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My ibm thinkpad r51 is not starting up just keeping giving me error message and it doesn't recognize the hard drive in boot. I have to take the battery to stop the system trying restart the window again and again.

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  • abelcheung88 Jul 15, 2009

    Thanks, I will give it a try and to see whether it is the problem with the HD.

  • abelcheung88 Jul 15, 2009

    Before my laptop crashed, I have got several messages such as virtual memory is low. Does that mean the motherboard is faulty?

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It appears the hard drive is faulty.
Does the hard disk LED flash when the laptop boots up?
Go into the BIOS configuration and see it the hard drive is detected, (then Startup - Boot - and look at IDE HDD0 it should list the make and model of the hard drive).
If the hard disk is detected it still could be faulty. To test the hard drive, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port.
If the computer sees this as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files then the hard drive is OK and the fault could be the disk controller on the laptop's motherboard.
If the hard disk is not detected the it is faulty and you need to replace the hard drive in the laptop and install Windows etc. to get it working again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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    Chris Hingee Jul 15, 2009

    No, Virtual memory is not a motherboard problem. When there is insufficient RAM available the computer uses part of the hard disk as RAM and if your hard disk is nearly full then you get this error message. The problem could be a failing hard drive or the hard drive is clogged with junk and temproary files.

    This is why the hard disk should be defrag and disk cleanup performed approx. once a month.

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