I have a IBM Thinkpad A21e that was given to me. It has Windows 2000 on it and I would like to know if it is possible to use my external hard drive with it and if so how. I would like to have window xp on the external. Is this all possible?
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There are two possibilities, the hard drive has issues or windows has corrupted files. If you have a cd installation disc for a fresh install, try to see if the operational system will load, no change! the hardware should be checked in the event it needs to be replaced.
On my netbook Fn/F5 toggles between internal and external monitor,there is a possibility you might have switched this sequence accidentaly if your machine has this . If not check manufacturers site for varying function options
The POST error code 0175 refers to a CRC (cyclic redundancy check) reading from the EEPROM chip, that data is corrupted, most likely a faulty EEPROM chip. This is a motherboard problem and cannot be fixed except by a motherboard replacement. This is an old laptop and would not be worth fixing, I suggest you put your money towards a new laptop.
You can remove the hard drive and put it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
You can download the software known as Active boot disk. With this you can create a bootable cd to run a chkdsk with the f and r command to fix and recover errors on disk. you can also explore your comp and copy files to an external disk. If after the system boots normally after chkdsk you might have a problem with your HDD get it replaced before it crashes again
If you're looking for the guides, they can be downloaded from Lenovo (the new brand name that is selling IBM computers) at this page. That should give you the details you need to know to solve your issue, but post back with other comments to this ticket if you still have problems.
If you can, upgrade to WinXP (or LINUX) which will make things easier, or else use the re-install disk for your laptop. If you really want Win2000 to work and have lost your original disks, you need to download the appropriate drivers for that machine and install them under Win2000. It is the only way to get things up and running again. Make sure in device manager there are no yellow marks showing error state devices.
Don't use a driver management or automated program to install the drivers; download them one by one from the IBM web site and install and reboot cycle each one separately.