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Dell :: Inspiron B120 Bios


I tried hitting delete while starting and just got a screen for testing components and no bios.


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Inspiron 15 & Inspiron 1525 Side By Side. Inspiron 15 on left, Inspiron 1525 on right.

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[url] Click on Display)

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