IBM ThinkPad R30 Laptop - small problem

  Graham* 10:48 26 Oct 11

This laptop was part of an auction lot. It is loaded with Windows 2000 Professional. The wireless is locked to an IBM network. If I connect my router by cable it is not found.

I installed Windows XP and it became dual boot, but no sign of wireless. I can, however, connect to the router by cable. It is very slow on XP, I get 'virtual memory low' message.

I would like to remove XP now, but can't see how. There is no separate partition for it. System Restore in 2K seems to be disabled.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:21 26 Oct 11

Sounds like you have filled the hard drive by installing the second op system on the same partition.

in 2k look at the drive you may have a second windows folder this will be the XP version.

Delete that folder then use msconfig bootini tab - check boot paths to get rid of the dual boot menu.

  Graham* 12:08 26 Oct 11

Thanks, I've deleted Explorer (2), but msconfig won't run. I can do regedit, though.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:55 26 Oct 11

sorry forgot msconfig not ib 2k but can be added (have it on my W2k pro laptop for so long I had forgotten.


  Graham* 15:51 26 Oct 11

OK, msconfig working now.

Only one Windows folder in 2K, so still got XP. Anywhere else it could be hiding?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:09 26 Oct 11

can you post the boot.ini file?

open it with notepad copy and paste the contents here.

  Graham* 16:30 26 Oct 11

I can't easily do that. Boot.ini says both OS are on partition 1, Windows=XP, WINNT=2K. It looks like I could simply delete the Windows folder.

  Graham* 17:08 26 Oct 11

Fruit Bat /\0/\, thanks for getting me to the boot.ini file. I've deleted the Windows file and removed it from boot.ini. XP is now gorn.

Wireless networking next...

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:13 26 Oct 11

Try removing the wireless connection in control panel network connections

  Graham* 23:45 26 Oct 11

Thanks, we dive at dawn.

  Graham* 10:55 27 Oct 11

After much faffing, I can't get the laptop to see the router. And the router can't see the laptop. The closest I can get is 'Adapter enabled, Status disconnected'.

As this was a company laptop, perhaps it is locked to an IBM network.


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