none of the lights come on on the keyboard or the optical mouse however i can use the keyboard during the booting stage to access the bios which assures me that a keyboard and mouse are connected.
i attempted to access safe mode by hitting f8 (?) but that took me to a boot list rather than boot options - (it gave me choices of which of my hdd's or dvd drives i wanted to boot from instead of options to boot to safe mode etc)
any ideas?! thanks very much for your time