i have an ibm thinkpad 600e pentium 2. a couple of days ago i was using it ok when it started to make some very suspicious clicking noises. i think it could be the hard disk drive that has failed as when i tried to restart the machine the ibm startup screen appeared and did the memory check ok and then reported an error code 174. i dont know what the error coded for ibm machines are and as a result was wondering if anyone could shed light on the error for me.
the ibm bios screen then appeared and when i looked at the options where you can test the individual components the hdd1 icon appeared to be greyed out. i dont think this is normal either. i tried to take the machine apart but the screws seem to be molten into the base of the machine.
please help... i have loads of work related documents on there that i cant afford to lose unless necessary.