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How to enter BIOS or the boot menu on a Dell

Right now I own 2 Dell laptops, yes I am quite the Dell fan  photo worshippy.gif It is very easy to buy the business line second hand. Those laptops are often still in a very good condition. And I love how easy Linux runs on a Dell, can’t say that for other brands I owned  photo eerie.gif

I right now own these two models:

  • Dell E5250 (bought new a couple of years ago, download user manual here)
  • Dell E7250 (bought second hand last week, download user manual here)

Yes I love 12’5 inches photo yummie.gif

To enter the BIOS press (I think you need to be “On Legacy” for this to work).

F2

To enter the boot menu, which also gives you access to BIOS hit

F12

You should hit either of these buttons during start up the moment you see the Dell logo. For the love of God, don’t wait for the computer to be fully started up  photo facepalm.gif

****WARNING****

BIOS is NOT the place to clown around. Don’t go there unless you really HAVE to. Fucking around in BIOS (you know like modding it photo emo.gif) is THE way to turn your laptop in a useless brick!

I am not going deeper into the UEFI and BIOS thingy, that is not the aim off this blog. Basically UEFI is the hot new BIOS but everyone still calls it BIOS  photo pigrin.gif You can read a thing or two about it regarding Fedora here.