This is a hardware post. We don't sell much hardware, in fact we are only Lenovo dealers because of laptops and a rare server.
But I have been working on thinkpad's since 1993/1994 when i used to manage upper memory blocks so we coudl get other apps to run. In any event, the older people know what I reference and why it was important then.
Anyway so over the course of about 2 weeks we had 3 laptops and obne desktop all go bad. In 2 cases a hard drive replacement was needed, one a blown power supply which fried the motherboard(desktop) and another which worked but suddenly had this 0199 error.Eventually the other laptops got it as well.
For those that do not know an 0199 error on a Thinkpade, these are T60, T61 and SL510 models means that someone has exceeded their password attempts on a machine with a security code for BIOS administration or one of the BIOS passwords.
What is interesting in searching the web is some units, the T series ones, you can press ESC instead of F1 when prompted at boot to continue on to windows. Can't do that on the SL models.
There are some people on eBay that will "fix" your laptop for you for various prices, from $10-$100 a unit. I was in discussion with one about this before fixing them. There is also a person in Austrailia that sells a hardware card device to help assist when you do not know the passwords. Search for Joe in Austrailia prices are between $125-$250.
Now I was lucky enough to find a 4 year old reference that had the correct password and then proceeded to clear the references and check through the BIOS. BUT this only worked on the T series.
The SL510 does not accept ESC and the passwords had been cleared. The problem is with Lenovo's software that sits in Windows and monitors security. So if the user had thought it meant their Windows password, try three times and then BAM dead machine. Error 0199 exceeded attempts to login. So how do you fix this? I found some Chinese tech notes that outlined some options.
1) Cold boot then try to use SHIFT-F1 when prompted to press F1.This may take you to a security screen. In my case it did not.
2) If you can get to the BIOS, which I could when I press F1, tell the unit to revert to the default BIOS setups by pressing F9 or whatever key stroke your model says. This worked on mine. Then press F10 to save it and reboot it. POOF! It worked. On a desktop- it's like resetting a jumper on a motherboard.
So there you have it, this may not help you if you don't know the passwords, but to get around an 0199 error is really not too difficult. Hope this helps someone some time.
The Art of Troubleshooting...The Video
Tue, May 7th 2013 1:00p Keith Brooks Live from IBM Impact in Las Vegas this was recorded April 30, 2013.
If you want the slides, they are here.
Thank you to Ryan for setting the Ignite talks up and Daphne for letting me know about it.
It was fun, 20 slides that automatically roll over every 15 seconds for a 5 minute talk. [read] Keywords: ibm
What if Darth Vader won?
Sat, May 4th 2013 9:00p Keith Brooks May the Fourth Be with You!
Ever wonder what it would be like if Darth Vader won?
Could Darth Vader have won instead of the Rebels? Could it be that a strong network of Sith Lords could control the masses through social media efforts using The Force? These may be strong words, young Padawan.
There is an amusing Twitter account I follow called @DeathStarPR that brings my point forward. What if social media was used as an insidious effort to gain the upper hand against the Rebels? W [read] Keywords: connections
I'm an IBM Champion Video
Wed, May 1st 2013 2:20p Keith Brooks The video from the IBM Impact keynote this morning that has all of the IBM Websphere Champions who could make it to the video shoot.
See me and my friends do a "I'm an IBMer" type commercial.
Thanks to Daphne and Justin for editing and making it all happen. [read] Keywords: ibm
Day 2 of Impact 2013
Wed, May 1st 2013 10:40a Keith Brooks So what did I do on Day 2 of Impact? Today was The World in Motion.
Business calls most of the morning, bad wifi upstairs, bad wifi in OGS and the exhibit hall. A frustrating problem because if you needed 30,000 IP addresses or so, what would you do?
Duh, grab a Z series! Okay not exactly but it is a problem which should have been addressed Sunday.
Which brings me to what I did Tuesday, meetings, interviews, an ignite speech and a session I did with 3 other IBM Champions and a night cap [read] Keywords: ibm
Opening Day...of Impact 2013
Tue, Apr 30th 2013 11:40a Keith Brooks Today started out like every other day, you know phone ringing at 5am and 6 and 7. Went to meet frineds for breakfast and then went over to the OGS where Champions had prime real estate. 4th row center.
Today was Business in Motion day.
Opening was a drum set and horn section that were quite good and then the star attraction a white Ford took the stage and proceeded to talk to us all.
Just kidding, the car said nothing, didn't even start, but Robert Leblanc came out along with a Ford exe [read] Keywords: ibm
My First Impact Conference
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 11:00a Keith Brooks As a long time
Lotusphere person, I am reminded of Bruce Springsteen after he played, and
won, the Academy Award in 1994 for his
song the Streets of Philadelphia and said this "And thank you all for inviting
me to your party."
I came out to
Impact not sure what to expect. At times Websphere is my friend and at times a
hard companion, but I found a great community of people here so far that rival
my friends in the Lotus/ICS world.
My journey to
Impact 2013 held in Las Vegas at the Vene [read] Keywords: ibm
Blogging Time: Why it Matters
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 1:20p Keith Brooks My latest post over at the Social Business Insights Blog has been published.
What is it that makes people read one of my blog posts? I write two
primary blogs and guest write on at least three others, but then people
say to me, “You have way too much time on your hands”—presumably because
they feel I am just sitting here writing these blog posts for eight
hours a day.
Sorry to disappoint you all but I only spend seven hours a day writing them. Kidding, just kidding. For mor [read] Keywords: connections
Going to Impact2013? Here's My Schedule
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 9:50a Keith Brooks This will be my first time attending Impact2013 and I look forward to finding out all the great things that I have taken for granted at Lotusphere and Connect over the years and now see how it all translates to my Impact2013 experience.
There is so many sessions, but there are also so many more pieces of the puzzle at this conference. I think the app showed over 900 sessions. This page will get edited up until Sunday evening with any updates.
I will most likely be in the Social Playground [read] Keywords: ibm
Google Hangout CRM Discussion Recording
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 9:30a Keith Brooks The IBM Midmarket Hangout I did around SugarCRM and CRM in general highlighted not just details from SugarCRM and Sugarcon but also customer adoption and marketing automation discussions.
The Google+ Hangout was recorded and here it is. [read] Keywords: ibm