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The think pad dead

The think pad will not boot. A screen comes up asking that the user to depress the blue Thinkpad vantage key to interrupt normal boot but that does nothing. Fixya is not Lenovo, so.....but I ask here and not on lenovo forum real.

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No boot. SL500 notebook. 10 years old now? 2008 made.

no failed screen photo posted. making answers near impossible to guess what is there on screen.
PC's boot in serial sequence.
Power on
BIOS posts. (power on self test and possible errors)

then asks for BIOS PASSword (bad thing to have and forget) never turn this feature on.
then if Bitlocker was turned on you must get this password next, if lost doom it is for HDD.'

next the HDD boots the OS. (or fails with errors)
what OS is this, windows (what) or Linux (hat) or freedos, or well lots more OS.
let my guess its windows. so the next step is
windows password, is this where you get stuck.

this messages (means recovery mode) in english.
To interrupt normal startup, press the
blue ThinkVantage button"

it is the BIOS hot key for recovery.
if the bios password is not set then BIOS works.

My guess is your HDD is bad, and cant boot.
you read the manual, (did you) and see the recovery chapter. and then attempt the recovery
and that works , good, but if not that means the HDD is bad, or damaged.'
page 41 covers how to use factory recover disk

If you need help , next time tell the helper
what OS came new with PC and was it upgraded.
to say w10. WE CAN NEVER GUESS what
OS is there (operating system)

Posted on Aug 14, 2018

  • Larry Ng
    Larry Ng Aug 23, 2018

    not only that but recover steps
    vary by OS you have.
    for example vista has nothing.
    newer OS has lots more. choices.
    what we do is :(SHOP Skills)
    1: ID the OS there. what is it.?
    2: we then run disktests, HDD, if bad the HDD must be replaced. (I use linux demo to test hdd)
    3: if not bad we try to do OS recovers built in to say w7 up.(even try F8 safe mode)
    4: if a new hdd is needed, you need to buy a new OS. and install that last.



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SOURCE: Not booting past windows screen

I suggest you boot up with your XP installation disk and run a repair - don't use the repair console use the Repair facilty that comes after that screen

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SOURCE: Thinkpad T61 went dark abruptly after startup

Just had the same problem. Remove the battery pack and then put in back in. Worked for me.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010

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