Installing new hard drive

  TOFF 13:11 24 Dec 2005

I have looked through various postings but cannot see an answer to my question. My old hard drive failed and I have bought a new one to replace it. When I switch on, I cannot raise the BIOS so as to direct it to boot from my CD drive (to load Windows, although I was considering Linux as it is a spare computer). All I get is the manufacturer's (Dell) splash screen and there it stops. How do I go further?
Suggestions gratefully accepted as always.

  VoG II 13:13 24 Dec 2005

Keys to tap to access BIOS click here

  TOFF 21:35 24 Dec 2005

Sorry this doesn't work - I should have mentioned that I have tried that already. Neither my mouse nor my keyboard light up when I switch on.

  woodchip 21:39 24 Dec 2005

You could try removing motherboard Battery for an hour

  VoG II 21:39 24 Dec 2005

Are they connected to USB ports? You would need to use a keyboard with a 'bog standard' connector.

  woodchip 21:41 24 Dec 2005

PS if these is a CMOS jumer that's the best way to go by putting it on the Clear CMOS pins then put it back this will reset BIOS defaults

  TOFF 08:47 25 Dec 2005

Thanks for the suggestions which I will try once Christmas is over. Have a good day!

  TOFF 18:54 02 Jan 2006

Thanks. A new battery did the trick.

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