wrote on 4/4/03 9:34 PM:
>> What I understand from IBM and other messages I have read elsewhere is
>> the BIOS needs to be updated and the firmware for the hard drive
>> also needs updating. I gather from IBM directions that that can only be
>> when booting from a floppy, but I assume it could be done from a Bootable
>> as well assuming of course the updaters were on the CD along with a DOS
> Do your CMOS settings allow you to boot from the CD-ROM drive? If not then
> you need to update your BIOS, if an update is available. Most BIOS from 1995
> and up, support booting from the CD-ROM. You can easily bypass booting from
> CD. Just use a bootdisk that loads your CD-ROM, and run your setup, (I
> assume), from the CD. What I wonder is, "if" your system doesn't support
> booting from the CD, what OS would it run well that is on a bootable CD??
I can boot from the CDROM on ThinkPad. The CD is in a bay and can be
exchanged for a number of different modules including a floppy, but I do not
have a floppy module. One can set the unit to boot from any number of
devices. It will boot from a a PC card, a CD, a floppy, a USB device, any
storage device in the bay and over a network. The hang up is that the BIOS
update seems designed to run from a floppy.
The update file downloaded from IBM extracts to drive A: and creates a
bootable floppy that one boots from and the update is ran from the floppy.
And I gather that is all automatic. The computer boots, runs the update and
shuts back down without user intervention.
Floppy modules for the bay are about $20 on eBay, but I am not sure how
important the update is or if I want to invest $20 in the laptop.
Thanks to everyone for their responses.