I am trying to help someone who was just given an 'old' work laptop.
It is a Dell Vostro 1500, circa 2010, the .pdf instruction manual covers both XP & Vista.
According to the manual it has 1 gig of Ram and a 200 gig HD (mostly empty).
It appears in like new-condition, with minimal software on it, not even antivirus; but at some point somebody has installed Windows 7 Home Premium over the original Vista Basic.
Apparently this has screwed with the proprietary Dell 'System Settings' software, as neither the F2 (Bios) nor F12 (one-time BIOS) keys work as the manual describes; instead they take you to what appears to be an OS bootloader with only one entry: Windows 7.
All I want to do is move the optical disc in front of the hard drive in boot order, so that I can try the Ubuntu LiveCD on this machine.
The machine doesn't have any original MS discs with it.
Any advice on how to get directly to the old-fashioned BIOS page?
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I do not see how installing an OS can over-ride BIOS startup.
Have you tried hitting the 'Del' key a few times as soon as you power-up ?
Make sure you are tapping on the key cause if you press once it might skip the bios.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Tap the F2 keyI am not responsible, and it's been proven over and over again.
Thanks, guys; you were right! I found the best method was to be pressing the F12 before pressing the power button.
F2 for real entry, F12 for one time exception.