press f1 on start up

  bobbybluenose 12 Jan 13
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o/s xp pro when I boot up my pc I get press f1 to start or f2 to enter set up, can anyone tell me is f1 safe mode on xp, also how can i stop my pc from running in safe mode, i have tried going into bios and altering boot sequence to no evail

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What it's almost certainly telling you is that the CMOS battery on your motherboard is dead. That means that e.g. the date and time have been set to whenever the mobo was built, and asking you to press F2 to set up is asking you to go into the BIOS to set the right date and time. You can ignore it and press F1, but that may give you problems down the line with a mismatch between what date/time your PC thinks it is (from the BIOS setting) and what date/time it really is. Replacing the CMOS battery is pretty straightforward - but if you don't fancy it, you'll just have to accept resetting the date/time in the BIOS each time you power the PC on.

  bobbybluenose 12 Jan 13

Thanks Ian I do not have to set the date and time on every boot up, but I will change the battery and see what happens i will post the results later thanks again bbn.

  bobbybluenose 12 Jan 13

well it was the battery booting up ok now, just got the ongoing problem with msconfig .

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