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My notebook wont start up

My notebook keeps on saying press F1 for Ibm Bios setup utility and under that it says press F12 for to choose temporary boot device and when i dont click anything it goes to this black screen and words apear like oak technolgy and mscdex.exe and stuff like that so can anyone help me get to the main screen that would be helpfull

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Re: my notebook wont start up

Have you ever been able toboot this machine? Sounds like you have a corporate machine which is configured to boot with several options. If that's the case, you should re-load windows. Get back to me if that's the case. Thanks, harvester3

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Whe i make power button on, he press f1 to BIOS setup utility and press f12 for temporary boot device. when i hit f1 or f12 after some minit, he display just like lock icon on screen and some times says...

Check the laptop is booting by connecting it to an external monitor and see if the lock appears there you may need to press Fn and F7 keys to switch display

If it does not, then try pressing Fn and scroll lock

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Laptop not used for some years. could enter bios OK to reset Replaced U/S CMOS battery with no problem. Restarted............ Message press F1 ibm bios setup press F11 to invoke IBM product recovery...

I received an IBM laptop with same issue a few months back. The error message due to the drained out CMOS RTC (coin-cell battery), which retains and other BIOS settings.
The system is OK and all you have to do is to get the CMOS/RTC battery replaced by the a professional.
Good Luck!

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I have an old IBM THINKPAD R31 every time i turn it on it says to press F1 for ibm bios setup utility and F12 for ibm boot devices list so i pres one of the 2 and it does nothing it just stays the same...

This is caused by the small battery inside that keeps the time and date for the computer. If it is dead, you get the message you refer to. Sometimes they are easy to change, sometimes it is quite a hassle. If you go to setup, you can change the time and date for that session, but the next time it will be off again.

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What is the problem when uyou switch on the IBM

You probably need to replace the BIOS battery. This battery is small and on the inside of the laptop connected to the motherboard. It stores the BIOS settings, date and time. If this battery becomes worn out then it will cause your issue. First try and press F1. Navigate to the last tab and select to restore defaults, then save and exit. If the computer boots up fine but the next time you use it the same message appears then you need a new BIOS battery. Alternatively your HDD may be damaged if it cannot find a boot device. Check your HDD is recognised on the boot menu by pressing F12, select it and press enter and your OS should boot. Hope this helps,

Jul 23, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook

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Ibm t21 turn on to start up page with diaganol ibm logo and press f1 for bios f12 for temporary boot device,but it just hangs there the f1 & f12 buttons dont do anything any help much appreciated


The cpu looking for a file or driver so go to F1 and click on F10 and exit and see what will happen? If that did not work restart the computer and keep clicking on F8 tell you get a new menu asking you to select one of the followings, one of them safe mode, or last know good configurations, etc. Select last know good startup.

If you need help with anyone then please let me know and I will help with it. Please do not forget to rate my service so we can improve on it with your help. God bless

Sep 30, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T21 Notebook

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Lap to stops on Bios screen

Reseat your RAM modules, remove and insert them a few times so they make proper electrical contact in the slots.

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You might have deleted the Hidden partition within the drive .So you will not get the restore factory setting option

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Cannt get normal logon screen

i think your hard disk had be dsectors
try to boot your system with win xp bootable disk
then go to trecovery console
then run
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comamnd at recovery console
followthe instruction

Sep 30, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T22 2647 Notebook

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Stopping at the BIOS Splash screen


Reseat all the RAM, CMOS battery and any PCI graphics cards and then try to boot the computer.

Also remove all the memory cards and then turn on the computer. If you dont get any beep sounds, then it is a problem with 1 or more RAM cards.
Then alternatively try with 1 RAM at a time in different slots and check if it is a problem with any of the RAM cards or the RAM slots.

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