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IBM Thinkpad won't follow boot sequence

By Version1 ·
Hello all, here is the situation.
I have an IBM Thinkpad i-series 1460 I bought it from a guy a while ago and haven't really paid too much attention to it. It was using windows 98 with no problems at all. Now I want to put Windows XP on it. I gave it to my friend and he attempted to put WIN/XP on it and what happened was a dual boot machine, now it will boot into either WIN 98 or WIN/XP, however and here is the tricky part, now I want to redo the drive because I am not satisfied with the setup and it won't let me. When I turn on the machine it immediately goes to the boot selection, skip over the traditional boot, (eg: ram check and POST, IBM screen etc) even if I am able to get to the CMOS settings to change the boot sequence to "A:, CD-ROM, Hard drive" it will still only go to the hard drive and give me the choice of WIN 98 or WIN XP. I have exhausted all my knowledge of the situation and IBM is useless. This would appear to be my last resort. The laptop works fine as far as I can tell except for the whole boot thing any help would be greatly appreciated.

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by carlos.nino In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

You say you can acces the BIOS but it won't save the settings you configure in it ?correct?. So I think that it could be a matter of three possibilities: either there is something you are missing when configuring the BIOS (like saving settings), you need to upgrade your BIOS, or change the battery in the mother board.
I'd go for the battery change before upgrading the BIOS.

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by Plublisher In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

Hi,
By what I understood from your question. You might have to return the system to its factory installed software setting, ie if you have the system original cd's. Apart from this; you will not be able to get such startup event you are looking for, considering the fact that XP, once installed over another OS, either upgrade or fresh installation overrides such rom boot sequence you intend to see at startup.

Best of luck.

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by Kumaran In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

Well, if the POST skips the memory check then this could be a possibility if there is a Quick Boot [or similar] is available in the BIOS Setup and that if it is enabled. Try to disable that if you want to and then reset the BIOS to defaults for once.

If this doesn't help, try to put in a Windows 98 Startup disk [with the Boot Order Set to A:/Cd-Rom/HDD]. If this system starts with the Startup disk then the Setup goes by the boot order and that it is not able to detect the CD. A BIOS upgrade should help in this case.

Also, in this scenario, try to start the system with Windows 98 startup disk [Start with Cd-ROM support option]. Delete the partitions/set the active partition & format the same and then put the Windows XP cd in the drive and browse to the I386 directory and run the winnt.exe file. This will start the Windows XP setup.

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by Version1 In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

To Continue on with my problem

I have tried to boot from a WIN98 startup disk and was just going to FDISK the whole drive then start over with WIN XP. However it will not boot from A: or CD-ROM. When I can get into the CMOS settings, and I can't always, if I set the boot sequence to A:, CD-ROM, the HDD, then I make sure that "fast boot" is disabled, then press the escape button and yes to accept and save the changes. Still the machine will not follow boot sequence. I just can't figure out how to boot from A; or the CD-ROM, and because of that I cannot restore the factory settings or even use the recovery disc.

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by Version1 In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

To Continue on with my problem

I have tried to boot from a WIN98 startup disk and was just going to FDISK the whole drive then start over with WIN XP. However it will not boot from A: or CD-ROM. When I can get into the CMOS settings, and I can't always, if I set the boot sequence to A:, CD-ROM, the HDD, then I make sure that "fast boot" is disabled, then press the escape button and yes to accept and save the changes. Still the machine will not follow boot sequence. I just can't figure out how to boot from A; or the CD-ROM, and because of that I cannot restore the factory settings or even use the recovery disc.

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by LesDabney67 In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

What is your system's 7-digit machine type and model number?

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by zlitocook In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

Set the BIOs to boot to the floppy and the rest to none. If you can not F10 or Del to get into the bios try to hold down alot of keys at once. This will cause an error and the computer will ask you if you want to go into the BIOs or continue. Select enter Bios and go to the boot area and only select boot from A and the rest set to none. I have a great boot disk that will compleatly unpartition a drive so I can reinstall with no problems. There is other ways like removing the mainboard battery for awhile to clear the Bios but that is an extream way to do it.

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by Rind In reply to IBM Thinkpad won't follow ...

Some IBM machines tend not to offer a bios option when you restart. Do a shutdown and press f1 repeatedly when you switch the machine on again. I am not familiar with this model but the newer ibm thinkpads has a function key option which allows easy access to boot devices. When you switch on the machine look for a f12 option. On newer machines this option gives you a boot device list from which you can select the cdrom, A drive, or whatever. The dance goes something like this. Press f12; select the cdrom as your temporary boot device; wait until the machine ask you to press any key if you really want to boot from the cdrom; and press any key. Some of the older machines also has a f12 option which can boot you to a network drive. If your machine do not have an f12 option to boot to a temporary boot device, a bios upgrade might give you this option.

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