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Changing BIOS settings without an enter key.

By mrknickerbocker ·
I am trying to format a laptop that has a broken enter key (we use a USB keyboard to over come this). I am trying to format the computer. Unfortunately, the hard drive is earlier in the boot sequence than my CD drive, or flash drive. I can't change this sequence without the enter key, and I can't use the USB keyboard until windows boots.

How can I change the boot sequence without an enter key?

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PS/2

by LarryD4 In reply to Changing BIOS settings wi ...

Does the laptop have a PS/2 port? If so get a PS/2 keyboard and you should be fine.

If it doesn't then it should be supporting the USB keyboard at the POST.

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No PS/2 port, no USB keyboard at POST

by mrknickerbocker In reply to PS/2

It doesn't have a PS/2 port. I found the setting for POST behavior that will allow me to select which keyboard to use at POST, but I need the enter key to change this setting.

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Ahhh

by LarryD4 In reply to No PS/2 port, no USB keyb ...

Ahhh so its a selection wow thats gotta suck..

And my guess is the Post, if no selection was made, defaults to the laptop keyboard..

Bad way to make a laptop, what brand is it?

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Japanese Dell

by mrknickerbocker In reply to Ahhh

It's a Dell Inspiron 2200, but it's a Japanese one. The keyboard is Japanese, the XP is Japanese. The BIOS is English, luckily.

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I don't know if this would work but it's worth a try...

by wanttocancel In reply to Changing BIOS settings wi ...

Make your changes, hit ESC (or whatever to exit out of BIOS) and the program should ask you if you want to save any changes made. Say yes and restart. I think this would only work if you make selections with the -/+ or the f5/f6 keys.

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That needs an enter key.

by mrknickerbocker In reply to I don't know if this woul ...

I can't make changes without the enter key.

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The Bottom line is that you can not do this

by OH Smeg In reply to Changing BIOS settings wi ...

Your only option is to replace the keyboard.

Call Dell for a replacement.

Col

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Short out the enter key

by wrleeii In reply to Changing BIOS settings wi ...

How is the enter key broken? Can you pop the keycap off and short out the contacts directly (or otherwise finagle the mechanics) to "enter" a keystroke?

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My wife spilled coffee on the keyboard.

by mrknickerbocker In reply to Short out the enter key

My wife spilled coffee on the keyboard. I don't know if that's what made the enter key not work, because she then pried a bunch of keys off the board so she could scrub with a rag.

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Duh !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to My wife spilled coffee on ...

Your wife spills coffee on the laptop keyboard, the Enter key stops working but you DON'T KNOW if that might be the cause "because she then pried a bunch of keys off the board so she could scrub with a rag."?????

Are you insane?

If the coffee-flavoured tsunami didn't do it, maybe the trauma suffered from a 'bunch of keys' being pried off the membrane MIGHT have had some part to play in the problem.

This fundamental piece of information doesn't surface until Post #10 in the thread. Might I venture slightly deeper and ask you WHY are you (as originally posted:) "trying to format a laptop that has a broken enter key".

Is there a remote possibility that the coffee-infused laptop maybe doesn't boot?

You might not have anything beyond the BIOS anyway.

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