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Ibm 600x errors 173, 163 & 301

On post i get these errors. I click OK & go to date screen (date/time is correct as I have replaced the cmos battery) Click OK, get 2 beeps & then nothing. screen just sits there. Keyboard is working as buffer fills up after 15 keystrokes. Press ctrl,alt,dlt & it comes back with error codes 173 & 163, click OK & it takes me back to the date screen & round the circle again. Pressing & holding F1 during power up makes no difference whatsoever, i.e. just acts as if I wasn't pressing F1. This PC was working fine until about 3yrs ago when it just got put away & left, taken out last week, cmos battery dead so replaced & the above happens. I've seen many repetitions of this problem over the web but never an answer, just that it must be the battery. But as stated, I've replaced the battery & it is holding the date/time overnight with no other power.

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    Take the battery out and leave it out then bootup and enter date and time it should bootup after that hope this does the trick......did for me....

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Take the battery out and bootup it should work then....

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Try an external keyboard you may have lossened the internal keyboard.

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How do i fix my ibm think pad with 161-163 error on start up


Hi drifty169

Looks like you need to change your CMOS battery
Here are the following code descriptions:
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Note: for some pointers on how to replace the battery go to this webpage:
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Error message 00173,00163 will not boot corrctly


These errors are system options not set, and time/date not set (if I recall correctly off the top of my head)
Basically, you need to replace the CMOS battery.
I would order one online from a place like EVERCORP.com ( a link for YOUR battery is here... http://www.evercorp.com/catalog/batteries/Laptop/Laptop+CMOS/IBM/ThinkPad+600%2C+600D%2C+600E%2C+600X/CR2025-WR/ )
It will cost a lot of money though...almost $10 ! And there will be shipping on top of that, and the battery weighs almost a whole ounce!
If you can maybe second mortgage your house so that you can afford these hefty costs, the installation is almost as hard as the price is high.
Fear not though, installation instructions should come with the battery (which hides in the RAM compartment as I recall).
Once the battery is replaced, set the system options and the time/date, and you should never see that error again!

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The 161 CMOS error means the CMOS/BIOS battery is dead/flat and needs to be replaced.
The 163 CMOS error means the Date and Time could not be updated when you change the Date and Time setting. This is caused by the flat CMOS/BIOS battery.
When you replace the battery with a new one, the BIOS will go back to the default settings, go into to BIOS setting (press F2 when you boot up) and change the Date and Time, then save and exit.

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Every time I log on the error173 and 163 appear. What do I do?


Your BIOS backup battery is dead and needs to be replaced.
Go HERE for the manual , page 67.
And HERE is a link to the battery, or google 02k6502 if you dont like the price.
If that doesnt do it , its the motherboard.
Here are the codes from the manual.
163
(Time and date were not set.)
1. Set time and date.
2. System board.
173
(Configuration data was lost.)
1. Select OK in the error screen; then set the time and date.
2. Backup battery.
3. System board.


Hope that helps.

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The 161 error means the BIOS battery is dead (flat).
The 163 error means the Date and Time is not updating.
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Starting ibm 600e


Hi there.
Errors 161, 192, 163.
All three of these errors are connected to the back up battery.
To resolve this problem:
1. open memory flap on base of laptop (small philips screwdriver required)
2. find the small connector with 1 black & 1 red wire coming from it.
3. disconnect above connector and gently pull the Red&black wires. The backup battery should just pull out from under the casing.
4. get replacement battery. Either
a. call IBM spares (07900 247 490 in UK) and ask for FRU:
02K6502. UK price is about £8 + £15 delivery + VAT.
b. if comfortable with soldering iron: Carefully open the packaging on the backup battery using a sharp knife.
Remove the solder tags from the battery (these are spot welded so need to be cut/broken off). Buy a new CR2025 battery from any computer shop, jeweler, or camera shop.
Using electrical tape, insulate all round edge of battery
Solder the leads onto the new battery - note polarity. Red wire to +, black wire to -.
Using more insulating tape, wrap battery so that all exposed metal is covered.
5. put new battery into laptop (reverse steps 1-3)
6. start up computer, error 192 has gone, but still shows 161, 163. Select OK.
7. reset date & time, and OK
8. when screen shows 'O / I' restart laptop using on/off switch at side.

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The battery that might be dead is not the main battery. It's the cmos battery, which is a coin cell battery located on the motherborad. It stores the setting in the bios and keeps the date and time accurate. Errors 161 and 163 mean the date and time are wrong. If the cmos battery is dead then, the date and time go back to 1/1/2000 every time the pc is restarted. Thus, you get the "wrong date and time" errors 161 and 163.

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Ibm screen error


161 - Dead CMOS battery.
163 - Date and time are not set clock not updated.

Replace CMOS Batt: On the bottom of the laptop you will see a screw that holds the memory cover on. (Next to the main Batt) Remove the screw and cover. The CMOS is plugged into the motherboard it is yellow and round tucked in the side of the case. (note how the black cable is towards the center of the laptop and the positive red cable is towards the side of the laptop). Remove the cable connector from the motherboard and pull out the old battery. This can be done by either gently pulling on the cables or using an object like a toothpick and gently tugging at the old battery to free it. With the old battery removed plug in the new battery with the black ground cable towards the center of the laptop and the red towards the side of the laptop. Insert the new battery into the space the previous one set at. Reconnect the memory cover and turn on your laptop. You will have to set the time and date and may have to cycle the computer (reboot) a few times. You can get this battery (CMOS) on eBay or at a computer store they are only a few dollars. (5-8) Good luck in your repair!
you need a cr2025 to replace it you have to pull the tabs of the old one off and tape them to a new cr2025 battery.
then
Start with the machine OFF. HOLD DOWN and CONTINUE TO HOLD THE "F1" key. WHILE STILL HOLDING "F1", turn the power on, and CONTINUE TO HOLD "F1"
This will get you into the bios "setup." You should check the date, bootup order, etc, and reset.

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