Question about IBM ThinkPad 380ED
As the other people have suffered, I am having the same issue with 161 and 163 errors leading me to reset the date/time before rebooting to the same errors over and over again. However, I had seen somewhere that it might be a CMOS battery issue. Does that sound possible? I also know that these days it isn't easy to find a replacement for that old of a model. Do you feel that it's worth trying to boot the system from a Windows OS disc, or is that pointless for this type of error?
SOLVED! I had this problem with my Thinkpad 380D and FIXED IT.
Take a small screwdriver and open the panel on the underside of the computer, right above the big battery pack area. Inside you will see a watch battery sitting in a little round plastic cradle. The battery pops out easily with a small screwdriver. Buy a new battery at an electronics, radio, or jewelry store. You can bring the old one in to match it to a new one. Mine was a CR1220 and cost $5. Pop the new one into the plastic cradle, replace the panel, and turn your computer on. Now, after you reset the time, the computer should boot normally. This worked for a 380D. Don't know if it would work for other models.
No soldering, no expensive replacements, no special batteries needed.
Posted on May 15, 2008
As soon as i turn on the laptop it sez ERROR 161 163
Posted on Jan 20, 2008
Thanks for sharing.
I had the same problem with my Thinkpad 380ED.
I tried to remove the little battery like you suggested with a screw driver but it wouldn't budge. Gave it a bit of elbow grease and the round plastic cradle snapped! Still intact but you can tell its fractured. I suppose I will use a bit of sticky tape or something to wedge it under the lid. Anyway, I will get the battery tomorrow. Hope everything works fine.
I have another question and hope you can help.
How do I connect an external MP3 or MP4 device to get it to sync with my Thinkpad?
Do I use the PS2 outlet where you would plug in the external mouse?
Is it possible to get it to sync with these new devices?
Thanks for your help.
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
When i turn on my laptop an give me the error 161 and 163 please help me
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
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