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Access IBM Button does nothing-- need it to start my comp up

I have the X41 and it was just reformatted today with windows vista. I removed it from the loading dock, and it went black with this little pic of a lock and a 1 above something that looked like a cup to the left of the lock. When i start it, it says hit the Access IBM button, but nothing happens. I cant download anything cause it wont start up all the way. HELP

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Rodeoprincess148@yahoo.com

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Hi,
The Access IBM button is F11. This lets you boot the recovery partition. It is possible the previous owner removed the recovery partition to regain the hard disk space it uses.

If the recovery partition is gone, you can order the recovery disks from IBM/Lenovo.

Also, make sure you have the BIOS boot sequence in the correct order.. the primary boot device should be the cd-rom for installing the Vista disk. It is usually F8 on startup to load the BIOS.
Make sure the Vista disk is in the drive when you startup the install.

Here's a link to all the Thinkpad R50e drivers you'll need to get it fully working in Vista:
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-55042.html

If you have just formatted, have you let the Vista disk finish the installation? Just a thought..

Good Luck!

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

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