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rheacox
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770X recovery discs

#1 Post by rheacox » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:25 am

I've recently been trying to restore my 770X to factory specs using the discs listed in the recovery set repository. Unfortunately the 770x set is in German and the 770z set refuses to work. This is the second 770z set I've tried and neither work, not sure whats going on there as the X and Z are nearly identical machines. Would be great if someone with a 770z could try it out and post the results, I have to imagine it's a problem with the image.

Anyway, I also tried the 770ED discs listed and they work well but of course since there was a bit of difference between the ED and X no drivers come preloaded, and this is Windows 95 not 98.

Ideally, if someone has the Win 98 recovery CD for the 770x (in English), please let me know. Also, if someone has a theory as to why the 770z CD will not work I'm all ears. I will try to use it in combination with a boot floppy but I don't have high hopes.
IBM 380Z, 770X w/Selectadock III, X31, A31
Lenovo T61p, X61s, X270

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Re: 770X recovery discs

#2 Post by Jefferson » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:51 pm

i have 770X and 770Z original factory disc set and they together do not work.

i ended up manually installing windows 98 on 770X.

the following link is a really good guide if you are willing to do the manual installation.

http://thinkpads.kiff.ca/600x/install_w98se
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With the original box and documentation : 600, 380XD, 385XD, X24, X30(10th Anniv), T42p, T43, R52, W700ds
Without : 385XD, 600X, 770X, W701, T420, T430, T520, X230
Not working & for parts : At least a dozen
Other laptops : Dell, Alienware, Lenovo
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Re: 770X recovery discs

#3 Post by onespeedbiker » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:00 pm

I have to ask, what is it about the 770X factory recovery disk set you have that "do not work"?

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Re: 770X recovery discs

#4 Post by Jefferson » Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:00 pm

onespeedbiker wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:00 pm
I have to ask, what is it about the 770X factory recovery disk set you have that "do not work"?
i'm sorry i didn't write it in a clear manner.

I have Thinkpad 770X. I do not have the recovery set for it. But I have a factory recovery disc set for 770Z.

I purchased the set for 770Z hoping that it would work on 770X but it does not. With 770Z disc on 770X, it simply refuses to start.

Hope this clarifies.
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With the original box and documentation : 600, 380XD, 385XD, X24, X30(10th Anniv), T42p, T43, R52, W700ds
Without : 385XD, 600X, 770X, W701, T420, T430, T520, X230
Not working & for parts : At least a dozen
Other laptops : Dell, Alienware, Lenovo
:banana:

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Re: 770X recovery discs

#5 Post by onespeedbiker » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:34 am

No you were quite clear, it was my misreading your post that is the culprit. Did you try the boot floppy. All of the the Windows 95 and most the Windows 98 recovery disks (perhaps all) require a boot floppy (DOS 7.1); there is a 98se CD that will boot, but it's not a Think Pad recovery disk. Further you need to create an active boot partition (using the fdisk and format utilities, Fat32, not NTFS, on the boot disk) prior to installing either operating system.

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Re: 770X recovery discs

#6 Post by rheacox » Fri Oct 25, 2019 1:00 pm

I can definitely say the Win95 770ED recovery discs that worked for me did NOT require a boot floppy. Burned the image, popped it in, booted and recovered. All of my regular OEM Win95B&C CDs are bootable as well.

I have also tried the boot floppy with the 770z CD I got from Bill Morrow, still no dice. No idea what the problem could be but it seems like there is something about the X that makes Z recovery CDs incompatible. The disc name that doesn't work is 28L3158, does anyone have a 770z disc that has a different name?
IBM 380Z, 770X w/Selectadock III, X31, A31
Lenovo T61p, X61s, X270

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