T30 with XP Pro. I was using the computer and it froze. Powered down and rebooted with no problem. Ran a registry check and found 41 errors. Most related to a bunch of shortcuts I cleared off my desktop. On reboot after registry repair, I got an error immediately after entering password saying the system had to shut down and if this was the first time I got this error to reboot. On second boot attempt, it locked up prior to the password screen. On third attempt, I was able to boot in safe mode and powered down. After that, I can not even get the IBM screen to come up. I removed HD and put it in a external drive kit and am able to read it, but have not run any other diagnostics on it. Tried a new HD with no luck. On occassion I get 3 or 4 sets of 4 beeps
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Re: T30 boot problem
Sorry, but probably your T30 (my favorite Thinkpad) has developed a problem with one of it's memory slots.
It is an inherent problem with the Thinkpads.
The way to tell is topress on the memory cover in a way that pushes the memory (or more to the point, the memory slots) into the motherboard. While keeping pressure on the memory, try to boot up.
I use a T30, and have worked on several others, all have at least one slot with this problem.
Also try taking out the memory which is closest to the front of the system, and pushing in on the remaining one.
Hope this helps. If this is the problem, there are a couple of things you can do to keep it running, but probably with only one ram stick.
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When you say you tried to load XP Pro, did the hard drive already have XP installed or are you installing it fresh from a CD? If you are installing it fresh from the CD and it is asking you to reboot, it seems as if you are letting it try to boot again from the CD. When it reboots and says "Press any key to boot from CD..." don't press anything, just let it boot. It should finalize the installation there!
okay what you need to do is if you have the system restore cd use that , it will reformat your lap top even if it cant reboot just put in the cd when you start up the computer and it will restore everything you may lose alot of things but atleast your lap top will work after , if not then Reply to me at Jonk3y at Aol.com and i will gladly help you with your problem
i own a t-30 myself with all the same problems i am reading about not reading ram beeping on startup no screen display but you could here hard drive running before these symptoms started the first symptom i ever noticed was if i picked the unit up with my left hand on the left front corner to move it it would boot down and then would not re boot properly (no screen, beeping) until i would smack the case then it would boot fine note: ram slots are located in the left front corner. I always assumed i had a cold or broken solder joint on the main board the last week the thing started running flakey i noticed i was only reading one of my 256mb ram chips so i powered down switched the two chips to the other ram slots and rebooted i noticed one chip was really warm the other cold the comp. booted up perfect and ran perfect for 2 hrs. same prob. so i bought two new 512mb chips installed the and have had none of the above listed problems ever since
its oem, you either need IBMs restore cd for your particular laptop (model) or an xp pro (any service pack will do) OEM disk. You can not get the OEM disk at best buy, circuit city target etc those are retail versions and will not work. Newegg.com or frys electronics are your best bet, but by buying it from them you are getting another copy of xp pro, just use the cd with the keycode on your laptop and then you can install xp pro on another pc using the code that came with the disk. MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING AN OEM VERSION AND NOT A RETAIL VERSION.
Some technical stuff: For the xp pro disk you MUST have the COA product key available, this is usually on the bottom of your laptop, for IBMs disk you just have to have an IBM WITH an IBM motherboard as without the motherboard it will not work. For example, the motherboard goes out and you replace it with a non ibm board it will only boot for 3-5 times, the ideaa is that this gives you time to get your documents off. This is per Microsoft agreement with ibm and all other Original equipment manufactures this include hp, dell etc.
sorry if this is too technical for you please let me know.
We can start with the easy stuff first. Move the memory chip to the other slot. Remove the small square plate on bottom of the laptop. You'll need a really small screw driver for this. If you have two chips, remove one and see if the laptop will boot-up.