I may have posted this on the wrong forum a while ago. Sorry for the repitition.
I replaced my CMOS battery on my DELL 8300 this morning. I'm running XP-Pro, SP 3. Since that time I have not been able to access the BIOS setup screen, or any screen involving the F keys.. I have read many of the articles and posts and tried unplugging my pc, holding down the start button on the unplugged machine, hitting the Delete key--all to no avail. The F keys work on applications, however, so it is not the keyboard.
I also went to the DELL web site and upgraded from the A05 version to the A07 version for my BIOS. It said it would resolve problems with unplugged USB cables. Since I most certainly did not put the USB cables back were they were originally (I unplugged everything before the battery replacement) I tried that by downloading the A07 version and flashing the BIOS. That did not work.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.
I'm using a USB keyboard. I even tried plugging it in to a USB/PS2 adapter, and then it wouldn't work at all. I have an older PS 2 around somewhere and i'll try that next. The one I'm using works well otherwise and i can use the F keys on applications.
Ummm....did you install the new battery right-side-up?
A USB>PS/2 adaptor won't work with a USB keyboard unless it's an "active" adaptor. They cost ~$10-$15, so it's likely you used one of those cheap green "passive" adaptors.
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