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  1. #11
    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    United Kingdom: Bridlington

    What BIOS version is your Dell running? I don't seem to have any problems with the wife's machine.

    I turn off the CD in the boot options.......set the PXE BIS Default Policy to off.

    Then when I use the F12 option and select CD, I get a Device Not Found message.

    It offers an option to retry which continuously produces the same message and an F2 option to reset the BIOS. I guess if you password protect the BIOS setting then that isn't an issue?

  2. #12
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    Nov 2002
    Maybe there are hidden menu screens in the BIOS, like my bios. While on the first screen, press F1 or ctrl-F1 or alt-F1. Maybe some of those rigs need a bios update. On one project, we had stacks of Dell optiplex's that didn't network boot to our automated image server. After update, they were all able to coldboot and become zombies.

  3. #13
    Gonzo District BOFH westin's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    SW MO
    BIOS Revision A03

    The only boot device I have enabled is the SATA HDD. I was still able to boot off of a clonezilla cd through the boot device menu. Strange?

    edit: Just saw Linen0ise's post... will try that.

    edit x2: Didn't find any hidden menus
    Last edited by westin; July 22nd, 2009 at 11:17 PM.
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  4. #14
    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    United Kingdom: Bridlington
    Hi westin,

    Please look for a BIOS revision on the Dell site. This machine has A09, although it is a different model.

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