IBM T22 Thinkpad won't boot up - not even in safe mode
I have a T22 Thinkpad it won't boot up even in any of the safe mode options. It goes to the screen offering 4 choices, each one does not work. They are Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, safe mode with command prompt and last known good configuration or start windows normally. Each option gives the same result. Windows couldn't start if an error in the software. Load needed DLL's for kernel.
It stops at the bootvid.dll, so I am assuming that it is the one that's corrupted.
Has anyone seen this error before?
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Re: IBM T22 Thinkpad won't boot up - not even in safe...
Either you have a virus or a corrupted dll file.
eitherway, beside create a bootable CD or Floppy disk, and try to fix from there, thats' time a money.
the next best thing, is to reinsall the operating system.
the other option is get a new hard drive and install the operating system on that so you can preserve the data you have on the old one.
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Turn off the computer, then hit the power button to turn itback on and immediately start hitting the F8 key repeatedly until you see SAFEMODE. Take the Safe Mode option and let it boot up. Safe Mode will lookdifferent to you, the screen will be darker and the icons bigger, this isnormal.
Starting an IBM Thinkpad T43 in safe mode allows you to troubleshoot technical issues that you otherwise couldn't. Often when a system has a virus or other type of malicious program, safe mode is the only way to locate and delete the problem. In safe mode, only the computer's essential programs are enabled, and only the files necessary to running the system are in use. Learn how to start an IBM Thinkpad T43 in safe mode using a few fairly easy steps.
1.Close all programs and restart the IBM Thinkpad T43.
2.Press "F8" repeatedly after the IBM logo appears, but before the operating system logo appears. If the "F8" key doesn't work, restart the computer and try pressing the "F11" key repeatedly.
3.Press the "down arrow" key to select "Safe Mode."
4.Press the "Enter" key. The computer will boot up in safe mode.
The "circle z" is the power indicator light. The fact that this stays on tells that this is not an overheating problem, which is common, since in that case the power and light would go off Do you all know a blast of canned air or whatever source can clean out most dust and lint accumulations that cause this problem? Just blow in where the hot air comes out. It sounds like it could be a hard drive probem, recently I have had more failures of fairly new ones. You might try booting it in safe mode, hit (F8) while starting to boot, and see if you have the same trouble, this would eliminate a driver problem as the source if it didn't happen in safe mode
I assume with "boot menu" you mean the BIOS boot menu (the one you get
to if you press F12 during start up, before the Windows screen appears.)
Go to "Enter Setup"
Go to "Config", click "Enter"
Go down to "USB", click "Enter"
Make sure that "USB Bios Support" is enabled.
(Hit "Enter" again and choose between "enabled" and "disabled")
Hit "Esc" twice to go back to the main page.
Go down to "Startup", click "Enter"
Check if "USB CD" is in the list of boot options or excluded form booting.
Hit F10, confirm any changes you made (click "Enter" for 'yes') and reboot.
Tap or hold down F12 again and you should see the boot option menu again.
Note: I am not 100% sure if you can boot from a DVD externally.
I booted from the internal DVD drive fine with a Linux LiveCD. It is
possible that the T22 BIOS does not support external booting. Check you
version - the latest release from IBM is version 16ET32WW (1.12),
release date 06/03/2004. You find that info here.
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Ok, I want this off my screen. If it is stuck in standby mode as you say, press and hold the power button until the computer goes "dead." Then turn it back on. If this doesn't work, unplug it and take the battery out for a while.