Press F1 TO CONTINUE message displays on the DX8000/DX8100.


Upon boot up, the DVR displays "Press F1 to continue" requiring the F1 keystroke to continue with the system startup process.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • DX8000 All models all versions.
  • DX8100 All models all versions.


The 'Press F1 to continue" message is a result of an error caused as the BIOS does its hardware checks during the boot process.

The BIOS boot process (bootstrap) precedes the loading of the operating system. This can be caused due to power outages, hardware failure detects, Corrupt BIOS.


This methodology will pertain to the DX8100 Series; however the steps provided will be  similar for use applied to the DX8000 Series.

The DX8100 Series motherboards use AMI Bios (American Megatrends Inc.).

To Enter SETUP:

The AMI BIOS is immediately activated when you first power on the computer. The BIOS reads the system information contained in the CMOS and begins the process of checking out the system and configuring it. When it finishes, the BIOS will seek an operating system on one of the disks and then launch and turn control over to the operating system.

While the BIOS is in control, the Setup program can be activated in one of two ways:

  1. By pressing <Del> immediately after switching the system on, or
  2. By pressing the <Del> key when the following message appears briefly at the bottom of the screen during the POST (Power On Self Test).

If the message disappears before you respond and you still wish to
enter Setup, restart the system to try again by turning it OFF then ON or
pressing the "RESET" button on the system case. You may also restart
by simultaneously pressing , , and keys. If you do
not press the keys at the correct time and the system does not boot, an
error message will be displayed and you will be asked to...


Use the following chart for menu navigation reference:

Main Menu
Once you enter the AMI BIOS CMOS Setup Utility, the Main Menu will
appear on the screen. The Main Menu allows you to select from several
setup functions and two exit choices. Use the arrow keys to select
the BOOT menu among the items and press to enter the sub-menu.


The most common issue is the configuration "WAIT FOR 'F1' IF ERROR'  to be set to [ENABLED], Disable this field.


Other Possible Causes: PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE

  • Usually accompanied by a hardware failure that the BIOS can be set to 'halt on'.
  • Keyboard errors
  • Any hardware failure detected by the bios will halt the boot process and give the above message.
  • The battery on the motherboard.
  • Something in the BIOS is cand needs to be fixed.

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DX8100 recorder show error message: "PRIMARY/SECONDARY Master/Slave disk: S.M.A.R.T. status bad. Backup and replace hard disk. Press F1 to continue."