PC dont make 1. reboot after

Posted on 1997-07-07
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I have made a serverbased Win95 install. to my Novell server using netsetup.exe. I have implemented Novell 32 bit client in this serverbased setup. everything works fine when I install. Win95 on "normal" machine, but when I want to install. on Thinkpad with DOS PCMCIA drivers enabled, machibe refuse to reboot the forst time (after Win95 copy). My PC stops with  a black screen with cursor sitting in the upper left corner.
I have to reboot myself with CTRL -ALT - DEL. This is not good because this wount remove wininst.000 setup temprary directory. If I only talk about one PC, this wound be a problem, but in my company, we have oround 100 different thinkpad.
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Thinkpads are a little different than a normal computer.
You need a special version of Win95.. Been there done that...

You need to contact IBM, and order their modified Win95.

Some models (those comming with OS/2 only. no choice) will never run anything but OS/2 without system board replacement. (long story)

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It sounds like you are running your stinkpad through a Select A Dock docking station. Try without using docking station.
If works, you will need to disable docking station.
If you need details on how to do this let me know.

Another thing would be one to upgrade the bios, flash available from ibm, and two to re-initialize the PC hardware through the Bios's Initialize option.

If this does not work contact again, as there are other things you can try.

Microsoft Certified Professional
IBM Thinkpad Trained engineer

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I am not using docking station, and I have upgraded my bios with the latest version from IBM (2.0.14 danish), but lprice talk about re-initialize the PC hardware.
How can I do this ? If I press F1 when I switchon power, nothing happen. It wount give me bios configuration editor.

By the way, I have this problem on Thinkpad 701 - 755 - 360 and 365 machine. Right now I am working on a 365 with 3C589 Pcmcia networkcard.

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Wow, what a bizarre range of answers so far!  

To reinit the PC, press and hold F1, then turn on the power. (Pressing it AFTER the power is on won't work!)

Standard Win95 will run just fine on the Thinkpad series.

To see where it's locking up, as soon as you see "Launching Windows 95..."  press the F8 key.  Select the one that says logged mode.   When it hangs up, boot on a DOS disk and jump to C: drive.  There will be a file (hidden?) called BOOTLOG.TXT.

The last line will probably be a driver of some sort that is hanging.  That should be your starting point for finding the problem.

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