I did try f8 to reboot to safe mode and it will not do this...it will only let me do f2 to the setup mode....should i just get a new hard drive or what else could i do...willing to pay for a new hard drive just need to know if that is the prob or is it something else?..like the mother board?
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Re: ace aspire 3610
If it keeps going into setup, check that the date and time is correct, if not correct it and go to standard cmos settings menu and see if your hard disk drive is recognised, if so exit and save settings and reboot.
If sends into set up again, check date and time again and if incorrect again, then the cmos battery is flat and needs replacing, if time and date is ok, then look in standard cmos settings again and look for a line reading 'Halt on all Errors', dissable this and next time it boots it should boot to the part where it gives a clue as to the fault.
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It sounds as though your PF keys are disabled by the BIOS settings. Try this:
Upon cold start or reboot get to the BIOS setup. You may have to press F2 or delete, or whatever key the first POST messages instruct you to use. Different BIOS manufacturers use different keys, and you have to be quick to interrupt the boot process using the correct key. If you fail to determine what key it is, reboot once again, until you see/read what key does the job.
Next, once you're into the setup screens, look for a section where you can set/deny access to the F8, F9, F10 etc keys during the boot process.
Make sure you ENABLE them, following the instructions on what keys to use to set/reset these choices. Make sure you SAVE AND EXIT.
On the next reboot, upon the disappearance of all POST messages, make sure you press the F8 key repeatedly until you see your OS boot options menu, among which you'll find Safe Mode.
When you turn on your laptop do you see the P.O.S.T screen or it just remains blank? and also while booting up do you get any beep sound?
Try to boot your computer in Safe Mode by Tapping F2 (or Del in few laptops) key after pushing Power Button.
let me know what happens.
Try starting in safe mode (press f8 on start up) once in safe mode use system restore to restore your operating system to a earlier point.
Start - programs - accessories - system tools - system restore.
Start - all programs - maintenance - backup and restore center
When you get in setup check the time and date and see if correct, if not; correct it and save settings and exit, then it should reboot.
If the time is correct and date then you will have to reboot the system and keep pressing F8 while its booting, this will take you into safe mode, you need then to choose last known good cofiguration and hit enter, hopefully you should now get into windows.
When you turn on the pc keep pressing F8 until it boots into safe mode.
when in safe mode look in the list for 'Last Known Good Configuration' and select the line with the up/down arrows on keyboard and press enter.
the pc should then reboot back into windows, if not and you still get the flashing cursor, then there is a boot.ini file fault where the sysstem cannot find the c:\ volume to start windows, and you will need to borrow a copy of windows to do a system repair.