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Old 11-17-2009, 06:24 PM   #1
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I am trying to delete all the files from an old HP (XH545) laptop running XP. Its screen doesn't work, so I have it attached to a remote monitor. I have both a bootable floppy and bootable cd which have Active@ Kill Disk. My intention is to boot one or the other and erase everything on the hard drive.

Problem: I am unable to get into my BIOS to change the boot order. Since I have to do a Fn-F5 to switch over to the monitor, I am unable to get there in time to see when to hit F2 to edit my BIOS. I have been trying for several hours to "guess" when to hit it, still with no success. I'm not even sure I would be able to see the BIOS screen anyway - maybe you have to get past that for Fn-F5 to swap out to the monitor.

If I let the system boot normally, I can swap over in time to see it loading Windows XP.

Question 1: Is there any way to change the boot order from within Windows (or from DOS prompts)?

Question 2: Lacking a positive answer to #1, is there any other way to delete all the files from the hard drive so I can dispose of the laptop?

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When you hit the power switch of your laptop at same time start pressing f2 and keep hitting it until you get in BIOS. After getting in BIOS I you know what to do.

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Uhh, Changing boot order without going into BIOS, start hitting F12. There's a list to choose what you want to boot up. If that's what you mean, if not, sorry.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Pressing F2 and F12 didn't work. I was connected to a remote monitor (the laptop monitor didn't work) and I guess remote monitors don't like displaying prior to completing boot-up. The solution was to run Kill Disk after normal boot up. This erases enough files that I was able to boot off the CD for a complete Kill Disk.

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