R410 stops during boot waiting for a keypress of F1 or F2

Rahul Nabar rpnabar at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 17:53:30 CST 2010

On some of my R410 servers the BIOS stops at a message:

"Press F1 to proceed or F2 to enter System Setup"

These are clustered machines so such a message just causes the whole
automated boot process to halt since they don't have a keyboard or
console attached where one presses this key. Is there a way to
automate changing this via sysconfg?

I found no clue in the Dell Deployment Guide. In the BIOS though there
is a setting that chooses whether or not the system halts on the


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