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F1 Error, what does it mean?

Last response: in Windows 7
July 24, 2013 11:14:17 AM

I woke up this morning and my computer read "strike F1 to retry boot…"

I restarted the computer, and it got to the windows 7 login screen, but my account never showed up. There was no name, or password box. Nothing but the blue windows 7 default screen, and my cursor (which was not the right size). I turned it off for a couple of hours, and then turned it back on. It stayed at the bios screen for a around 2 minutes with the bar halfway loaded, then it showed me the F1 error again. The computer is currently powered down. <---That's a picture of the F1 error.

Does anyone know what this could mean, or how to fix it?

My specs:
System: Dell XPS 9100
OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB
Ram: 8 GB of ram
CPU: Intel Core i7 CPU (930 @ 2.80Ghz 2.80GHz).
GPU: MSI GTX 660 (MSI N660 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP)
PSU: Corsair AX850

EDIT: Everything I found on google says "F1 to reboot, F2 to run utility". But I do not get the F2 option. Does that mean our issues are different? Or is it almost definitely the hard drive failing?

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July 29, 2013 5:30:01 PM

Hi there. It just happened that I got this error the other day when I was debugging my faulty XPS 9100. During the testing I removed all the hard drives from the motherboard so it had nothing to boot from. Try to see if your hard drive is connected. During POST press F2, Setup opens, check to see if any hard drive is detected. If Good luck.