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November 12, 2010 4:13:02 PM

when i start my old computer it start to load then says strike f1 to reboot. Does anyone know why it does that and how I can fix it?

Thanks -- kyle

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November 12, 2010 4:34:44 PM

If that screen shows before your operating system begins to load, it is likely a hardware problem you need to resolve in the BIOS settings. It could be the BIOS is not detecting the HDD or has an IRQ conflict, or any of many other possibilities.
If the screen shows after you have booted to the operating system, then the OS has a problem with your hardware. If you are using windows, you can open the Device manager, and correct any yellow question marks or exclamation points.
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November 12, 2010 5:13:16 PM

how would i fix the bios problem? and it is before the OS loads its right when i hit the powerbutton.
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November 12, 2010 8:05:40 PM

If the motherboard is a few years old, could be a dying cmos battery and the bios is loosing its settings, hence the F1 error message.
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November 12, 2010 11:03:46 PM

is it a particular brand model?
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November 12, 2010 11:44:02 PM

it is a dell inspiron roughly 3 years old. Its just the low end one.
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November 13, 2010 10:06:04 AM

Does it say "Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility"?

The F1 reboot option is normally either when hardware has changed or there is no boot device. Have you changed anything before this happened?
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November 15, 2010 10:54:20 AM

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Does it say "Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility"?

The F1 reboot option is normally either when hardware has changed or there is no boot device. Have you changed anything before this happened?


YEs thats what it says, and no i never have but it was a family computer so my sisters could have by accidnet, is it easy to change the boot up?
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November 15, 2010 3:54:58 PM

What is the full message that it says?

Most common reason is no boot device available or something similar.
Probably worth trying to enter bios and re-selecting boot drive. If still same error the disk may have given up or might be the CMOS battery as daS_STIG said.

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