I have a Packard Bell (Model No Club 79) desktop onto which I'm trying to load XP and would like to format etc. the hard drive from scratch. When I switch on, i see a message to press F2 to get into the CMOS, which I can do but nowhere in sight is any option to change the boot order.
At the top of the page it says AMIBIOS EASY SETUP UTILIITES Ver 1.17 followed by 1998 American Megatrends.
I've been through all the menus but can't see any boot options.
When I get to pressing "Under Advanced CMOS Setup" the system hangs and the only way out is to switch off at the mains.
Is there any other way I can get to format the HD and put XP on?
That sounds like a good idea, James, but I tried it and the damn thing still tries to boot up from the hard drive, which is odd because I thought most computers would at least look at the floppy drive first.
............."When I get to pressing "Under Advanced CMOS Setup" the system hangs and the only way out is to switch off at the mains." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Surely this is a pointer to the wiser brains on this forum. While still in the earliest stages long before Windows, it Hangs?
Perhaps a reset to default values might just help as a first stage, but wait for wiser comments than mine.
I'm not sure if any of this will work but try this: usually 'Alt' + F2 or 'Alt' + F10 will do the trick. If not, the easiest way to get in there is by creating an error e.g. hold down a few keys of the keyboard. It'll come up with a keyboard error and let you go directly into the BIOS to change/rectify it.