Re: IBM thinkpad will not boot past Windows Xp screen.
Sounds like the hdd is faulty, google drive fitness test and download it from the hitachy's website works for any hdd, burn it as bootable image and boot the mach from the image and run the test look out for the error code anything other than 0x00 means the hdd is faulty
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This is a possibility, the T23 is a very old laptop.
Check the BIOS to see
if the hard disk is detected, if not open then re-seat the hard drive.
If the BIOS does not detect this hard
drive, then the hard drive is probably faulty. If it was me, I would not waste my time and money trying to get a new hard drive for this ThinkPad. Disk drive manufacturers do not make small capacity hard drive anymore and the current range of hard drives won't work in your ThinkPad because the BIOS cannot support these hard drives.
This could be a problem, not sure if its a software related or if the hard drive is bad. If you can find a windows xp cd. Try and wipe out the hard drive and install windows xp on it. If it goes thru then you'll just need the drivers. If it errors out on you then you know its a problem with the hard drive and you'll need to replace it.
If you get windows xp installed on it, let me know and I'll help you with the drivers.
Did the laptop you got come at least with a windows XP cd? If so boot the laptop off of that and try to install Windows XP and see if it goes thru. Just make sure during the installation you tell it to delete the partitions first and then let it go thru that way you know for sure the hard drive is clean at that point.
This solution is for s-k-i-t: you will have to get a copy of the
win xp install disk to fix this problem (you can borrow one as long as
you have a COA on your laptop) but first get into the BIOS by pressing
F1 right after you turn it on - you'll see the prompt in lower left
corner. Then go to startup>boot>hard drive>Enter.
This will show you the type of hard drive. If it is a IBM or
Hitachi less than 60 gig chances are it is failing and this is why the
hives (where XP stores its memory states) are corrupt. You can
download the "Ultimate boot disk" and make a CD that will let you run
hard drive test tools. If the hard drive is bad I would try to
get the eBay seller to make good - depends on how long you've had it.
I would say the hard drive is failing. But need to run a diagnostic on it to be sure.
If you would like to know where to get the ibm / hitachi hard drive diagostic let me know. It's free for download and you can get a bootable ISO image to burn onto cd. Allowing you to boot from cd in order to test the drive.
As far as replacing, you should be good with a 60gb or 80gb. Did it orginally have a 20gb in it? I would say for most people, 60-80 is way more than enough. Unless you have a ton of music or pictures.