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I have a DELL Optiplex GX260 Series, and umm i cant access my bios settings, F2 gives me the setup and F12 the Boot Menu. There are no advance settings in my setup as well. I have searched everywhere and I cant seem to rectify this problem. Please HELP!!

I need to install Windows XP on my desktop, my CD-ROM does not working so I am using a USB drive for installation and i need to change my Bios Boot settings. So I really need the BIOS settings, any ideas? And oh i tried Pressing DELETE as well, didn't work.

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You should turn legacy usb support on. Use one of the front usb ports and F12 should be sufficient to select your USB drive. –  VMai May 18 at 17:34
    
Legacy usb support? Whats that? By the way I am using the front port, I have my USB inserted there! –  alexhilton May 18 at 17:35
    
The title states you can't access the BIOS, but you also say "F2 gives me the setup". Can you enter the BIOS or not? –  brack May 18 at 17:42
    
I enter the system setup, and I cant seem to find any option to enter into the BIOS settings. –  alexhilton May 18 at 17:43
    
Also, have you updated your BIOS? If not I would try that as per: en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/18057847/… –  brack May 18 at 17:45

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At http://www.mss.net/Links/DellDocs/OptiGX260/UserGuide/advfeat.htm#1101572 there's a section that says:

HDD Priority

HDD (default)
USB Device

NOTE: To boot from a USB memory device, select the USB device and move it to make it the first device.

I think that might be what you need to find and do.

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@brack I tried your suggestion and updated my BIOS and as chuck suggested, yep I got the USB Device option in my BOOT MENU but when i tried to boot from it i got this error saying that NTLDR is missing so I am trying to figure out another issue here. It never stops. –  alexhilton May 18 at 18:17
    
I did everything you guys suggested but I still get this error NTLDR misiing when i try to boot through my USB. Any ideas or help? –  alexhilton May 18 at 20:15

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