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by NLFlower / October 17, 2006 3:45 PM PDT

I am trying to redo my boot sequence to get the CD-ROM to boot first. I forgot which key it was to do this, but I tried several without any results. Awhile back I setup the system to be in "turbo" mode and the BIOS screen flashes by very quickly on startup. I think the problem lies somewhere with my usb keyboard b/c it seems like I press the key, but it doesn't seem to have any affect until after the system has gotten to far into the boot sequence. If someone could let me know which key it is so I can double check and any other helpful information would be appreciated. I have a home-brew system with an Epox 8rga+ mb, Win XP Pro. TIA

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You can...
by sabyasachi_lawyer / October 17, 2006 3:54 PM PDT

... press the 'Delete' key on your keyboard at 1/2 sec. intervals while rebooting to get into the BIOS.
You can also press 'F8' at the same intervals from immediately after the commencement of rebooting.
Best of Luck!

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Thanks
by NLFlower / October 18, 2006 4:38 PM PDT
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Delete key worked!!! However, now no other key seems to work as I stare at the Bios setup screen...

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Possible CMOS/BIOS Setup Keys
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 18, 2006 2:49 AM PDT

By finding the motherboard model, you should be able to find it on Google.

You may need to swap in a PS2 keyboard temporarily.

Start pressing the BIOS setup key immediately after bootup.

Most computers I've worked on use one of the following setup keys but there are others:

F1, Delete, F2, F10 usually for Compaqs, Esc

The link below describes a similar problem with that mobo:

http://www.motherboardpoint.com/t24277-cant-enter-bios-setup-on-8rga.html

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks...
by NLFlower / October 18, 2006 4:40 PM PDT

The DEL key worked, but now I'm staring at the Bios setup screen and none of the keys are working. Hmmm...
I don't know if I can scrounge up a PS2 kb. Wonder why the DEL key worked to get to that screen, but now no keys work?

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Have you...
by sabyasachi_lawyer / October 18, 2006 5:19 PM PDT
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... tried the PageUp/ PageDown keys and / or the UP & Down Arrows on your keyboard once you've entered the BIOS?
When your chosen option is highlighted (you may enter the first hard disk), you may hit the Enter key to enter your O.S.

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Yep, Only A Few Keys Work In The BIOS
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 19, 2006 12:48 AM PDT
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Up,down, right, left, space bar, Enter key, F10, etc..

Sometimes there are specific key instructions at the bottom edge of the setup screen.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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