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Bios setting

By barry_charalambous ·
I have an old compaq deskpro xl 5133, i decided to format the hard drive and re install windows but i haveing trouble as it will not read the d: drive. all I need to know is hoe to enter the bios settings so i can switch the drive on. I have tried all keys from F1 to F12 but no luck please please please can someone tell me how to get into the bios settings on a compaq PC.
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by DKlippert In reply to Bios setting

F10 should work.
here's some software that may help from Compaq:

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by pauly4190 In reply to Bios setting

From the Compaq/HP support PDF on the Deskpro XL 5133:

To access the Computer Setup Utilities menu, complete the following steps:

1. Turn on or restart the computer. To restart the computer in Windows or Windows NT, click
Start # Shut Down # Restart the Computer.
2. When the F10 Setup message appears in the lower-right corner of the screen, press the F10 key. Press Enter to bypass the title screen, if necessary. If you do not press the F10 key while the message is displayed, you must turn the
computer off, then on again, to access the utility.

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by PaulP In reply to Bios setting

Watch closely while booting up the PC. Watch for the cursor to go to the upper right corner of the display. Press the F10 key and you will get into setup. This only works while the cursor is in the upper right corner of the display, and the cursor only stays there a couple seconds.

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by SFHSGrad00 In reply to Bios setting

Some of the old Compaq systems will not allow you to get into BIOS without a special boot disk. Have you tried to contact Compaq about it?

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by dritchie In reply to Bios setting

Try Esc or Ctrl+Enter or just Enter when it begins to start up

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by ctmoore1998 In reply to Bios setting

Watch as the system starts you will see the cursor flash in upper left then switch to upper right corner when cursor in upper right corner press F10 this should get you into compaq bios setting.

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