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Installing windows on IBM 240

#1 Post by lezori » Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:22 am

Greetings, fellow IBM fans!
Recently, I was lucky enough to pick up IBM 240 in pristine condition for 20$.
The problem is that it came with a password protected windows 2000 which I can't seem to bypass.
I've pulled out a hard drive from IBM x30 to see if it would work and inserted it into the 240. I was instantly greeted with an error and asked to recover the system and install windows 2000.
Windows installs with no errors and problems, loads for the first time bunch of drives, and IBM software gets installed, and windows goes into reboot.
After that, windows always crashes at startup at the same moment.
I can still boot into the safe mode. Disabling drives (I've tried disabling like half of them) and uninstalling programs does not help, and windows keeps freezing .

Since the laptop is quite old, I can't install new windows from a USB stick, but perhaps I will be able to buy and connect a USB CD and install windows from there?
Or do I have to buy old Pcmcia CD? (As this is a huge problem in my country)

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Re: Installing windows on IBM 240

#2 Post by kfzhu1229 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:16 am

lezori wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:22 am
Greetings, fellow IBM fans!
Recently, I was lucky enough to pick up IBM 240 in pristine condition for 20$.
The problem is that it came with a password protected windows 2000 which I can't seem to bypass.
I've pulled out a hard drive from IBM x30 to see if it would work and inserted it into the 240. I was instantly greeted with an error and asked to recover the system and install windows 2000.
Windows installs with no errors and problems, loads for the first time bunch of drives, and IBM software gets installed, and windows goes into reboot.
After that, windows always crashes at startup at the same moment.
I can still boot into the safe mode. Disabling drives (I've tried disabling like half of them) and uninstalling programs does not help, and windows keeps freezing .

Since the laptop is quite old, I can't install new windows from a USB stick, but perhaps I will be able to buy and connect a USB CD and install windows from there?
Or do I have to buy old Pcmcia CD? (As this is a huge problem in my country)
Nice! I got a ThinkPad 240 as well a couple of years ago, and that came with a broken copy of Windows 2000 that bluescreens with winlogon error.
What I did to get around that was I removed the hard drive, boot it with another laptop, start Windows installation there, when it tries to reboot for the first time, interrupt that and shut it down, then put the drive back to the ThinkPad 240 and you will be all good.
Also I had one of those Ultraslimbay PCMCIA CDROM modules and no this laptop will NOT boot from it by itself. Neither will USB CD work
You can boot from floppy with the external floppy drive if you have one.
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