How to get to setup?

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by WA9SVD, Sep 8, 2018.

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  1. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ihave a new "DULL" I-7 computer> It ONLY came with a "quick setup" sheet, and NO other documentation! I at least need to get into the setup screens to set some parameters. All I get from Dell is a "leave a message and we'll call you back," but after a week, NADA.
    Any suggestions or solutions? Thanks in advance.
  2. KA8NCR

    KA8NCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been a while since I've used a Dell, but I recall the trick being holding down F2 after power-up until it takes you to BIOS land. That was on a UEFI box, but even so maybe Dell changed it.

    Documentation and drivers should be at You enter the service tag or serial number and they take you to everything relevant.
  3. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, everything is online these days. I don't miss the inch thick printed paper user guides.
  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    If a F key don't work, Try the DEL key. Short for DELL.
  5. KA8NCR

    KA8NCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really? You are seriously starting to disappoint me these days as I was expecting a "get a Mac" outta you.

    Sheesh. Just when you think you know a guy...

    +1 on the DEL too.
  6. WF7A

    WF7A Subscriber QRZ Page

    I do--I'm old school and even though I've been working on/with computers for over 40 years, I still prefer a paper User Guide.
  7. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like the ones that are in English only.

    That "Dull" Dell most likely has a link to a local or online manual.

    Start > Help and Support
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  8. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks. The "F2" key worked at boot-up. I will see if there is an "advanced" system option. I WAS able to finally allow the USB KB or moose [sic] to "wake up" the kumpewtur, rather than just the "power" switch.
  9. WA7ARK

    WA7ARK Ham Member QRZ Page

    F12 on my Dells
  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    There may well be multiple keys that trigger the "POST. But this "kumpewtur" STILL has to go back to Dell, because of the nagging intermittent and random "black out" that lasts several seconds. Sometimes shortly after boot-up, sometimes after a few hours; and sometimes just once, and sometimes 2-3 times in a 10 minute span. Not MY belief for a top level i7!

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