Dell Dimension 4550, Windows XP SP3. A couple of days ago I switched on the Wall Socket to boot up and to my surprise that was sufficient to power up the PC and Monitor. I then received a black screen with white text quoting the Pheonix Bios. Main point was that Invalid Configuration Information occurred and Automatic IDE Configuration would be carried out. I then got the message - Please run Setup programme. This was followed by Click F1 to Proceed normally or Click F2 to run Setup. Clicking F2 got me nowhere and F1 got me fully booted up. However the date/time was years and months out. Tried rebooting to get to F2 for Setup, but no joy. Is there another way I can get into Setup in order to correct the time and date permamently?
Understand I have to get into Setup to note the System Settings. Do not appear able to boot to Safe Mode, get a message advising Keyboard failure. Have found on the Net that leaving PC powered up for 24 hours can recharge the battery and resolve this problem. Will try that and see what happens.