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Sounds like you need a DVD decoding software, ie... winvid, interdvd, and powerdvd. Windows media player will play some DVD's, but many DVD's, especially newer ones, need an additional decoder in order to work. You will be able to find the software at,, or IBM's support site. Keep in mind that burning software, ie... nero, roxio, and dvd shrink, have decoders in order to burn the DVD, so they will work as a decoder in conjunction with your media player.

IBM ThinkPad T23... | Answered on Dec 18, 2019

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this thing is very very old. most are in the land fill , 15 years old.
try the coin cell trick yet, Pulled and big battery out first.
both batteries out. and AC pack fulled
push power button 10seconds or 3 times for 3 secends.
let PC reset for 1 your.
back COIN , then AC pack and leave the useless or WORSE
antic huge battery out of PC and test the PC now.
if that fails, try, same words you used on YT (youtube)

IBM thinkpad R51 BIOS password,

or read the manual, RTM? the power on PW is covered.
here, page 33. and more.

IBM ThinkPad R51... | Answered on Dec 17, 2019

Try loading DVD decodeing softawre, windows media player rarely plays DVD's without help from other decoding software. Use this link, download, and try this. Then let me know.

IBM ThinkPad 600... | Answered on Nov 28, 2019

Once you log into the site and click on the My Profile link in the top right corner you should see the problem you posted under the My Problem section below your personal information. Click on the problem and you should be able to rate the solution.

Hope this helps!

IBM ThinkPad T20... | Answered on Nov 24, 2019

Go to control panel select region and languages. Choose your preferred language.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Aug 27, 2019

Error code 0176 concerned with System Security. The system has been tampered with.

Try to enter the bios setup. Save the bios setting and exit. Lets see if it resolves your problem

IBM ThinkPad T30... | Answered on Aug 02, 2019

Check CMOS and Memory Modules:::If the error message is "UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP," then it indicates you have problem with the memory of your computer. You need to check whether the SIMMs (Single Inline Memory Modules) are compatible and have the same speed. Secondly, also check whether you have set the CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) to the right amount of RAM. If these solutions do not work, you might have to replace memory in your computer....try to use system utility tool like Reginout.. Hope the problem is resolved.

IBM ThinkPad T43... | Answered on Jun 27, 2019

Download and reinstall VLC Player.

Try using VLC as your player. Go to andin the search box type "download vlc" (without the quotes). Look for the Video Lan download from site Downloadand install it. It downloads and installs in 3 minutes or so. It'sa very fast player, smooth and it can play just about any type of dvd formatsand media. It's totally FREE.

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Apr 16, 2019

Hi drifty169

Looks like you need to change your CMOS battery
Here are the following code descriptions:
Please take time to rate me
Note: for some pointers on how to replace the battery go to this webpage:
161CMOS configuration lost (battery has died)162CMOS checksum error, CRC error, or adapter ID mismatch163CMOS error; Clock is not updating

IBM ThinkPad... | Answered on Apr 05, 2019

Nothing you can do at work.

IBM Lenovo... | Answered on Mar 20, 2019

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IBM ThinkPad T43... | Answered on Jan 30, 2019

When i got black screen on my Windows 7 laptop when started pc, Windows Boot Genius helped me fix problem without data loss easily!

IBM ThinkPad T23... | Answered on Jan 11, 2019

T30's do have a well reported problem with their memory slots. It is possible to fix it if you are brave and moderatly competent with a low-power (15-20W) soldering iron with a good bit (I recommend a flat oblique tip of about 2-3mm, not a pointed one).

Firstly, heat the soldering iron and clean all traces of solder from the bit. You can use a wet solder sponge, or even damp kitchen paper. It is VITAL to remove all solder.

Remove power and battery from the T30. Open the memory cover, and remove all memory.

Taking great care, press the bit of the hot iron with moderate pressure (about twice what you would use to press a key with one finger) on each pin in turn for about 1 second, on the contacts of the memory slot that is not working. Because you have no solder on the tip, it does not matter that you touch more than one contact at a time, but there are very small surface mount capacitors between the sockets. Be careful not to touch and unsolder these.

There is a warning here. Do no wipe the iron across the contacts. Always lift the iron before pressing it on the next pin(s). If you do wipe iron across the contacts, you WILL bend and short them. These are surface mount components, and the wire contacts are easily disturbed and shorted. If you do short the contacts, it will be difficult or impossible to fix.

Remember there are pins on both sides of the memory socket. Do not worry if some of the plastic of the socket melts, it is not a problem.

Continue until you have worked on all of the pins. Patience is a virtue here. Allow to cool, re-assemble and test.

I cannot promise that this will fix your T30, but I have extended the life of 2 out of 3 T30s I worked on in this way. Note extended, because the design flaw will cause the problem again sometime in the future. The board appears to flex, which puts strain on the solder joints.

IBM ThinkPad T30... | Answered on Jan 01, 2019

connect an external monitor to your laptop and check if you get display on the external monitor. if there is display than the issue is with the laptop monitor and you should replace the monitor screen, if the problem still remains the same when you connect the external monitor than it could be a software related issue. check and see if you get any display in BIOS mode. if you do then it could mean the OS is corrupted and you should reinstall the OS

IBM Lenovo... | Answered on Nov 20, 2018

It seems the "enter" key is pressed down according to the system during startup. One way I found out is to reset BIOS to factory settings. my problem was a sticky shift key. used software to disable it once Im logged in. Donno if it will work for you too.

IBM ThinkPad R32... | Answered on Nov 06, 2018

Copy your Data to a USB Flash Drive (thumb Drive) then transfer to second PC..

IBM ThinkPad T23... | Answered on Oct 12, 2018

check modem in control panel . and system manager and correct. wire less softwere reinstil it once time.

IBM ThinkPad T60... | Answered on Aug 28, 2018

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