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How do I enter my bios. I'm ready to start breaking ****. My antique runs Windows 98, has a celeron processor with an Intel CA810E motherboard. There is no screen which prompts you to enter the bios, nor does any key combination seem to work. I've tried ESC, DEL, F1, F2, CTRL/ESC, CTRL/ALT/ESC, in fact I think I've tried every ******* key on this ******* board and even the keys to my ****** truck. Please help before I have to test the tensile strength of my shoelaces.
 

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What brand of PC is it? COMPAQ, Dell, Gateway etc.

Is there a splash screen?

Usually, F1, esc, or delete are the keys, why are you trying to access the BIOS?
 

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I thought "F5 + escape" was the formula.

Have not used it in a while, but if you pick up a Que or other "tips and tricks for Windows 98" type book at your computer book store it will have what you need in there. You also may have a book that came with the computer ( a few manufacturers do that) that tells how to access the BIOS. Bios has to be accessed before Windows loads at boot up, which is why you do the "F5 + escape" while the computer is turning on. You gotta be quick and you have to tap them (over and over until it goes to BIOS) rather than holding down the keys. It may require several boots to get it.
 

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It was made locally by a computer shop.

I want to install a new hard drive, so I want to make sure the bios is set to auto detect.

I haven't tried ESC/F5 yet.

There is no splash screen, it just goes from a black screen to the Celeron screen, that's when the floppy and CD's begin to activate, then the hard drive buzzes to life. I have approximately a 4-5 second window of time before the OS begins loading from the time I push the power button.
 

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Are you installing a new hard drive or a second hard drive?
Is there a cursor in the upper right hand corner or is it totally blank?
I'm trying to look up that motherboard form the type of BIOS but in the mean time try this:
During that blank screen, try F8 or CTRL+ALT+S
If there is the mentioned cursor press F10 while the cursor it there.
The BIOS (or CMOS rather) may only be accessible thru a diagnostics boot disk which is a common practice for small shops that build them so you have to come back to them for service.

Check Here for the tech manual on the motherboard to see if there's any help.

good luck
 

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yamahaareone said:
How do I enter my bios. I'm ready to start breaking ****. My antique runs Windows 98, has a celeron processor with an Intel CA810E motherboard. There is no screen which prompts you to enter the bios, nor does any key combination seem to work. I've tried ESC, DEL, F1, F2, CTRL/ESC, CTRL/ALT/ESC, in fact I think I've tried every ******* key on this ******* board and even the keys to my ****** truck. Please help before I have to test the tensile strength of my shoelaces.
Celeron is NOT that old, and unless it's a name brand like HP, Compaq, DELL or whatever, the magic key since the beginning of time, or at least since like 1985 or so, has been the DEL key, if it's a "local shop" get-up.

Well, I doubt this will work but I've seen SOME name brand computers using both left and right SHIFT keys.
 
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