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Cannot access safe mode in xp pro


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Posted 26 May 2009 - 10:27 AM

Attempted to cycle power on, but got only a black screen with blinking cursor. Attempted OS repair via xp installation cd, but was ineffective. Also ran full system diagnostics with no discrepancies. Am now attempting to access safe mode in order to execute "last known config." option, but F8 produces no response. I feel like I've exhausted all of my known avenues. Ideas? Thanks so much in advance for any insight.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:15 PM

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

I would try running the fixmbr command from the Recovery Console.

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:33 PM

Thanks for your reply hamluis. Tried the "fixmbr" command from recovery console, but it was ineffective. I hate to consider it, but do you think I may need to run a clean install??

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 03:09 PM

There must be more to this.

If you read the link I provided, you will see a list of possibilities.

A clean install will solve various situations...but it will have no impact at all on a hardware situation.

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