Why can't I get into the BIOS on this Thinkpad? Alternately, how can I get this machine working?
I have a student at the high school that I work at who brought me a sort of working laptop. I'd like to get it working if I can. Here's the particular failure mode. Yes I have checked the other posts tagged Thinkpad
. Yes it is his laptop. No he doesn't know the password.
- it's a Thinkpad 600 w/ no battery
- computer turns on like normal, fan goes on, HD seems to spin, CD drive light goes on
- no matter what key I hold [to get into the BIOS, to boot from a CD, whatever] it doesn't go into BIOS or do anything other than this routine, I don't even get the IBM splash screen. I hold F1 with the computer off and keep holding it, no love.
- what I DO get is the RAM count screen
and then a weird password entry screen
- entering no password takes me to this next window (1
) which then hangs no matter whether I press OK or CANCEL
- entering the wrong password
three times locks me
at the password entry window
I looked up the errors and 161 and 163 seem to indicate that the battery is dead and the time/date aren't set. No problem. 301 is a keyboard problem of some sort, though the keyboard seems to work okay for entering passwords. So I'm assuming this means there's a password on the BIOS. Is there a way to get around this? Should I tell this kid he needs to get a battery?
The laptop belongs to a sort of hard luck kid at school and if I can fix this, get Ubuntu running on it or whatever, then the kid will have a laptop. If I can't fix it, he probably won't. So I'm hoping there's something I can do short of sending him off with another project. I have the laptop here with me. I saw the soldering project approach but that may be a little more work than I can do with the tools I have available. I've done some Googling but was hoping someone here could give me some advice on something that will work. Thanks!