I have an old IBM thinkpad 760 EL. Whenever i try to install an OS on it it never works. All that happens is A screen with the image of a diskette appears with all the F keys at the bottom. After that screen there is a black screen with a few numbers at the top.
It seems to never recognize any of the cd's i put in there as nothing ever happens. Does anyone know what's going on with this computer ?
I also bought the IBM 760 EL. And I formatted the disk immediately as agreed with the seller. I think the problem I got was the same as yours. This 760 EL cannot be booted by CD-ROM!
The boot options only allow disk drive, hard disk and pcmcia. But you cannot boot with an completely formatted HDD. If you didn't purchase a disk drive you can only try to boot with an pcmcia network card.
If you bought a disk drive create a boot disk with format.exe on it and the drivers for DOS CD-ROM drives. Boot up, format the HDD with the system copy extension. Done these steps the DOS should boot from HDD and you can use the CD-ROM to install Windows 9x.
I did these steps successfully with Win 98 SE. But be aware there are driver written for the TP 760 EL you won't find in the standard Win 98 SE CD's. Try to get as many as possible from IBM's download area. It's a stringent job! And my TP 760 EL is working nearly flawless.
Don't give up.