Like other laptops and computers, your IBM ThinkPad R40 can be started with a bootable CD. IBM ThinkPads even come with a utility for starting the laptop in the event of a system crash, an error upon start-up or another problem that prevents the laptop from starting up properly. The utility, a recovery CD, lets you boot your IBM ThinkPad R40 and place the laptop in a repair mode so you can troubleshoot the problem. You can also use a bootable CD you have created within Windows to start your IBM ThinkPad.
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Things you need
- Bootable CD or IBM ThinkPad Recovery CD
Turn on your computer if it is off, or click “Start,” “Turn Off Computer,” “Restart” to restart your system if it is on.
Press and hold the “F1” key on your computer's keyboard when the IBM splash screen appears. Release the key once you hear your laptop's speakers sound or when the screen starts flashing. The IBM BIOS Setup Utility will open.
Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select “Startup” from the main BIOS menu. Scroll with the arrow keys to “Boot.” Select “CD-ROM Drive” from the Boot menu.
Press the “F6” key on your keyboard to move the “CD-ROM Drive” selection to the top of the list as the “Primary Startup” device. If you are planning on booting your IBM ThinkPad R40 from the IBM ThinkPad Recovery CD, proceed to the “Booting Your IBM ThinkPad R40” section. If you are planning on using another bootable CD, proceed to step 5.
Insert the bootable CD into your ThinkPad's CD-ROM drive. Press “F10” to save and exit the IBM BIOS Setup Utility program. Select “Yes” when prompted with the “Setup Confirmation” dialogue box. Press “Enter” to start your IBM ThinkPad R40 from the bootable CD.
Insert the IBM ThinkPad Recovery CD into the CD-ROM drive. Press “F10” to save and exit the IBM BIOS Setup Utility program.
Select “Yes” when prompted with the “Setup Confirmation” dialogue box. Press “Enter” to boot your IBM ThinkPad from the Recovery CD.
Press the “CTRL,” “ALT” and “Delete” keys on your laptop's keyboard if your IBM doesn't boot from the Recovery CD. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the recovery process. You will be prompted when the process is done and when you can remove the CD from your IBM ThinkPad R40 laptop.
Tips and warnings
- Once your system has booted and any problems/issues are addressed, restart your computer, then complete steps 1 and 2 in the “Setting the CD-ROM Drive as the Primary Startup Device” section of this article. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select “Startup” from the main BIOS menu. Scroll with the arrow keys to “Boot.” Press “F9” to select “Setup Defaults” from the “Boot” menu. Press “F10” to save and exit the IBM BIOS Setup Utility. Select “Yes” in the “Setup Confirmation” dialogue box when prompted. Press “Enter.”
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