I have inherited an IBM Thinkpad R30 and it will not boot. From the sticker on the laptop it should be running XP. It starts out booting ok and then I get the Starting Windows progress bar and then an error comes up: "Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows 2000 root\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
Please reinstall a copy of the above file"
I have the recovery disk but it ends up hanging once it recognizes that it is a recovery disk. I cant start in safe mode. I cant do last known good.... nothing seems to work... at this point I just want to format the thing and cant even get that far... cant even get to a dos prompt.
Any ideas? Could it be because the machine should be XP...not 2000?
No floppy for boot disk... only the recovery disk which will not proceed.
Let me know.