|Computers NEVER start up in Safe mode.|
If it's just the Windows operating system that's screwed up, or even if your hard drive is failing, you should still have normal video while booting BEFORE Windows is supposed to load in any case.
Is that your situation ?
If yes, are you trying to say you can press F8 repeatedly while booting and choose Safe mode and Windows will load ?
If yes, are you saying you can choose an older System Restore restore point and Windows will then load when you boot normally ?
If you DO NOT have normal video while booting BEFORE Windows is supposed to load, that's a completely different situation. Something else is wrong with your netbook.
If you DO have normal video while booting BEFORE Windows is supposed to load....
Whatever method you use to re-load the data on the hard drive, you MUST have, or be able to borrow, at the very least, a suitable Windows XP CD.
The OEM XP version - Home or Pro - and Product Key for it is on the official Microsoft label on the outside of your computer case, probably on the bottom.
You can use the Product Key on that label with either
- a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD of the same version - Home or Pro - as your system came with
- or - an XP Re-installation CD, or a set of Recovery or Restore disks that is meant to be used only for your model
A regular Microsoft OEM XP CD has "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it's surface and has the Microsoft holograms.
An XP Re-installation CD that came with a different brand name model probably cannot be used to install Windows from scratch or run a Repair installation of XP on your mode - it will probably refuse to do that.
Acer doesn't normally supply Recovery or Restore disks with it's systems, but if your model is not ancient you can probably buy a disk or a set of disks from the Acer web site and have that shipped to you in as little as a few days. If a disk or a disk set is available for your model, it's probably relatively cheap to buy even including shipping - e.g. about half or less of what a new Microsoft OEM XP Home CD costs, the cheapest type of XP disk you can buy.
If you DO have, or can borrow, a suitable XP CD,
then you can either .......
- see the directions I pointed to in response # 1
-or - if you can set your bios Setup Boot Order or similar settings to boot from a USB connected drive, you can use a 1gb or larger flash drive to install XP - search the web for : install XP from flash drive
or similar - there are lots of "hits" with directions for how to do that on the web.