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Dell, Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup

Written By: andrew - Aug• 04•11

I was working on a Dell 2400 series that just about made me look for help. It came to me because of a lightning strike to it. I replaced the motherboard, chip, ram and after everything was set I started the computer and got “Device 0 not found”. That was a simple BIOS change to say there was no Floppy Drive. Set it to Not Installed, rebooted, and got  “Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup”.

This was a little confusing considering the circumstances. It simply was not finding the hard drive. It acted like it was not there.

The fix; while its at the “Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup” screen hit ALT+TAB+F. This redoes the IDE Configuration and will solve the issue of the drive not being seen. You might still have to reset the BIOS by putting a jumper on the two pins by the battery and turning on the computer. It will just be a black screen, then hold in your power button till it shuts off. Turn the computer back on and it my go back to the above error(s) but just use the above fix; ALT+TAB+F and you will be up and running.

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