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Cannot Start My Computer Stuck In Safe Mode


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#1 themarkac

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Posted 17 July 2006 - 04:51 PM

1) Computer doesn't boot up

2) Mid Boot it goes to a screen asking if I want to start up in safe mode or not - no matter what it goes back to trying to boot up (Bar with the XP logo and the and the moving bars that go across the screen asking to start up in safe-mode) it's like a never ending loop

3) People have told me if could be a virus.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 06:40 AM

There can be several causes for this to include BIOS, software, malware and wireless keyboards.

"Safe Mode" is a troubleshooting mode designed to start Windows with minimal drivers and running processes to diagnose problems with your computer. If you have a wireless keyboard, and your BIOS does not natively support it, then the device drivers for the keyboard need to load for it to function. And since starting a computer in Safe Mode prevents many drivers from loading, you are unable to enter into it since your keyboard does not function if the proper drivers do not load. Try using a PS/2 keyboard - a keyboard with a cable that plugs into the back of your PC.

Also there are times when the wireless transmitter and receiver fail to make contact with each other and need to be reset or require battery replacement.

For more suggestions see Situations in Which Windows May Not Start in Safe Mode and the Community Newsletter: Where has Safe Mode gone?
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 12:22 PM

Thank you for the reply. I went to Microsofts website and it stated this:


To diagnose a problem with Safe mode, follow these steps:
1. Try all versions of Safe mode to see if Windows will start.
2. If no version of Safe mode will start, try using the command console to replace or rename a faulty driver
or to disable or enable a service.
3. If the command console does not resolve the issue, you may need to restore the system from a backup.

1. I tried all versions of Safe mode and it still will not start

2. Can someone help me figure out how to use the command console to replace or rename a faulty driver?

3. I would hope option 3 is the last option. I have many important files that I have not backed up on my computer.

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 06:33 PM

Description of the XP Recovery Console: Using the Command Console.
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Posted 18 July 2006 - 06:53 PM

Thanks. I am not too computer savy is there anybody that can tell me the for dummies version of how to use the command console or should I hire a professional?

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Posted 19 July 2006 - 04:41 AM

Are you getting any type of error messages. Generally, the Recovery Console is used when you receive an error message such as these when attempting to start you computer.

1. Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
2. Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE
3. Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate
4. System error: Lsass.exe
5. Error Message: Cannot Find \Windows\System32\hal.dll

Just to clarify, are you able to boot normally or just not in Safe Mode?
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