I loaded a new, Windows XP formatted IDE in a 570e-then nothing
I loaded a new, Windows XP formatted IDE hard drive into an IBM Thinkpad 570e, and it's not doing anything. Is there a BIOS reset procedure or something I don't know about?
The computer recognizes it, I see it on the bios startup menu, but all I get after the bios menu is a black screen with a blinking cursor.
It's the only hard drive and it's already formatted so the cd drive shouldn't matter(?), though I cloned the HDD from a dell computer
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This is a possibility, the T23 is a very old laptop.
Check the BIOS to see
if the hard disk is detected, if not open then re-seat the hard drive.
If the BIOS does not detect this hard
drive, then the hard drive is probably faulty. If it was me, I would not waste my time and money trying to get a new hard drive for this ThinkPad. Disk drive manufacturers do not make small capacity hard drive anymore and the current range of hard drives won't work in your ThinkPad because the BIOS cannot support these hard drives.
Go to IBM website and look for drivers for your computer model (T41) and locate the network drivers. (This obviously has to be done from another computer with internet access). Download and save the setup file to a flash drive and then run the setup on the IBM T41
Hello, If IDE drives are hooked to the same controller one must be configured in BIOS as Master, and the second as slave. If there is only one drive, it should be set as master: Two drives on two different controller must be both defined as master.
Before formatting the drive ....
you will need to save your drivers on a cd/dvd disk if you dont have the original disks
Formatting the drive should be straight forward,
remove it from your machine and take it to another computer,
your IBM Thinkpad should be staight forward to reinstall even without taking your drive to another computer,I found this step easier tho....
after formatting this drive you could just insert to your machine and then reload your software from the beginning providing you have your disks,
You might have a password locked hard drive and or your bios may be locked also ,in this case replace the drive after which your new os install should give you access and functionality,
update your drivers on the internet and SP2 updates will give you hi speed usb 2.0 functionalilty.....
Good luck with the formatting,if you need help let me know,
have a great day
Three reasons why its not making it. One is a faulty hard drive, and even though you bought a new one it can still be faulty. Two is your Windows XP Disc is damaged but the most likely one is that your motherboards slot for the hard drive and/or more are faulty and is not working well. Run XP and choose 'Format Drive' and Install two partitions, one C Drive and D Drive giving each equal amounts and installing NTFS on one part and FAT32 on the other and see which one runs the best. If both fail, Replace your Hard Drive with the origional one where windows was shot and Format and do the same things as above with the partitions and NTFS and FAT32. If again it fails borrow another hard drive and again do the same things and again if it fails. Also since you said its difficult to make it to the part for partitions replace your CD Drive if the CD looks good and re run the boot disc. If all fails, replace your motherboard and give it all another go
You can go about this 2 ways. First, if you have, or can get your hands on a copy of Windows xp; Load the windows system, then go to the IBM support site and download your drivers. Then you will be ready to go. Secondly, call IBM support and get a set of recovery cds. You will have to have the information from the stickers that are on the bottom of the pc. I don't remember the exact cost, but as I remember it's about $54-55. Usually takes a couple of days to receive them. Either way that you do it, you're going to wrap up a couple of hours. If you need
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