December 31, 2008 at 6:53 am #28454
Hi Guys.I am having difficulty getting into Safe Mode with this New PC. Old PC I tapped F8 on start and no probs.This one all that comes up is the boot Menu,but can't see anything about safe mode,displayed.Any Help appreciated.December 31, 2008 at 9:41 pm #30724
Without knowing what make and model your computer is the only other way I know is to go to the run box and type in msconfig.. On the general tab there are options to do a safe boot. After choosing this option choose to restart later, close all your programs, then reboot to safe mode…When you are finished change the setting back to where it was and reboot to the normal Windows.January 1, 2009 at 2:02 am #30725
Thanks Mitz.Will do.Just says AMD 64 Athlon X2.January 1, 2009 at 5:42 am #30726
I forgot to mention that it may be because you could have a usb keyboard, which seems to be a common problem. If you are curious to find out you could hook up a PS2 keyboard and see if this works… Also sometimes the function keys have to be turned on..I used to have a multimedia keyboard that had a stupid key next to the function keys that had to be pressed to enable them…. It was such a habbit to use the functions keys without having to press a key…it annoyed me to death..I have also seen a setting in windows somewhere, maybe gpedit.msc but not sure, where you can enable the F8 key...Maybe someone else has an idea?January 1, 2009 at 5:52 am #30727
I like the USB keyboard theory personally. Most modern motherboards have USB support, but often you need to enable it in the bios… easier than getting a ps2 keyboard though if you dont have one handy.
January 1, 2009 at 6:19 am #30728
I fiited a new PS2 Keyboard which I had spare,and the Keyboard I am using is also a PS2.No difference with either.(I just tried my wife's new PC and when pressing F8 a selection comes up on her screen to choose Safe Mode,or whatever.Doesn't appear on this PC.Her Keyboard is the same as mine.)Something so simple frustrates me.This Keyboard is a USB/PS2 Keyboard with adaptors on the wiring.I can plug it into a USB Port,and what would I have to set.I would need simple steps re Bios as this is foreigh territory to me.Where do I go from here? Thanks.EDIT. Changed Keyboard and Mouse to H/Speed USB Ports. Still boot menu H/DRIVE or CD.January 1, 2009 at 7:19 am #30729
Open the case, and without touching anything, have a look at the model number of the motherboard, which will be clearly printed somewhere on the board.With this number, an answer will be easy to provide.
January 1, 2009 at 7:25 am #30730
Hi dak,I got this off SIW.Is this sufficient? Thanks.Property ValueManufacturer nVIDIAModel NF-MCP61Version UnknowSerial Number OEM North Bridge NVIDIA MCP61 Revision A3South Bridge NVIDIA MCP61 Revision A3 CPU AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+Cpu Socket Socket AM2 (940) System Slots 7 PCI Memory SummaryJanuary 1, 2009 at 7:47 am #30731
thats the model of the chipset, and most likely its an MSI board, but no, not quite what we need.Try downloading Belarc Advisor. Run this excellent free program and the details you will obtain on your system will be invaluable to you in the future. Post back the System Model, if its there (it may not be since its a custom box) and the Main Circuit Board details. http://www.belarc.com/free_download.htmlYou can get the Main Circuit Board details just as easily, and thats what I really need, by simply opening the box and looking for the number printed on it. Belarc Advisor information is very good to have when diagnosing problems though so I would still recommend you do that as well.Opening the box is not as daunting as it sounds. Just undo whatever screws you need to take the side panel off. If there is a fan on the side, you may need to unplug that to get complete access.. its just a matter of plugging it back in and the plug will only fit one kind of connector, so you wont mess that up when reassembling.. any connector the plug fits in is fine. Make sure of course if you are going to unplug a fan that the computer is switched off first.
January 1, 2009 at 8:01 am #30732
Will do and get back,asap ThanksJanuary 1, 2009 at 8:49 am #30733
Hi again. The Motherboard is N61SJanuary 1, 2009 at 9:31 am #30734
I cant find any different key to press or anything like that. As far as I can tell, f8 is pretty standard and its just a matter of timing when you press it lol..NOTE : If there is a bootable disc in the CD drive then if the CD drive happens to be the first boot device, pressing any key will cause you to boot from that when you reach that point instead, so ensure that there is no disc in the drive before trying the next step.Turn on the computer and just press f8 at least once per second from the moment you turn on the computer until windows has loaded or your boot options have come up. At least by doing this, you'll be sure of finding the right moment to press it! If that doesnt work, I was going to suggest you modify the boot.ini file to add a safe mode to the boot loader menu. My assumption though is that you are using Vista, which doesnt have a boot.ini file, and I have no experience with the new Vista bootloader. I know you can no longer edit the bootloader with notepad, and that makes it a lot harder...I will research how to achieve this, and put it into as simple terms as I can once I do. I suspect this may take me a little time.In the meantime, perhaps some of our other contributors who are more up to speed with Vista ( dak looks at Mitz and winks .. ) may be able to assist further.I'll get back to you with my own solution ASAP.
January 1, 2009 at 9:54 am #30735
I am using Windows XP Home SP3.I installed Belac Advisor,and will be handy to have.I don't understand what's involved, to activate the F8 Key, to make it possible to get into Safe Mode,the normal way.Must be some setting somewhere.I just discovered,5 mins ago, I can get into Safe Mode via Boot.INI,(Thanks Mitz) but would be more comfortable having the F8 Key working.No rush, as I would like to be able to access Safe Mode, quickly, if I happened to get a Bad Virus, like XP2009 or similar,and need safe mode to help remove.I thank you, dak, for spending so much time, on New Years Day,helping me.January 1, 2009 at 10:00 am #30736
with xp, you can modify the boot ini. file to create an option to boot into safe mode in the boot options as you startup.. is that what mitz has shown you how to do?
January 1, 2009 at 10:17 am #30737
I read what Mitz said in an earlier Post,but Mitz didn't tell me, to modify anything.A novice,like me
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