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Why do I always have to click F1 to boot my computer up ?

by jet4shine / June 16, 2012 3:08 AM PDT

This is driving me crazy,I always have to hit F1 for my computer to boot up,my friend gave me the computer and it did it for him also.Need help on this cause.Thank you.

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What happens if you don't?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 16, 2012 7:15 AM PDT

So few details so there is very little that can be suggested.

But my HP did this when I had Windows 98, 12-13 years ago.

Turn it on, it would always offer me the "Press F1 to continue, press F2 to enter Setup". I hunted around for suggestions and tried them all, even the 'replace CMOS battery' one, but nothing worked.

The strange thing is, the computer worked fine so I lived with it.


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Re: press f1 to continue
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 16, 2012 7:26 AM PDT

I understand this means the BIOS finds something it doesn't like, or maybe doesn't find something it expects. So it invites you to press f1 if you think everything is fine and f2 if you want to go into the BIOS setup to correct it.

But BIOS'es aren't known for user-friendlyness, giving clear and meaningful error message and having a great help system, so you might never find the problem. The only thing to try that makes some sense is to go into that BIOS setup and find an option like "reset to defaults". Should be harmless. If it doesn't help, my advice is to learn to live with it. If you can't, give the computer to somebody less sensitive than you.


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