Question about IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

The first solution from BunnyDawg worked, now a new one!

I went to Bootdisc and thier help got my system up and running. 2 Days later I booted up and nothing, no BIOS, won't even read a Floppy or CD. All I get is a Black Screen. Could this be a System Board problem or am I overlooking something?

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • Stephen Sep 24, 2008

    Yes I did, do you think I screwed up?
    Thank You for your help Sir

  • Stephen Sep 24, 2008

    I will gladly do all the research and the work! I have 2 top of the line computers but I like this Thinkpad and would love to get it back to Factory Condition
    Thank you for all your help.

  • Stephen Sep 25, 2008

    Thanks Robert
    I found the correct BIOS on Lenova's Support Website (I hope they gave me the right one!). Bootdisc had the Flash Utility. I will get those ready!

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    You didn't happen to try and upgrade the bios by chance did you ?



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Brigadier General:

    An expert that has over 10,000 points.

  • Master
  • 5,158 Answers

That's a nice way to put it... you can recover from that but it's quite an involved process and basically it is done blindly....i've done a couple.


when i have a few moments i'll get you the links but you will have to do all the research and work to get it going....

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 25, 2008

    First.... obtain from a bios update boot disk. Second get the CORRECT bios for that computer. If not sure let me know and i'll find it and give you the link.

    What you are going to do is boot up blind... with a disk in the floppy drive... it will/should automatically install the correct bios....

    I'll point you in the directions of the instructions when you have those things ready... also when you get the correct bios also get the flash utility from the same site that is compatable with your bios and computer.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Accidental erase of os without bootdisc of windows 8 toshiba satelite C55-A

If you can boot from CDrom or floppy, you may be able to restore the partition information using a DOS utility. Easus has a program you can download and write to CD (given you have another machine) and use that to boot the machine and restore the partitions. Unless you went hog-wild in erasing, everything is still there and recoverable. Well, almost everything. There are other programs, such as those on, that can restore erased partitions and others that can restore erased files.
If you have the OS CD, or DVD from Toshiba, boot that... If there was a hidden 'restore' partition, you may be able to access them from BIOS.

Aug 15, 2014 | Toshiba Satellite Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Gateway 6920

The dying hdd cause some problems. Replace the hdd.

Feb 21, 2014 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Amillo pro 2010 screens gone black tried new inverter still no good cleaned ram no good the xp pro disc is off this laptop but got invalid message when reinstalled the screen went blank two days later cant...

Try useing external monitor?
Dumb Question.
Try switch monitor button? Fn + F5 (together) usually
Hard way,
Remove hard drive, maybe even CD Reader, Floppy.
Power on system

Oct 02, 2009 | Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Pro V2010 Notebook

1 Answer

I went on the dell site to upgrade a driver for my scroll pad. i noticed a newer audio upgrade and ever since i havent been able to get my sound working again. i also upgraded the video update and my video...

First try rolling back the driver installs in device manager. Right click the Device, properties, driver tab, roll back driver.
If no go, next try a system restore to before the drivers were installed.
If still no help, go to and download Advanced System Care and run it, see if it helps with system performance.
of course make sure you have an up to date antivirus program running on the system.
If all that fails, then you can backup you data and try a PCRESTORE (Control Key Plus F11 Key at boot) or if that is not available, reinstall WIndows Manually

Jun 09, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook

1 Answer

I need help. About a month ago my laptop got a little wet...just a tiny bit. I turned it off and when I turned it on again it was a black screen. Only the battery & light to the left would light up. After...

I think some parts or ram of your ThinkPad is damage by water.So this is my personal reference that go to the service center and check it by a hardware engineer.

Mar 15, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R50e Notebook

1 Answer

Operating system & harddrive not found

Did you remember to enter the BIOS setup and change the boot drive so the system would look to the (optical) drive in which you have put your XP disk? In most cases, you must tell the system where to look for boot files and with a new hard drive, there are no files to find.

If you don't have any malware defense installed yet, and can again get it up and running enough to go on line, I would recommend all of the following:
- AVG Free Grisoft Home Page - Spybot S&D Spybot Home page - AdAware Lavasoft Home Page
Basic versions are either free or ask for donations.

Oct 26, 2008 | Gateway 4525GZ Notebook

1 Answer

I got the discs as you instructed.

I'll look for the maker of your bios later today to find the flash utility.... boot disc has the program to make a bios update disc which is what you want. sorry about the delay as i have some prior commitments i have to look after.

Take care

Sep 25, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

Unable to boot

pls give the following detail

model of notebook
is not able to boot into any of the mode??

May 19, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A25-S207 Notebook

2 Answers

Acer Aspire 5315 - Help

It depends on what operating system your using, if it's windows XP then you should be able to press 'control' 'alt' and 'delete' twice when it comes up with the logon screen. This will then give you the option to log into an account called administrator. This will either have no password, or have the same password that you originally used to setup the account. From here you should be able to either change the password of the other account or, create a new account.
Failing that you can hang your son upside down from a window untill he remembers.

Mar 31, 2008 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook Logo

Related Topics:

36 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top IBM Computers & Internet Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18343 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Are you an IBM Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides