SBS2003 won't respond to F8 and can't boot into safe mode

I have a fresh install of SBS2003 on an ibm x3550 sata adaptec hostRAID at RAID 0. I am trying to boot into directory services mode. It appears not to respond to F8 or shift key on boot up and goes straight to the splash screen.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Its sometimes difficult to catch - keep tapping pressing F8
Alternatively boot into windows normally - edit the boot.ini file and append

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One thought on this - is your keyboard a USB connection.
There have been times when I had to temporarily switch to a PS2 keyboard to get the F8 key to work.

If you don't want to edit the Boot.ini file manually, you can use MSCONFIG to make these changes as well.

Start > Run > msconfig

Under the Boot.ini tab, select the /SAFEBOOT option, and then click the DSREPAIR radio button that will become selectable
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