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Hi blue_sky_day, While googling on the net, I found something related to your problem at this web site: http://www.howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=12813 There are explained many things about your IBM 600E Thinkpad, you will have to read it and see if you can solve your trouble.
Usually this means a hardware failure. I would suggest reseating the CMOS battery overnight to reset the system. Also you might want to replace it as well. It could also be more serious such as a motherboard component failure.
Also IBM error code # 189 according to Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PC's (8th edition) - "Excessive incorrect password attempts." Is there a password on your CMOS ? Also try hitting ESC key on boot to bypass. Good luck!
ok go to the bios system by pressing esc or F12 or F2 key when the computer restart. After that change the boot sequence. CD drive first after that HDD or follow the instruction that are given by computer in bellow or side, after configure just press F10 for saving.
the following data is from the hardware maintenance manual for the thinkpad 600 series and is readily available from http://www.lenovo.com/support
Symptom or error FRU or action, in sequence 161 Dead battery. 1. Go to “Checking the backup battery” on page 12. 2. Backup battery. 3. System board. 163 Time and date were not set. 1. Set time and date. 2. System board. 173 Configuration data was lost. 1. Select OK in the error screen; then set the time and date. 2. Backup battery. 3. System board. 192 Fan error. 1. Go to “Testing the computer” on page 7. 2. Measure the voltage of the backup battery. If the voltage is not correct, replace the backup battery. 3. Fan. 4. System board.
IBM Thinkpad error code 19990301 is a Hard-Disk sector problem. Basically your hard-drive is faulty and you need to replace it.
This is why it wont boot; because the area of the hard-drive that stores data is damaged.