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My Gateway 2000 will only sign on in safe mode

My computer was unplugged, unused for about a month and now when I try to sign on, it will only sign on in "safe mode". In this mode, I have limited use of my keyboard and cannot figure out how to return it to it's normal mode. I am not connected to the internet but previously was connected with dial-up only. It's an old computer that is not compatible to DSL but I have a specific program that I use on it that does not require internet access. Help!!!

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Hi check to see if you have anything connected to your pc apart from the ac mains plug and keyboard/ mouse and screen.Just have the basics attached to the pc,then switch it off then on again.You should then have a choice to start up in last known working mode ,click that and see what happens next.

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