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    Default won't boot to safe mode

    my friend's laptop wont boot, not even with f8 for safe mode. we just get "press f2 for setup or f12 to boot with LAN" HELP! Is this the end of the line for her PC? there must be a solution, i need to be her knight-in-shining-armour

    thanks

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    What version of Windows is/was on it?

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    xp, and it won't even bring up the safe mode menu

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    How old is it? Does it even detect the HDD? Sounds like it might have died....the HDD that is...Or its trying to boot off another device.

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    a few years old, maybe four. don't know if it's detecting the HDD - how do i tell?

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    See if the hdd appears in the BIOS of the laptop. Well, it should, since there's only one hdd. And see if its configured as the bootdisk. If there's a floppy / other booting device on this laptop.

    Are you pressing / holding down F8 as soon as you reboot ??

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    Default Re: won't boot to safe mode

    Ok I'll check the setup (if it'll even let me do that). thanks for that, i'll be back...

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    Hope the "knight-in-shining-armour" gets rewarded.

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