Cannot get into BIOS

  the-george 21:21 18 Apr 2008

Packard Bell imedia 4608.

Just got this from my son with an infra red keyboard but no mouse. Originally came with USB k/b and mouse. Don't have one of these so I plugged a ps2 mouse in but no go.

I have been inside this thing several times including fitting second HD and changing optical drives around but now find I cannot get into BIOS by pressing F2 - the key displayed on screen. The keyboard seems to be working ok - it is in XP.
Tried a PS2 k/b but again no go.
How do I get into BIOS - want to see if I can change k/b and mosue types.

  daxian 21:38 18 Apr 2008

hi the george....
ps2 keyboard and mouse need to be plugged in before switching on the pc ,so the bios can detect them .
if the bios does not "see" them they wont be available .the only way to get into the bios is via a keypress i.e. f2.....dave

  Technotiger 21:41 18 Apr 2008

The moment you start the PC hold the F2 down and keep it down until the BIOS menu appears.

  the-george 21:46 18 Apr 2008

Pressing f2 doesn't work. Also tried del, f8 etc but it just carries on and boots into XP.
Tried Ps2 k/b and mouse and plugged them in first but it does not pick them up. Tried booting with no k/b attached - on older pcs this used to cause an error that stopped the boot and allowed entry into BIOS.

  the-george 21:56 18 Apr 2008

When I press f2 the light on the infra red box flashes like mad so I am presuming the k/b is working before XP actually kicks in.

  Eric10 22:43 18 Apr 2008

Disconnect the infra-red box when using the PS2 k/b and mouse then try again. Packard Bell PCs can use F1, F2 or DEL to access the BIOS.

  the-george 22:56 18 Apr 2008

Did that. Does not pick up the mouse or keyboard. Pressing f1 f2 no fgood if k/b not working.

  the-george 23:07 18 Apr 2008

Just a point... I have been into BIOS on this Pc some time ago to add and configure a new hard drive.this makes me wonder if the infra red kb is actually working during the POST.

  daxian 01:09 19 Apr 2008

hi again ....tried new batteries in it ?

  Boghound 10:37 19 Apr 2008

If you are using a wireless keyboard that has the wifi unit plugged into a usb socket...Try plugging it into another socket, as some sockets do not "wake-up" when the PC first boots up.

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