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F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000 (solved)

Post by Wompoo » Thu May 09, 2019 4:54 am

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop.
Currently loaded with Linux Mint 17.3. It has been working fine. I am trying to upgrade it to Linux Mint 19 MATE.
However, I am unable to access the BIOS to enable the boot priority to DVD to load the Mint 19.
I press F2 as per the instruction on the "Blue" start up page, but it does not enter the BIOS but instead goes straight to the GRUB menu.
Can someone tell me how to get around this please?

Jim.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Pjotr » Thu May 09, 2019 5:00 am

Can't you access the BIOS settings by means of the Grub menu? Should be the last entry in it.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 am

Pjotr wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:00 am
Can't you access the BIOS settings by means of the Grub menu? Should be the last entry in it.
I cannot even get the Grub menu to come up now.
Thanks for the reply Pjotr.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Pjotr » Thu May 09, 2019 8:29 am

Wompoo wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 am
I cannot even get the Grub menu to come up now.
Try this:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... .html#ID10
(item 10)
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Bernhard C H » Thu May 09, 2019 10:30 am

Hi Wompoo,

I'm not sure, but can you try and press F10.
It might be the boot sequence, like CD/DVD HDD etc..
And at the end you may find the BIOS.
Worked for older Dell Laptops...

Like I said, I'm not sure - but you'll give it a try!? :wink:

Good luck
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Thu May 09, 2019 5:43 pm

Pjotr wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 8:29 am
Wompoo wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 am
I cannot even get the Grub menu to come up now.
Try this:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... .html#ID10
(item 10)
I can now get the Grub menu to display after turn on. However, the last option is a memory test. No BIOS entry options.
The terminal command in the link above results in "No known command", or something similar.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Thu May 09, 2019 5:44 pm

Bernhard C H wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 10:30 am
Hi Wompoo,
I'm not sure, but can you try and press F10.
Good luck
Bernhard :)
Thanks Bernhard, but it did not work.
What could I try next I wonder?
I formerly could get into the BIOS because I have had more than one Linux operating system in this machine.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Pjotr » Thu May 09, 2019 6:13 pm

Wompoo wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 5:43 pm
Pjotr wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 8:29 am
Wompoo wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 am
I cannot even get the Grub menu to come up now.
Try this:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... .html#ID10
(item 10)
I can now get the Grub menu to display after turn on. However, the last option is a memory test. No BIOS entry options.
The terminal command in the link above results in "No known command", or something similar.
Ancient machine with old-fashioned BIOS instead of UEFI.... Check the support section of the Dell website for a manual.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by rene » Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 pm

Not per chance using an external keyboard at the moment which might not be initialized soon enough? Assuming not, what can work is to remove the HDD for a bit to force the system to allow entry to the BIOS. Restoring defaults might then keep it available even after reconnecting HDD.

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Sat May 11, 2019 8:26 pm

Pjotr wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:13 pm
...................
Ancient machine with old-fashioned BIOS instead of UEFI.... Check the support section of the Dell website for a manual.
True.
Ok, will do. Thanks again.

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by sleeper12 » Sat May 11, 2019 10:07 pm

Did you try F12? Works for me on Dell Inspiron 6400.

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Sun May 12, 2019 5:24 am

sleeper12 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Did you try F12? Works for me on Dell Inspiron 6400.
Yes I tried F12. Also F8.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by sleeper12 » Sun May 12, 2019 1:46 pm

Wompoo wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:24 am
sleeper12 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Did you try F12? Works for me on Dell Inspiron 6400.
Yes I tried F12. Also F8.
You're tapping it continuously after pressing power button, right? Just checking.

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Dot_mdb » Sun May 12, 2019 9:41 pm

I found that on a Toshiba when fast boot was turned on I could only get into the bios by holding down the F2 key from the time the power button was pushed.

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Fri May 17, 2019 4:01 am

sleeper12 wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 1:46 pm
Wompoo wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:24 am
sleeper12 wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Did you try F12? Works for me on Dell Inspiron 6400.
Yes I tried F12. Also F8.
You're tapping it continuously after pressing power button, right? Just checking.
Yes.
I will try removing the motherboard............when I get the time to do it.
Thanks.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:42 pm

rene wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:29 pm
Not per chance using an external keyboard at the moment which might not be initialized soon enough? Assuming not, what can work is to remove the HDD for a bit to force the system to allow entry to the BIOS. Restoring defaults might then keep it available even after reconnecting HDD.
I am revisiting this problem and now plan to do the above.
Thanks again...........lets hope it works.

Jim.
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by rene » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:29 am

I usually involve myself in these threads due to a bug in early "Phoenix SecureCore Tiano" BIOsen that would disallow entry to the BIOS after the first install of a(ny) OS in UEFI mode. I may have last time already seen/concluded your system to not be UEFI in the first place (2005?) but the solution in that case is reflashing the BIOS. If all else fails, it might in any case be for you as well. You'd undoubtedly first need Windows for that...

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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by athi » Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:24 am

Inspiron 6000 has 32bits Pentium M and originally shipped with WinXP. HDD removal is simple on this laptop. Link to manual:
https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all- ... _en-us.pdf

A09 BIOS download link and flash instruction link:
https://downloads.dell.com/bios/I6000A09.EXE
https://www.dell.com/support/article/us ... ts?lang=en
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Re: F2 key not accessing BIOS in Dell Inspiron 6000

Post by Wompoo » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:13 pm

athi wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:24 am
Inspiron 6000 has 32bits Pentium M and originally shipped with WinXP. HDD removal is simple on this laptop. Link to manual:
https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all- ... _en-us.pdf
.....................
Sorry for my late response, but thanks for the reply.
I found another laptop the same at the local tip. I have it installed with Linux Mint 19 now and it runs just fine.
No problem getting into the BIOS to change the boot priority with this one.

And the irony is, that I also found a HP Pavilion G6 laptop which has 4 Gb Ram and a SSD harddrive.
So, it will make the older, slower Dell Inspiron(s) redundant.

Jim.
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