My IBM Laptop will start and power up then go into a black screen with white writing saying the computer had not started properly and goes into options to try and boot up but after i choose one, it get's to windows then loops back to boot up again.
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If your Laptop is booting and you are able to here booting sound, then only problem can be in laptop LCD Panel are LCD to motherbord internal cable. In both the cases you can not fix . contact any laptop expert person he will do that for you.
remove the battery and adapter. press power button for 30 sec. then connect the adapter. press power button. if this didnt work. you need to ask for an help of a local tech to check for the video card and cable.
Sounds like you may have a bug, you could try re-ionstalling everything fresh, it may need a driver update. Check the funtcion keys. Sometimes you can turn up the screen contrast by holding the function key and hiiting the function key that looks like a white and black sun, Black is for darkewer, white is for brighter.
Also, ost laptops when on battery power, will auto dim to save battery power.
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.