07-26-2008 03:27 PM
I haven't found exactly the same situation here, so will start a new thread.
A few nights ago, I was using my T60 to view some PDF files. I shut it down, unplugged the AC, closed the lid, and set it aside. The next morning, it was simply dead. Won't start on the battery, which must have been fully charged when I shut down, won't start on AC adapter. It doesn't even light any LEDs when the adapter is plugged-in. I've tested the power output of the adapter, and it is 20.5 volts, which looks normal. Took it to a shop, where they used a new AC adapter - nothing, again, not even an LED.
The shop kept it overnight, did whatever tests they do without opening the laptop, and nothing. Wouldn't work when docked, they said.
So, what's going on? No battery power, no AC power, no LED indicators, nuthin. It was bought used a few months ago, and the 1-year warranty is over (that figures!) ... Shop wants to stick in a new motherboard, but as they don't even know WHY or WHAT has happened, I don't want that expense. Help, if anyone can !
07-26-2008 03:39 PM
I think (hope) is something minor... something have to happend when you turn the laptop on... a led, the fan, the hdd...
Check the case sensor. It may still be blocked when you open the cover .I’m talking about the sensor that turns the computer off or standby when you close the cover.
07-26-2008 06:55 PM
Welcome to the forum!
Let's try this: remove the battery, hard and media drives and unplug the AC adapter. Press the "power" button ten times in the row, holding it down for 10 seconds each time and 30 seconds the last time.
Plug the AC adapter back in and try to power the machine on.
Good luck and let us know.
07-26-2008 08:52 PM
07-27-2008 08:31 PM
I had already tried the push-power-button routine, and it didn't help. What bugs me is that whatever happened seems to have happened when the machine wasn't even running, although I didn't see the final seconds of 'life' (I was falling asleep, and closed the lid while it was still shutting down)
The repair shop gave me the usual "replace the motherboard" line, but without knowing what happened, I'd rather just buy a used T42 or T43 and save the dead T60 carcass for parts or a doorstop. Only reason I stick with Thinkpads is the stupid TrackPoint, which I insist upon. My loss, I'm afraid.
07-28-2008 11:03 AM
I wouldn't replace the MB till I was sure there was power being fed into it.
If your battery is dead (could be if you actually fell asleep and left it on) and your A/C adapter female plug is not connected or broken, no power, no lights, no boot.
Check your power line from the A/C adapter to the mother board.
Do I remember someone saying there was an inline fuse there?
08-28-2008 04:32 AM
hi, same problem here with a T61, yesterday.
Close the lid, notebook went in sleep, no problem.
When i checked some minutes later, all leds were off and the notebook fails to power on with and without ac/battery
Tried same procedures, button discharge, cmos battery off, etc.
I also removed ram sticks and the ultrabay with the 2nd hd.
Nothing. It's a nice black brick.
The AC adapeter is working correctly, i tested it.
It's really strange...have you updated the bios recently?
08-28-2008 09:59 AM
Here's an update on my problem: I unplugged the memory and the CMOS battery (why is that plug so delicate?) and let it sit for an hour, then replaced both. Nothing. So, I gave up and set the laptop aside. About a week later, I pushed the Power button for the heck of it - and the puter started! It seems to run fine, but with this problem: the Power button works ONLY if on battery,and does nothing if the laptop is plugged-in ; however, if it is Off and then the AC adapter is connected, it automatically starts!
So, it works now, but I don't trust it for anything important.
03-27-2012 09:54 AM
Funny: all these years, that T60 has been very strange about starting - the power button worked very rarely, so I've had to either leave it ON all the time or use the WOL feature while connected to my home network. I still have no idea WHY! A deadly virus attacked a couple of months ago, and I still need to reload XP to see what happens. The power-button problem is bizarre, because it only worked when the rest od the OS was screwed-up.