I have heard the reputation of IBM's laptop time over time. Recently, I have decided to buy a second hand IBM Thinkpad T42. Everything was running just fine until this week. I sometimes have the message like this when I boot up the computer "Error 0182: Bad CRC2, Enter BIOS setup and load setup default".
When I load setup default in BIOS setup and reboot the system, it comes up with another message "Unauthorized Network card, please turn off the computer and remove the miniPCI network card". I have never had this problem before when I first bought the laptop.
I disable the internal wireless card to overcome the second problem. Yet, sometimes the first problem will appear. I have to restart many times to get the computer to boot up properly.
Also I just notice that the laptop listed under the warranty info on IBM website (by entering my serial number) is in fact an IBM X31. What is wrong with this? I check the serial number in the BIOS setup and it is the same.
You bought a used Thinkpad, which, even though it may appear to have never been abused, you really don't know anything about the life of the computer.
The reputation is there for a reason I believe, but buying something used always has additional risks, in my opinion anyway.
Good luck with figuring all that stuff out though.
EDIT: I guess it's not that I have any issues at all with you going "against" the IBM reputation, I just thought when I first read the post name, that you received a new Thinkpad, and just didn't like parts of it. Which would have been perfectly fine, of course.
I don't know where I'm going with this...
It just surprised me to read the thread, after reading the title. I'm not offended! I like Thinkpads, but I'm not like a big IBM fanboy or anything.
But yeah, I'd be wary of buying a laptop second hand also, but just because I always viewed electronics as "fragile".
Hopefully it will all work out well.
The CRC error is a serious error - normally a CRC error means corrupted BIOS and it can mean a new Motherboard is needed.
Put that together with the serial number/model number discrepancies and it sounds like someone has done some serious surgery on this machine.
The two model number stickers is just too strange. I think 2373 is right, that's for a T42. 2672 - C3H is in fact an X31 and the BIOS shows it as an X31...? Is it possible that they put an X31 system board in a T42? I wouldn't think that was possible, but...
I almost wonder if it isn't stolen and they tried to change the serial number in the BIOS to hide that fact. Maybe they wiped the CMOS and the only BIOS they had available was for an X31...?
Anyway - something is very wrong here and you should get your money back.
Another error occurs when I boot up the computer today
"Error 0187: EAIA data access error. The access to EERROM has failed"
Ibm support web site says it is the fault of the system board. I called up IBM and was given a reference number to enclose when I send the laptop to the warranty service centre. It is still under 1 yr warranty. The thing bothers me is that the mess up between the warranty info and the real laptop. Hopefully, IBM will still fix it for me. I will also contact the seller as he promised to give 1 month warranty. Lets see how thing turns out.
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