Next, I need to explain that I've had a message at start up that says Hardware manager has found an error, hit F1 to continue, F2 to enter set up. I've reset the BIOS before, have been in Device Manager and found nothing abnormal, besides, neither of these two activities have changed the way this error appears/solves the "problem" and makes the message cease. So I've used F1 for a long time now (a year or two) without issue.
When my husband started up the computer the other day while I was at work, he hit F1, but it only restarted the computer. It's in a loop now that I can't get out of.
I've used the set up floppies hoping to just rewrite the OS over itself, but it stops me at the end of the 6th floppy saying that there's either no room, something is damaged, etc., or that the partition needs reformatting.
I can't get into safe mode as all options on that safe mode menu send me back into the start up loop, and that means I can't back up my documents and some irreplaceable files on that partition.
Any help will be greatly appreciated. I've read a few threads on here before I bothered posting one in hopes of finding an answer along the way. There are some avenues I will have to try when I get home (at work right now), but nothing that addresses my issue exactly.
Thank you very much, in advance, for any and all help directed my way. I look forward to hearing back from you guys.
I'm unsure of how else I can get into safe mode, and REALLY don't want to reformat without backing up those documents.