Can't get to load operating programs and can't shut it down to reboot.
My T43 working fine - left running while did and errand. Loaded an instructional dvd to view - wouldn't run it. I took the dvd out. It rebooted the screen of the world ( the geographic, time zone, blue one ) but wouldn't reload the operating sytem, - no icons on the screen at all. I can move the curser but can't get it to kick in - Can't turn it off either. For now it is as described above running off my plugged in battery pack. Yikes!!! any help would be much appreciated.
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run the check disk utility. To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.
If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.
In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.
In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.
Starting an IBM Thinkpad T43 in safe mode allows you to troubleshoot technical issues that you otherwise couldn't. Often when a system has a virus or other type of malicious program, safe mode is the only way to locate and delete the problem. In safe mode, only the computer's essential programs are enabled, and only the files necessary to running the system are in use. Learn how to start an IBM Thinkpad T43 in safe mode using a few fairly easy steps.
1.Close all programs and restart the IBM Thinkpad T43.
2.Press "F8" repeatedly after the IBM logo appears, but before the operating system logo appears. If the "F8" key doesn't work, restart the computer and try pressing the "F11" key repeatedly.
3.Press the "down arrow" key to select "Safe Mode."
4.Press the "Enter" key. The computer will boot up in safe mode.
Whilst booting up have tried tapping the F8 key to get into the safe mode menu and either select the last known good configuration option or the safe mode option to load the operating system to then try and determine the cause. Should this suggestion not work a safe option to recovering your data is to buy a USB hard disc drive docking station, whip out your hdd, slot it into the docking station and retrieve your files using another PC. Repairing the operating system using the XP disc on boot up sometimes works but also trashes your personal data if it's on the C drive and it reloads the o/s.
Try to restart in safe mode with networking....hold down the F8 key during restart. If the computer reboots in safe mode, then go to system restore and restore the computer back a day or two. If this does not work, then try holding down F8 during reboot and scroll down and choose " Last Good Configuration".
What programs are installed on the machine? there may be a file that's conflicting with one of the updates. You may leave automatic updates turned off. Looking for the culprit will require and will be easier if a tech will check the computer onsite or thru remote access.
Try starting in safe mode (press f8 on start up) once in safe mode use system restore to restore your operating system to a earlier point.
Start - programs - accessories - system tools - system restore.
Start - all programs - maintenance - backup and restore center