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Keeps booting into Safe Mode

By tonydee ·
I have a Win98 machine. IBM Activa, which has been working very well until recently. It booted into Safe Mode. It kept booting into Safe Mode. I had hoped it would correct itself.

Running MSCONFIG, I disable all the startup items and it started OK. I then enabled all those items and it started OK and I thought things were good because I could restart it, even after a complete power down and it came up OK.

The next day, it came up in Safe Mode again. I repeated what I did the day before with the same results. Again, I thought I was in the clear. This time I even set the clock ahead a day thinking maybe it had something to do with seeing a new day at startup. Restart several times - OK. Many startups after completely powering down.

Again the next day - it came up in Safe Mode. - Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
- Tony D

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by dmiles In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Sounds as though your CMOS battery may need replacing,check the battery by replacing on the motherboard
Open case,near the CPU should be a nickel plated size object,donot remove for a long period of time or you will loose the configuration settings

Go to nearest radio shack or computer store to get the same

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by hinrgman In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

It sounds like your CMOS battery is almost dead if not completely dead.
If you want to change it yourself go to the IBM website site and you can find directions on how to change it and where it is located on your motherboard. If not take it to a local computer store and for 20 to 50 dollars they will change it for you.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

There could be several causes. Look at this Misrosoft article titled, "The Computer Always Starts in Safe Mode".

The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows 98

http://tinyurl.com/42z8

CAUSE:
This behavior can occur if the [Options] section of the Msdos.sys file contains the following line:

BootSafe=1

This setting forces your computer to start in Safe mode.

Something could have happened to change this setting.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Here's a link to another article describing various reasons for this behavior.

http://tinyurl.com/42zb

Even though the article was discussing W95, it should apply to W98 as well.

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by fenaikh In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Hi

For troubleshooting in Windows 3.X there are command line switches but for newer windows there is the Safe Mode.Windows goes into Safe Mode for many reasons. It allows access into windows using basic drivers and it will not load autoexec.bat, config.sys, the main portion of the registry, load= and run= lines in Win.ini, and the [Boot] and [386Enh] sections in System.ini.

1. Check your BIOS for a setting says reboot the computer to the same last state when shutdown. You could try shutdown also unplug the electrecity cord too. (but not restar) then reboot agian and see if you get the same problem.

2. Start-> search (FIND) -> Files or Folders->(type) msdos.sys. -> Right click on Msdos.sys -> Properties->uncheck the Read Only and Hidden attributes.
start-notepad.exe msdos.sys-> Change "BootSafe=1" line to "BootSafe=0"->save it-> reboot.

3. You may have have a display driver problem or setting (some files are damages, or wrong setting). try update your display driver. Right click on My Computer-> properties-> device manager-> display adapters- click the + then choose the adapter -> properties and see if you have a yellow "?" or a message to update driver. You can update driver form here after you get it from the vendor site.
Troubleshooting Video Problems in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=127139
Windows 95/98: How to Install or Change a Display Driver
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;131806

3.a "IBM ThinkPad: This laptop uses Western Digital controllers. Older versions of these laptops require the IBM VESA driver file to be loaded in Autoexec.bat (Ibmvesa.com) or in Config.sys (Vesa.exe) for 256-color and high-resolution modes to be supported by the Windows 95 Western Digital display driver. Newer versions of these laptops do not require the use of the IBM VESA driver." from MS article:
Display Adapter Information and Useful Switches
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by fenaikh In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Display Adapter Information and Useful Switches
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=124267
Read it for other display adapter problems.

4. For other device driver reboot press Ctrl or F8 key then choose step by step and make a bootlog.txt to see which driver failed.
FREE Boot Log Analyzer utility to help in identifying Windows95/98 boot-up problems.
http://www.vision4.dial.pipex.com/
How to Perform Clean-Boot Troubleshooting for Windows 98
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=192926
System Configuration Utility Advanced Troubleshooting Settings
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=181966
Load Failures Listed in the Bootlog.txt File
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=127970

5. The registry has a problem or damaged so the main portion of it is not loaded some times.
*Warrning* Backup your registry first.
Use scanreg.exe to scan the registry

6. May be the keyboard F8 or Ctrl key some times are stuck and some time are releasedd then just clean keyboard

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by fenaikh In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

sorry the 1930 char limits. ...


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*** Warrning *********
Backup your registry first.
Editing and modifying the registry could result into a serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system.

Rememberto be extremely careful when you edit the Registry, because Registry errors can render a system unbootable. Be sure to have a current Emergency Repair Disk (ERD) before you make any of the modifications.

*** Warrning *********

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by tonydee In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Here's what happens. It won't boot - it gets
stuck while the Windows screen is displayed.
The blue stuff in the bar at the bottom just
stops moving. So, with it going nowhere, I
restart the machine using the power button.
- When it comes back up, you get the menu
asking how you want to boot. If I select '1' for
normal, it's just as before -
the blue stuff in the bottom bar stops moving
and I need to restart. If I select '3' for Safe
mode, it boots and I can work with the
msconfig menu.

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by Dynamo2003 In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

If all fails uninstall or disable the last application you installed or remove the last device installed.

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by Mike Jones In reply to Keeps booting into Safe M ...

Make sure your keyboard is not faulty and a key is not sticking down. Not neccessary F8

I had exactly the same problem and went through all the help on Microsoft's website and eventually found out that some of the keys were sticking when bootingup which causes it to go straight to the Safe Mode prompt.

Replaced the keyboard and all was ok.

Rather simplistic but you never know.

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