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My DELL PowerEdge 2950 is Stuck on BIOS 2.7 screen and does not advance at all, keyboard is not responding either. How should I troubleshoot this issue?

Here is the screen

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Are you getting an error? Are you sure they keyboard works? Is it asking for a key press? How long are you waiting? What exactly IS on the screen? What happened before it stopped working? – arcesso Jun 20 '14 at 22:03
@arcesso No errors on screen. Keyboard was tested with another system just now. It just shows BIOS loading and on the top right corner F2,F11,F12 options from which I can't choos any. On screen is this – skmasq Jun 20 '14 at 22:10
@arcesso it sits like that for 10, 15 and counting minutes. – skmasq Jun 20 '14 at 22:12
Any external/USB drives plugged in? A lot of times that will cause it to hang. – Brad Bouchard Jun 20 '14 at 22:16
@BradBouchard I unplugged keyboard and mouse and it started to go at last. Never have I ever would think of this, thank you... – skmasq Jun 20 '14 at 22:20
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Make sure to unplug any USB/external drives. They can cause the server to hang at boot in many instances.

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