|... guessing the icons its refering to are in the bios(?)|
... try a "load default" setting in the bios (perhaps) and/or replace the cmos battery (make sure you know the bios password or you may end up with a paperweight!)
... some info I found copy and pasted below:
174 Configuration error: Perform “Checking the Installed Devices List”
1. Check Device Configuration.
2. Hard disk drive
3. System board
Diagnostic errors are printed on the printer that is attached
to the parallel port when the error is detected. The error is
also logged in the system memory.
Do the following to display the errors:
1. End the test, if it is running.
2. Press Ctrl+A to select the advanced diagnostic mode.
3. Press Esc to exit the ThinkPad FRU Connections
The keyboard test screen appears.
4. Press Ctrl+Pause to exit the keyboard test screen.
5. Press Ctrl+E.
6. The error log appears.
7. To exit the screen, select the cancel icon or press
The error log is not saved when the system is powered-off.
Checking the Installed Devices List
If a device is installed but the icon appears in a gray shade
rather than a dark shade on the basic diagnostics screen,
the device is defective. Reseat the device connectors. If
the symptom remains, replace the device or the system
board. If needed, adjust the contrast control to clearly
distinguish the shades of the icon.
If a device that is not installed appears in a dark shade (for
example, FDD-2 appears in a dark shade when NO
second FDD is installed), do the following:
1. Replace the first device in the configuration, such as
2. If the problem remains, replace the system board.
The Parallel, and Serial icons are always displayed in a
dark shade because the icons represent subsystems of the
system board and not the attachment of the devices.
The FDD-1 and PCMCIA-1 icons represent the drive in the
computer. The FDD-2 and PCMCIA-2 icons represent the
devices in the port replicator or that is attached through the
How to Run a Low-Level Format
Do the following to format the hard disk.
Warning: Make sure the drive address to be formatted is
correct. This procedure erases all information on the disk.
1. Power off the computer.
2. Insert the ThinkPad hardware maintenance
diskette Ver 1.30 into diskette drive A and power on
3. Select Format the hard disk from the main menu.
4. Select the drive from the menu.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen.
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