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Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#1 Post by sleepmaster91 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:26 pm

Hi

I'm sorry If this question was asked before on this forum


I have a IBM Thinkpad T60 15.4in Widescreen laptop and i'm having problems installing Windows 7 64-bit on it. When I got it the bios was locked with a supervisor password and I coudn't bypass it so I bought a new motherboard. After I installed the new motherboard, I tried booting a Windows 7 install from a USB stick like I usually do to instll Windows but all it does is saying "Windows is loading files" then "Starting Windows" and then nothing happens...all I get is a black screen and it stays stuck there forever.



I tried a 32-bit version of Windows 7 : same thing

I tried Windows Vista : same thing

I tried Windows XP : same thing

I tried Ubuntu 64bit : same thing

I tried a strelec boot usb : it bluescreens or freezes



I tried flashing the latest BIOS and changing the boot mode from AHCI to Compatibility but it didn't change anything



At this point i have no idea what's wrong...did anyone have any similar problems ??



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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:50 pm

Welcome to the Forum.
Does your machine have a 64-bit Core2Duo CPU? (between T5200 and T7600)?
If not, only 32-bit will install.
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#3 Post by ajkula66 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:45 pm

Furthermore, what's the condition of the battery ?

Have you tried running a MemTest86 from a "live" CD to eliminate faulty RAM as a possible culprit ?
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#4 Post by sleepmaster91 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:41 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:50 pm
Welcome to the Forum.
Does your machine have a 64-bit Core2Duo CPU? (between T5200 and T7600)?
If not, only 32-bit will install.
It's a Core2Duo T7200
It does the same with a Windows XP (32-bit) install so i highly doubt that it's a 64-bit issue
ajkula66 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:45 pm
Furthermore, what's the condition of the battery ?

Have you tried running a MemTest86 from a "live" CD to eliminate faulty RAM as a possible culprit ?
I'm running a test as i'm writing this i'll report when it's done

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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#5 Post by sleepmaster91 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:23 pm

Ok so I ran the MemTest86 test twice and it passed both times...so am I out of luck ? :(

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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#6 Post by ajkula66 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:00 pm

sleepmaster91 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:23 pm
Ok so I ran the MemTest86 test twice and it passed both times...so am I out of luck ? :(
I hate to repeat myself, but I don't recall you saying anything about the condition of the battery...and I know I did ask...with a reason.
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#7 Post by sleepmaster91 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:59 am

ajkula66 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:00 pm
sleepmaster91 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:23 pm
Ok so I ran the MemTest86 test twice and it passed both times...so am I out of luck ? :(
I hate to repeat myself, but I don't recall you saying anything about the condition of the battery...and I know I did ask...with a reason.
Sorry I missed that part...
I don't know really...It keeps a charge but the only way to know if it's good or not is through Windows...I'll try to put it in my T61 that i have and I'll let you know

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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#8 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:34 am

sleepmaster91 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:59 am

Sorry I missed that part...
I don't know really...It keeps a charge but the only way to know if it's good or not is through Windows...I'll try to put it in my T61 that i have and I'll let you know
Nothing for you to be sorry for, all is well... :)

Try removing the battery altogether and installing the OS - any OS - running the system on AC power alone, and report back.

Good luck.
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#9 Post by sleepmaster91 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:50 am

ajkula66 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:34 am
sleepmaster91 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:59 am

Sorry I missed that part...
I don't know really...It keeps a charge but the only way to know if it's good or not is through Windows...I'll try to put it in my T61 that i have and I'll let you know
Nothing for you to be sorry for, all is well... :)

Try removing the battery altogether and installing the OS - any OS - running the system on AC power alone, and report back.

Good luck.
Hi

Unfortunately that didn't work either :(

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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#10 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:23 am

sleepmaster91 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:50 am

Unfortunately that didn't work either :(
Ugh.

My next steps would be to

a) Remove the wireless card and

b) Leave only one RAM slot populated

and try again...without the battery.

Does the system always freeze at the same point in the game ?
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#11 Post by RealBlackStuff » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:06 am

Should your mobo have failed, I have plenty of replacements: https://www.theboardroom.info/stock1.html
If yours is a 15", there is even option to turn it into a Frankenpad: https://www.theboardroom.info/t61motherboard.html
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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#12 Post by sleepmaster91 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:34 pm

ajkula66 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:23 am
sleepmaster91 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:50 am

Unfortunately that didn't work either :(
Ugh.

My next steps would be to

a) Remove the wireless card and

b) Leave only one RAM slot populated

and try again...without the battery.

Does the system always freeze at the same point in the game ?
Well i'll be darn...it was the Wireless card !!

Now it boots just fine :D :D

Thank you so much !!

This thread can be closed now

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Re: Thinkpad T60 won't boot at all

#13 Post by ajkula66 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:57 pm

sleepmaster91 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:34 pm


Well i'll be darn...it was the Wireless card !!

Now it boots just fine :D :D
Some things never change...that was a known problem with LAN/Modem cards back in the T2x days 15 years ago...
Thank you so much !!
You're very welcome, glad you were able to resolve the problem.

Enjoy that T60!
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