I cant get past the 'press F8 to continue' screen during XP Pro setup

Posted on 2009-03-31
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I am loading XP Pro onto an HP Pavilion a1600n which had Media center on it. I boot to cd and it copies files and gets to the 'Welcome to Windows XP screen press enter to continue. Then the license agreement comes up where it says escape to decline F8 to continue and pagedown to scroll. It doesn't respond when I press F8. It will however let me Pageup/down and also lets me press esc and then restarts the PC. I have tried with multiple XP discs, both Home and PRo and have even tried replaceing the CD drive. Anyone ever run into this before? I have installed XP probably 1000 times and had lots of different issues which I have worked through but I have never seen this. Also, I tried using an unattended disc first and it won't even boot to that cd, It just says 'can't find NTLDR. That is when I tried using an Original XP Pro disc thinking it might be nmy Unattended that was the problem.
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johnb6767 earned 500 total points
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Almost hate to suggest this.....

Tried another Keyboard? If a laptop, a USB one?

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hmmmmmmm..... No. But I know the F8 key works cuz i tried pressing it before windows splash screen to get to safe mode options and it works!!

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Wow, I tried that again and it seems that the F8 key might not be working after all, man I'm an idiot, I don't have another keyboard with me cuz its late and I'm working from home. I will go to my office in the morning and try with new keyboard. I will post results then. Thanks for helping this tard out....

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Try other Keys like F2, F10
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LOL....Been there myself.... I almost hope for something more serious, so you dont have to feel like an idiot... Lord knows I have done things like this MANY MANY times.... But I will tell you, wont make those mistakes again.....

Good luck!!


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Thank youi, I am stupid...
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Hey, Im glad it was something simple at least.... And look at the bright side.... You wont ever let a broken keyboard fool you again, in thinking it is a deeper problem.....

Have a good one!
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Thought I would share something with you, to make you feel better....

Was fighting a ton of problems on a PC, and one of them was the sound card ... No sound.......

Fought the drivers for about 10 minutes, uninstalled, manually removed drivers, kjilled the device out of the registry etc.... Nothing worked. Turned the volume up in XP, and on the speakers....

Then all of a sudden, I noticed the power light was off on the speakers....Traced it back to the power adapter on the surge, and noticed teh weight of the ac brick actually unplugged them.Tapped it back down, and the light came on, and viola!!! SOUND!!

So just remember, it happens to all of us......

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