Question about IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook

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Hello I have a T20 thinkpad. When I turn it on it goes to the desktop but does not give me any icons or anything that I can work with. I tried to start it in safe mode and it looks like it is about to work then just says safemode but wont go beyond that. Can someone help me? PS it is a different computer than the one I am using to ask. Jose

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  • Jose Estrada Jul 22, 2009

    No, It wont let me get to boot without network. And I cannot get to an active desktop.

  • Jose Estrada Jul 23, 2009

    OK, so I dont have laptop. But I have a CDRom and a USB port. I can download what I need to the computer that I am using to communicate. But where do I get the download that I need? ANd can I use it to make a CD that the laptop will read? If I need to purchase the what you said how do I get it onto my laptop?

    THank you

  • Jose Estrada Aug 16, 2009

    No, not one bit.



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Did you do any change on the T20 since the last boot?

Please let me know via email.

When you boot up look for boot without network.

This will free up some resource.

If able to get to the desktop screen.


type cmd

check for the size free.

Compare to the total size of the drive.


from c:

type in

chkdsk c: /f /r

Pick Y for start chkdsk on next reboot.

Reboot laptop.

This will take long time.

Look for any error(s).

Chkdsk should take care of any disk error.

Please let me know how it turns out.

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    Vincent_G Jul 22, 2009

    Ok. Do you has
    IBM Thinkpad T20 Floppy Drive 05K9207, 08K9607, N533 inside the T20 laptop?
    Please see pic at

    Plan B is make a boot-able floppy side can copy chkdsk on to the floppy.

    Set your T20 to boot order to floppy,hard drive...........

    Boot to A:


    chkdsk c:

    and let chkdsk do the scan.


    The last option is buy utility like Symantec Norton


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    Vincent_G Jul 23, 2009

    At this point you have three routes to go.

    Locate the official IBM internal floppy drive,set boot order to floppy 1st,hard drive 2nd and follow my direction that I posted before.


    Route two is a lot easier buy you will need to spend money on order an utility software /shareware.

    The expensive is Symantec Norton 360 or Norton Utility.

    The low end is pick some utility off eBay for under $10 + shipping.

    Ask you techie friend and see do they have any disk scan/fix utility.

    Send the laptop for disk data recovery.

    This will cause you major cash.


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    Vincent_G Jul 27, 2009


    Can you get into the CMOS setting when you power on this laptop.

    Go into the CMOS setting and look for boot order.

    The current order has LAN on top of the list.

    Move it down below CD and Harddrive and save settings.

    This laptop most likely been in service in a larger cooperation that demand conform and standard setting in their working environment.

    Give the CMOS setting corrected and try again.

    You may add more comment later. I will follow up on it.


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Hello Jose' -- I can assist you. right click on your mouse or mousepad and then click on "personalize". What you are looking for is task bar and start menu and then "customize notification icons". Once there you can set your computer up any way you like. good luck.

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