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Windows XP - Can't access Advanced Options menu (F8 key hijacked by BIOS)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by computertechie, Jan 2, 2008.

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  1. computertechie

    computertechie Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I have a computer that is stuck in a loop and won't boot into normal or safe mode. There is a blue screen flashing up, but way too quick for me to be able to see the STOP code.

    The problem I have is that the American Megatrends BIOS 2.51, has an option on the boot screen "Press F8 for BBS Popup". Therefore I can't use the F8 key to get into the Windows XP Advanced Options menu. :mad: Why the hell has a BIOS manufacturer hijacked an important Windows key????? :mad:

    I have also tried pressing the F8 key AFTER the BIOS screen, but even by doing that you still get a boot order list by pressing F8, and not the Advanced Options menu.

    Does anyone know how to either:
    1. Disable the Press F8 for BBS Popup in the BIOS? (I've looked, so has a workmate, but we can't see it)

    or

    2. Is there an alternative to using the F8 key to access the Advanced Options menu?

    Hope someone can help.
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    If your keyboard has a "F-lock" key, press it before F8.
     
  3. computertechie

    computertechie Thread Starter

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    Nope, not got one of those :-(
     
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