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SyncMaster 753 DFX 17'' CRT show monochrome image

Oh vintage 386sx? In old graphics cards, there were DIP Switches to configure either to use as monchrome mode or color mode. Did you configure graphics card properly ? Moreover try using mode command to change monochrome to color.
1/5/2024 10:46:02 AM • IBM Computers &... • Answered on Jan 05, 2024

IBM wheelwriter 6 only types when I press hard to the keys. Normal typing doesn't activate key strikes. Is there a sensitivity adjustment on the wheelwriter 6?

The IBM Wheelwriter 6 typewriter does not have a user-adjustable sensitivity setting for key strikes. However, the issue you're describing might be related to the keyboard mechanism, individual key switches, or the impact solenoid. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and potentially resolve the issue:
  1. Clean and Lubricate: Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate inside the typewriter, affecting key movement. Try gently cleaning the keyboard area, especially around the key switches and mechanisms. Additionally, applying a small amount of appropriate lubricant to the moving parts might help improve key movement.
  2. Key Switches: Each key has its own mechanical switch underneath. If a key requires more force than usual to activate, it could be due to a worn or dirty switch. You might need to disassemble the typewriter to access and clean the key switches.
  3. Impact Solenoid: The impact solenoid is responsible for striking the print head against the paper to make an impression. If the solenoid is weak or sticking, it could result in the behavior you're describing. Try cleaning and lubricating the solenoid. If the problem persists, the solenoid might need to be replaced.
  4. Key Flex: The flex you feel in the keyboard might be contributing to the issue. If the keyboard has any physical damage or if the flex circuit is not seated properly, it can affect key activation. Carefully inspect the keyboard area for any visible damage or misalignment.
  5. Professional Repair: If the above steps do not resolve the issue, it might be best to seek the assistance of a professional typewriter technician. They have experience with these machines and can diagnose and repair mechanical issues more accurately.
8/5/2023 4:11:23 PM • IBM Computers &... • Answered on Aug 05, 2023

Installation of XP hung up and will not complete - system down

Well it sounds like you have a dirty cd or a bad cd.
Turn the cd upside down and look at it usually when you get the hang it means that the eye stopped moving from either somthing on the cd so clean the cd then try.
If it still doesn't work then see if there is a deep scratch on the cd.
But my bet would be is the cd needs to be cleaned
6/17/2023 6:04:08 AM • IBM ThinkPad... • Answered on Jun 17, 2023

How do I unlock the keyboard on an IBM Lenovo T60

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2/27/2023 9:04:31 PM • IBM Lenovo... • Answered on Feb 27, 2023

A B181F7BB reference code

12/21/2022 5:07:30 AM • IBM RADIO S115... • Answered on Dec 21, 2022


I presume you are going in through the mic socket on the audigy?
If so the most likely cause is a mismatch between the mic and the mic amplifier on the card, they are designed for cheapo condenser mikes that have a fairly high output.

Also make sure you disable any inputs that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.

If you have the Mike plugged into the line in you have it in the wrong socket.

The best way to get a good result is use an external mic amp or mixer and go in through the line in. Again make sure you disable any inputs your not using (in the computer mixer) and turn down any sliders on the external mixer that ar'nt in use to minimize noise.

If you'r still having problems get back to me with a more detailed description of your setup, whats plugged into where etc...

Best of luck
12/15/2022 2:34:17 PM • IBM Creative... • Answered on Dec 15, 2022

Error stuck key 29 ibthinkpad lenovo T61

How solve 0210: stuck key 29
11/26/2022 1:34:59 PM • IBM ThinkPad R32... • Answered on Nov 26, 2022

I have a IBM personal computer Platinum III When I turn on my computer it starts normally but after that on my screen appears a text that says "System Error: tastiera Blocked" And after I can't continue to boot and it shows on my screen a error without a code...What should I do??

Tastiera indicated that you have a keyboard problem. Most desktops can't run without a working keyboard. (You need the keyboard connected and working during the power-on self test, POST.) Currently the motherboard can't communicate with the keyboard. What is the model number for your computer? I don't recall a Platinum III, just a Pentium III. Is it a laptop or a desktop? What type of keyboard do you have (USB or PS/2 connector) or is it the built-in one of a laptop? Are you using some sort of converter/adapter for the connections? The USB to PS/2 converter for a mouse does not work with a keyboard. There are some USB to dual PS/2 converters available. However, they don't work with with all motherboards. What OS is installed on the system? Try a different keyboard. (You should try a PS/2 keyboard if the system has PS/2 ports. If the OS is older than Windows 98 v. 2, then the USB ports are even more likely to not see the keyboard in POST.) If you use a USB keyboard, try different ports. If possible, make sure that the keyboards work on other machines. If it does, then I recommend replacing the system. The Pentium III is a ~20 year old CPU. That's certainly old enough to have major failures. I hope this helps. Cindy Wells
11/23/2022 9:54:18 PM • IBM Computers &... • Answered on Nov 23, 2022

My Laptop R51 1830 IBM can not turn on

Is there no repair shop near by. There could several thing wrong but I cant tell from 4000 miles away which.
10/21/2022 6:47:17 AM • IBM ThinkPad R51... • Answered on Oct 21, 2022

My asus laptop wireless switch does not work

just reinstall the files once again
9/22/2022 3:11:00 AM • IBM ThinkPad T40... • Answered on Sep 22, 2022

Controller monitor failed,controller not started appeared on my screen when i opened our server systemx3500

This is a raid controller failure. Server is not able to initialize device. Workaround: 1: Turn off server 2: Take out Raid Controller from server > blow air on raid controller slot to remove dust. 3: Put it back Now turn on server and see of it gets initialized. If you still gets error then its time to replace controller Thanks
8/18/2022 12:01:10 AM • IBM System x3500... • Answered on Aug 18, 2022

How do I unhide a hidden row in the body of a large spreadsheet? Lotus 123

Question moved to a better category. Some of the rows or columns in my spreadsheet are hidden. How do I see all rows or columns?
  1. Select the area of the spreadsheet where rows or columns are hidden. To select the entire spreadsheet, select Edit ? Select All from the main menu or press CTRL + A
  2. To show all rows, select Format ? Row ? Show from the main menu To show all columns, select Format ? Column ? Show from the main menu. ..
7/16/2022 7:30:37 PM • IBM Lotus 123... • Answered on Jul 16, 2022

I have an IBM Thinkpad 390 Type 2626, 12.1" which ...

1998 built new day 1 relic PC, 19 years old in your hands, gee parts are scarce on things that old. use or new. then or now. but. buy used parts on ebay or google the world for them , and bingo. the IBM service manual and parts list are all over the web, google them. google all that , seen below for you. the bottom is called the bottom pan. or 05K5482 - Base Cover Assembly (M/ 2626) what matters is real IBM P/N# only. there were 3 screen sizes so 3 bottoms,. 12.1" sure bottom pan is,, 05K5482 seen here 2626 pages ,for free, first google hit (do it your self find them closer to home?) EVERY DAY , GOOGLE FINDS MORE OR LESS FATE WINS.(On used parts for sure)
5/22/2022 11:40:09 AM • IBM ThinkPad T41... • Answered on May 22, 2022

My R51 will boot up but will then cycle through

swapped battery old for old or old for new? new is best or none. a 2005 PC, no battery lasted 12 years. period. did not. and runs only windows XP the virus magnet, (a true horror) does PC run on AC power pack with no huge battery , ? if NO then the power pack is bad. if yes then the BATTERY is shorted, as all can do this old and are danger to you and others with old batteries we all know loved to catch fire back then (MH370 i bet is battery crates burned) RIP all. !!! that means get that nasty old battery out of the home, ok? also new batteries, real new not NOS, new old stock have new features that do no catch fire. fuse inside and more. do not harbor 2005 batteries of any kind like this at home. win.
5/22/2022 11:36:09 AM • IBM ThinkPad R51... • Answered on May 22, 2022

I have an IBM think pad and when i click on my

at home, most homes have many wifi devices, TV's PC's and all my cellphones have wifi too as option 2 ,for 5G. to save 5g overcharges.. So your wifi card in dead wifi PC fails to show your personal SSID wifi name, but we know it is good due to other PC's see and it works,thus proving the R51 is the culprit. you failed to say R51 worked before, wow, buy it dead like this? so why is this true is simple. 1: the wifi card in R51 is missing as most were back then(called the wifi options day 1 new) 2005 Relic PCs, IBM. omg runs 12 years later a true magical PC, the card must be there and the 2 antenna too, and connected both. the PC has built in diagnostics, PAGE 40 in the manual and wireless lan is there. 2: forgot your wifi credentials,(SSID,+ Password) you. 3; wifi card is bad. 4: wifi driver (sw) missing or the wrong one , not obtained from IBM or Lenovo. 4 causes, sw, hw or forget credentials. or too far from router wifi this PC. R51 this PC, I'm reading your manual to you now , 2005 has a relic modem card, for dial up. no not that. wow a 232 page service manual see, vast places, easy to find and read. 100% free too.... and no stolen email bull Lenvo page 5- shows 3 cards then, at MINI PCI card slot. v802.11b v802.11b/g v802.11a/b/gandBluetoothwireless 51series:
  • Intel®PRO/WirelessLAN21003BMini
  • PCIAdapter(802.11b)
  • IBM11a/b/gWirelessLANMiniPCI
  • Adapter(802.11a/b/g)
  • Intel®PROWireless2200BGMini-PCI
  • Adapter
  • vIBM11b/gWirelessLANMiniPCI
  • Adapter
Fn+F5 is the wifi air plane mode switch. and will fail lacking drivers for it;. PCI slot is where, well it is not the top left BT;modem card. page 86/ 87 shows the true and real WIFI card and location a hatch is opened and behold the wifi card. not empty here. if cards is there, I read the names and numbers off the card one of 3 above. then at lenovo on the R51 support page get the correct driver for the matched up card. and NO OS told so we you must tell lenovo that first. short list. 1: open hatch see card (not missing) nor antennas fell off it; x2. 2: get card model # 3: at lenovo get the driver for that card 4: load the drivers now. to R51, wiif 5: load your credentials ,your wifi and SSID and Pw now. bingo it works if Fn_F5 not in air plane mode.
5/21/2022 1:34:39 PM • IBM ThinkPad R51... • Answered on May 21, 2022

Bios update for my older IBM 8189UNU think center

don;t do it , most brick the PC doing that millions did, just now;. why ask here and not IBM or Lenovo ,we have no bios here, not a drop.
5/21/2022 1:34:29 PM • IBM Computers &... • Answered on May 21, 2022

I switch it on while

14.1 or 15" screen not told and key parts are not the same. no full model told T41 is series only. a 2004 made PC, 13 years old and expect it to work , no way can it. it's old unless kept fully serviced in real shop, just like cars they need seRvice. for sure fresh new and good batteries and full HDD drive tests. 13 YEARS OLD 1) REMOVE THAT OLD ROTTEN, BIG BATTERY NOW AND RUN ON AC POWER PACK, for now even FOREVER,. SO STEP2 IS NEW COIN CELL CMOS BATTERY AND WHEN DEAD CAN NOT BE IGNORED. page 111 PDF page# in the manual shows this backup battery CMOS and is fully dead and useless this old we replace them all. it is a pig tail battery coin type. and has 2 partnumbes, 14.1 and 15 " last is HDD tests, ask how or run the IBM diagnostics. dah manual free. do he captcha, and is free. RTC CMOS battery is $3 to 5 bucks. t41-undefined-undefined-0.jpg and that is it. if bios screens show date wrong the coin is dead if the bios shows, post erros 260,270,271 the coin is dead, the manual covers the 3 errors. RTM??
5/21/2022 1:32:47 PM • IBM ThinkPad T41... • Answered on May 21, 2022

Datei i386/txt setup. sif

Google translated just for you. German. Dear Sir or Madam, I have a laptop model IBM type 2647 line 22o44 of the INF file /i386/ txt setup. sif is faulty Mistake ; SXS. DLL. Syntax error in the manifest or policy file D./i386/ asms/ 1000/ MSFT/ windows/ GDIPLUS: MAM in Zele 4I ask you to send me an advice otherwise I am helpless with my IBM laptop EMAILS BANNED POSTED.
5/21/2022 1:31:57 PM • IBM ThinkPad T23... • Answered on May 21, 2022
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