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IBM thinkpad 600x

I know you have tried to help me regarding this laptop having errors 161 and 163. I have replaced the battery and on different times hit delete , F!,F2 keys still keeping getting this.
I wanted to know how i can just crashed the computer and reload Windows XP?

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  • dimplesmed Jul 26, 2008

    thank you . I will try and locate this battery.

    Now i understand. Thanks a Bunch!!!

  • aviyos Feb 03, 2009

    Boot my TP 600X get errors 161 and 163 on post [also 8611], still has a blank POP, so have to give it a return after the lock icon [this is how got into this problem to begin with, since the keyboard connector is broken, and thought removing the battery, and the CMOS battery would rest this, it did not, and after finding to things in the hardware manual, how to reset POP via POP pads, and a keyboard can be connected to the mouse PS2 via a Y cable]. Then get this screen that shows the error list, similar to the BIOS setup page in a rectangle, a bird that can be moved by the mouse and a choice in the bottom of the box of either OK or Cancel, or pressing a Return, all of which rresults in the screen changing what is in the rectangular box to have the error list and a ---------> [large open book icon], the keyboard is locked, can only power off or power reset the computer. Pressing F1 either durung the power up, starting with it pressed before, and hokding it does not change it. Tried doing the same thing by holding down the F1 key then pressing the Return after getting the Lock icon, it delays the processess and seems to start something, activate something, see the underline cursor blinking then blank, after some seconds [still holding the F1 key pressed, to try to enter into the BIOS setup], it still goes to this rectangular box described above, sometimes in the middle of the blank time, that is after the white underline curser disappears, have seen a blue character there in the upper left corner, either a 3 [most common] or a 2, for a moment, maybe a second, then goes to this rectangular box screen. Have also tried a delete key in the sequence, but maybe need some more specific instruction on this. Had seen a post in another forum stating this problem, and a solution that two of the steps outlined in the manual are erroniously stated out of order, but no specifics about the steps. [seems that the answer was given privately to avoid possible theives from getting it, was dated Oct. 27, 2004], and avoided having to replace the system board, as many state including the manual.
    Can you be of help to getting access to the EasySetup of the BIOS [which is not easy to get to now]? What are the steps outlined in the manual, and maybe which two are out of order? or at least possibly once having the the steps, could figure out which two might be out of order, or get there by trial and error? This seems to be a problem that has many listings, that have searched over the last few years, and this is the closet have come to a solution yet.
    Thank You



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The battery that might be dead is not the main battery. It's the cmos battery, which is a coin cell battery located on the motherborad. It stores the setting in the bios and keeps the date and time accurate. Errors 161 and 163 mean the date and time are wrong. If the cmos battery is dead then, the date and time go back to 1/1/2000 every time the pc is restarted. Thus, you get the "wrong date and time" errors 161 and 163.


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