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My thinkpad t23 cant find it when i try to fix my computer i insert the OS windows xp home and i press enter then it says cant find hard disk drives make sure it is connected. PLEASE HELP ME EXPERTS I NO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE.

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Unfortunately it sounds like you may have a bad drive. Do you have a friend with a laptop (must support ATA drives) that you could test this drive in? You could then use the friends drive to see if it boots in your computer. Just be sure to boot in 'Safe Mode', so you don't affect his/her drive configuration, or get caught up in 'new device found' hell.
Alternatively you could use a boot disk to diagnose this problem. Lenovo's website has the PC Doctor for DOS utility on the 'drivers and utilities' list for this model (http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4YZM3F).
Personally I use the 'Ultimate Boot CD for Windows' (http://www.ubcd4win.com/) in desperate times. Maybe it can help you too!

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I want setup windows xp my ibm thinkpad t23 i can pot cd & restart press f12 but not start setup plz halp me haw can i setup windows xp my ibm thinkpad t23


If your trying to reinstall a new copy of Windows in your computer then first thing you need to do is change the Boot sequence of your computer so it will load the Windows CD you inserted then it will run the set up.

To change Boot sequence:
1. Go to BIOS - Press F1 or F2 (depends on model of your computer) immediately after you turn you computer on
2. Go to Boot Menu on the top of the window
3. Change your Boot priority - make sure your dvd drive is your first or primary boot.
4. Press F10 to save and exit.

Make sure you have your Windows CD inserted before pressing F10 coz your computer will restart and will loadautomatically load and run the Windows Setup

Note: If a message "Press any key to boot from CD" appear on a black screen press any key to start the set up

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Apr 21, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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on Jun 01, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How can i fix my lenovo t60 ibm thinkpad. I just press the restart...but the message on the monitor said that the registry cannot load the hive...systemroot/system32/config/software...and its beggining to...


This problem usually requires the Operating System CD, but here are a few things you can try before having to have the OS CD:

Try loading the Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked) by following these instructions:
  1. To load the last known good configuration in Windows, reboot the computer.
  2. Before the Windows Loading screen appears, press and hold your "F8 Key", this should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below.
  3. Use your arrow keys to move to "Last Known Good Configuration" and press your Enter key.
  4. As can be seen from the example below, you should be able to highlight and press enter to load the last known good configuration. Once completed the computer should restart and attempt to load into Windows.
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Still unsuccessful? You will need the OS CD, unless you have the Recovery Console already installed and available using the Operating System Selection screen:
  1. Start your computer by running the Recovery Console.
  2. Run the chkdsk /p command on the drive, and then restart your computer.
If you are still unsuccessful, you will need to run an OS Repair using the Operating System CD, here are the steps:

Windows XP
  1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
  2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below:d3573cb.gif
  3. Press ENTER to start the Windows Setup.
  4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
  5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
  6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
Windows Vista

If you have a Windows Vista installation disc, you need to restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc. If you do not restart your computer from the disc, the option to repair your computer will not appear.
Here is a step by step picture guide.

If you have a Windows Vista installation disc:
  1. Insert the installation disc.
  2. Restart your computer.
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  3. If prompted, press any key to start Windows from the installation disc.

Windows 7

  1. If a startup problem is detected, Startup Repair will start automatically and try to fix the problem.
  2. If the problem is severe enough that Startup Repair doesn't start on its own and you can't access the System Recovery Options menu on your computer's hard disk, you can get to the menu and start Startup Repair by using the Windows installation disc or a system repair disc that you created earlier.

Jul 13, 2010 | IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T60p Notebook

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My hard drive burnt out. The hard drive test says failed and the operating system won't boot. I placed a leftover hard drive from my Playstation 3 into the laptop and now it says no operating system found....


Try the recovery console from a windows xp recovery/install disk:
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:
1.Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.
2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3.Select the operating system you want to repair (you may have only one option).
4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
5.At the command prompt, type the appropriate commands to diagnose and repair your Windows XP installation. From here I would try "chkdsk /r" and "fixboot"
For a list of commands that are available in Recovery Console, type recovery console commands or help at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
For information about a specific command, type help commandname at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
6.To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
Once you've done this restart the computer and see if it boots up.

Apr 08, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario V6000T PC Notebook

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My t43 won't start up windows. Freezes on ibm logo screen


People need to understand that you can't even get to the windows bootup if it freezes at this screen. Honestly if you have never dealt with this SPECIFIC issue then please don't answer. From what I have seen so far, you need to remove the HDD, reboot, enter the BIOS, reset it to optimal config, power off, reseat your HDD, then power back on. Seems to be a issue with the HDD itself. I had 6 of these laptops with the same issue and it is hardware based and has NOTHING to do with Windows.

Apr 06, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T43 Notebook

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I have a 2647 thinkpad. I am having problems trying to boot windows xp on to it. It keeps telling me that operating systems cant be found????


It can be that the OS is corrupted or the hard drive is bad. Does the ahrd drive show up in the BIOS setup?

Nov 30, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T23 2647 Notebook

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I,m also haveing a problem with my t23 thinkpad. i'm interested in a new loptop but i'm piled with bills at the time and i don't have the funds to purchase a new laptop ,so i've just been trying to get the...


Is the 20Gb hard drive a 2nd hand one?
The hard drive could be faulty, does the BIOS setting detect the hard drive?
Try installing XP again and if it doesn't find a hard disk it could be faulty.
Test the 20Gb hard drive by connecting it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer detects it as an external hard drive and you can see the various folders and open files, then the hard drive is OK and you could have a fault with the disk controller in the T23.

Jun 13, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Have ide drive have put a new 60gig but cant load new os it finds the cd drive but wont boot from disk have changed bios but still it say ntdlr missing it drivin me nutts.


  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
  10. .
To Fix
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
    copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\

  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot

Jun 01, 2009 | Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook S-6000 Notebook

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IBM thinkpad T23 2647 install help


Many lockups are caused by incorrect (wrong kind or too much) or faulty memory modules. If you are comfortable doing so, open the memory door on the bottom (most likely) of the PC after first unplugging the PC and removing the main battery. Verify, if you can, that the memory is correct for PC. If the modules don't specifically say what type and speed they are, do a search on any numbers on labels. Go to www.crucial.com and use the memory finder on the left side of the page. If the memory you have is the correct type, try the following: If there are two modules, remove one, then try your XP install again. If it crashes, reinstall the removed module, and remove the other one. If either XP install works, the removed module is faulty. Replace it. If it still crashes, try to borrow some proper memory from someone. If all of this still doesn't work, it could be the hard drive and NOT the memory. In this case, about the only thing you can do is borrow a copy of a bootable CD-ROM based program that can check your hard drive. Many hard drive manufacturers have something like this.

Mar 03, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T23 2647 Notebook

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Error loading operating system


The Thinkpad T23 is old, and would not worth fixing. Save your money on a new one.
The problem with your laptop is that the hard disk or the disk controller has failed and therefore cannot find the operating system on the hard disk. The error message states that it can't see the operating system that is on the hard disk.
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If the hard disk is the only thing that has failed then you can buy a new hard disk and install Windows operating system on it to get a working laptop again. You will also most likely need to download the device drivers (ie. video, audio, modem, LAN adapter etc.) from IBM to install after the Windows installation.

Try to borrow a 2.5" drive or get a cheap one from a computer market and fit it to your laptop to see if the BIOS can detect the hard drive. If it works then outlay some money to buy a decent size hard drive, no point wasting money if the laptop is faulty.
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Dec 09, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T23 Notebook

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