Cheers, but I tried that.
The reset, that I think you mean, does not reset the bios to a default. It just flushes RAM etc and restarts the lappy. Unless there is another hidden reset.....
I think, I am looking for something more heavy handed, like a jumper inside or a CMOS battery to remove, to flush the CMOS. (Maybe even a hammer!!!)
Just incase this helps anyone else:-
I out found that these lappies get stuck in RESUME mode. This can be sorted by holding BkSp key while powering the machine. Sadly this was not my problem
Also, I found out that one can force a Floppy or CD boot by holding F12 and powering up the machine. In my case the screen actually showed some life, but nothing more happened.
Any more ideas are most weclome.