IBM ThinkPad A31 help

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tibboh, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    My friend tried switching on his lappie last week and only got as far as this on his boot-up:

    F1 Bios set up
    F12 To choose temp boot device

    Whether he presses either buton or leaves it, it then comes up with:
    ERROR
    0271 check date and time settings

    then opens up with an icon of a padlock.

    Any ideas (could the backup battery have gone flat and caused this)?
     
  2. Mastershakes

    Mastershakes Moderator

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    Get new CMOS battery. Put her in. (It will boot up, and since you swapped the CMOS out, the padlock (password protected BIOS) will be gone as well)
     
  3. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    Thanks for that, Mastershakes, but still the same powering up with battery pack removed and back-up batery disconnected.

    Any other advice (non-violent)?
     
  4. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    According to the maintenance manual, code 0271 means run IMB BIOS setup utility to reset the time and date - but like I said, whatever key I press (or leave) it always comes up with that message, and then shows the padlock icon