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Cactus521

Booting into Safe Mode - Tip

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Rarely do I need to boot into Safe Mode (Vista) but I had to do it the other day to disable some software that was hogging memory.  When I booted, it would freeze at CRCDISK.SYS and not proceed any further.  I researched several places but did not get a definite solution regarding the issue.  Finally, I did a logged boot into a normal startup and took note of the driver that loaded right after CRCDISK.SYS.  I saw that it was my Epson printer driver.  Since I usually leave the printer turned off, I chose to turn it on for the boot into Safe Mode and was able to get to the desktop.  Obviously in safe mode, printer support was required and the O/S was not detecting a printer present.

 

Reason why I am posting it is many solutions just suggested either a reformat or some issue with CRCDISK.SYS itself.  If others ever have this problem, it's usually the driver that loads next when safe mode fails.

 

Best Regards,

 

John

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Thanks for the tip. I'm a bit of a technophobe, so everything that happens inside this box under my desk is magic to me. 

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