When my machine starts, it no longer gets past the Dell splash screen. I have tried pressing F2 and/or F12 but nothing happens. I believe this could be because I have a wireless keyboard that hasn't been intialised in the start up process yet (no lights on the sender unit). So I then tried a wires USB keboard but that didn't work either. This is probably because I have recently installed Windows 7 Pro and never used that keyboard with it and therefore it hasn't installed any drivers for it.
I have to confess that I have probably caused the problem myself by trying to get my PS3 controller to work on the PC. In doing so, the third party program requires a safe mode reboot but with no way of pressing F2 or F12 how can I do this? I now only want to get in to get to a previous system restore point (i dont care about the pad - too many problems). Alternatively, I'm happy to reinstall Win 7 from scratch but again, I can get into BIOS to get it to boot from the DVD drive.
I would be grateful for any advice as I currently have a very expensive paperweight!