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F8 to boot in safemode not working

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F8 to boot in safemode not working

palhinha
Hi

I'm trying go boot in safemode.
F8 while booting doesnt work, laptop is Toshiba Portege M400 having WindowsXP

How can I do it?

Thanks!
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    OldER Mycroft

    If you REALLY cannot invoke Safe Mode by pressing F8 during the boot sequence then you can make Windows boot into Safe Mode the next time you power on.

    Start > Run > type msconfig and press ENTER.

    Select the BOOT.INI TAB and check the /SAFEBOOT option. Click 'APPLY' and click 'OK'.

    Shutdown as normal.

    Power-up into Safe Mode.

    Once you have achieved what you set out to do, you will have to perform the reverse procedure (unchecking /SAFEBOOT) otherwise you'll always start in Safe Mode. :)

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    Jacky Howe

    to the startup menu try this. Just copy the line required and paste it.

    Start, Control Panel, System, Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Settings and System startup.
    Select Edit

    This is a sample for XP Pro
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect


    Edit the original boot.ini (shown above) so it appears as shown below. This is what you are adding /safeboot:minimal

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Safe Mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal

    < format >

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    nepenthe0

    Accessing Safe Mode is sometimes a bit tricky. If you repeatedly tap the F8 key after power-on, you should hear a beep after the POST (Power-On Self Test) monitor display, following which the monitor will display a menu. One of the options displayed will be to boot into Safe Mode.

    With some computers and keyboards, continuously pressing the F8 key doesn't work.

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    rkuhn

    Run something important and then ripe the cord out of the wall.

    Windows should notice something beserk happened and will automatically restart in safe mode.

    BTW, I'm kidding...don't try this at home. :)

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    nepenthe0

    But you actually raise a real issue, so I'll take this opportunity to ask what may appear to be a dumb question.

    I always thought that you couldn't operate a laptop without a functioning battery installed. But several recent posts reveal that knowledgeable TR members recommend operating a laptop/notebook under adapter power while troubleshooting battery problems.

    If I'm right, this won't work. Do you know the answer? Or is it more complicated: it will work with some laptops but not others?

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    rkuhn

    Is that you don't need a battery as long as you have AC power.

    Matter of fact, I've taken numerous old laptops (like old PII's) and have built picture frames around them made out of wood, hung them on a wall and they make awesome wall hangings.

    You can not only do pictures but also with a wireless card do things like weather, slideshows, etc.

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    OldER Mycroft

    If you REALLY cannot invoke Safe Mode by pressing F8 during the boot sequence then you can make Windows boot into Safe Mode the next time you power on.

    Start > Run > type msconfig and press ENTER.

    Select the BOOT.INI TAB and check the /SAFEBOOT option. Click 'APPLY' and click 'OK'.

    Shutdown as normal.

    Power-up into Safe Mode.

    Once you have achieved what you set out to do, you will have to perform the reverse procedure (unchecking /SAFEBOOT) otherwise you'll always start in Safe Mode. :)

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    Jacky Howe

    to the startup menu try this. Just copy the line required and paste it.

    Start, Control Panel, System, Advanced, Startup and Recovery, Settings and System startup.
    Select Edit

    This is a sample for XP Pro
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect


    Edit the original boot.ini (shown above) so it appears as shown below. This is what you are adding /safeboot:minimal

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Safe Mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal

    < format >

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    nepenthe0

    Accessing Safe Mode is sometimes a bit tricky. If you repeatedly tap the F8 key after power-on, you should hear a beep after the POST (Power-On Self Test) monitor display, following which the monitor will display a menu. One of the options displayed will be to boot into Safe Mode.

    With some computers and keyboards, continuously pressing the F8 key doesn't work.

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    rkuhn

    Run something important and then ripe the cord out of the wall.

    Windows should notice something beserk happened and will automatically restart in safe mode.

    BTW, I'm kidding...don't try this at home. :)

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    nepenthe0

    But you actually raise a real issue, so I'll take this opportunity to ask what may appear to be a dumb question.

    I always thought that you couldn't operate a laptop without a functioning battery installed. But several recent posts reveal that knowledgeable TR members recommend operating a laptop/notebook under adapter power while troubleshooting battery problems.

    If I'm right, this won't work. Do you know the answer? Or is it more complicated: it will work with some laptops but not others?

    Rick/Portland, OR

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    rkuhn

    Is that you don't need a battery as long as you have AC power.

    Matter of fact, I've taken numerous old laptops (like old PII's) and have built picture frames around them made out of wood, hung them on a wall and they make awesome wall hangings.

    You can not only do pictures but also with a wireless card do things like weather, slideshows, etc.