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dlw

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I recently obtained an IBM Thinkpad 600 not
aware that model has a serious battery problem.
The battery is not a big problem. However,
there is one problem I'm unable to overcome.

The laptop came with a new 3.5 hd that
I intended to install W98 on. The installation
went well. I fdisk the hd then formatted it;
then installed W98. I then installed Open Office
and that was all I wanted on the laptop.
The laptop worked well. I used it for several hours.

But, when I turned it back on it would not find the hd.
Went into the bios, set it back up and it worked okay again.

Then when I tuned it back on it would not find the hd again.
Now, after many efforts I can not get the sys to find the hd.

My question:
Was the hd bad to start with or could I have done
something to cause the problem?
Also, any suggestions on how to possibly solve the problem.

With a boot disk in the external floppy, the laptop boots up to 'a'.
But 'fdisk' says 'No fixed disks present.'

I removed the hd, installed one from a different laptop.
Booting up from 'a' again, 'fdisk' found the hd.
This hd has Wxp on it. It didn't boot to Wxp however.
Should the laptop run Wxp?

Any ideas and suggestions appreciated.
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that IBM Thinkpad 600 only has a P2 processor...If you did manage to get XP on it would run somewhere between a sloth and a snail...you might want to try a linux distro...especially since all you want on it is open office...puppy is small and fast
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Well, until I solve the hd problem, nothing goes on it.

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I would try a different HD
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From previous post;

I removed the hd, installed one from a different laptop.
Booting up from 'a' again, 'fdisk' found the hd.
This hd has Wxp on it. It didn't boot to Wxp however.

I'm getting ready to buy one off ebay shortly since I can't
do anything with the hd I tried out of the Sony.
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Unless the XP hard dive came from a machine with at least the same chipset you will have trouble booting. Even then it may have errors. But you at least have some working HDs.
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The hd that came in the laptop isn't recognized by fdisk.
The hd out of the sony, even though it won't boot, is recognized by fdisk.

That's all I know for sure, for now.

The set up program in the laptop 'Easy Setup' doesn't find hdd1.
When I run the test on hdd1, nothing happens.

I'm sure the hd is bad.
Why is the question?
I saw the guy open a new package and install it.
I fdisk and formatted it then installed W98, OO and ran it for a few hours.
Don't have a clue what happened.

I won a 20g on ebay just now.
Be here in * days via UPS.

Until then I wait; I guess.
I wonder if I could put the IBM hd in the Sony? HUMM.

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