I have a ibm t30 laptop, running windows xp pro. I've had it for 3 months, a practically new refurbished model, using it mostly for learning to program VB
, SQL etc. Anyway, i recently upped the ram from 512mb to 1024mb, the laptop worked fine, recognised the extra ram, all is good. The last i remember was installing extra ram, installing sql server 2005, and installing more security protection and utilities such as system mechanic, avg, etc.
Anyway i have the blue screen wall of death, with the IRQL_ Not_les_than_ equal message. I assumed it was the ram so I've removed the extra ram, no change. Problem is i cant even boot using f12 from my xp pro installation cd !! I cant use safe mode, boot from cd, hard drive, anything ! It just loops round and round from asking for safe mode, last good config etc, a few seconds of the windows logo screen before back to the blue screen for 2 seconds, and then back to the safe mode, last good config page etc etc. I've tried downloading the recovery cd file z501_setup_rnr41c.exe and others off the lenovo site, nothing works. I have tried booting via pressing f12 and selecting the cd-drive, even tried via hard drive and removeable with no luck.
The blue screen appears for about 2 seconds so its very difficult to see, but having seen it a few times now here's vaguely what was written:
It was asking me to check for any recent hardware or software that was installed. All i can check was the ram, it was the only change i have made since i bought the laptop, which has been removed leaving just the original 512mb ram chip in place.
Mentioned something about disabling the bios memory options, such as cacheing or shadowing, which i dont know how to do. The f1 facility on startup doesnt give me a lot of options on the bios to change anything.
Also mentioned: technical specification:
Stop: 0x0000000a, (0x18001700 , 0x00000002, etc...)
can anyone help?