Posted 21 June 2009 - 03:18 PM
I have the best luck with repeated and quick strokes of F8, and since it works for you on another computer, you have been introduced.
I think you would have to time it just right (with few visual cues) for one tap to work and I have never tried holding it down, but I read that it does not work in some cases.
You said "bootsafe" which is a third party program that allegedly achieves the same result as checking the /SAFEBOOT option of the boot.ini tab in MSCONFIG. Which one applies to you? Either method will need to be disabled to get back to a regular boot, but what if you just can't boot normally to manipulate the /SAFEBOOT switch?
If you have MS Word you can open a new document and in the bottom middle of the screen you should see EXT greyed out (Extended Mode). If you press F8 it should light up, press ESC to turn it off - then you will know your hardware is okay and you are either missing the F8 window or something is keeping you from it.
I don't want to belabor the point, but if I could not boot into Safe Mode with F8, I think I would be quite cranky until I figured it out!
Oh well - it appears you can now get into Safe Mode by another method to proceed with your troubleshooting, so I'll just go back to lurking...
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