When I press F8 on start up as the POST indicates unlike other systems I have used instead of giving me the usual list of optio ns - start in safe mode,normal start up etc I am sure you know the list I am talking about, I get a small blue window with the options - boot from floopy, boot from cd-rom and boot normal. I have a self build with a ECS K7S5A motherboard running Win XP Pro can anyone tell me how to get the usual options as with this I can't boot into safe mode?
Ok. Quite by accident I have discovered a way into the options I was talking about, if I restart my system before it has booted into windows on the restart it will start to boot up as normal and then it will jump to the options list giving me the usual options I was looking for. Although this has solved the problem in a sort of way I am still bemused as to why on pressing the F8 key on bootup I dont automatically go to usual options list, so I am going to leave this thread unticked to see if anyone can throw more light on this :-]
woodchip I have had XP installed on other computers and had no problem using F8 to boot into a full range of start up options, I think it might be something to do with the motherboard but I cant imagine what
It could well be a bios short cut to get to the boot options screen, as I have just done a self build using a msi 845pe mobo and I can do the same thing but in my case by pressing F11, hope this helps.
I have same mobo. Don't wary. It's a short cut as barrie_g says. What u'll have to do is wait few second until memory check finished up. Then press f8. But try to kep hold left control key as soon as u start the computer. This is the easiest way. NO key board beep at all.