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Trying to install OS on two Thinkpad laptops that blue screen after loading files into memory. One does not have an internal DVD player so I'm using a USB external DVD drive. The other flashes a quick message regarding firmware before the OS blue background comes on. Thoughts?
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What version of Windows are you trying to install, and what is the age and model of the laptops?
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Tried XP and Vista on the T500 and X61s which are approx. 2006 models.
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These are donations to a non-profit.
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Ran HD diagnostics and both passed.
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Have you checked the disk controller mode in the BIOS? If it's set to AHCI try legacy or IDE - however the Thinkpads describe the pre-AHCI method of drive access.
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That worked on the X61s. I switched from AHCI to compatibility mode and it's working. The other is not but I should probably close this and open another question on the other. Thanks.
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