Question about IBM ThinkPad R51 Notebook
Hi - I haven a ThinkPad R51 (used) PC Notebook. The computer only starts in dos mode - c:\ prompt. I have a copy of Windows XP that I would like to put on it - but the auto run function does not work. I tried putting the CD in the drive and restarting - no help. I tried switching to the D:\setup.exe prompt - but it doesn't recognize that either. Should I reformat the c: drive? Any suggestions on how to get Windows XP to install? Thanks.
Restart with xp cd in the drive and tap the F12 key until "boot from cd" appears on the screen.Press any botton to continue.
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Posted on Jan 25, 2009
Go to bios and change the boot order
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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1. Check your BIOS to be sure your computer will boot from a CD.
Enter the BIOS setup by pressing the "Delete" or F2 or "F12"
key, or as directed at the startup screen, immediately after booting. Set the
first boot device to "CDROM" or "DVDROM" instead of
"hard drive" if it isn't already.
2. MS-DOS command prompt
Insert the Windows XP installation CD into your CD or DVD drive
and restart the computer. When prompted, choose to start from the MS-DOS
command prompt with CD support. The MS-DOS command prompt will appear in a
3. Start SMARTDRIVE by typing "SMARTDRV" at the DOS prompt
and pressing enter. You don't have to run SMARTDRIVE, but copying the files
will be much quicker if you do. The computer will display the DOS prompt again.
4. Enter "CD I386" at the DOS prompt to change to the
directory where the setup program starts.
5. Enter "WINNT" at the prompt to start Windows XP setup.
The installation program will copy files to your computer and then display a
message requesting to reboot.
6. Press the "Enter" key to reboot. The setup program will
start again and check that your hard drive format is compatible with Windows
XP. If not, it will guide you through partitioning and formatting the drive and
then ask you to reboot once more.
7. Press "Enter" to reboot. The computer will restart in Windows XP mode and automatically start the Windows Setup Wizard to detect your hardware and finish the installation.
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