Thinkpad BIOS error codes 00173,08611,00163

March 20, 2005 at 12:09:27
Specs: window 95, D/K

I`ave just helped a mate move,he gave me this laptop. It was left in his garage for at least 2 years.
When i turn it on it comes up with the following errors 00173,08611,00163,.
I have no instructions with it.
cheers Gary

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March 20, 2005 at 12:54:12

The 163 and 173 refer to the cmos battery. You will need to replace it. Then enter the configuration utility and set the date and time.

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March 20, 2005 at 12:55:53

You've lost the configuration data. Probably due to the backup battery being run down. You'll have to dig around inside and replace it.


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March 20, 2005 at 20:56:36

Look around on the IBM site, although there's been changes lately. You (up to recently) could download the user and the "hardware maintenance" manual for those.

Here's one list:

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March 21, 2005 at 05:37:37

Thanks for your help.
now i have 2 errors 8611,1780,any help appreciated,

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March 21, 2005 at 11:53:33

It doesn't sound real good!

1780 means a seek error on the primary hard drive.

8611 returns a system bus error.

Taking these at face value, it would susgest that the mainboard and hard drive need replacing. It's worth having a look around bios and see if you can find any problems there. The hard drive problem might just require correctly identifying the drive. The system bus error, I'm not sure about.

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