Unfortunately Kittie is correct. I am having the same issue. This is the key to our misunderstanding. We can get to safemode, we are hitting the F8 correctly. But we get the error all the same! We never actually get to USE safemode. So we are unable to follow ANY of the instructions given. Hence, they are useless to us UNTIL we get onto windows. This is the issue we face. Any modified solutions/suggestions?