Posted 20 October 2007 - 08:37 AM
I'd never been able to boot with F8 until a couple of days ago. It finally dawned on me that something with the keyboard was weird. Esc and del would work while posting but no function keys. Function keys did work in BIOS so I'd always assumed everything with the keyboard was fine. Checked driver updates, uninstalled, reinstalled. No luck. Wouldn't have tried to track it down if I hadn't been trying to use a live linux disc. It wanted me to hit F4 to boot from the cd. I did. Nothing happened and then it booted from the HD into windows. Surprised me since I'd disabled booting for everything but cd. While back in the BIOS, in the peripherals section I noticed and enabled USB keyboard support, tried it and it worked. Can't take credit since I vaguely remember reading someone being told to check a USB setting which got me looking. Next move would have been to try the ps2 connector. Long story short, got to play with linux and was finally able to see the screen with all the safe boot options. Might help or maybe completely unrelated but could be worth looking.