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IBM 600E Hi there, I have IBM 600E and won't load Windows. All I see is blank screen flashing the size of the RAM. Is it the motherboard problem or the hard drive is damaged? Thanks, Aaron

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  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    Ziraffa,

    Thanks for your quick replay...I tap Del and boot the laptop as you told me and showed me the following errors 00161, 00301, 00163, then I pressed ok and year, date, time displayed and I enterd the correct year, date and time then won't load windows just showing me the RAM size 163254 ok

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Hi Aaron,

Sounds more like a hard drive issue, although it could be either or both.
Tap either F8, F, F10, F12 or Del when you boot up. You have to do it right on the bootup. This will let you enter the BIOS/Advanced Settings.
See if you can Start Windows in Safe Mode from there. When you get to the Desktop, in Safe Mode, you might be able to do a System Restore back to a time before you started experiencing problems, although you will lose any configuration settings you made after that point.

Also if you could do a Repair Windows with a system disk, that would be wise.

The reason I mentioned so many possibilities for buttons to enter the BIOS is because is varies from machine to machine. It usually says which button it is at the bottom of the screen for a very short time when booting up.

Try that and let me know how you get on..

Chris (ziraffa)

ps The fact that you can see your RAM size is a good sign, with regards to the actual hardware. I think the worst case scenario is probably having to reinstall your operating system from scratch.. and then the hassle of finding and installing the hardware drivers so that the new operating system can 'recognise' the motherboard, and the network cards, sound etc

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    chris grams Jan 17, 2009

    Oh just one thing.. If you have a recovery disk, or a system disk you are going to do a Repair with, you will have to set CD-ROM as the First Boot Device in the BIOS and then Save and Exit.
    Thought I'd just mention that in case you didn't know about this, to save you a bit of frustration :)


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    chris grams Jan 17, 2009

    ..and if you can see any Error Codes at any point, tell me what they are.

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    chris grams Jan 17, 2009

    If you decide to format the drive and reinstall Windows afresh, here's the page you should download the doc, audio, display, trackpoint, pcmcia, modem IDE and installation supplement drivers from.
    http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.w...


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Hi, sorry I was out last night.
Errors 00161/00163/00173 mean you need to replace the CMOS/BIOS battery and update the time, date etc, like you did.. and Error 00301 means a keyboard error. Just press CtrlAltDel past this.. or try using an external PS-2 keyboard..

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It's possible that the machine won't be able to load any hardware drivers for the machine because the CMOS information might have been corrupted due to the flat battery, but try and boot into Safe Mode anyway and see how you get on.

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Hardware Maintance Manual - June 1999: ThinkPad 600, 600E
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c.gif Battery test utility diskette - ThinkPad 600/E/X
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