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Windows will not start up without hitting delete key first

by CPK610 / April 24, 2004 11:31 PM PDT

When I start or restart my computer it starts with a screen that says I must press the delete key to resume instead of just loading windows. How do I correct this? It just started doing it as few days ago. Any Suggestions?
Thanks.

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Tell a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2004 1:52 AM PDT

It's unclear what the "message" is. Try putting it in quotes and tell a bit about the make/model machine. It could be that you may need to get into the BIOS and then exit with a save settings along the way. But with just what you've written, I'm unsure if Windows is up and in sleep or hibernation or if some BIOS message is there.

Bob

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Re:Tell a little more.
by CPK610 / April 25, 2004 8:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Tell a little more.

It is a black screen that tells about my system and then at the bottom of what it says it has *press (del) to resume before it will loan windows. My system is a Dell 4100 Deminsion computer. After I press delete it loads windows and continues. It just started doing this about 4 days ago. I never had to do that before now. Any help would be grateful.
Thanks,
CPK610

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Aha. Is this your picture?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2004 9:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Tell a little more.
http://www.zoofence.com/images/misc/others/screen.jpg

Read about it at http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=504e995e.0308131920.63d2044a%40posting.google.com&&output=gplain

"From: peter@zoofence.com (Peter)
Newsgroups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips
Subject: Re: Boot Message "Press (DEL) To Resume"?
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peter@zoofence.com (Peter) wrote in message news:<504e995e.0308120925.2c907bdb@posting.google.com>...
> I have a Dell Dimension 4100 PC running WindowsXP Professional ver.
> 2002 SP-1; the BIOS version is A10. Everything works fine, except
> beginning a day or so ago, every time I boot, the process stops
> (pauses) at a black (DOS-like) screen showing some system information,
> and a prompt to press the DELETE key to resume. When I press the
> DELETE key, the process resumes, Windows loads properly, and opens the
> Desktop fine ...

After posting this question here, I discovered at the Dell Forum that
other Dell Dimension computers have had the same problem. It is
evidently a hard disk issue. For those interested, the thread at Dell
Forum is http://delltalk.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dim_bios&message.id=15641&view=by_date_ascending&page=1
"

Bob
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Re:Aha. Is this your picture?
by CPK610 / April 26, 2004 12:03 AM PDT

Yes indeed...that is the screen I get when I start or restart my computer. I will go to the link you indicated in your reply. Do you know anything about how to correct this? Please advise anything thing that you know about this. I appreicate your help.
Thanks
CPK610

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I'm wondering.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2004 2:07 AM PDT

If you read the link and the discussion.

If not, what more could I offer?

Bob

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Re:I'm wondering.
by CPK610 / April 26, 2004 2:35 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm wondering.

I will print and try those things in the links you gave me. Can't do till I am home from the office today. Was just wondering in my last post if you have any thing else to offer to go along with the links you gave me. I appreicate you taking the time to advise me and give me the links to read and try what is mentioned in them.
Thanks again,
Cindy
CPK610

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Complete the diagnostic noted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2004 2:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:I'm wondering.

I found the discussion to be pretty much on-target. The discussion noted to check those diagnostic lights and even told the user when to look at them.

You may find that the machine needs repair, but without doing the diagnostic light check, we can't proceed.

Bob

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