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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 4:43 AM

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So far I've read you can heat up the motherboard (in the over?!), or tape the vents shut and let it run for awhile. I'm doing the vents things now with fingers crossed, but it doesn't feel like it's getting particularly hot.

 

 


 

This is mentioned here as what NOT to do. You're going to cause a lot of damage to other parts of your board with no hope at all of fixing your GPU.

 

 


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Aside from that, is there any chance with getting Lenovo to own up to the issue? I tried calling them and had no luck.

 

 


 

Lenovo did already "own up", they fixed thousands of them for free at a period of time that they considered to be the end of the products expected useful life span. Although I do wish they would provide some reasonably priced and reliable replacement parts, I can't say it would be fair to expect these units to be fixed for free indefinitely. In my mind there are much more worthy causes to fight for then free repairs on 4-5yo laptops. 

 

 


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Any other ideas what I can do with it?

 

 



Replace your systemboard is the only fix, but finding one with the updated GPU isn't easy, and thanks to a lot of dishonest opportunistic people, there are no shortage of boards (and laptops) for sale that have been "baked" or "reflowed" and will surely fail. I'd stay away from any type of repaired board that wasn't done by Lenovo, and also from any used board that you don't know about it's history. Also avoid any claiming to be 08/08 boards but don't have the chassis from the 08/08 laptop as proof. 

 

Good Luck

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 5:19 AM

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Replace your systemboard is the only fix, but finding one with the updated GPU isn't easy, and thanks to a lot of dishonest opportunistic people, there are no shortage of boards (and laptops) for sale that have been "baked" or "reflowed" and will surely fail. I'd stay away from any type of repaired board that wasn't done by Lenovo, and also from any used board that you don't know about it's history. Also avoid any claiming to be 08/08 boards but don't have the chassis from the 08/08 laptop as proof. 

 

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Thus the reason I have hoarded several 08/08 (Aug 2008) built T61p T9300 complete units as spares to hopefully last me many years since I am not one to have been brainwashed (yet) by the Mad Men of advertising into believing I must always have the latest and greatest next best thing :smileywink:

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 7:13 AM

I agree, even by 2012 standards a T61p with a penryn cpu is a powerful computer.

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 9:11 AM
I should have rephrased my question: "is there anyway for Lenovo to own-up to *MY* issue". Kudos to them for fixing many laptops, but the problem is that I ran into this issue very recently, and apparently I no-longer qualify for this fix. I don't think it makes sense that because I am not such a heavy user of the GPU, that I should be now exempt from the fix since it took longer for the bug to happen. I still paid 2500 for the laptop.

Now I understand that electronics fail, and I've already had to replace several components. However, I now have a dead laptop which requires a very pricey fix for something that is due to faulty hardware which should not have been sold to me.

So, if someone is able to offer suggestions on how to contact Lenovo in a way that could be postive for getting this fixed, I'd appreciate it. As mentioned, calling them was not helpful.

Thanks for the suggestions so far TuuS :)
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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 10:16 AM

The short answer is no. I do sympathize with you though, mine failed after the free repair period too, I fixed it myself and am using it now. I understand how unfair it feels when thousand of users get free boards, then it stops before your need arises, but no matter when it stopped, whoever gets cut off will feel this way.

 

There are much less costly options then buying a lenovo refurb board for $600, I've retrofitted T60 boards in these units which costs me roughtly $100. I've also gotten boards from corporate laptops in the $150-200 price range. Boards with the updated GPU are extremely rare though and getting more scarce day by day. and naturally sell at a premium, but as stated, there are less costly options, just be extremely cautious, if someone is selling a "board in a box", ask yourself why this board ended up in a box...   was an honest person "parting out" fully working laptops to fill a need, or was the board removed because it died and improperly repaired...  that box it's in could very well be a coffin. 

 

I've had several people approach me wanting to buy failed boards I have. If I had sold them, I have no doubt they'd get baked and sold on ebay as refurbished, it's quite a scam.

 

If you want help finding a suitable replacement, you're welcome to message me privately, but if you want one with the updated gpu, it could take some time, if there are more available at all.

 

What ever you deside to do, I wish you luck.

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 12:33 PM

TuuS wrote:

 

The short answer is no.


 

I agree .... the no-cost Lenovo post -warranty repair train left the station a long time ago. :smileysad:

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-06-27, 15:57 PM

Short answer: Buy yourself a brand new laptop and avoid Lenovo for bad practices provided this was an high-end laptop for business users and they did very bad at servicing them and make customers happy with something they have nothing to do. My money didn't failed after 2-3 years.

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-07-04, 16:35 PM

I'm deeply dissapointed that this issue was not better publicised to Lenovo customers.  While of course I can understand them avoiding damaging their reputation, i expected more when I bought this top of the line computer.   Unfortunately, my 4 year extended warranty ended 2011-12-11.  I bought Lenovo because of their good reputation thinking this laptop would be dependable.  Maybe it's too much to ask for Lenovo to be proactive about fixing defective products rather than leaving the customer with a ticking time bomb when one day their computer will die prematurely... Is it to much to ask Lenovo to continue provide replacement parts for defective components?

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-07-05, 2:08 AM

This may sound cruel and I apologize in advance, but we as customers/consumers also have some responsibility not to trust anyone selling anything and not to live under rocks (especially in this age of Google, Bing, Blogs, and 24+ hour continuous news cycles).  

 

This issue was well publicized in many tech news blogs and all the product review sites .... just a click or two away.

 

Unfortunately, too many youngsters these days are brainwashed that life is simply a non-stop social party meant to spend all their time listening to music on iPods while dancing down sidewalks (like in the Apple ads) and trusting that whatever they buy today will be bullet-proof .... i.e. don't worry, be happy.   Life (or reality) does not imitate art, no matter what the Mad Men of today's ad agencies try to tell you.

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Re: T61 One long beep, two short beeps...and dead

2012-07-05, 2:35 AM

I don't think I have any responsability in this whole mess. Sorry, Lenovo is sole responsible face to its customers, no matter who behind is responsible face to Lenovo, that is not the customer problem.

 

And I don't see the link with youngsters and iPods.

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