Question about IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

2 Answers

ThinkPad A21m won't boot into Windows

An IBM ThinkPad A21m was passed along to me, on the way to being discarded. It tries to boot into Windows 98, the operating system it had before someone had upgraded it to Windows XP ( which now is apparently no longer there). It won't boot, even into Safe Mode. The message that comes up is "Error: HIMEM.SYS has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 04000000. XMS driver not installed." Then, after pressing "Enter" as directed, the message comes up: "HIMEM.SYS is missing. Make sure that the file is in your Windows directory." Next, after booting it with a floppy disk into DOS, I checked the Windows directory and found HIMEM.SYS there. Its size is 33,191 and its date is 04-23-99. How could I get this ThinkPad to run? Or is it beyond remedy? Thanks.

Dolores S.

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,976 Answers

It's an old unit that might not be able to handle XP. If you have the 98 discs, format the hard drive and reinstall that. I did that on a Thinkpad 750 that I was given but, it was 3.1, not 98.

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 2,404 Answers

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.

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do i connect my ibm thinkpad a21m to the internet


You need the next three letters or numbers after 2628 - ___ Go here http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/downloads/default.page?selector=expand click on laptop and tablets click on thinkpad A series then A21m Then 2628 then the next three then your operating system then voila there you have all your drives and any update for your thinkpad Bookmark so you will always be able to fix what ever may be wrong.. Please rate!!!

Nov 23, 2012 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

2 Answers

Cant remove my bios password on my IBM Thinkpad A21m


Dear Sir,

Getting around the Laptop BIOS password is tricker then the desktop...I don't know if your system would go passed POST or not...in either case, there are few software out there that would allow you to clear the bios.....but you need to do some reading first...

Check out this site: http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/36/68/ search for this section "Password cracking software" , you will find four software which may help you out (please note that you have to be registered user in order to download the software.

Enjoy..

Sep 19, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

I need supervisor password


ok so first you get a hammer and the you smash that ho but before you smash it **** on it that will help alot hope you get that shi+ fixed

Mar 09, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

My ibm laptop contionusly beeps and says power scource is battery,when i press esc, it boots normally and shuts down in about 15 mins to half an hour


Either:
A. Bad battery
Or
B Bad power supply.

Sounds like the battery isnt charging correctly , the beeping is warning you it is running out of power.

Take the battery out , and boot normally with the ac adapter.

Does it work?

If yes, Get new battery. about 70-90 dollars.

If no. Get new ac adapter. 20-40 dollars.

links to parts

http://www.nextag.com/ibm-a21m-battery/search-html

http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buyer/OutPDir.jsp?search=ibm+a21m+ac+adapter&x=0&y=0

http://www.laptopuniverse.com/product/02K6496-Laptop-Notebook-Power-Supply-AC-Adapter-For-IBM-Lenovo-Thinkpad-A21M-16V-60W-Part-02K6496/LU/36124/productDetails.html


Mar 03, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

Installing new Hard Drive Problems


i suspect you need both because the cd is not a bootable one. download a win 98 boot disk from www.bootdisks.com it will allow you to boot to dos.... then you change to the cd rom drive letter.. usually D: ... tho sometimes even X: and then type setup... that should start the restore.

Robert

Sep 11, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

IBM Thinkpad A21m freezes when I click on the icon My Computer


First off this machine wasn't really designed for Windows 98. Here's a couple of links that may help. The first is for a bios update to fix a few system bugs. Keep in mind that the bios are VERY important and you don't want to screw them up, so, either download and create a diskette or download and save to the desktop before running. The second is for A21 drivers. You may want to download any utility drivers that run with Windows 98. Your current drivers may be for 2000 or XP, and may be creating a conflict.
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-4PJMXK.html

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=/product.do?template=%2Fproductpage%2Flandingpages%2FproductPageLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&familyind=50281&machineind=78390&modelind=0&partnumberind=0&subcategoryind=0&doctypeind=9&doccategoryind=0&operatingsystemind=49979&validate=true

Jul 03, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

Error code 175


If you have access to the internet another way, search the error code by googling it, or going to the IBM website and searching it anf for solutions.

May 19, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

3 Answers

Bios password


ibm think pad r40 bios password cracker

Oct 11, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook Logo

384 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top IBM PC Laptops Experts

John mullen

Level 2 Expert

245 Answers

Vicegrip
Vicegrip

Level 1 Expert

29 Answers

gbob59

Level 3 Expert

2963 Answers

Are you an IBM PC Laptop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...