How to Reset the BIOS on an Inspiron 1501

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Your Dell Inspiron 1501's BIOS controls the basic functions or your laptop. It is the "Basic Input/Output System" that runs the clock and mediates between the operating system and the hardware. According to the Inspiron 1501 owner's manual, a small button battery preserves the BIOS settings when the main battery is empty. You may need to reset the BIOS if you have made changes to the settings that prevent your laptop from operating properly.

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Things you need

  • Plastic spudger tool
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Unplug your laptop power adaptor, and remove the main battery from your Dell Inspiron 1501. Wait a few seconds to allow all power to clear from the machine.

  2. 2

    Open the screen all the way to allow access to the hinge cover.

  3. 3

    Remove the hinge cover with a thin plastic spudger tool. Work slowly from right to left, unsnapping the cover.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the two small screws holding the top of the keyboard. Lift the keyboard out and gently disconnect the cable.

  5. 5

    Use the plastic spudger tool to gently remove the round button battery under the keyboard. Let the laptop sit for 30 seconds to reset your BIOS settings.

    Reverse these instructions to reassemble your laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your Dell Inspiron 1501 owner's manual for all proper safety precautions.

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