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I removed the cd rom drive from a Dell PowerEdge 830

Now it does not start unattended anymore.

It boots normal, then halts at a line that says "strike F1 to continue, F2 to run setup". F1 would work here but that`s not what I want.

I searched the BIOS but there was no obvious solution.

What to do to make it startup unattended again without inserting a cd rom drive or pressing F1?

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Welcome to ServerFault! Looking above the line that says "strike F1 to continue, F2 to run setup," you almost certainly would have seen a specific error message pertaining to a missing IDE device. We were able to help you based on incomplete information only because you were describing a very common issue. If you come back with additional questions in the future, we would encourage you to provide as much relevant information as possible. – Skyhawk Dec 7 '12 at 16:19
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I think you just need to flag the IDE port that it doesn't have a device no more. It probably identifies it as an error, hence the attention mode.

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I disabled the IDE port and the error went away. Thank you! – Alojz Janez Dec 7 '12 at 16:04

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