Unable to navigate bios

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  1. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 64 Bit
       #1

    Unable to navigate bios


    Hi,
    I have just cloned my HDD to a SSD.
    Fitted the SSD into the laptop but when I switch on I see a message PXE-MOF Exiting Intel PXE ROM

    If upon startup I press F2 I then enter the bios.
    I am unable to move across the columns to BIOS as the left right arrows do nothing.
    It seems I can go up & down the first column then left right but unable to move over to the next Colin.

    Please could you advise thansk.

    Dell Inspiron 1120 windows 10
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  2. bobkn's Avatar
    Posts : 3,605
    Win 10 X64 Pro 20H2 19042.685
       #2

    The PXE-MOF message means that the laptop is trying to boot from the network adapter, rather than the SSD.

    There's a hotkey that allows you to select the boot device without changing a BIOS entry. It may be F12. Press it repeatedly while the laptop is trying to boot up. It should take you to a menu that allows you to select a boot device.

    If the SSD doesn't appear, I'd guess that the cloning didn't go quite right.

    Also bad if it appears, but you can't boot from it.

    I'm no expert on fixing unbootable Windows installations, but others here are.

    Good luck.
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  3. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Morning,
    The hot key is F2 and i am able to enter the BIOS no problem.
    The problem is that my left / right arrows do nothing so i am unable to move across to the BOOT section.

    When i first enter the BIOS the section that it selects i am only able to go up / down using the arrow as nothing else does anything.
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 3,985
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    Try + and - keys to move boot device.
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  5. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hi,
    I have just tried that but nothing.

    The up / down work fine but not the left / right.

    I can only move around in the first section upon entering the BIOS or the last section which is save / close etc.
    All the others in between nothing.

    Can i enter the BIOS settings any other way as opposed to the F2 itself ?

    I mean like Msconfig or services etc etc

    Thansk
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  6. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 3,985
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #6

    How tried F12 for quick boot menu.
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  7. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Yes i try F12 and see a menu.
    There is a + sign next to HDD but if i hit enter laptops starts.

    So how do i make use of the + option
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  8. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 3,985
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #8

    Can you post screenshot of BIOS Boot menu and quick boot menu.
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  9. Posts : 20
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Sorry but I have just cloned it again.
    Now swapped over HDD for SSD and it starts.
    I now have 3 hard drives ?
    C D E

    I am on partition wizard and I need to put E into C so I then only end up with C & D
    This I know will work but trying to see how it’s moved is real fun “NOT”
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  10. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,439
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #10

    Dell bioses generally use the Tab key to move you from the list column on the left to the main window on the right containing settings that can be changed.

    Denis
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