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F10 not working for system restore on startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by theshape, May 5, 2010.

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  1. theshape

    theshape Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Hopefully I am posting in the right area here! I am trying to do a system restore to reset my computer to the day I bought it. It does not give me the usual 'F10' option. I can't load windows because an error comes up that says 'floppy diskette seek failure'. I am on my ps3 trying to find answers so i can at least load windows. I am running windows xp on a Dell Dimension system. Thanks in advance for any assistance, it is appreciated!
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    Model of Dimension?

    Dell restore uses

    ctrl + F11 for XP

    F8 for Vista and W7

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  3. theshape

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    thanks mumbodog,

    it is a dell dimension E520. I tried the ctrl+F11 funtion but it didn't seem to work. Am I supposed to wait until a certain point at the bootup process to do this? thanks for your help
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    Do a cold start of the PC, hold ctrl down and start tapping F11 repeatedly when you see the Dell splash screen.

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  5. theshape

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    Thanks,
    I have tried to do a cold start about 5 times and still only get the screen with the same 2 options.... 'Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility'. any other suggestions?
     
  6. Mumbodog

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  7. theshape

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    Yes the OS was reinstalled about 4 months ago. I'm certainly not on a tech level with this stuff! Think i'll just go buy a laptop tomorrow, it's not worth the money to fix it now, IMO. For the price i was given i can get a new laptop for another $100. Thank you very much for you time and help though! cheers!
     
  8. Mumbodog

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    Why not reinstall it again? Using the Dell XP CD.

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  9. theshape

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    well, i don't actually have the cd, and i wouldn't know how to do it...i've never done a reinstall before. it probably sounds more complicated than it is, but i'd still be lost!
     
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    So what happens when you press F1? It should just boot into Windows.
    You can also press F2, enter Setup, and disable the Floppy disk drive, or turn off the floppy disk seek at boot.

    If you don't have one, it could be your CMOS battery is dead or dying, and the BIOS has reset itself to default, which often includes enabling the Floppy disk drive, even if you don't have one.
     
  12. theshape

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    Thanks for all your help guys, it is greatly appreciated....however today I took the lazy way out and bought a refurbished laptop for $200....runs awesome except I don't see any options to disable the built in mouse. In control panel under the mouse icon it doesn't present a 'devices' category, so i am having trouble disabling it.
     
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