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Lenovo ThinkPad

By zag1402
Apr 19, 2011
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  1. hi gang i am looking at a lenovo R500
    the problem is it will start to boot get to the thinkpad screen and that is it.
    i tried changing the ram
    i took out the main battery and tried just booting from the AC
    i cant get into the bios

    thanks zag
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    First thing I would test is the hard drive, but as you cannot get into the Bios to change the boot order you will have to remove the drive and link it up to a desktop PC using a "Laptop Hard Drive Adapter". Then you can download the diagnostics for Windows from the manufacturers site listed below.

    Have you tried to boot from the OS disc? Do you have Recovery Discs?

  3. zag1402

    zag1402 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    ok cool will give that a go
    i dont have the dvd for the laptop you dont have a direct link for the lenovo r500 recovery dvd by any chance?
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

  5. zag1402

    zag1402 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    well up date got the laptop going
    tried your hints and tips thanks for that
    and do you know what it was in the end they had tried to force something in the usb and bent a tab it was touching another causing a short.
    God you learn - oh well that is one to lookout for
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Another one to add to the list of the many things that can go wrong. Well done for sorting it out.
  7. zag1402

    zag1402 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    no thank you for the tips
    it was a good one . ok time for bed i think


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