Solved How To Get Into Safe Mode On a Inspiron 9200?

December 31, 2014 at 10:20:06
Specs: Windows XP
I can not get up the Safe Mode screen.. Lap Top will not boot normaly. I tried all the "F" keys but can not get it into safe mode... The laptop crashed 12-27 AM.. Toshiba crashed at the same time, but I got that up and running with Anti Virus Programs in safe mode.

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January 2, 2015 at 00:46:48
I've never had a power outage wreck a drive, although I know it can happen. I think it's more likely to happen if the outage occurs when the drive is reading or writing. But anyway, it's possible that some computers on the same strip might be OK while others aren't.

But yeah, whatever the cause it's likely your drive is bad. Looks like it has an IDE--not SATA--drive, probably only 60 gig. This fellow recommends replacing it with nothing larger than 120 gig but I haven't checked myself:

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...



#1
December 31, 2014 at 10:30:15
Have you tried pressing Fn + F8

http://sdfox7.com


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#2
December 31, 2014 at 11:35:44
Fn 8 ? ... Yes I have... In Fact, it was the first move I made.. I can get 'Boot Order' (f12) and I can get f2 System normal boot gives me.. 'A DISK READ ERROR OCCORRED"
At first I thought the boot order was screwed up, so I changed it to go to HHD only..
Same message.

Thanks


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#3
December 31, 2014 at 12:20:11
Sounds like the HDD may have failed.

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#4
December 31, 2014 at 22:46:34
Yeah you can't get to safe mode because the boot process on the hard drive doesn't get that far.

So both the toshiba and inspiron crashed at exactly 12:27 AM? (Odd) Was there a common event that could have affected them both--like maybe they both fell off the table at that time?

Oh wait, I didn't see the dash (Blue eyes plus UV light = cataracts). Do you mean they both crashed on the morning of December 27?

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#5
January 1, 2015 at 07:19:45
Dave... It does sound strange right?.... I had a wedding on 12/27, and checked out both laptops the evening of 12-26... All was ok.. In the morning the Dell wouldn't boot, and the 'backup' Toshiba would freeze the second the desktop would come up...
I might mention that I am still using MS-XP on the Dell. Also PCDJ FX for Music Storage and Player on both computers..
Support is not available on either! :-\

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#6
January 1, 2015 at 18:57:17
Were they both running solely on AC power? The only thing I can think of is a power outage may have messed both up. Or was there someone else there that might have messed with them?

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#7
January 1, 2015 at 21:18:39
Both were pluged in the same APC strip.. However, one desktop was also pluged into the same strip and that is OK.... I was the only one here... I am going to toss in the towel on this one and try a new hard drive... Thanks for your comments and attempts.

K


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#8
January 2, 2015 at 00:46:48
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I've never had a power outage wreck a drive, although I know it can happen. I think it's more likely to happen if the outage occurs when the drive is reading or writing. But anyway, it's possible that some computers on the same strip might be OK while others aren't.

But yeah, whatever the cause it's likely your drive is bad. Looks like it has an IDE--not SATA--drive, probably only 60 gig. This fellow recommends replacing it with nothing larger than 120 gig but I haven't checked myself:

http://en.community.dell.com/suppor...


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