Solved: Problem installing openSUSE on ThinkPad R40e

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Niall_Y

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Hi all,

I recently obtained the aforementioned ThinkPad R40e, for nothing, in fact I rescued it from a family members bin! It had WinXP on it, and was working fine, but I have always fancied a linux box, and seeing as how my desktop is Win7, and I'm happy with it, I decided to go ahead and do it to the R40e.

I downloaded the 32 bit DVD from here LINK and used the OS installer from within XP, which told me to reboot, I did and followed the steps, choosing to wipe the HDD, and dedicate the machine to the KDE openSUSE install.

At 50% installed, I got an error, which I believe, was equivallent to CRE, cannot read disc, I had to abort the install, nothing else would work, I burnt another copy of the DVD, this time at a slower speed, but I cannot get the R40e to do anything now, it is failing with this message

Code:
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE
PXE-M0F: EXITING BROADCOM PXE ROM.
OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND

I think this means that the R40e is trying to boot from the network, and I cant find an option in the BIOS to stop it.
I have already set CD ROM first, and HDD second in the boot list.

I have tried 3 different discs now, the second burn of openSUSE, a liveSUSE CD, and WinXP, all with the same result.


The "Access IBM" button takes me to a basic menu, not the "GUI BIOS" it originally did.

I can access the BIOS, and am familliar with using them to make changes to the machine.




This is infuriating me now...



Please help before I first bash the R40e with a hammer, then myself....
 

Niall_Y

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I have also noticed that when hitting f12 during the POST screen, I get a choose boot device menu, with no option for DVD???
 
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It sounds like a failing drive. Did you try booting up the discs on another computer?

Try booting the openSUSE LiveDVD on the desktop. It will not touch the hard drive or overwrite your Windows 7 installation. Simply let it boot into the desktop session. If this works, and the other discs are also detected properly on your desktop PC, then it does seem to point to a faulty CD/DVD drive in your R40e laptop.

Also, if you're daring, you can unscrew and open up the laptop to check if there is a loose connection. Since you got the machine for free, I don't think you'd be risking losing much, as opposed to this being a brand new laptop.
 
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