Good day, i have my ThinkPad 600E but the CD-ROM and the 3 1/2 floppy drive are busted. i just want to inquire this one..
I have my Windows Me files copied onto the hard drive. but my hard drive is is not bootable, is there any possible way to run setup from my hard drive for me to make my laptop work again? I need a positive and sensible answer for this one, i hope someone can help me especially the Wiz's in FixYa, thanks in advance..
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I know you can't boot from the Windows 98 CD, and probably not from Windows 2000 either. It is possible to turn the the Windows 98 bootable floppy into a bootable CD, but I think you would be much better of trying to install Linux.
this is sometimes due to the boot sequence. identify the key to press so that you can access its bios at start up. a shot message is usually displayed for a short time at start up. please go to the bios and change the boot sequence to start from HDD.
You can go into the BIOS and change the boot order of the drive devices,change the CD as the 1st boot device.
As the laptop boots up, press F12, this will allow you to select the CD as a boot device.
u will have to go to your setup screen and reorder your boot screen so your cd rom will boot first so you can install windows 98, but if your cd rom isn't working you need to go to your device manager and look for your cd rom and install the driver
The main programing on the motherboard (bios) should recognize and read from the CD drive, If it doesn't then there is three possibilities as to the problem. 1- the bios have glitched, so, start by doing a bios flash. 2- the optical eye or the reader board in the CD drive has gone out, and the drive will need replaced, 3- there is a malfunction with the motherboard, and the board will need to be replaced. These three are the only possibilities and fixes for this problem.
Error 19990301 on a Thinkpad 600 usually indicates that the hard drive is not properly connected, and error code 19990305 signifies "no bootable device". So, it's the hard drive.
First of all, I would try removing and replacing the drive to see if that cures it. You can get the service manual from Lenovo at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=LWIK-3SYPX2
If this doesn't fix it, the hard drive is faulty. However, small size hard drives (10 or 20Gb) which suit these older machines are very cheap on eBay.