ThinkPad T20 2647....BSOD at startup...before asking for password
Everything boots properly up until the page that asks for your password, then goes to BSOD.......UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. But, the page wont stay on long enough to copy the numbers near the bottom of the BSOD page. What I have read is that it is probably a hard drive failure. I have tried freezing the drive - no difference. All I have are 3.5" drives here - no 2.5" drives at all. Are there anything other things I can try before shelling out $60 or $70 for another HD? Any help would be highly appreciated!!!
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Re: ThinkPad T20 2647....BSOD at startup...before asking...
If you can attach your hardisk to any Desktop Windows OS computer, you can use the "Check Disk" by windows to check the problem of you laptop hardisk, usually using USB Eclosure will help you connect your Laptop Hardisk to Desktop Computer. Just use "Check Disk" utility to check the Drive, you can do this by clicking MY COMPUTER, then Right Click on your Laptop Drive then PROPERTIES, then TOOLS and click CHECK NOW, then place a check mark on the "AUTOMATICALLY FIX SYSTEM ERRORS" then start fixing, after that, then put back your laptop hardisk on your laptop and see if its works.
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For starters the support for XP has been ended by Microsoft so no more updates it is now classified as a vulnerable operating system. Please upgrade to Windows 7 or better, if you are looking to troubleshoot when the computer is booting up tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu click on Startup in Safe mode, this will continue to boot the machine, enter your username and password then goto control panel, add remove programs and uninstall any software that you think could be causing this issue, reboot back this time without the F8 key and see if changes made have any effect on the operating system. Otherwise you can google you problem
what is the error code on the bluescreen?
have you tried a chkdsk?
if your able to boot to recovery mode.
type chkdsk /r
to repair your hard drive.
there may be corrupted files.
otherwise please let me know what the error is on your BSOD.
You need winxp bootable disk for format or repair your winxp. Then boot your computer with that disk. For that when you power up the computer press F1 or F2 or "del" key to enter in bios . Then set first boot device in bot option as your cd or dvd rom.Then save settings . Then put your disk in rom then it boot with it.
press f8 at startup to get to the windows startup menu, choose "last known good configuration" If that fails, you can choose "disable automatic restart" and the BSOD, Blue screen will appear and give you an error, you can also goto safe mode with the f8 key on startup, choose safe mode, and then click yes at the prompt to start the system restore, pick a date and time the PC worked, and try that.If that doesn't work, you need to restore the PC to factory default state, by using or purchasing restore disks, you would have been asked to make them when you 1st powered on the PC, if you don't have the CD's call HP and order them.
Some of the older thinkpad had a program you from the OS or a boot floppy to had to run to get change the bios settings. But the BIOS key on most is F1. So if you press that key as soon as you turn the machine on and anything appears on the screen, and once you've provided the password you can then change the password to blank within the bios.
If you don't know the password at all, there may still be a way to reset it, but it may require a call to IBM/Lenov, or some other tedious process.