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simpleton
08-01-2005, 16:55:29
My pc stopped dead last night and ever since then, it starts up with scan disk wich takes ages then the system only starts in "safe" mode.

I cannot cjhange any display settings as the pc needs restarting to take effect with the cycle going round and round.

Any ideas?

Gary
08-01-2005, 18:10:16
Are there not function keys, or delete keys you can keep depressed during start-up to choose the way it comes in ?

I can never recall what's what but try each in turn until you can select normal mode from the menu.

Gary
08-01-2005, 18:12:25
Somewhat concerned it doesn't go back to normal after the first cycle though. You may have a permanent problem of some sort that ensures normal mode isn't a good idea.

zmama
08-01-2005, 21:14:02
Sounds like win98... Or is it ME?

In any case, are there any other error messages? Have you installed anything new... hardware or software?

simpleton
09-01-2005, 07:40:14
it's ME. Nothing new installed. The CTRL key is the one listed as the one needing to be held down during a re-boot to determine which mode to start in which does not work.
Argh! 16 colour mode is so cool, as is the huge deskstop setting.

zmama
09-01-2005, 16:58:48
ME... ugh, can't be of much help but this site may

http://www.annoyances.org/

zmama
09-01-2005, 17:06:30
and this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/273738/EN-US/

simpleton
09-01-2005, 17:11:29
Thanks for all the advice.

I "Obtained" an XP Home cd and have taken the system back to original setting.

I've loaded XP but have since noticed that the Validation key I've got does not work. I've got 29 days to either lose the ability to use my pc, find a working "Key" or worse, buy XP legally.

zmama
09-01-2005, 17:14:27
Sorry can't help there either...I don't do illegal

Vincent
09-01-2005, 19:03:09
Arr, scurvy illegal pirate scum

Beta1
09-01-2005, 22:15:48
if you have ME discs then you could get the Xp upgrade disc which is far cheaper