to the operating system to access the utility.

3.Select your language from the list and press Enter .
4.A choice of five headings appears in the Computer Setup Utilities menu: File, Storage, Security, Power, and Advanced.
5.Use the arrow (left and right) keys to select the appropriate heading. Use the arrow (up and down) keys to select the option you want, then press Enter . To return to the Computer Setup Utilities menu, press Esc .
6.To apply and save changes, select File > Save Changes and Exit .
???If you have made changes that you do not want applied, select Ignore Changes and Exit .
???To reset to factory settings or previously saved default settings (some models), select Apply Defaults and Exit . This option will restore the original factory system defaults.
CAUTION: Do NOT turn the computer power OFF while the BIOS is saving the Computer Setup (F10) changes because the CMOS could become corrupted. It is safe to turn off the computer only after exiting the F10 Setup screen.

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by Cabellbiomed In reply to Here's what HP says about ...

Thanks for the effort but this is too generic to my specific problem. I already know how I am supposed to get into the bios and what to do once I get there.... my problem is I cannot get into the bios setup using ANY key or combination because the PC always takes me to this odd black screen with just a few cryptic pieces of info. Doesn't matter what key or when I press it ... always the same result. I suspect my hard drive boot sector is corrupt but not sure why I cannot get into the bios setting. But thanks anyway for posting the info... it may prove useful later or for someone else.

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