07-06-2012 07:56 PM
(I've searched the forums for a couple of hours, with no luck, before posting)
I have a T61p which has worked great for a few years. Suddenly yesterday, it refused to power up: a cold boot goes like this: to start, only the power-plug light and battery lights are on. When I press power button, the Z-with-a-circle light and the caps-lock and num-lock buttons flash (with a faint click), then then, with another faint click, the caps-lock and num-lock lights go off -- and nothing else.
I've taken out the battery, unplugged the power cord, drained the laptop by holding down the power button and plugged the cord back in -- same result (except the battery light isn't on, of course). Today, putting the battery back in only makes the battery light flash orange, making me think it's not charging, either.
Am I deeply hosed? Should I now start asking about how to recover my data from the hard drive for my soon-to-be-newly-purchased laptop?
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07-12-2012 01:48 AM
07-12-2012 09:35 AM
This is consistent with nVidia GPU failure. If your laptop's production date is prior to 08/08 (2008/august), then it has a graphics processor that tends to fail more often then normal. If this is the case you'll need to replace your system board. There are many options in this case and here are several good discussions in the forum about this, and options to fix the problem, just be careful because there are many boards that have been improperly repaired being offered for sale. It would be a trivial matter to get your system to boot up, but it would only fail again in minutes, days, weeks, whenever.
I suggest you do some reading and if there is anything I can do to help, let me know.
07-12-2012 10:00 AM
Thanks to cche0691 and TuuS for their answers. It's much what I expected and since this is a known T61p flaw that pops up with time, I've very hestitant to pay for a repair that just gives me something that's probably towards the end of its lifespan, too.
So I purchased a Lenovo W500 (I'm an IBMer and get a good price) and a HDD enclosure to recover the data from the hard drive. Hopefully this one lasts a little longer than the T61p (which I really liked, right up to the point when it died).
07-12-2012 10:38 AM
You can easily convert your system to Intel graphics. Normally the Intel boards for a 15.4" are very hard to find, but if you decide you want to breath some life into this system let me know and I'll help you anyway I can. They really aren't that hard to fix. I've helped dozens of forum members fix theirs.
However, if you no longer want it, then there is no point in fixing it.
In either case enjoy your new system.