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IBM T30 2366-FBU, will not boot passed Logo screen

Will not access BIOS from F1 Key
Will not accos Boot Device selection from F12
Will not boot from CD-Rom w/ Recovery disk

Any clues?

Thanks,

Jim

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  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    my lap IBM thikpad is showing lock sign and i could not boot my lap can anybody giv me solution jhon

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA May 11, 2010

    Have you tried pressing the "IBM" key?

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Press all of the function buttons one at a time until you get a response. Not all laptops use the same buttons for Bios and choosing the boot device.
Also, it won't boot from the CD-ROM because the bios boots from the Hard drive first by default. You can change this in the BIOS.

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Compaq - Presario, Prolinea, Deskpro, Systempro, Portable
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Gateway - DX, FX, One, GM, GT, GX, Profile, Astro
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Hewlett-Packard (HP) - Pavilion, TouchSmart, Vectra, OmniBook, Tablet
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IBM - PC, XT, AT
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Lenovo (formerly IBM) - ThinkPad, IdeaPad, 3000 Series, ThinkCentre, ThinkStation
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Micron (MPC Computers) - ClientPro, TransPort
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NEC - PowerMate, Versa, W-Series
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Sharp - Notebook Laptops, Actius UltraLite
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Shuttle - Glamor G-Series, D'vo, Prima P2-Series, Workstation, X Mini XPC, Surveillance
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Sony - VAIO, PCG-Series, VGN-Series
  • Press F1, F2 or F3 after turning on the computer.
Toshiba - Portégé, Satellite, Tecra
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ARI / ALR / AST (Advantage) - Press the Ctrl+Alt+Esc or Ctrl+Alt+Del keys.
Cybermax - Press the Esc key.
Tandon - Press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys.


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