I'm using an IBM Thinkpad T30, running XP Pro. My BIOS is updated to the latest version (2.10). My machine will not resume from standby after the LCD is closed or it's been idle for 15 minutes, regardless of any fiddling with the keyboard and mouse or pressing the power button. After I reboot, it runs without issue. However, having to hard-reboot every time I turn around is getting exceedingly annoying.
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Re: T30 Will not resume from standby without reboot
It sounds as if your computer is going into hibernation. Check your power management settings to see if keys are enabled allowing a specific key or process to bring computer out of hibernation. Hope this helps.
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Updating the BIOS firmware will not lose any data on your hard disk. If the BIOS update is not installed properly or malfunctions then the T30 may stop working unless you can roll back the BIOS update.
If you cannot purchase a Recovery CD from IBM/Lenovo then you can download the device drivers from their WEB support site.
To restore your T30 back to the original Windows beg borrow etc a Windows installation CD. This CD must match the Windows version on the label on the bottom of your T30, it also displays the Product Code and this is used to install Windows on your T30.
Follow these instruction to download and install the T30's device drivers. The same model ThinkPad can have different types of network, video and audio drivers and unless you know exactly which one is installed in your ThinkPad, you need to download all the drivers and install each driver until you find the right driver. When you download the drivers, write down the device driver and it’s file name so you have a record of which driver you are installing and which directory the unzipped files are located on your hard drive. Go to the IBM/Lenovo WEB site - support/download page and download the latest Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model computer, Use this link: - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=%2Fproductselection%2Flandingpages%2FbrowseByProductLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&validate=true You can download the various drivers and then you click on and run the various driver files, they will then unzip and expand into a sub folder on C:\drivers Then install the various drivers from this folder (run the set-up file).
Sounds like you have a faulty hard drive. Can you see or detect the hard drive in the BIOS?
To test the hard drive, remove it from the laptop and connect it to a USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files, then it os OK and the fault is in the laptop.
If the hard drive is faulty, then you need to replace the hard drive in the laptop and install Windows to get the laptop working again.
im sorry to say this laptop is just not fast enuf to run windows XP you best bet for this would be to run windows 98 or a distro of linux that fits your needs
there are no bios updates at this time that will allow you to install XP on this system. sorry
1. Go to Microsoft Update, search for updates and install all you can find there. Reboot. Go back there, then start detection, then in the left panel, choose hardware and install all you can find there.
2. Go to IBM support web site and get the latest drivers for you graphic adapter. You could also get the most recent drivers for you ATI Radeon graphic adapter from ATI.com.
3. I also recomment that you update your bios and install all the latest drivers (chipset, etc)
download "hirens boot cd" and burn to a cd, select the machine to boot from cd, when boot cd loads, select boot cd, it will take you into a dos menu, select hard drive tools, there are a number of utilities there for you perform surface scans a bad sector checks and repair tools
If you are using Windows operating system then go to Windows update and select Custom button instead of default Express button. after getting the updates list select the Harware updates from left side pan. you will get the latest driver.
Another way is to go to motherboard's manufacturer website, either Intel or Readon and get the latest driver by selecting the appropriate motherboard.
its oem, you either need IBMs restore cd for your particular laptop (model) or an xp pro (any service pack will do) OEM disk. You can not get the OEM disk at best buy, circuit city target etc those are retail versions and will not work. Newegg.com or frys electronics are your best bet, but by buying it from them you are getting another copy of xp pro, just use the cd with the keycode on your laptop and then you can install xp pro on another pc using the code that came with the disk. MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING AN OEM VERSION AND NOT A RETAIL VERSION.
Some technical stuff: For the xp pro disk you MUST have the COA product key available, this is usually on the bottom of your laptop, for IBMs disk you just have to have an IBM WITH an IBM motherboard as without the motherboard it will not work. For example, the motherboard goes out and you replace it with a non ibm board it will only boot for 3-5 times, the ideaa is that this gives you time to get your documents off. This is per Microsoft agreement with ibm and all other Original equipment manufactures this include hp, dell etc.
sorry if this is too technical for you please let me know.