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Thinkpad welcome screen forever (windows XP)

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When I boot my Thinkpad T60p, the welcome screen does not go away (does not even get to the windows welcome screen).

Any suggestions?  Thx!
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Can you boot window xp into Safe mode ?

-> Try booting into "Safe Mode" ( Tap "F8" key  initially for Boot menu and choose "safe mode" )

If you could boot into safe mode...go to "Device Manager" and Uninstall "Display Adapter" and reboot to normal mode.
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by:BBRRGG
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Nothing happens when I tap F8.  However, I do have the option "to interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button."

The first time I pressed this button it took me to a screen with some different options I could pick w the F buttons.  None of them worked though (ie. Nothing happened when I pressed them). Now, when I press this button, the statement goes away but nothing elsw happens.
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Did you try to do system repair:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Will the system repair wipe out any documents I've created recently?
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No , system repair will repair your system files actually.
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by:BBRRGG
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New information... I pulled out a USB plugin for a wireless keyboard.  Now, when I reboot it makes it to Windows wlcome screen.  I can get into Safe Mode now, but when I do, it starts scrolling through the system files but then stops scrolling w all the files listed on the screen.

Is the system repair still the appropriate path forward?
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in safe mode, do system restore
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by:WallD
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If you are getting to the stage the system will boot sort of!

Then a repair install would be a good course of action.

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The above  assumes you arent getting into safe mode.

Of sourse if you actually get into safe mode , system restore would be the preferable course of attack.
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by:nobus
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it can be some bad hardware; you can check if your system runs from a live cd ok, like :
ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V5.0.1CD-2006-06-01-EN.iso           Knoppix      
www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/                               BartPe

this will show if the hardware is ok or not..
if it is ok, you can try a system restore, or a repair install, a s said
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Lenovo / IBM laptops have "ThinkVantage Tools" installed at the factory.  By pressing the Blue Thinkvantage button at power on you can access the Lenovo system partition and recover your machine to an earlier state.

The Thinkvanatge tools run in windows and take systematic snapshots of the PC in the background - possibly without you even knowing, storing them on the system partition.

You should be able to restore your machine to one of these checkpoints - keeping all the files and programs intact or even take back to factory should you require.  Either way this should restore your machine back to a state which will allow it to boot properly.
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Great thanks!
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