11-28-2011 04:10 PM
I have a T30 ThinkPad running Windows XP. When I press the power button to turn it on after it has been turned off for a couple of weeks, it won't start up. I get the lights flash up, and then the power light stays on, but there is no fan and no lighted screen. Sometimes if I unplug it and then try to start it up, it starts up fine. Sometimes I have to remove the battery, then reinstall it and then the computer will start up. Is it just that my battery is old? Is there a backup battery that might be getting weak?
11-28-2011 05:27 PM
It's possible you could have a power supply problem. Low voltage and the system won't try to start,or can act unpredictable. Sometimes old batteries could lose a charge if unused for a period of time. What happens if you plug it in and give it an hour to charge before attempting to start?
If that makes it work more reliably, then you may have a bad battery. Also if removing the battery makes it boot normally, that too sounds like a bad battery.
There is a small battery inside your computer that is used to keep your system settings and clock time, but it shouldn't have any effect on booting.
11-28-2011 08:53 PM
I would have recommended following my instructions before spending money on a battery, but if you wanted a new one anyway, then it is probably best.
11-29-2011 01:54 AM
11-30-2011 10:21 AM
11-30-2011 10:34 AM
The computer sits on my desk. My house isn't damp. And, I don't think I would ever risk putting my RAM into an oven.
I found a battery online on sale for Cyber Monday for $25. Not a bad price just for an experiment.
Yes, this is an old machine. I hardly use it anymore, and I may just take everything off it and give it away. But occasionally I have needed it for older apps and files.
Thanks for replying!
11-30-2011 10:50 AM - edited 11-30-2011 10:51 AM
Did you try only one RAM in both sockets? You also should remove all attached cards from your T30 like Modem, Network, Bluetooth as well as all drives.
Also Check the USB port from outside whether it is complete an has no short. If you havea docking or port-replicator you can remove the keyboard and turn on the computer with the dockings power-button.
Disposal of electronic waste in an oven is pollution of the environment and just the wrong way. Maybe it's usual in Boston but not in FL because of the nice countryside and nature