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Cant get pass bios screen

I was recently given a ibm thinkpad t20 2647. i can easily go into safe mode, but I can't load windows normally. I also noticed that it has windows 200 professional on it, and for the world of me i can't get it pass the windows logo screen. Friend says that dad was just watching dvd movies on it, and all, but i don't know what to do. Can anyone help me out?

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  • reecygee Feb 10, 2009

    no i can not. from what ibm told me there was something going on with oem. and it was orginally shipped with windows 98. I have a recovery disk for a gateway laptop, but it wont work for this one. i can get into safe mode, but it wont load normal. From what i can see is that it has windows 2000 professional on it, but that be installed on it at all. Is there any options out there?

  • reecygee Feb 10, 2009

    by doing this i was told that windows file protection could not initiate a sca of protected system files

    the specific error codes is 0X000006ba [ the RPC server is unavailable ]

    wat the heck does that mean? i wonder if i can get an oem from microsoft?

  • reecygee Feb 10, 2009

    i can't log onto anything. see here is where the problem comes in at. i can boot the thing the up, and it will go to the windows page, but nothing happens after that but complete darkness. nothing more nothing less. i can get to safe mode, but nothing else

  • reecygee Feb 10, 2009

    i can't do this.

    i know how to use the system restore, but while i am on the ibm thinkpad, windows does not load up correctly. the sreen goes black and that's it. nothing. and if ibm told me that windows 98 was the oem, and it has windows 2000 professional, system restore wont do me any good.

  • reecygee Feb 11, 2009

    hallajuaja!!! by george i see there is light aqt the end of this dark tunnel. now that i actually see a blue screen, the next step is this. i see a prompt window saying window saying window system configuration utility. its displaying a message saying that its going to be displayed everytime windows is going to start, how do i get rid of that?

    its a wonder how long its been since i seen windows 2000 being displayed, and for that matter, i never seen it on a thinkpad before.

  • reecygee Feb 11, 2009

    what is ibm 16/4 token ring credit card adapter, and intel pro/100+mini pci?

  • reecygee Feb 12, 2009

    Well considering that i don't have that little piece of hardware is there another way that I can connect to the internet? I have the ATT modem, but when I plug it up, the explore says that there is nothing to display? what am i doing wrong? I don't remember using a dial-up disk. so I am wondering is this thing capable of using a broadband internet connection? any suggestion?

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    Can you get your hands on a copy of windows?

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I can't get into start up mode or anything it just says ibm and press f1 or f2

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Yes you might have a partition on your hard drive for restoring. Try this from the Microsoft website:

  1. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
  2. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore. System Restore starts.
  3. On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
  4. On the Select a Restore Point page, click the most recent system restore point in the On this list, click a restore point list, and then click Next.

    Note A System Restore message may appear that lists configuration changes that System Restore will make. Click OK.
  5. On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, click Next. System Restore restores the previous Windows XP configuration, and then restarts the computer.
  6. Log on to the computer as Administrator. The System Restore Restoration Complete page is displayed.
  7. Click OK.

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  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Feb 10, 2009

    Although you don't have to log in as an administrator, All you have to do is use a log on with administrative access



  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Feb 10, 2009

    I want you to try this system restore when you boot in safe mode.

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Feb 10, 2009

    didn't see the post about windows file protection. You are going to have to do a full re-install of windows.

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers Feb 10, 2009

    Well thats not 100% true. If the person that installed the current operating system also installed the backup and restore tools then it could work. But i think you have a very serious problem that has corrupted your boot files and the computer has to read these to reboot. Also with everything you have described i think your computer was hit with a virus or some adware

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Start safe mode with command prompt.

Invoke the system file checker,In the command prompt type:
sfc /scannow (space between sfc and the / )
The system will immediately begin to check all the current system files and restore the cached approved copies.

Note:You may be asked to insert the Windows CD during the restore.


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  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 10, 2009



    From the recovery console command prompt;

    enable rpcss service_auto_start

    enable rpclocator service_demand_start





    Then try the sfc again

    In the command prompt type:
    sfc /scannow (space between sfc and the / )
    The system will immediately begin to check all the current system files and restore the cached approved copies.

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 10, 2009

    To start IBM BIOS Setup Utility, do as follows:

    1.Remove any diskette from the diskette drive, and then turn off

    the computer.

    2. Turn on the computer; then, while the “Press F1 for IBM BIOS

    Setup Utility” message is displayed at the lower-left area of the

    screen, press F1.

    3.If you have set a supervisor password, the “IBM BIOS Setup

    Utility” menu appears after you enter the password. (You can

    start the utility by pressing Enter instead of entering the

    supervisor password; then, however, you cannot change the

    parameters that are protected by the supervisor password.)

    4. Using the cursor keys, move to an item you want to change.

    When the item you want is highlighted, press Enter. A submenu

    is displayed.

    5. Change the items you wish to change. To change the value of

    an item, use the F5 or F6 key. If the item has a submenu, you

    can display it by pressing Enter.

    6. Press F3 or Esc to exit from the submenu. If you are in a nested

    submenu, press Esc repeatedly until you reach the IBM BIOS

    Setup Utility menu.

    Note: If you need to restore the settings to their original state as

    of the time of purchase, press the F9 key to load the

    default settings. Also, the Restart submenu offers you

    such options as loading the default settings or discarding

    the changes.

    7. Select Restart; then press Enter. Change the option you want;

    then press Enter. Your computer restarts.



  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 10, 2009

    This statement is incorrect "and if ibm told me that windows 98 was the oem, and it has windows 2000 professional, system restore wont do me any good." (The original restore disk would be 98

    But all restore points on the computer will be 2000 pro)

    Restore is part of the OS(operating system) that is installed,Not part of an OS That was once installed.



  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 10, 2009
  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 11, 2009

    If you follow the direction to start the RPC (Remote Prosidure protocall) service via command prompt as stated in my earlier post,You can then run the SFC (System file checker) This is all stored on the computer and you will only need a disk if the computer is missing a required system file.



    SFC only repairs or replaces needed system files.(This is part of the installed Operating system)

    So running sfc on a computer that has windows 2000 will replace the windows 2000 file.

    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT OPERATING SYSTEM WAS ON THERE BEFORE,(It only matters what is on there now)



    I will repost the previous info just incase.



    From the command prompt;

    Type the following command

    enable rpcss service_auto_start
    Hit enter

    Then type this command
    enable rpclocator service_demand_start

    Hit enter



    (You may need to restart before going to the next step)



    Now Type the following command at the command prompt


    sfc /scannow (space between sfc and the / )

    Hit enter


    The system will immediately begin to check all the current system files and restore the cached approved copies.






    To start IBM BIOS Setup Utility, do as follows:(disable restart on error)
    1.Remove any diskette from the diskette drive, and then turn off
    the computer.
    2. Turn on the computer; then, while the “Press F1 for IBM BIOS
    Setup Utility” message is displayed at the lower-left area of the
    screen, press F1.
    3.If you have set a supervisor password, the “IBM BIOS Setup
    Utility” menu appears after you enter the password. (You can
    start the utility by pressing Enter instead of entering the
    supervisor password; then, however, you cannot change the
    parameters that are protected by the supervisor password.)
    4. Using the cursor keys, move to an item you want to change.
    When the item you want is highlighted, press Enter. A submenu
    is displayed.
    5. Change the items you wish to change. To change the value of
    an item, use the F5 or F6 key. If the item has a submenu, you
    can display it by pressing Enter.
    6. Press F3 or Esc to exit from the submenu. If you are in a nested
    submenu, press Esc repeatedly until you reach the IBM BIOS
    Setup Utility menu.
    Note: If you need to restore the settings to their original state as
    of the time of purchase, press the F9 key to load the
    default settings. Also, the Restart submenu offers you
    such options as loading the default settings or discarding
    the changes.
    7. Select Restart; then press Enter. Change the option you want;
    then press Enter. Your computer restarts.

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 11, 2009

    The easiest way to access it is to go to Start|Run and type msconfig.

    (If you get an error,write it down and let me know what it is)






    In the window that comes up there is a tab “General






    Click Normal start up , Click apply,



    The system will restart (if you are ask about restart,click yes)

    If it says that msconfig is scheduled to run on next boot,Would you like to continue?

    Click NO.

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 12, 2009

    Oh and the ibm 16/4 token ring credit card adapter, and intel pro/100+mini pci is a network adapter card.



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