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Dear Sir.
R50e"C MOS battery location is Sided of RAM.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Nov 14, 2020


This is generally an indication that the DVD end of the drive is going out. First try a different or updated DVD decoding software. It could just be a simple glitch with the software, or that the software is outdated.

IBM ThinkPad T43... | Answered on Jun 29, 2020


You can only change the region code up to 4 times then it locks on the last change.
There are some firmware upgrades that can change the drive to region free, if you can screw it up or put in the wrong frmware upgrade then the DVD drive will be a piece on junk.
I suggest you install a region free software that will allow you to play any region DVDs.
Go to www.dvdidle.com to get their Region-Free software, it is not very expensive.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on May 07, 2020


If the bay is a DVD drive Blue Ray will work as long as you have a newer DVD decoding software. There are some decoders or codecs at IBM's support site, such as WinVid. If the codecs at IBM do not work with Blue Ray, then try download.com and search for DVD playing software.

IBM ThinkPad X31... | Answered on Mar 14, 2020


The decoding program was apparently lost during the restore. Follow the link bellow, it will take you to the decoding software download at IBM's support site. This should correct your problem, if not let me know.

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-42309

IBM ThinkPad T30... | Answered on Mar 10, 2020


Hi Planoray,
Windows XP Pro is not a problem.
First I would like you to test that DVD with other computer and see that its working fine or not.Sometime you need to clean DVD(movies) cos many scratch on it.
But if it's doesn't work then you need to do few more testing,
go to my computer and se you CDrom property that it's DVD/CD ot just CD ?
takecare.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Mar 10, 2020


The T42 has a bulit-in wireless network adapter and a LAN network card. T42s most likely have an Intel wireless card or less likely a Cisco wireless card.
Your wireless network adapter may have been disabled in the BIOS
and/or
The drivers for the wireless network controller has not been installed.

To check the network adapter go to the Control Panel, Click on System, click on Hardware Tab then Device Manager. Then scroll down and click on Network adapters. If you don't see your network controller or you see a yellow ? against Other devices for the Network controller. Then either it has been disabled and/or the driver was not installed.

To get the driver for the network controller you need to dowload it from the IBM/Lenovo WEB site their support/download page from a computer that has Internet access. Make sure you select your laptop model and the driver for your Windows version.
Install the driver and you then need to configure the wireless adapter to suit your wireless router settings before you can access the Internet.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Feb 15, 2020


Sounds like you need a DVD decoding software, ie... winvid, interdvd, and powerdvd. Windows media player will play some DVD's, but many DVD's, especially newer ones, need an additional decoder in order to work. You will be able to find the software at filehippo.com, download.com, or IBM's support site. Keep in mind that burning software, ie... nero, roxio, and dvd shrink, have decoders in order to burn the DVD, so they will work as a decoder in conjunction with your media player.

IBM ThinkPad T23... | Answered on Dec 18, 2019


Amis Kenneth wants answers to this question

this thing is very very old. most are in the land fill , 15 years old.
try the coin cell trick yet, Pulled and big battery out first.
both batteries out. and AC pack fulled
push power button 10seconds or 3 times for 3 secends.
let PC reset for 1 your.
back COIN , then AC pack and leave the useless or WORSE
antic huge battery out of PC and test the PC now.
if that fails, try, same words you used on YT (youtube)

IBM thinkpad R51 BIOS password,

or read the manual, RTM? the power on PW is covered.
here, page 33. and more.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/92006/Lenovo-Mt-1871.html?page=33&term=pass&selected=14

IBM ThinkPad R51... | Answered on Dec 17, 2019


Try loading DVD decodeing softawre, windows media player rarely plays DVD's without help from other decoding software. Use this link, download, and try this. Then let me know.

IBM ThinkPad 600... | Answered on Nov 28, 2019


unable to answer since no information given

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 27, 2019


Error code 0176 concerned with System Security. The system has been tampered with.

Try to enter the bios setup. Save the bios setting and exit. Lets see if it resolves your problem

IBM ThinkPad T30... | Answered on Aug 02, 2019


Check CMOS and Memory Modules:::If the error message is "UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP," then it indicates you have problem with the memory of your computer. You need to check whether the SIMMs (Single Inline Memory Modules) are compatible and have the same speed. Secondly, also check whether you have set the CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) to the right amount of RAM. If these solutions do not work, you might have to replace memory in your computer....try to use system utility tool like Reginout.. Hope the problem is resolved.

IBM ThinkPad T43... | Answered on Jun 27, 2019


Download and reinstall VLC Player.

Try using VLC as your player. Go to www.google.com andin the search box type "download vlc" (without the quotes). Look for the Video Lan download from site www.videolan.org/vlc Downloadand install it. It downloads and installs in 3 minutes or so. It'sa very fast player, smooth and it can play just about any type of dvd formatsand media. It's totally FREE.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Apr 16, 2019


Hi drifty169

Looks like you need to change your CMOS battery
Here are the following code descriptions:
Please take time to rate me
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Note: for some pointers on how to replace the battery go to this webpage:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Replace-the-BIOS-battery-on-an-IBM-Thinkpad-600X-C/
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161CMOS configuration lost (battery has died)162CMOS checksum error, CRC error, or adapter ID mismatch163CMOS error; Clock is not updating

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Apr 05, 2019


Nothing you can do at work.

IBM Lenovo... | Answered on Mar 20, 2019


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This seems the best price in the net

IBM ThinkPad T43... | Answered on Jan 30, 2019


When i got black screen on my Windows 7 laptop when started pc, Windows Boot Genius helped me fix problem without data loss easily!

IBM ThinkPad T23... | Answered on Jan 11, 2019


T30's do have a well reported problem with their memory slots. It is possible to fix it if you are brave and moderatly competent with a low-power (15-20W) soldering iron with a good bit (I recommend a flat oblique tip of about 2-3mm, not a pointed one).

Firstly, heat the soldering iron and clean all traces of solder from the bit. You can use a wet solder sponge, or even damp kitchen paper. It is VITAL to remove all solder.

Remove power and battery from the T30. Open the memory cover, and remove all memory.

Taking great care, press the bit of the hot iron with moderate pressure (about twice what you would use to press a key with one finger) on each pin in turn for about 1 second, on the contacts of the memory slot that is not working. Because you have no solder on the tip, it does not matter that you touch more than one contact at a time, but there are very small surface mount capacitors between the sockets. Be careful not to touch and unsolder these.

There is a warning here. Do no wipe the iron across the contacts. Always lift the iron before pressing it on the next pin(s). If you do wipe iron across the contacts, you WILL bend and short them. These are surface mount components, and the wire contacts are easily disturbed and shorted. If you do short the contacts, it will be difficult or impossible to fix.

Remember there are pins on both sides of the memory socket. Do not worry if some of the plastic of the socket melts, it is not a problem.

Continue until you have worked on all of the pins. Patience is a virtue here. Allow to cool, re-assemble and test.

I cannot promise that this will fix your T30, but I have extended the life of 2 out of 3 T30s I worked on in this way. Note extended, because the design flaw will cause the problem again sometime in the future. The board appears to flex, which puts strain on the solder joints.

IBM ThinkPad T30... | Answered on Jan 01, 2019

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