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Cannot reach bios in order to change boot sequence to use Win 7 repair disc.

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March 7, 2014 11:13:13 AM

Here is what I have. Alienware Aurora R4 with Win 7 installed. Had a virus of some sort a two weeks ago or more. Ran my Lavasoft and Norton which seemed to take care of my issues but in the last few days I have had problems watching video's and downloading almost everything. The videos will start fine and last for about 8 seconds. You can see the bar moving like it is still playing yet I hear and see nothing. YouTube videos started to turn green at about 8 seconds in.

I tried reinstalling flash player, shockwave and updating my graphics driver (which I found has an update which needs to be installed), all of which fail for a NSIS warning saying that it is either corrupted or it's integrity check has failed. I have a Win 7 repair disc that I made the first week I received this computer.

Which brings me to...

I cannot seem to get into my bios to change my boot sequence to start up from my disc drive. I have tried to press every key I could think have found throughout Google. I unhooked my Bluetooth keyboard and I am using a wired keyboard. I have even taken out both of my hard discs in an attempt to force a bios startup. If I hit the F2 key or remove my hard discs my screen just stays black with my monitor in standby mode. With the hard discs connected and me pressing F2 every two seconds or so the screen will stay black and I have found that if I press the escape key and enter it will boot up to the Windows login screen moments later. I know something is happening I just don't see it. I never see anything before Windows boots up and never have, meaning my screen is black and about the time you hear the windows sound on my speakers my monitor comes to life with the account selection for Windows 7.

I am at a loss here and I am at best a weekend warrior when it comes to computer's. Please and thank you for any and all responses.
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March 7, 2014 11:33:37 AM

Take out the BIOS battery and try to enter the BIOS without the battery.

If that doesn't work, try unplugging you computer and pressing the power key. We want you computer to set for at least an 1 hour to be sure. Then plug the computer back in and try to enter bios. You may also want to try to flash the bios, by getting the latest version from the vendor website.
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March 7, 2014 2:02:29 PM

Chiisu said:
Take out the BIOS battery and try to enter the BIOS without the battery.


That worked and I was able to change the boot sequence to DVD drive but when I saved and exited the BIOS it booted from the HDD. Tried a restart to make sure the changes saved and I once again lost the ability to enter the BIOS. Any ideas on what would cause this and any solutions for it? I'm not sure how to repair Win 7 when I can only boot from the HDD. I have even since tried a factory reset from the alienware respawn. With it my computer attempts to restart and does nothing else.

Side note, or rant rather, literally 1 day after my warranty expired my liquid cpu cooler died and I had to replace it. Since then it has been one thing after another with this thing. Next time I'm going to build from scratch off the forums and guides on this site. Never again will I buy another Dell product....
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March 7, 2014 3:12:48 PM

Did you put the Bios battery back in? Take it out for a little while then put it back in and then try to boot into bios
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March 8, 2014 3:17:34 AM

Chiisu said:
Did you put the Bios battery back in? Take it out for a little while then put it back in and then try to boot into bios


Yes, I did exactly that. Sorry if I wasn't clear.

I was able to get there but after the save it seemed to just skip what I changed in the BIOS and didn't show the startup screen needed to even enter it.
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March 8, 2014 10:24:59 AM

Well it sounds like the Motherboard, lol I suggested testing the HDD but if you can not get into the OS or boot from anything that would be a no go. Just wasn't thinking :pt1cable: 
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March 8, 2014 10:37:19 AM

Most motherboards also have a failsafe of an F key or the Del key to open only the boot menu. I know my MSI boards I hit Del and it opens the menu for boot process, I think the Compaq Asus board was F12/F10 though.
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March 10, 2014 8:05:22 AM

I can boot windows, I just cannot use a repair disc of any sort since I can't boot from any other thing besides the HDD.

The default BIOS button for my board is F2 or F12. The problem is I never get the option.

I've no idea what else to try. What happens when your BIOS battery is dead? Would that cause my BIOS to not boot?
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March 10, 2014 2:35:17 PM

Not saying to open bios, I am saying there is a hot key - for use without going into bios. It allows you to pull up the boot menu and no need to get into bios. It is a one time solution (re-usable but wont make it always boot that option first). Look into the manufacturers boot menu key for that board. I think it will solve your issue.
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March 14, 2014 7:40:37 PM

Silver Wolf said:
Not saying to open bios, I am saying there is a hot key - for use without going into bios. It allows you to pull up the boot menu and no need to get into bios. It is a one time solution (re-usable but wont make it always boot that option first). Look into the manufacturers boot menu key for that board. I think it will solve your issue.


Sorry, busy week at work and haven't had the time to check this thread. I looked everywhere for a hot key and I literally tried each and every key on the board one at a time. No go, looks like I may have inadvertently picked yours as the solution although I've still got the issue. I'm just going to buy another board and throw it in there.
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March 14, 2014 8:42:54 PM

I know you can find good deals out there if you look. I paid $50 for my board which is a refurbished B75ma-g43 MSI board.
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