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Entering a DellGL w/out causing an error

By jenral_Sam ·
Hello,

I currently have a Dell GL 5200 that starts up at a strange time of the day and i know that i need to get into the bios to change this.
So how could i get into a Dell GL 5*** bios without causing a serious (temporary) error??
Currently itake out the HD so it has no boot device and gives the option to go into the bios (time consuming....)

ne ideas???
thanks for reading :)

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by D_V Ant In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

I believe you hit the <DEL> key to enter the BIOS while the BIOS splash screen is displayed. It may be the <F2> key, I cannot remember which off the top of my head. Watch the screen while the PC is counting the memory and it should say which key to hit.......

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by jenral_Sam In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

Yes in a normal pc you would but in a dell (or a compaq) there is no easy way to access the bios @ start up

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by timwalsh In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

I'm assuming you are talking about the presence of the vendors logo screen until the Wiondos logo screen appears. I can't speak for Compaq, but for Dell, if you hit Esc while the vendor screen is showing, you will immediately see all the normal bootup messages and POST test results that you see on other computers.

On my Dell laptop, if you hit the F2 key when the vendor screen begins to show, you are taken to the BIOS setup routine.

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by jenral_Sam In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

its a bit older than than.

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by Furio Giante In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

To get into the BIOS of a Dell machine, during the POST screen (or the dell splash screen) you must hit one of the following three key combinations.

1. F2 is the most common for recent dell machines

2. Delete is the second most common

or 3.Shift-alt-enter or ctrl-alt-enter (typical of older machines ~3 years old or more)

I am not clear on what the serious (temporary) error you may be experiencing could be. If you require further clarification, please post! Hopefully that should get you where you need to go, there is an automatic startup time on almost every Dell I have ever seen - but it is disabled by default.

GL!

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by jenral_Sam In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

Thanks
no 3 worked.
i had to cause a serious error so the machine would stop at the bios and give you the option to go into the bios setup

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by jenral_Sam In reply to Entering a DellGL w/out c ...

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