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    How to recover from "safe mode" problems in Vista

    Please help.
    I chose "Safe Mode" trying to correct some corrupted files.
    I was impatient waiting until the system finished and chose to shut down the computer.
    Now the Computer does not reboot at all. In addition, I have no power to the keyboard (PS2) and no power to my USB ports.
    I downloaded on my laptop a boot file to a CD which showed the boot menu
    on my problem computer but I could not select the proper heading since my keyboard
    is not working.
    Is there a DOS Recovery Disk with self extracting files to fix these problems ?
    I appreciate your advice

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    If you have a installation disk, or made a rescue disk, you should be okay. otherwise you may have to acquire an installation disk. You can probably find Vista disks pretty cheap now.

    It sounds as though you have corrupted your Master Boot Record (MBR) There is a procedure to fix the MBR.

    This might be an opportune time to consider an installation of Win 7. Good luck.
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    How did you shut down the PC?

    If you can get into the BIOS check to see that legacy USB is enabled.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by RONT38 View Post
    I downloaded on my laptop a boot file to a CD which showed the boot menu
    on my problem computer but I could not select the proper heading since my keyboard
    is not working.
    RONT38,
    Hello... If you can "boot" into The "BIOS" Menu. You should be able to use the "Arrow Keys" to select The HD you want, and then hit Enter (No Mouse or other keys Involved)... If your using a "Wireless " keyboard and Mouse you could try to use a "hardwired" keyboard... As far as i know with my Vista... i have the "recovery disks" Purchased after my "homemade" ones either failed (or got lost )...Or... if your PC came with a recovery partition, on my OS you would hit F-11 to enter the recovery choices when the system was booting. Regards Fred
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    Thanks Ted,
    All good suggestions. I've purchased Win7 upgrade, downloaded a Vista Recovery CD, but to no avail could I boot up.
    My big problems are that I have no power going to the PS2 keyboard and no power to my USB mouse. Even if I had the BIOS on my screen,
    I could not maneuver the cursor to where I need to without power to the keyboard.
    My next try is to see a friend who has a working floppy drive and hopefully I can download a DOS Recovery disk and try that.

    Regards, Ront

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    Thanks, Fred

    See my comments to Ted.

    Regards,

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    Have you tried the mouse in a different USB port?

    Can you borrow a USB keyboard from someone?

    Joe

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    Hi, JoeP517

    My plunder was that I shut the computer down during a safe mode with warning to "please wait". I was impatient to wait for all the files to safe load and pushed the
    on/off button until the computer shut down.
    So far all my effort to boot failed. Have no power to keyboard and mouse.

    Regards,

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    Joe,

    The mouse fired right up using it on my laptop, which I use right now to write to you and did the downloads.

    Thanks,
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    Here is a long shot.....
    Unplug the computer.
    Unplug the mouse and keyboard.
    Hold the computer "power on" button for about 60 seconds.
    Plug everything back in and see what happens.

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    Hi, tfspry

    Did what you suggested. No good news. The system is running with the Floppy drive (light on). No sign of HD doing anything.

    Thanks for helping.

    Ront38

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    By the time you see a boot menu a lot has already happened on the PC. Have you tried getting into the BIOS?

    If you know which key to press to get into the BIOS, try pressing that immediately after pushing the power button. You may have to press the key repeatedly.

    Joe

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    Are we sure there was not a hardware failure during this abnormal shutdown. It does not make sense that the keyboard (ps2 I believe) will not work to allow access to the BIOS. I might try a different keyboard (either borrow or buy, they are pretty cheap) You do not need a mouse to get into and use the BIOS. A keyboard will do.
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    Ted,
    I reckon that since the USB receptacles did not power my mouse, even though I tested it and found good on my laptop, a USB keyboard would not work there either.
    I'll pursue tomorrow to get a DOS floppy and see if something good come out of.

    Thanks,

    Ront38

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    See if you can get into BIOS (may have to use a ps2 keyboard) and make sure legacy USB is enabled. If you don't have a PS2 keyboard, try removing the CMOS battery for 30 minutes or so to reset the BIOS.

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