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chinese thinkpad

I've got a thinkpad 600x (model 2645-3et it says on the label by the barcode) that a friend has been having trouble with. He got it in Taiwan and it has windows 95 and 98 se on it, somehow working together he was told. He tried to usethe recobvery disks it came with but kept getting a "himem.sys is missing" error followed by a message stating that the xms memory is unreliable.

I have tried to reload win 98 se using his recovery disk and even my own win 98 se disk and it keeps giving me trouble. The computer freezes at various stages of bootup and when i finally got to the desk top it froze again when trying to reset the display. I just got the same himem error with installation of my win 98 se.

I suspect the hardware but my friend is reluctant to get another computer and software to allow him to type in Chinese. Any suggestions of things I missed?

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