Why can't I start in safe mode?

  Rhuddlan 18:28 11 Dec 2003
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I have a packard bell i design 170+ with win xp home, and during startup before and after the packard bell logo appears, I keep pressing F8 but all I get is the boot devices, floppy 1st boot device, IDE-0 second boot device etc, anyone shed some light on the problem?

  spikeychris 18:33 11 Dec 2003

You should have a "startup" option underneath? if not from run type msconfig and under boot.ini tick "/safeboot"

You will have to untick the box when you have done your thing.

  cycoze 18:33 11 Dec 2003

Jester2K II had a similar prob with a Packard Bell he got in using " F5 " .

  spikeychris 18:34 11 Dec 2003

F5 is a generic straight through safe mode option

  Jester2K II 18:35 11 Dec 2003

As soon as the PC beeps start tapping F5.

  Jester2K II 18:36 11 Dec 2003

Whats the difference between the F5 and F8 route?

  Rhuddlan 18:38 11 Dec 2003

Thanks F5 worked, thanks again everyone for the help, and a Merry Christmas to everyone.

  spikeychris 18:43 11 Dec 2003

F5 will take you direct to safemode and not offer the menu option.

  spikeychris 18:49 11 Dec 2003

Actually thats not quite true, it used to but the "carry on" has filtered through to XP (even though you get the menu)

  Jester2K II 18:53 11 Dec 2003

Ah. Cheers.

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