Dell Inspiron 1525 won't allow me into BIOS

  Pineman100 16:23 21 Nov 2011
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My daughter's laptop has stopped booting into Winodws Vista SP1 32 bit. It gets past the Dell BIOS screen and starts trying to load Windows, but sticks at the small rippling bar at the bottom of the splash screen, just before the Windows logo appears. This rippling bar just goes on and on.

I've tried starting it in Safe mode, but the scrolling list of drivers gets as far as Windows\system32\drivers\crcdisk.sys then stops.

I've tried Last Known Good Configuration - nothing happens.

I've restarted the computer with the Dell operating system disk in the optical drive, in order to run a repair. But the computer won't boot from the drive - it just goes to the startup options menu again.

The Dell BIOS screen has no indication of what key to press, in order to get into the BIOS and change the boot order to the optical drive. I've tried every key I can think of - F8, F10, F11, Esc... and so on. Nothing will persuade the computer to get me into the BIOS.

Any thoughts on how I can get the computer to boot from the OS disk, please?

  Pineman100 17:05 21 Nov 2011

MM1953 - F2 worked! Thanks a million! Why on earth don't Dell show this on theeir splash screen like everyone else does?

I can now run a repair from the CD.

Many thanks again.

  Pineman100 14:21 22 Nov 2011

Just a follow-up: getting into the BIOS enabled me to boot from the Windows Vista CD and run a startup repait. Complete success!

Many thanks again for your help, mobileman1953.

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