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10-25-2008

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T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 0:16 AM

I found 2 Thinkpad T40s (Type 2373, EU3) in my house at a pretty convenient time and so I purchased a UATA hard drive (FUJITSU 2.5" 100gb MHV2100AH 5400rpm) and 1 GB Kingston DDR RAM to install. The original hard drive was missing and I figured that the 256MB installed RAM wouldn't be sufficient.

 

Anyway, I installed the memory and the hard drive and booted the computer. The IBM screen came up, saying to bypass the normal boot to press the Access IBM button (or something to that effect). I assumed this was how I needed to get into the BIOS (although from what I've been reading I probably should have pressed F1).  After pressing the button the screen went blank. It continued to be blank, you know, just black, so I powered it down and tried again. This time (and every subsequent time) I've been unsuccessful in getting the screen to come on at all. The computer fan is running, the lights all blink, and I can hear the hard drive running. But the screen just refuses to come on. 

 

I wondered if perhaps it was the screen, so I hooked up the laptop to a monitor to see if perhaps that was the problem. But it wouldn't show up there either. I tried putting the hard drive and RAM in the second T40 (I also had to switch out the battery because the other one seemed to not be working) and got the same results (only, I never got the screen to power on at all). 

 

Any ideas as to what the problem could be? I admit that I probably don't know entirely what I'm doing here. Any help is appreciated. 

 

In the event that the laptop seems unrepairable, does anyone know where I could purchase a used laptop (it could come without a hard drive or RAM seeing as I have it already) of similar specifications? I'm really just trying to get a laptop running for school and other things, because I have a feeling my desktop is about to give out and I'd prefer the mobility of a notebook. 

 

Thank you in advance for any words of advice!

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07-29-2008

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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 1:28 AM

Probably an ages old T40 problem: Bad solder on the graphics card. Its a known issue. The solder gradualy gets worn away, and you have to stress on the keyboard to get it working again. Its unreliable though. Once you start getting that issue, you start risking data and stability of your system. You have four options:

 

1. Repair your motherboard (costly)

2. Get a new motherboard (still costly)

3. Move on to a new laptop (best choice)

4. Sell it to me (only if you feel like it, im an experimentalist :smileywink:)

X41T: Dead from a power surge during a BIOS Flash!
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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 1:42 AM

Ahh. I see. I guess that's why it cut off when i hit the button, then?

 

I suppose i should invest in a new laptop, then. it definitely wouldn't be cost-effective to repair it, it seems. 

 

Would you happen to know of a site where I can get a used laptop for relatively cheap? I know I've seen them around but I can't remember where. (This might not be the most appropriate place to ask, but I really don't even know where to begin looking for one)

 

I'd be more than willing to sell them to you if you want them. There's also an older IBM Thinkpad 600X-- not sure if you'd be interested.

 

Thanks!

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11-24-2007

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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 3:35 AM

There's a company called Superior Reball which offers GPU reballing for $50 which is still the best deal around...

 

Just in case you want to keep the machine.

 

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

George




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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 3:39 AM
or you could try to "reflow" the gpu yourself. But t40 is getting kinda old. You can pick up a dual core compay for 400. Though they are cheap, they are extremely durable. Ive dropped mine out of a 2nd story window and it was barely dented. Make an offer about only 1 t40 via PM.
X41T: Dead from a power surge during a BIOS Flash!
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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-10-26, 3:59 AM

And for a cheaper new laptop...

 

http://stores.channeladvisor.com/lenovooutlet

 

Good luck.

Cheers,

George




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11-08-2008

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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-11-08, 1:20 AM

When you press the Access IBM button during boot, the system attempts to boot the OS stored on the hidden system partition at the end of the drive.  If you have install media for WinXP(?) you need to run that first to establish the Rescue & Recovery partition.. otherwise the fresh drive is just blank and there's nothing to boot so you get a blank screen.  If you don't have a set of IBM WinXP install CDs, you could still install an OS but you'd need correct drivers which normally all get stored in the R&R partition along with the OS install.

 

It's possible there's nothing wrong with your hardware so try the F1 to get into the BIOS Setup and see what you can make of it.

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11-08-2008

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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-11-08, 16:38 PM

If the hard drive is brand new with no OS installed - you need to obtain the Recovery Discs to install the original factory software into it.  You can buy that directly from Lenovo.  I just gave up my T40, was still running like a top - Donated it. 

 

Hope this helps.

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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-11-08, 23:19 PM
I thought that was what I said: use the original install CDs... assuming it's WinXP he wants; around that time, of the T40, there *were* some systems in some markets which came with the factory install CDs.  Of course if he had a Rescue & Recovery set of CDs, made with Create Recovery Media that would also work.
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Re: T40- Turns on, screen doesn't seem to be working?

2008-11-09, 0:10 AM
When the screen refuses to come on it is not a software problem...
Cheers,

George




In daily use: R60F, R500F, T61, T410

Collecting dust: T60

Enjoying retirement: A31p, T42p,

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