All the Dells I've ever used, 'F2' brings up the BIOS. "F12" does bring up a 'boot menu', but with Dell this is typically a 'One-time' boot menu. This is the same thing that's accessed via "Esc" on HPs.....and with those, "F10" is your access key for the BIOS.I think "press f2" should be "press f12" (in post #4) to get the boot menu, no?
So, yah; on this occasion, I have to concur with Wiz. Though osprey was more or less right...
I don't have any experience apart from Dell and HP. I guess I'm right in assuming that most makes of laptop have summat similar to this 'One-time Boot Menu', yes?