Acer laptop not working, Cant enter safe mode and Startup Repair fails

My ACER 5517 stopped working 2 days ago. It would freeze at the welcome screen when I started Windows normally. After few attempts it stopped doing that and gave a black screen. So, I tried rebooting it with F8 and going to safe mode but it fails to do that saying theres some problem.

I have tried startup repair which didn't work either. I don't have a repair CD.

I hope you understand what I am trying to say as I am typing this message at work while remembering what the laptop did. I don't have a repair CD but could I buy one if that's the solution?

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