Continuing my blast from the past series, I re-present here the most popular entry from my old blog: what happened when I got an 8611 error on my old IBM thinkpad. Enough people used to be searching for it that I thought I’d put it back up as a public service.
My work Thinkpad almost died this morning, and I don’t expect it to last more than a week.
I was actually following our official procedures for my current change, and was getting some unexpected enjoyment out of researching all the changes I needed to make before I made them. I was even documenting everything in the official design document. The deadline’s getting tight so I got up at 0400 to resume work on the design.
That’s when the trouble hit. Word crashed and everything on the laptop locked up. I had to hit the power switch, nothing else worked. At least the power switch worked. When I rebooted all I got was an error message that said “8611” and a cryptic picture that seemed to be telling me to RTFM. This also happened to me a couple of days ago, but a reboot got past the message. This time half a dozen reboots all had the same result. I could have been been really hosed, losing all the updates I had made to my design since I emailed the partially finished design out yesterday morning.
Luckily after I let the Thinkpad ‘cool off’ for about 15 minutes it rebooted OK. Still, I have a sneaking suspicion it doesn’t have long for this world. Time to start using network drives for everything and seeing if I can talk my way into getting a replacement before my lease is up in about 6 months.
The 4 a.m. start seems to be pretty much wasted since I’ll have to spend the next couple of hours running a Scandisk to see if I can extend the life of the hard drive a few more weeks or months.
The update I should have added to the original entry from 3 years ago: It turned out the 8611 error was caused by a bad keyboard. Our service guy came out and replaced the keyboard and everything was hunky-dory again.