Help, my Thinkpad's on life support!
October 6, 2011 6:11 AM Subscribe
Completely stumped: I can't boot *any* OS from my laptop's hard drive. What am I doing wrong?
posted by pinsomniac to Computers & Internet (16 answers total)
Specs: Thinkpad X60s (L2400) with external Asus DVD-R drive and upgraded hard drive (320gb Hitachi)/RAM (1.5gb over two modules).
Ran MemTest86+ and found a dying module, so I swapped that out. Hard drive checks out in two separate tests and wiped completely between installs to adjust tables. BIOS flashed with most recent update.
Windows 7: Installation begins normally, but fails halfway through after the first reboot. Consistently freezes at the "Starting Windows" screen, with a tiny red pixel lit where the logo should be.
OS X: Followed a number of guides (including ones from Thinkpads.com and tonymacx86) to boot and install a retail copy of 10.6. This was slightly more successful: At one point, I managed a stable boot but with significant slowdown and nonfunctional networking and USB. Wiped that and have since been unable to replicate.
Ubuntu 11.04: One attempt so far. Live CD and installation run without issue. First several boots are fine, but software manager went blank in the middle of installing fonts. Restarted my machine and can no longer get in, safe mode or otherwise.
I'm convinced that there's something simple here I missed that can be repaired, but I have yet to find it after a week of trying. Any ideas?