02-13-2015 10:55 PM
A friend’s ThinkCentre A57 Type 9202 currently refuses to boot. At first, it locked up hard a few times during routine operations, but now generally doesn’t even display the initial BIOS screen. More specifically,
One other oddity is that the USB dongle for the wireless keyboard frequently displays no indicator light, even though a digital camera subsequently connected to the same port indicates that it’s charging. This is most likely a red herring, since the same keyboard works properly when connected to a ThinkPad, and in any case, POST should detect and protest a missing keyboard. (Shouldn’t it?)
I removed the HDD to an external USB cage and copied its data to another machine, so that’s working properly. My friend reported that removing the drive had no effect on boot-time behavior.
This has otherwise been a fast and reliable machine, and I’d hate to see it junked—especially since I recently spent a day upgrading it from Vista to Windows 7.
The problem is similar to one described in this post, which received no responses. Has anyone got a suggestion as to the cause and possible remedy?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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02-14-2015 02:46 PM
02-14-2015 02:57 PM
Thanks, losmeme. I had gone so far as to look up the IBM/Lenovo part number, but I'd much rather buy a drugstore hearing-aid battery. Changing the batter and resetting the BIOS sounds like a good, inexpensive thing to try first-much better than replacing the power supply or motherboard.
02-14-2015 04:26 PM
It would also be a good time to upgrade to the latest BIOs, if you haven't done so already. Do not ever upgrade the BIOs from within Windows. Always burn the CD iso download to a CD and boot from that. Good luck, hope this works for you.