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My Dell inspiron 2500 starts up but will not go past the dell page if i hit f2 on switch on sometimes the message Enterin Setup appaers and stays for some time sometimes up to two or three hours if it enters setup i am asked for the bios password which i do not have (I bought the machine new from Dell) sometimes it skips this and asks to boot from hard drive and sometimes i have had success with the machine booting succesfully and operating very slowly.

any ideas:eek:

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Hmm....I would take out and place back in the CMOS battery (on the motherboard). With luck, it will reset it.

Thanks.

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Hi thanks for that I did Disconnect the battery and re-set the default settings but no Go
Think it just stops while performing POST test or something
but as i have got it to run sometimes i do not think it is a Component failure. Processer fan comes on and off etc.

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My Dell inspiron 2500 starts up but will not go past the dell page if i hit f2 on switch on sometimes the message Enterin Setup appaers and stays for some time sometimes up to two or three hours if it enters setup i am asked for the bios password which i do not have (I bought the machine new from Dell) sometimes it skips this and asks to boot from hard drive and sometimes i have had success with the machine booting succesfully and operating very slowly.

any ideas:eek:

My Dell inspiron 2500 starts up but will not go past the dell page if i hit f2 on switch on sometimes the message Enterin Setup appaers and stays for some time sometimes up to two or three hours if it enters setup i am asked for the bios password which i do not have (I bought the machine new from Dell) sometimes it skips this and asks to boot from hard drive and sometimes i have had success with the machine booting succesfully and operating very slowly.

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if its still in warranty then send it back. sounds like a faulty bios - unless u did something stupid like turned it off while updating (flashing) the BIOS then they should give u a new one (assuming its still in warranty)

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