You have an IBM Thinkpad T42 and receive an error message "operating system not found". You purchased rescue and recovery software, but it came with no directions, eight discs in all. Can you walk me through this you ask?
Does your laptop detect your hard drive still? You can go into that laptop's BIOS, but if it's not detected you won't be able to install that rescue and recovery software. How bout I walk you through using those rescue recovery discs first.
Please place first recovery disc into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Power on that laptop and as soon as you see an IBM logo press your F12 key to get into a boot menu. Choose your CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or optical drive.
As long as you didn't change your boot order you don't need to make any changes. Please place first recovery disc into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Power on that laptop and as soon as you see an IBM logo press your F12 key to get into a boot menu.
Choose your CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or optical drive. Press your F12 key before windows tries to boot. You can try rescue and recovery disc.
If F12 doesn't work try an F1 key or Esc key. Also, do you have any important data on your hard drive that you want to keep? I recommend choosing a restore factory contents.
As long as you don't have any important data it will format your hard drive and install Windows back to when you bought that computer. Can you try booting off the first of 7 recovery cds you have. Did it try to boot of that CD drive?
You should have a blue IBM button. Power on that laptop and immediately press it. It should bring up a recovery menu.
What options are there? Please press F12. Choose DVD.
Power off that laptop or reboot it and when an IBM logo displays press an F11 key. You may need to erase that hard drive, so that those recovery discs will work, if your having any problems getting them to reinstall an operating system back to factory.
About Author Aaron J. Berg
Aaron J. Berg is the owner of Anet Computers, host of the Reality PC podcast, and blogger at AnetComputers.com. For over thirteen years, he worked for fortune 500 companies and the United States Federal government supporting computers. Now he helps you solve your most common computer problems.