07-05-2011 08:37 AM
I reciently aquired a G40. It came with a set of R&R disks but disk 4 is corrupt. The R&R partition is still there and I can view the files with a live LINUX disk. However, the F11 restore function is not available.
I tried the recovery repair disk made with rrdisk in the IBM tools directory and it tells me that function is restored sucessfully however that still did not work.
Is there an other way to restore the F11?
What file does the F11 use to trigger the R&R?
When the R&R disks are made the option to make another set is no longer available, is there a way to restore that ability.
Does anyone know what is on the disk 4 of the R&R set?
07-05-2011 04:31 PM
Welcome to the forum!
No clue on the contents of the disk 4, but the bottom line is that you need a working set of CDs to restore the machine.
What exactly happens when you press F11 on boot? How about "Access IBM" button, also on boot?
07-05-2011 08:54 PM
07-06-2011 06:08 PM
The disks - wherever you get them from - will still contain the original version of XP from many years ago.
I doubt that you can properly load the OS with a disk missing, but I might be wrong.
07-08-2011 05:49 AM
I loaded the system from the first three disks just fine!
i just don't know what the fourth disk will do for me.
If I have to buy new disks, I might just as well buy a full copy of XPP SP3 off ebay (just as long as it has the original COA with it).
07-08-2011 05:10 PM
I don't believe that I've ever restored a G40 from the factory media, but I recall G41 having 7 or 8 disks...
It is entirely possible that the last disk is a "supplemental" one and that you'll do just fine without it. Some older machines (R40) had this type of a setup.
Just download all the updated drivers and utilities from Lenovo's website and you'll be good to go.