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Reply Hey Steve, thank you for your reply. I have taken out the CPU, cleaned it right out, reapplied fresh heat sink paste, the vents are fine, the fan was spinning fine. It does come on and off throughout when the problem occurs but it does that through normal operation anyway. The system does run hot but I understand that is typical of AMD CPUs? After further researching last night, Ive got a feeling that the SiS PCI to USB controller may be the area requiring attention. Theres def something dodgy with the USB bus side of it. If you have any other suggestions, im all ears! I would really love to get back in to DJing again and utilise my investment if you know what I mean... Thanks Steve.

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    I have a thinkpad 600.. Getting error 161 and 163. Replaced lithium batts did not solve. So i put back in old batts and of course still get same error message. I read somewhere that replacing batts. CR 2025 helped but of course i cannot find where on my laptop this is so i can replace.




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Did you reset the time and date in the bios. Replacing the cmos batteries will allow the bios to retain settings but errors 161 and 163 are not cleared until the date and time are reset and stored.

So put the new battery back in then set the date and time and memorise them - that should clear the problem.

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