How do you keep a monitor on during boot up?

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fenderchamp

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I'm trying the get into the setup or BOIS of my computer (Dell Dimension 2400). I know that I need to hit the F2 key just after I see the Dell logo when the machine boots up. The problem is that the monitor turns itself off when the computer shuts down and does not turn back on untill the log on screen (of MS Windows XP) appears, so I do not see the Dell logo or the message "press F2 to enter setup".

I've pressed F2 during the boot up & I think I'm entering the setup but the monitor is not on so I can't do anything.

Any ideas?
 

fenderchamp

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that doesn't work. the monitor's power button is not touched when i'm booting up. it must receive a signal to come on just before the log in screen.
 

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Does it turn off or is it just a black screen until it recieves a signal
 

fenderchamp

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I hear a click and it turns off. the power light on the front of the monitor which is green when it's on and dark when it's off turns gold or yellow after I hear the click and the screen goes blank.
 

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You're probably out of luck. I have an old Innovative 17" 1280x1024 monitor here, and it won't display the BIOS, but once Windows gets running, it wakes up. I get a "signal out of range" error while the BIOS POST is running. This unit is about 4-5 years old, and obviously was designed poorly. If I need to access the BIOS on that machine, I swap it out for a modern LCD to access it.
 
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