01-02-2009 07:52 PM
I bought an IBM R40 used on ebay. It came without recovery disks or OS disks. It has been bullet proof for 3 years and I travel for a living. Nothing fancy, just works.
One day booting up, I get a "Fixed Disk Failure". So I found a replacement 40GB HDD on ebay at a great price and it is a Hitachi, just like the one I pulled out. I installed it and then ordered a set of recovery CDs from Lenovo. They run $45US.
It comes as a set of 4 CDs and it supposed to include all preloaded software, drivers and a copy of Windows XP. I booted to the CD and followed the instructions through all 4 CDs. At the end of the 4th CD it says: "Recovery Continuing, Remove any diskettes or CDs from the drives, and press Enter to restert your computer." When I do that, all I get is a blank screen with a flashing curser in the upper left corner.
I've loaded the CDs 4 times, same result. I've ordered another set of CDs thinking they were missing something, same result.
During the CD load, I can see the HDD light blinking indicating action on the new drive. When I look at the BIOS, it recognizes the new HDD because it list it by model number. I've changed the BIOS security settings for the IBM Predesktop Area to DISABLE as recommended by someone on another board, same result.
I don't want to throw this Laptop away, but I am at the end of my rope. My wife thinks I've got way too much time, money and energy invested in this repair already. I hate to admit she is right.
Can anyone help?
01-02-2009 08:04 PM
01-04-2009 07:18 AM
01-06-2009 12:25 PM
01-06-2009 01:12 PM
Hard disk controller is a part of the motherboard.
01-06-2009 01:42 PM
01-08-2009 11:08 AM
Try this link:
Click on the R40 manual and download the .pdf.
The HDD removal is on pg 66 with diagrams.