Computer chased and windows would not run so i assumed it was the hard drive. i replaced the hard drive and tried to install xp and it will get to the point where it says windows is opening but dose nothing i have also tried to install several versions of linex nothing is working. Do i need to format the new disk? any help would be greatly appericated.
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Re: thinkpad t20 trouble installing operating system
Three reasons why its not making it. One is a faulty hard drive, and even though you bought a new one it can still be faulty. Two is your Windows XP Disc is damaged but the most likely one is that your motherboards slot for the hard drive and/or more are faulty and is not working well. Run XP and choose 'Format Drive' and Install two partitions, one C Drive and D Drive giving each equal amounts and installing NTFS on one part and FAT32 on the other and see which one runs the best. If both fail, Replace your Hard Drive with the origional one where windows was shot and Format and do the same things as above with the partitions and NTFS and FAT32. If again it fails borrow another hard drive and again do the same things and again if it fails. Also since you said its difficult to make it to the part for partitions replace your CD Drive if the CD looks good and re run the boot disc. If all fails, replace your motherboard and give it all another go
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The Thinkpad T20 is a laptop computer from IBM designed for business use. This computer comes with the Windows XP operating system and--if necessary--can be reloaded with the operating system. All you need to perform this operation is the installation disc for Windows XP and a valid product key. This product key can be found on the bottom of the computer or with the documents included with the machine (if Windows XP was pre-installed on the computer).
Windows XP CDProduct key 1 Turn on your T20 laptop computer and press the blue "ThinkVantage" button.
2 Scroll through the options and select the option to boot from your T20's CD/DVD drive. 3 Press the "Enter" key at the welcome window and press the "F8" key once you have read (and agreed to) the license terms for installing the software. 4 Select the drive on which you want to install Windows XP and press the "C" button, followed by the "Enter" button. 5 Press the "Enter" button again to start the installation process. When prompted, enter the product key for Windows XP. Once the setup finishes, you can use the computer.
Hi,well these should work for you,to get to safe mode,power up the system as the IBM thinkpad logo is about to be displayed press the F8 key just before the Windows loading screen comes up so as to get to safe mode.if it does not work try reloading the operating system using operating system disc.
Could be a problem with the MBR or Master Boot Record. It could be damaged. It's only a file system type problem not a hardware fault. Have a look here. http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-boot-record-windows-linux-lilo-fixmbr.php
Make sure your replacement hard drive is compatible in geometry (supported by your ThinkPad T20). Check and see if your BIOS setup utility has an auto-detect function.
It would be good if you knew the contents of your replacement drive. You said it might be installed, it might not. If there is nothing on the drive, the ThinkPad should report 'no operating system' or similar message, but it is possible that it might not show anything other than a blinking cursor
I currently own 3 Thinkpad T-20 Laptops. They all have a 700 mhz processor in them, and so will yours, more than enough to run windows xp, in fact, I am running Windows XP Profession on one of them. The PC100 is the type of memory it uses, not the processor speed. i recently installed a 120 gb drive in one of them so you will have no problem installing a 20 or 40 gb drive, or larger.
I would say the hard drive is failing. But need to run a diagnostic on it to be sure.
If you would like to know where to get the ibm / hitachi hard drive diagostic let me know. It's free for download and you can get a bootable ISO image to burn onto cd. Allowing you to boot from cd in order to test the drive.
As far as replacing, you should be good with a 60gb or 80gb. Did it orginally have a 20gb in it? I would say for most people, 60-80 is way more than enough. Unless you have a ton of music or pictures.