Question about IBM ThinkPad G40 2388 Notebook
I attempted to restore my ThinkPad G40 to an earlier period and upon executing the process it is stuck with a Runtime Error message.
Is there any solution to this problem. I do not have the original system disks as this is an older system.
If no restore point works your looking at a complete re-install of you operating system, if you need the data from the hard drive it has to be connected to another computer as a slave device so you can recover any data you need
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
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Check to see if there are any keys stuck/depressed.
If so, use a paperclip and fit it underneath the key and gently pry the end that is stuck.
Make sure the laptop is off before attempting this.
Observe where the boot process ends and starts over.
In most cases, this will give an indication where the problem occurs.
If the laptop reboots early on in the process, for example when it is detecting the hard drive, chances are good it is a hardware issue.
If the reboot occurs further along in the process, like when it is loading operating system files, there may be an issue with operating system software.
Boot in safe mode or the operating system equivalent.
Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac operating system have a mode that will load the minimum software needed to boot.
This is a standard approach in troubleshooting, as it only supports the minimum hardware needed to complete the boot into the operating system.
Once you are logged into the computer, device drivers can be updated, software removed and so forth.
To boot into safe mode in Windows, hit the "F8" key when the computer first starts up to get a submenu.
From there select a boot option. Many choose "Safe mode with command prompt" as this will go line by line through the boot process, allowing you to isolate where the problem might be.
To boot into a different run level in Unix/Linux, it depends on the version of Unix/Linux, but most have the option of a "recovery mode."
During boot hit the "Esc" or "E" key and select the mode appropriate such as "drop to root shell," etc.
If you have the ability to get into command shell, enter into run level 1 (single user mode) by typing in "init 1."
To start in safe boot on a Macintosh laptop, hold the "Shift" key as it boots up.
This forces a disk check and loads minimal software in efforts to complete the boot process, much like the other operating system's "safe modes."
Check to see if your laptop is overheating.
Laptops have a greater likelihood of overheating than desktops.
Either touch the laptop or download an application such as Mobile Meter to check laptop temperature.
If it is running hot, try using canned air to clear out of vents, etc.
Also, elevating the laptop off of its resting surface allows greater airflow in and out of the laptop
1.Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK. 2.On the General tab, click Launch System Restore. 3.Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next. 4.Calendar dates in bold are possible restore points. Click the most recent one to view system restore information. 5.Select a system checkpoint or an installation restore point, and then click Next. 6.Close all other programs. 7.To start the system restore, click Next. 8.Your computer restarts. Repeat steps 1 through 8 until you fix your configuration issue.
Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer.
You could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell you if and what file has been corrupted or missing then you will know if its a hardware issue and
work your way through the problem.
if the problem still persists f8 back into safe mode you might need to select your operating system to load into safe mode.
You might use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option if it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Manual restore points that you specify with the System.
Configuration utility Installation restore points that occur before you install a program or a service you can use the system checkpoints or the installation restore points to restore your computer's settings to a date when it operated correctly. This may also help determine the cause of the configuration error.
To perform a system restore, follow these steps:
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1.Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK.
2.On the General tab, click Launch System Restore.
3.Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.
4.Calendar dates in bold are possible restore points. Click the most recent one to view system restore information.
5.Select a system checkpoint or an installation restore point, and then click Next.
6.Close all other programs.
7.To start the system restore, click Next.
8.Your computer restarts.
Repeat steps 1 through 8 until you fix your configuration issue.
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test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions IDE SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a
secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide
this will be the first to fail
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure dust free connections and are not faulty even the electical extensions
or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
Restart your computer
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key
this will vary depending on your computer and operating system
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS using the arrow keys load failsafe defaults or load optimized defaults press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
if this fails to fix the problem
During the boot process tap the f8 button three times this will boot into safe mode where the only things working will be your mouse and keyboard enabling you to attempt to repair your computer
you could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell what file has been corrupted or missing you might be able to work your way through problem if you are unable to find a solution
restart back into safe mode you might need to select your operating system to load into safe mode
click start control panel administration tools computer management in the left panel events + to expand then system you will see all errors in right panel right click select properties this will tell you what has occurred and the time it occurred
you might use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time
click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option
hope this helps
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