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Keyboard Error When Pressing Ctrl To Enter Safemode


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#1 Mike850

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:53 PM

Hello all.
First a brief background before the real issue :thumbsup: I just purchased a brand new DELL Inspiron I530 to finally replace my antiquated DELL 700 MHZ with Millenium Edition OS. I am keeping the old DELL for my kids to learn off of. I want to defrag and wipe out the hard drive and restore the computer back to the way it was 7 years ago.

I'm trying to get to SAFE MODE. After booting up, I hold down the CTRL key waiting for the menu to appear to allow me to select SAFE MODE. Instead, I get a message that says "keyboard error". So I do CTRL/ALT/DEL and try it again...and again. I've also tried holding down the F8 key instead, but still get the same error message. If I don't hold down the key the whole time, or if I try rapidly pushing it, it will not give the message. Instead, it will bypass the option for SAFE MODE and proceed to fully boot.

Any ideas/suggestions? :flowers:

Edited by garmanma, 30 July 2008 - 06:58 PM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:38 PM

Don't hold the F8 key down, just keep tapping it just as soon as the first screen loads. It can be tricky sometimes. You have to catch it just right
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:43 AM

Tapping the F8 key seems to have no effect and it still boots up. I'll keep trying. In the past I could always hold down the CTRL key right after powering on and then the menu to allow safe mode would pop up. But now it just says keyboard error.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 10:30 AM

You are correct, it is the control key
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Edited by garmanma, 31 July 2008 - 11:05 AM.

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