Safe mode boots okay but not in normal boot - no error either
After a complete hang in the ThinkPad T30, the system booted to a "blank scree" like hang or stop. I can get it to boot with safe mode, replaced the video driver to the latest and even "system restore " to a good point. However, as I exited safe mode and reboot to "normal booting", It will get through the Win xP initial screen and go to a blank screen (not like power off as I can tell the backlight is on, it is just "no-data type of blank/dark screen).
In device driver setup, there is no error on the configuration.
Sometime, I got a blue screen saying I have some ATI AGP/VGA error and then the system will restart... no sure if my ATI chip has problem but it runs find in safemode and iwth PC doctor. I can even change the resolution on safe mode to 1024x768 too...
Re: Safe mode boots okay but not in normal boot - no...
Do you have the original recovery disk? I recommend inserting the recover disk, restart the computer while continually pressing F12. Select boot from CD, press any key when asked, and you would want to do a "repair". That should fix your problem.
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If the system will not complete boot, try the F8 boot menu and select safe mode and see if the system will boot to windows.
If the system boots to windows, you could have software issues or a startup item causing the system to hang at boot, try turning off the startup group items in MSCONFIG (Start, run, MSCONFIG) and see if the system will boot in normal mode.
If that is not help, hold the Fn Key while pressing the power buttong this should start PSA diagnostics on the system, see if any hardware fails
Unmountable boot volume = The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.
To fix that do the following: 1.Put the CD first in the boot order and boot from the XP install disk. 2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3.Select your partition - it should be C 4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER. 6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer. This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.
It sounds like you may have the computer set to boot to an external monitor source. Try using the fn key and whatever "f" key up top that toggles the monitor source. if this doesn't work, try pressing f8 when booting up and boot into windows safe mode to see if it may be a driver issue or some kind of resolution issue.
Try booting to the Safe Mode (F8 at boot) see if you get any further. Also, does the system complete boot (DO you hear windows sounds?) or is the system just hanging after the Splash screen (You can also try an external monitor and press Fn+F8 to enable the external display) If you can get video externally, then is it likely a LCD or video card failure. If you can't boot to the safe mode and you do not hear the Windows Welcome sound that normally plays at the desktop, then the system is not booting and you have either a hard drive failure and/or an operating system failure.
See if you can boot to the BIOS (F2 at boot), then reload the default settings and reboot.
If you suspect the OS is a problem, boot to the XP CD, then run CHKDSK /R and see if that helps
You can also run system Diagnostics by pressing Fn+the Power button
That's usually caused by a bad system driver. Next time it boots to the "start windows normally" page, select 'safe mode'. If the system boots well in safe mode, you can start from there by replacing the drivers from the system board on up until you've solved the problem.
I bet your hard drive crashed on you. You might have to buy yourself a new hard drive and replace your old one with it. Then format it and install a fresh copy of your Operating System on it. Your error condes here indicate to me that you either got a blue screen or similar. Blue Screens and/or the code that you stated here are usually caused by a software issue, and are rarely hardware issues. But in this case, you may have gotten something bad on your computer, such as a virus or serious spyware, that wiped out your Operating System And caused your hard drive to crash/become corrupt. As I mentioned, try replacing your hard drive. Hope this helps.
Sorry, but probably your T30 (my favorite Thinkpad) has developed a problem with one of it's memory slots.
It is an inherent problem with the Thinkpads.
The way to tell is topress on the memory cover in a way that pushes the memory (or more to the point, the memory slots) into the motherboard. While keeping pressure on the memory, try to boot up.
I use a T30, and have worked on several others, all have at least one slot with this problem.
Also try taking out the memory which is closest to the front of the system, and pushing in on the remaining one.
Hope this helps. If this is the problem, there are a couple of things you can do to keep it running, but probably with only one ram stick.