And the symptom sounds like a corrupted OS. When the t42 gets that corrupt (mom let's the nephew use it) we reinstall the OS and drivers to get it up and running again.
I have a Thinkpad T42 which, as of this morning, refuses to do anything once it gets to the main screen -- no icons, no Start button, no system tray. Just the main screen and nothing else. I thought about doing a System Restore but I can only get in using Safe Mode and it won't allow a System Restore from there. Any ideas?