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southcoast
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Registered: ‎09-05-2008
Location: Northeast
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Thinkpad 600E "bluescreens" on startup indicating BIOS error

I have a 600E which on starting up Windows XP "bluescreens" displaying in part:

 

your computer (BIOS) has reported that a component in your system is faulty and has prevented windows from operating. You can determine which component is faulty by running the diagnostic disk or tool that came with your computer.

 

I tried to install a new BIOS but because the battery is old and does not hold

a charge, the BIOS install will not continue.

 

Is there a dignostic utility which I can use to identifiy and resolve this?

 

As a remedy, I tried to re-install Windows XP, but, got the same "bluescreen" error again.

A previous display indicated a problem with the video driver.

roscoe
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Registered: ‎09-06-2008
Location: midwest
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Re: Thinkpad 600E "bluescreens" on startup indicating BIOS error

    An updated BIOS won't solve your hardware problem.

The diagnostic tool referred to on the BIOS message is built into the BIOS you currently have.  Turn off your computer, press & hold the F1 key, and turn your computer back on.  Keep F1 down until the Easy Setup screen appears.  At the right is the test  (diagnostics) icon.  Click on it and on the next screen, pick something to test, such as display.  Click on the icons rather than the name of the icon.  This doesn't solve your problem, only pinpoints it.

  You can update your BIOS without a good battery.  Google "Thinkpad 600e bios update without battery".

southcoast
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Registered: ‎09-05-2008
Location: Northeast
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Re: Thinkpad 600E "bluescreens" on startup indicating BIOS error

I did try the F1 on startup.

I will walk through the tests more thoroughly next time.

I punched up a Google search "Thinkpad 600e bios update without battery"

and got your post as a result.

I'll keep hunting.

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