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600E 2645 won't boot from cd rom

The hard drive was reformatted. now it will not boot from the CD Rom. I want to reinstall Windows 98 but at this point I am at a stand still. I am trying to use the system as it is without having to replace anything on it. I know of the site to get the missing software for the system I just can't get it to recognize the CD rom drive. Thanks

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  • jeannie0506 Dec 09, 2008

    there isn't an OS loaded on this system. I need to reset the bios (installed a new CMOS battery) but I don't know how to get into the bios. I don't have the options or don't know how to get into them at this point. I have downloaded a program that will reset the bios, yet I can't get to a dos c: prompt to use the program to hopefully correct the errors. Any suggestions?

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U will have to go to your setup screen and reorder your boot screen so your cd rom will boot first so you can install windows 98, but if your cd rom isn't working you need to go to your device manager and look for your cd rom and install the driver

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It has win.2000 on it but wont boot up. it gets to config 32 and says its corrupt or missing. i just got it like this and have tried everything in the f8 menu, i have a xp original disk actually several...


You might have multiple problems. Are you sure the CD-Rom works? It is not uncommon for CD-ROM drives to go bad in laptops. If it was bad before and then the hard drive became corrupt all before it was given to you then you would have no way of knowing. This would explain why you do not get the Press Any Key to Boot From CD on boot.

There is no doubt that the hard drive image is corrupt, so the first thing I would check is the CD drive and go from there.

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Formatting IBM Thinkpad 600E


I know you can't boot from the Windows 98 CD, and probably not from Windows 2000 either. It is possible to turn the the Windows 98 bootable floppy into a bootable CD, but I think you would be much better of trying to install Linux.

Mar 16, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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On a ibm 600e, how do I boot from a cd? I'm


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.

Mar 14, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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Probably the display driver is messed up. Best option is to reinstall the operating system.

An alternative is to have a Linux-savvy friend try to boot it up
with a Linux-live rescue CD to see if that fixes the display problem and maybe to salvage your personal data from the hard drive.

Feb 14, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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Ibm thinkpad 2645 600e


if you got a windows xp cd then boot from it and format the drive then reinstall xp

Dec 09, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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IBM 600E 2645 won't boot from CD rom


You can go into the BIOS and change the boot order of the drive devices,change the CD as the 1st boot device.
OR
As the laptop boots up, press F12, this will allow you to select the CD as a boot device.

Dec 07, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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I have a 600E that had the hard drive reformatted. I don't have a boot disk for the system (only has CD drive) but it won't boot from that when I try to reinstall Win 98. Got any suggestions?


Your cpu is slower than I was thinking of. However you should be able to load XP. When you load XP remove all partitions and set it up on NTFS. Go for a full installation, load, anti virus and any utilities that you want. Get yourself an external hard drive and save all your folders to that after you have finished working on them. That way you will free up your cpu to manage. If you still want to load 98. Try going into the Bios and set the CD drive as your first boot option, with a bit of luck it may work. Once you have loaded your operating system be it 98 or XP, go back into the bios and re-set your boot preferences to HDD then CD Rom. Failing that I can not help you any futher. You may think of up grading to at least a P3 in the future. Another point. Borrow a copy of windows XP from a friend and install that, if it loads ok then you can obtain your own copy if you want to.

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Windows 98 reformat to windows 2000 SP2?


i think it is not possible to install windows 2000 sp2 on your machine,becoz the configurations is not suitable for windows2000 sp2.You may try some other os to boot.

Aug 23, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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UPGRADING


That unit it about 10 years old.
Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade the CPU (processor)

The RAM is a standard 100MHz non-parity SDRAM SODIMM. The 2645 can use 128MB DIMMS for 160MB maximum. It has 32MB internal and two slots.

The hard drive size is limited by the BIOS. Any standard 2.5" hard drive should work, but may show as limited size, maybe 20GB.

Get a PCMCIA modem.

If you found a docking station for this unit, you'd be in better shape. Like I said, it's 10 years old. It won't be easy.


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go to microsoft.com they have most drivers there to download

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