I restored my computer system a few weeks ago. It took a few hours or the recovery and a few days to get everything back on, including updates and programs. Make sure it's plugged in since the it will reboot a few times.
Back up all your data because, it will all be wiped and restored to the original factory image.
Make sure you have copies of all your programs. If your MS Office was installed at the factory, it should be on there.
Step 1 - When you boot up, at the first screen press the system option to invoke recovery (means press one of the F2, F3 or F10 per screen, located at the top - whichever says system recovery). Your laptop did not come with a CD because it has a system partition that has the orginal system build.
Once you invoke recovery, it will rebuild your system, including formatting and resetting up your OS.
Step 2 - Load program and updates. Go to windowsupdate site and run the windows updates, go to the Office site and run those. Find the scanners that will recognize your software.
Download ThinkVantage System Update (Lenovo). It will automatically recognize your laptop and update all the system utilities. ThinkPad is owned by Lenove, not IBM now.
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You need a recovery disc for this operation. If you're any good with computers at all, and do not do this lightly, you can download dukes ban. Again this is not for novice pc users. This will literally and completely wipe your entire computer. Nothing will be recoverable and you will have to set everything. even the Hard Drive sizes. You will then need an OS disc like windows vista, windows 7, windows xp, etc and reload the entire OS back onto the hard drive.
Following the re-install of your OS it is likely that one or more drivers were not re-installed, in particular the network card. I'm not sure which OS you are using but Windows only includes driver support for the most common devices at the time the installation CD was produced.
You can download drivers for your model at http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/default.page?
You will need to download them using a different machine and then transfer the network driver (using a disc, pen drive etc) to the laptop and follow the installation instructions.
Once you have restored the network driver you should be able to download any other required drivers direct to the machine.
I hope this helps and good luck! If you have more questions - ask away!
I imagine you have Windows XP. If so, try this: Start the computer in safe mode. Choose the Administrator account. If your computer is like 90% of the computers I've seen, no one has password-protected this account. Once in, go to the control panel and choose Users; From there, you can change your password to one you remember. Next time don't forget it.
CREATE A BACK OF DATA INIT
BETTER THEN RESTORING U CAN RESTORE UR SYSTEM TO A PERIOD WHEN UR THINKPAD WAS RUNNING SUCCESSFULLY AND THIS DOESNT DELETE ANY DATA ON UR HARD DISK
START PROGRAMMES ACCESSORIES
SYSTEM TOOLS SYSTEM RESTORE
THIS WILL SURELY HELP U
Error 19990301 on a Thinkpad 600 usually indicates that the hard drive is not properly connected, and error code 19990305 signifies "no bootable device". So, it's the hard drive.
First of all, I would try removing and replacing the drive to see if that cures it. You can get the service manual from Lenovo at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=LWIK-3SYPX2
If this doesn't fix it, the hard drive is faulty. However, small size hard drives (10 or 20Gb) which suit these older machines are very cheap on eBay.