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No Safe Mode - Boot Magic loads first!

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geoand

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#1
Hi,

Can anybody help? I'm sure there's a dead simple answer, but I'm stuck here. I want to boot into 'Safe Mode' but don't know how - using the usual F8 key at start-up doesn't work!

I'm dual-booting with '98se + XP using BootMagic 7 - the BootMagic window is obviously the 1st thing to load so I've not got the option of selecting F8 for Safe Mode. Any ideas welcome. (I can select the XP o/s Safe Mode ok but it's the Win'98e I want to select!)

Thanks,
 
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geoand

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#3
Sorry,

I've tried that - didn't work. It looks like I've gone right past the Safe Mode option by that time, it just boots into 98se & will make beeping noises when pressing F8 during this loading up period.

Any other ideas? Ta.
 
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RiGGs

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#5
I've had the same problem. The easy way is to hold down the shift key before and while your OS loads up.
 
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geoand

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#6
Still no joy !!

Thanks folks,

However, none of your answers solved it! Holding the 'Shift' key doesn't work either. I've done a bit of checking on both OS and neither has a Boot.ini file - is this possible? If so, could this be my problem & should I create one? (I wouldn't know where to start, I'm afraid.)

When I originally made my system dual-boot, I made the mistake of making the XP o/s (C Drive XP) the default as I thought I was going to use XP's built in Boot Manager. Since I had a blank screen, I used my Partition Magic Rescue Disks to alter the default C drive as Win.'98 & then loaded Boot Magic on here. (ie, C Drive Win'98e).

Now when I boot into XP from the startup Boot Magic selection, I then get the XP boot manager - it identifies my options as XP and "Unknown Operating System on C Drive". Ok, I know this isn't correct but its been working ok for months, but I've never needed to use 'Safe Mode' in Win.'98 until now.

In Win XP System => Advanced => Startup and Recovery => System startup => Default operating system =>

Drop down list reads:

"Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
"Unidentified operating system on drive C."

Hopefully this makes sense to somebody else, I'm really stuck now.

Thanks,
 
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Waldo

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#7
I know it's a little late to help you but I boot 98 and XP with Boot Magic and I enable the boot menu in 98 TweakUI so I always have the safe mode option.
 
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geoand

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#8
Thanks Waldo,

Why is it too late? Can't I load '98 TweakUI and fix it from there - I can access '98 ok, would that not work now?

Cheers,
 
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RobbieSan

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#9
Boot magic is a problem here.. it would have been much better to use XP's boot manager.. I have both Me and XP on my machine and by using XP's boot manage I have no problems with accessing safe mode of either system..
 
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Waldo

Guest
#10
Yes, if you can access 98 you can enable the boot menu in TweakUI or install TweakUI and enable it. You will then get several options including safe mode.
 
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Waldo

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#11
Forgot to mention - Just go to the boot tab in TweakUI and check the box for "Always show boot menu".
 
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geoand

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#12
Robbiesan,

Yeah, I wish I'd used the XP Boot Manager but I panicked when faced with a blank screen, Boot Magic was all I could think of - I didn't want to lose my Win.'98 + data.

Waldo,

Since I'm obviously stuck with Boot Magic, I'll try loading the '98 TweakUI - I'll report back either way. (unless I lose *all* access, I'll be busy then!) Thanks, that sounds like it should work.
 
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Waldo

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#14
Geoand - Glad it worked. Yes, I got the new XP Powertoys but not sure yet what the differences are.
 

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