I replaced the CMOS battery. No change in operation or error message.
Then I uninstalled and completely disconnected the offending printer/scanner/copier (herinafter referred to as the "printer") including all software and drivers associated with it.
I rebooted, and STILL had the message "Press F1 to resume."
In defeat, after reboot I re-installed some new printer drivers from the HP web site, turned the ##*!!*&%#! thing on, and found that Windows had no trouble recognizing it for what it was. I can print. I can scan (from Photoshop). I can copy from the controls on the printer itself.
So I have full functionality with a few "workarounds," but I still have an interrupted reboot.
Well, I think I can live with that.
My concern is that something else (like a hard drive) might be failing. That's the third possible reason given for that "F1" error message, after "improperly connected hardware," and "weak battery."
A new computer may be in my near-term future, but not until additional functions go away.
SO... Another day with no writing or other work done on the computer, and little time for reading all of YOUR blogs.
P. S. Since the vote was just about unanimous (in the comments to yesterday's post) that I should buy a new computer... Well, if each one of you who voted will kindly send me $100, I can get exactly the model I've been drooling over!
(You can email the money. I can hear it now:
"Duke, I emailed that check weeks ago. I guess the "C" must have got it.)