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Boot computer

by p36933t / February 16, 2004 4:07 AM PST

I use XP Home. I installed a new hard drive, put old one in an enclosure on USB port. Everything working great---except when I turn computer off. When I turn back on, I get black screen with Dell, bios no. and in right corner on top F2=Setup and F12=Boot Menu. When I do press F12, after a minute, boot menu comes up as 1 Normal, 2 Hard Drive, 3 Floppy dr, 4 CD-Rom. Pressing on 1, enter, then F1, finally gets me to the windows screen. How do I set this up to bypass all this, and just have the windows screen come up? It didn't do this before the installation. Thanks....

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Re:Boot computer
by Michael Geist / February 16, 2004 6:26 AM PST
In reply to: Boot computer

Take a peek in the Bios for something on the order of Boot Menu. You may be able to bypass it.

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Re:Re:Boot computer
by p36933t / February 16, 2004 7:07 AM PST
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I did, and it lists hard drive, diskette drive, and IDE CD Rom device. I had tried to disable them one at a time, did not work. Should I maybe disable all of them? It recognizes the other drive as an unknown device,but I don't leave that on--only when I need it.

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Re:Re:Re:Boot computer
by Michael Geist / February 16, 2004 7:18 AM PST
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That is the boot order, you don't want to disable anything(even though disabling is likely not an option) here because you would have to reset the Bios in order to boot later.

I would look for an enabling of the Boot Menu, might be in Advanced Bios or Chipset Features, or might not be an option at all. What was the mainboard again?

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