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Have replaced original hard drive with a new one. New one might have an operating system installed or might not. All we have right now is a screen with a blinking cursor. We see where we can access the Bio Utility Setup. Where do we go from here?

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Re: ibm think pad t20

Pop a linux live cd (I reccomend PC Linux 2007) that is what I am using in my ibm t-21 laptop. It will load and run from the  cd drive, then install it to the new hard drive.  Ps. it will work with a belkin usb wi-fi internet access point.  Mine does

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Re: ibm think pad t20

Make sure your replacement hard drive is compatible in geometry (supported by your ThinkPad T20). Check and see if your BIOS setup utility has an auto-detect function.

It would be good if you knew the contents of your replacement drive. You said it might be installed, it might not. If there is nothing on the drive, the ThinkPad should report 'no operating system' or similar message, but it is possible that it might not show anything other than a blinking cursor

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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