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Powers up but never goes to boot up screen

My ibm T30 powers up but will not go to the boot up screen, i also have to press the power button multiple times sometimes before it turns on as well. pleas help thanks.

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Re: powers up but never goes to boot up screen

Be sure your hard drive is not dead. When you turn it on put your ear on the palmrest and listen for a small spin up noise. Then you should hear a light click sequence. If the hard drive is bad you wont hear that noise.Bad noise will be more unpleasant and repeatitive. You can go to your local computer store to get a new hard drive. An associate will help you find the right one based on model.

If it does spin and hum smoothly then hit F2 or Del at your first boot screen and go into the menu
It should have information on the home screen if it is a tabbed bios. otherwise go into standard cmos setup (or similar) find your hard drive, usually IDE Channel 0 and the brand of your hard drive should be listed there. If not the hard drive is probably faulty. If you do see your drive listed, you need to run a repair on the operating system.

Use your windows xp cd to boot from, you will need to go back into the BIOS and set cdrom to first boot device. Boot from the cdrom and wait until it gets to a blue welcome screen, at that moment press f2 and it will bring you to the recovery console. from there type chkdsk /r and let it scan your drive for errors. after your computer should boot. if not boot from the cd again, get back into the recovery console and type "fixboot" and "fixmbr" to repair boot sector information for your drive. if you get no results, go back into the cdrom boot and instead of pressing F2 at the blue screen press enter and follow on screen instructions. After you F8 through the license agreement, you will soon come to a 
screen that lists the operating systems found, press R to 
repair your OS. If your OS name is not listed there, you can either try a new installation from this point or attempt to register your operating system into your boot record manually and trying once more to boot from it. if the below method does not work you will have to boot from the windows cd and do a new install of windows. also, you will need any restore disks that came with the laptop.

You may also have a recovery system on your computer that is built in. refer to your user manual to find out how to activate that feature. It can also be a CD included that has all your drivers and software on it. Use your resources.

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