Hello and thanks for the reply! I understand that draining the battery cleared the bios settings but that was what I intended to do. If I don't clear the bios, the computer will just flash the hard drive light once and then freeze up. Only after the bios has been cleared will the laptop boot to bios. After I cleared the bios and changed the boot settings to boot from the cd first and not the hard drive I saved the bios settings and then restart the machine. After the machine reboots, my intent was to install windows xp onto the the hard drive from the cd but the bios will not save the boot device order settings. It did save the settings once and I began the installation of windows xp and while formatting the hard disk the system crashed without even giving me an error message. I put the hard drive into a Dell laptop that I have and reformatted the drive. Keep in mind that the hard drive is new and works find in the dell laptop but I am not able to use it in the IBM thinkpad and I am unable to understand why it won't work.
Any help you can extend to me is greatly appreciated and I thank you for taking the time to respond!