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I have an IBM R40- I bought it off of Craigslist and had very few problems until one day- I tried to start it but after the initial IBM main screen it goes to a black screen and briefly shows a couple of error messages. Its too fast to read all of them but one mentions a ''keyboard error'' and one of them says ''the system has been tampered with'' then goes to another black screen with a small icon that looks like a lock ( as if it is locking me out). I'm not sure if my wife did something to it or if it was dropped but it didn't come with any disks(I.E. backups)-please help!!-Steven-

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If you are unable to boot into safe mode by tapping F8 during the IBM splash screen then you will need a windows Install disc to boot off of and fix your boot command. If you don't have a disc then try to borrow a friends, you need to boot off that disc do that you can get to the recovery console and fix your boot menu.

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Try starting in safe mode i think you have to press f8 during startup and then maybe you will be able to sort your problems out.

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