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F2 bios working but F8 to go to safe mode is not

Hi my friend,

before the blue screen i had windows 7.

I have a sony vaio laptop. After having a blue screen appeared and computer turning off by itself i cant login to safe mode.

I was able to go to f2 bios but not to the advance booting options f8 or shift+f8.

so after tuning off i tried turning on the laptop. sony logo appeared and then theres was a black screen with a small white line blinking and that was the farthest it could go.

So i tried formatting and installing a fresh copy of windows 8 and for my surprise I was able to logon into windows again.

The problem now is, that im still not being able to login into safe mode or adavance booting options.

Can someone help me what can this be?

is there a way to do a complete hardware diagnosis?
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  1. Hi,
    What if you keep Shift pressed and tap repeatedly F8 ?
  2. There is an alternate way to get into safe mode in windows 7 and windows 8 just search "msconfig" under charms bar or windows 7 search function. Then go to the boot tab and select safe mode.
  3. shift+f8 not working
  4. mlcaouette said:
    There is an alternate way to get into safe mode in windows 7 and windows 8 just search "msconfig" under charms bar or windows 7 search function. Then go to the boot tab and select safe mode.



    under boot tab theres no safe mode option but there is:
    safe boot and if i select it i have to choose another options:
    minimal
    alternate shell
    active directory repair
    network
  5. i thought safe mode was f5? I typically just spam f5 until i get the menu, then from there (iirc) f8 will open the advanced options menu.
  6. Those are the same options you would get if f8 was working for you. What you pick depends on what you are trying to fix, you usually cannot fix blue screen errors from safe mode. BSODs are typically due to hardware failure.
  7. mlcaouette said:
    Those are the same options you would get if f8 was working for you. What you pick depends on what you are trying to fix, you usually cannot fix blue screen errors from safe mode. BSODs are typically due to hardware failure.


    so which one is safe mode with networking?
  8. Check the safe mode and the network box below it for safe mode with networking. Keep in mind it will boot to this every time until you go back to msconfig and change it back to normal boot.
  9. yea it worked with the msconfig but i was wondering why is it not working after the sony logo screen?
  10. becast said:
    yea it worked with the msconfig but i was wondering why is it not working after the sony logo screen?


    Maybe a long shot... but...
    Can you check to see that the f8 key is actually working? If you have Microsoft word a quick way is use f8 to select text. Shift f8 to de-select the text
  11. unoriginal1 said:
    Maybe a long shot... but...
    Can you check to see that the f8 key is actually working? If you have Microsoft word a quick way is use f8 to select text. Shift f8 to de-select the text


    Yea i tried f8 key in word and it works. it selects the text
  12. As djscribbles said try using f5. Also if you would try by just repeatedly pressing f8 from the moment you power on the computer, and if that doesn't work repeat with f5.
  13. It's a new feature of Windows 8. Pressing F8 no longer will get you into safe mode. You "have to" use the msconfig option. I read this in an 8 review somewhere and never could figure out why MS did it.
  14. Best answer
    Here are alternate methods to get into Advanced boot options for windows 8:

    http://www.windows7hacker.com/index.php/2012/09/3-ways-to-fire-up-windows-8-advanced-boot-options/
  15. good stuf, mlcaouette
  16. Best answer selected by becast.
  17. Nice Mlcaouette. Learn something new everyday :).
  18. becast said:
    Hi my friend,

    before the blue screen i had windows 7.

    I have a sony vaio laptop. After having a blue screen appeared and computer turning off by itself i cant login to safe mode.

    I was able to go to f2 bios but not to the advance booting options f8 or shift+f8.

    so after tuning off i tried turning on the laptop. sony logo appeared and then theres was a black screen with a small white line blinking and that was the farthest it could go.

    So i tried formatting and installing a fresh copy of windows 8 and for my surprise I was able to logon into windows again.

    The problem now is, that im still not being able to login into safe mode or adavance booting options.

    Can someone help me what can this be?

    is there a way to do a complete hardware diagnosis?



    You can enter f1 to contine then press f8.. just do after press f1 do press f8 quickly i think 1 seconds.
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