Some systems are a bit touchy about this. Try pressing F8 a little bit later. Eventually you should hit the right point.
If you get into the Safe Mode screen without the additional selections, check to see if you can press F8 there to get the advanced options.
There are other methods for getting to the BSOD information - but they're more difficult (removing the hard drive and using another computer to retrieve the memory dump files from there).
Since this is likely due to a driver that boots early in the startup process (before the system decides between Safe Mode and normal mode), it's gonna be difficult to disable the driver also. There are commands that you can use from the Startup Repair...Command Prompt to disable the drivers - but that's going to require some additional research once I figure out what the driver is.
A repair install of Vista is out because you've got to be in Windows to perform it.
Also, have you tried Startup Repair? It's either on the Safe Mode screen (an entry above Safe Mode that says "Repair your computer" - or it's in those "advanced options". If you have a Vista installation DVD you can boot from that. The first screen (as I recall) asks for language and keyboard options, the second screen (the installation screen) should have a "Repair this computer" link in the lower left part of that window. Startup Repair may be able to fix this sort of error.
I have been trying to accomplish the "Repair Your Computer" option. It's under where the Safe Mode options are and everything when I boot up, but it just gives steps instead of an actual option. It says something like this:
"The failed restart may be the cause of a recent hardware or software change. Try the following.
1. Insert your Windows Installation disc.
2. Restart your computer.
3. When you boot click the option 'Repair Your Computer.'"
Obviously that isn't what it says word for word, but that's basically what it says. The other options it gives are the Safe Mode, Start Windows normally etc. The problem is when I do have my CD in from CyberPower and restart, nothing happens and it shoots me back to the screen where it has the Safe Mode options and the steps mentioned above. When I try and boot from the disc (using F8 in this case since it won't load the screen you are telling me it should load) it sends me to the Windows Vista install deal. After waiting for 20 minutes or so, I finally get to the Vista Install screen. Then it asks for language, etc. I have went through it and could not find a "Repair Your Computer," option. It gives me the option at a certain point to choose the hard drive that I want to install Windows to. Then the options below are "Load Driver," and etc. (Delete, Format, New... etc).
I'm getting confused, because what I see from websites about Vista and the process I'm trying to go through is not the same on my end (for instance the F8 deal).
I'm also getting frustrated because I have seen a number of issues that could cause the things I'm experiencing.
Thanks for the help so far.
Edit: Also, I do not have an installation disc. I have my disc that CyberPower has and a Windows "Anytime Upgrade" Disc from the laptop. Guess this shows I should build my next PC myself so I would actually have my installation disc in a case like this.
Edited by sixx jpN, 13 April 2009 - 08:13 PM.