Error 174 on IBM Thinkpad 380D

September 17, 2009 at 17:37:18
Specs: Windows 95
I was given this thinkpad by a friend and I got an error code 163. I replaced the MB battery and got to the date screen and set it. Rebooted and I now get error code 174, which the manual lists as device configuration error. It reads have the computer serviced. can you help me correct the problem.

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September 18, 2009 at 10:17:22
... changing the cmos battery with a new one is a good idea

... now all you need is the correct password ... if one was set prior?

... I suspect it had.... glad its an old thinkpad.

... just walk over to the nearest waste bin and drop it in there unless you need a paperweight!

... ibm security was good then as it is now ... writing to the eeprom ... you wo'nt even be able to use the harddrive on another machine

... unlocking both will cost $$$'s



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August 22, 2010 at 00:52:14
You can over come this problem by resting the Cmos or starving the Cmos of power once it has (i) started to boot or (ii) entered the Cmos user interface...
different with each config..

On some of the older machines there is a Jumper right next to the battery... by taking the Jumper off and moving it to the other side of the three pins once you have entered Cmos usually does the trick to over right the existing password with the one you enter... or you can temp' remove the battery when at this point with other machines. Compaq has a button that you can press while doing this..

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August 22, 2010 at 01:06:16
for example :
Step one power up the machine
Once it has started to boot and located the hardware ie ide drives remove the battery
step two press the appropriate key to enter the Cmos settings.

(When Cmos attempts to read Data it wont be able to access the information due to power loss to the Cmos)
Step three Find the option to set the password and enter into that option...

Step four Replace the battery so Cmos has power again. And ready to over write the existing password with your new one.

After following these steps the default setting need to be reset in most Cmos configurations so that the computer will start up again once rebooted... problem should be solved.

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August 22, 2010 at 01:21:38
your next problem will be the hard drive :
The IBM think pads have a partion on the drive that is custom written to only work on the IBM think Pad.... this is why the hard drive will not work on other machines.... Recreating that Partion can be very difficult if you dont have the right software.
so to have the hard drive work again you can not do a sector by sector format.

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August 22, 2010 at 09:49:28


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