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July 18, 2010 8:13:55 PM

My son tried to reformat but used the wrong CD. Used a laptop recovery.Now will not boot at all, keyboard will not work. Is there still hope to make it boot? I have a cd for WINDOW XP OS to use to reformat my problem is it will not read or boot to cd drive.

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a c 105 à CPUs
July 18, 2010 8:17:18 PM

so you can't go into BIOS and make the CD the first boot device?
July 18, 2010 8:19:38 PM

I can't go to BIos coz the keyboard will not work
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a c 105 à CPUs
July 18, 2010 8:24:07 PM

reset the BIOS by pulling the CMOS battery

hopefully that will set your CD as the first boot device
July 18, 2010 8:25:30 PM


When I turn it on it will go to DELL blue screen and the next screen says WINDOWS ERROR RECOVERY the next lines, there is option to boot but the keyboard will not work so I can't the option to boot on safe mode/networking and so on..
July 18, 2010 8:26:45 PM

where can i find the cmos battery? I unplugged and remove the memory before but i did not work.
July 18, 2010 8:31:16 PM

ct1615 said:
reset the BIOS by pulling the CMOS battery

hopefully that will set your CD as the first boot device


where can I find the CMOS battery?

July 18, 2010 9:07:52 PM

Found the CMO. now it says keyboard failure. Keyboard will lit up but it will just blink and then dead Screen says F1 to continue but still keyboard will not work. Pleasa help. thank you
a c 105 à CPUs
July 18, 2010 10:07:25 PM

can you try a different keyboard?
a b à CPUs
July 19, 2010 8:40:41 AM

perhaps a ps/2 keyboard and not a usb keyboard?
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