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IBM 380-ED Not Booting

After the RAM test it displays 161 & 163 Errors. I enter the Date/Time but it goes back to showing the same error.

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SOLVED! I had this problem with my Thinkpad 380D and FIXED IT.

No soldering, no expensive replacements, no special batteries needed.

Take a small screwdriver and open the panel on the underside of the computer, right above the big battery pack area. Inside you will see a watch battery sitting in a little round plastic cradle. The battery pops out easily with a small screwdriver. Buy a new battery at an electronics, radio, or jewelry store. You can bring the old one in to match it to a new one. Mine was a CR1220 and cost $5. Pop the new one into the plastic cradle, replace the panel, and turn your computer on. Now, after you reset the time, the computer should boot normally. This worked for a 380D. Don't know if it would work for other models, but 3880ED is probably similar.

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I have several 600's and they all have the same issue. They are giving 161 192 163 errors. I replaced the battery in them and then go to try and setup the time. However, instead of letting me set the...


161 = CMOS configuration lost (battery has died).

163 = CMOS error; Clock is not updating.

192 = System fan is faulty, not plugged into the system board or the system board itself is faulty.

Whe you replaced the RTC (real time clock/BIOS battery) did you make sure that the CPU fan was working?

If it is then go back into the BIOS and reset it to defaults. Save the changes and reboot, then go back into the BIOS and try to set the time and date.


Feb 22, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad 600 Notebook

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Error 163 173 ibm 600e laptop when turned on these errors occur

this error is the battery by the sound of things, you need to replace the cmos battery , then enter the configuation utlity and set date and time, hope this helps

Nov 29, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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Thinkpad 380ED error 161 163

Replace CMOS battery and reset time and date. Turn the computer over. Loosen 1 screw on RAM and CMOS door and lift door away. CMOS battery is to the left of the RAM chip (if you have the extra RAM installed.) Using a very small flat screwdiver, gently insert it under the bottom edge of the battery itself, between the rdge of the battery and it's holder, and GENTLY pry up the bottom edge of the battery. It will easily pop out. DO NOT REMOVE THE BLACK PLASTIC CMOS BATTERY HOLDER ITSELF OR YOU WILL RUIN IT! Go to Batteries Plus or Radio Shack and perchase a CP1220 (3volt) battery. They are less than $4.00. Make sure that you have the new battery correct side up and insert it back into the holder by sliding it in from the bottom and gently push down and the new battery will pop back in. Re-start your machine and when the errors pop up hit "enter" and then enter the correct time and date. You should be good to go from there. Don't let anyone badmouth your 380ED. I have one that I used at trade shows for years and it still performs perfectly. It is built like a tank and won't run XP but Win98 is just fine on this rig. IBM (Lenovo) sure built them with the consumer in mind back then. Easy to add RAM and change CMOS battery, unlike my new ACER Aspire One, and my vintage AcerNote Lite that has to be completely dissambled to do either!

Apr 11, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 380ED

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Starting ibm thinkpad

Errors 161 and 163 mean the time and date are not set in the CMOS. This typically means the CMOS backup battery is dead / going dead.

Mar 05, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T21 Notebook

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Starting ibm 600e

Hi there.
Errors 161, 192, 163.
All three of these errors are connected to the back up battery.
To resolve this problem:
1. open memory flap on base of laptop (small philips screwdriver required)
2. find the small connector with 1 black & 1 red wire coming from it.
3. disconnect above connector and gently pull the Red&black wires. The backup battery should just pull out from under the casing.
4. get replacement battery. Either
a. call IBM spares (07900 247 490 in UK) and ask for FRU:
02K6502. UK price is about £8 + £15 delivery + VAT.
b. if comfortable with soldering iron: Carefully open the packaging on the backup battery using a sharp knife.
Remove the solder tags from the battery (these are spot welded so need to be cut/broken off). Buy a new CR2025 battery from any computer shop, jeweler, or camera shop.
Using electrical tape, insulate all round edge of battery
Solder the leads onto the new battery - note polarity. Red wire to +, black wire to -.
Using more insulating tape, wrap battery so that all exposed metal is covered.
5. put new battery into laptop (reverse steps 1-3)
6. start up computer, error 192 has gone, but still shows 161, 163. Select OK.
7. reset date & time, and OK
8. when screen shows 'O / I' restart laptop using on/off switch at side.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

Mar 05, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T21 Notebook

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IRe: IBM 600E

Hi, sorry I was out last night.
Errors 00161/00163/00173 mean you need to replace the CMOS/BIOS battery and update the time, date etc, like you did.. and Error 00301 means a keyboard error. Just press CtrlAltDel past this.. or try using an external PS-2 keyboard..

So, when you startup and then get to the errors, just press CtrlAltDel to restart, then tap F1 to enter the Advanced Settings and try to load Windows in Safe Mode, and let it do a Scan Disk.

It's possible that the machine won't be able to load any hardware drivers for the machine because the CMOS information might have been corrupted due to the flat battery, but try and boot into Safe Mode anyway and see how you get on.

This is a really old machine but still has driver and troubleshooting support at the Lenovo website, and it might be fun and interesting to resurrect..

Hardware Maintance Manual - June 1999: ThinkPad 600, 600E
On pages 109 and 115of the attached pdf file (actual pages 103 and 109), the Li-Ion batterypack part number should read 12P4064 replaces 02K7018.
c.gif Battery test utility diskette - ThinkPad 600/E/X
BIOS Update (Diskette) - ThinkPad 600
PCMCIA SelectaDock I/II driver for Windows 95/98 - ThinkPad 600, 770

c.gif Windows 98 installation supplement files - ThinkPad 600, 760, 765, 770
This is the Setup Guide for the thinkpad 600.

Of course, it may very well load Windows fine after a new battery and a scandisk and you'll find it has Windows 2000 on it, so maybe I'm jumping the gun with the Win98 stuff there, but let me kow how you get on..

Chris (ziraffa)

Oh by the way, if we are going to be using a different Solution thread this time, can you go back to the other page and rate it as Fixya! so that they can take it off the system? It saves the unrated pages filling up the servers..

Jan 17, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad 600E 2645 Notebook

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IBM thinkpad 600x

The battery that might be dead is not the main battery. It's the cmos battery, which is a coin cell battery located on the motherborad. It stores the setting in the bios and keeps the date and time accurate. Errors 161 and 163 mean the date and time are wrong. If the cmos battery is dead then, the date and time go back to 1/1/2000 every time the pc is restarted. Thus, you get the "wrong date and time" errors 161 and 163.


Jul 24, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 600X Notebook

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ERROR 0271

Are you a computer whizz? (do you know a lot about computers like me?)

Could be the Cpu fan (Central Processing Unit)
That could be lethal to the laptop.
Just as well it's a IBM other wise . . .
As for the error it means the time and date are not set.
soloution: run the bios setup utillity to reset time and date.


Jun 25, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5610-4648 Notebook

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IBM Thinkpad 380 ED 00161 and 00163 errors

the cmos batters ar soled at walmart in the watch dep

Feb 03, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad 380ED

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Thinkpad 380ed

1) This is a typical problem when the CMOS battery is very weak or dead, it will continually display the date and time and reboot with the same errors until you change the CMOS battery. On this model it is behind the door that houses the memory chip, above the battery, if you have the laptop turned over and battery closest to you. <--best bet, its a dead CMOS battery.

2) You can get to the BIOS to run tests, one of 2 ways, either hit the ESC key and other keys to get a 301 error or hold the F1 key and boot, you should get into BIOS. (You probably won't be able to do this until you replace the CMOS battery.) From there you can run diagnostic tests on various components.

3) Lastly, you can update the BIOS. From inside the EASY-SETUP bios you should be able to copy the BIOS part number, date, etc. Look for the BIOS update based upon model # either thru a search on the web or directly on the IBM website (a search on google of "bios update thinkpad 380ed" will bring up a link for the IBM page.) If you choose to do a BIOS update, read the directions carefully and remember not to power off the machine while the update is happening. If you've never updated a BIOS before, get someone who has to walk you thru it before attempting it by yourself.


Sep 19, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad 380ED

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