I have a Thinkpad R51 and for the first time in 4 years, I saw a blue screen on this machine. The machines boots (or atleast tries to boot) I can see the desktop and then by the time everything else gets on (finishing the start-up process), there is a dump (blue screen). I have to shut down the machine. So..
1. How do i find out the exact cause and reason for the blue screen ?
2. Once I know, how to get things fixed ?
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Re: Thinkpad R51 Blue screen
does this also happen in safe mode boot. (press F8 just before windows boots). If not then go to your event viewer and check the messages at the specific time,hour messages. for example. computer booted at 23:30. in windows around 23:31:10 and then blue screen. Go to safe mode. and look in the logs what registered at 32:31:10(around this time).
If not possible to boot in safe mode. Try to remove one of the 2 memory dimm(if you have 2). so you boot with 1. maybe 1 of them doesn't work good anymore.
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The cmos battery for your model of computer should be just under the bottom shell cover, you may even be able to get to it from one of the covers on the underneaf or else you going to have to take the whole of the bottom of the shell off of the laptop.
it should be either yellow or blue with a little cable on it.
Sounds like at least a corrupted OS, but most likely a bad hard drive. I'd try reloading Windows (if that's your OS) first, which should take well under an hour; if reloading takes excessively long, then the system is probably having a hard time formatting the hard drive due to physical bad sectors and the easiest thing would be to replace it. The R51 uses good old ATA/IDE 2.5" 9mm height hard drives, which are not available in most stores any longer, but you can probably get the same size or larger ones on eBay for pretty cheap and replace it yourself. Expect to pay about 50 cents to 75 cents per gigabyte - anything more would be considered tourist prices...
To reset the machine back to the factory settings, just follow these steps:
1 Shutdown your machine and make sure that the charger is plugged in before doing the reset. Turn on the machine.
Press the blue Access IBM button
on your ThinkPad keyboard at the screen prompt. The screen prompt reads
"To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button." This
interrupts the Windows reboot process.
Double click "Recover to Factory Contents" at the Access IBM predesktop menu.
Follow the recovery wizard
prompts to initiate the factory restoration process. Your ThinkPad will
automatically reboot upon completion.
Unmountable boot volume = The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.
To fix that do the following: 1.Put the CD first in the boot order and boot from the XP install disk. 2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3.Select your partition - it should be C 4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER. 6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer. This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.
You will need to do a clean install of your operating system from the disks supplied with your computer, and then immediately afterward, supply yourself with some means of backup of your precious files, which if you have not already performed previous backups are, alas, gone.
Suggest that the backup method be a large external drive where you can store several copies of disk images for your laptop, which will prevent future data loss.