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Token Ring
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X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

I understand that this means there is a system board error.  I have a very good reason to believe that the BIOS had an issue (when I checked it before this happened, it had 75 boot options listed and said the volitale memory was almost full).

 

Question: can I somehow force the BIOS to reset itself?  Is there a pin short I can use for this?

 

Of course I am 2 weeks out of warranty :/  I assume if I sent it in they would just charge for a boarsd swap... likely $500-$600 dollars.

 

Thanks for any help!

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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

1-3-3-1 means no memory. If you have 2 DIMMs, try with just one, then just the other. When you try with just one DIMM, it needs to go into slot-0. When you have the machine sitting lid-down and the battery compartment away from you, slot-0 is the one on the right.


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Token Ring
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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Hmm.  Well I tried removing/replacing the ram an nothing worked.  Let me see if I have another stick around here somewhere to try.

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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Took out my 8GB chip and put in the original 4GB chip and it gave the same beeps.

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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Have a look clearly on the RAM slots connectors. Perhaps the pins are damaged or shorted.


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Token Ring
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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

All the pins look pristine.

 

This happened after the BIOS froze for a LONG time and I had to reset.  Pretty sure that what did this and killed the system board.  That beep sequence says it can be DIMM or System Board in the documentation I found.

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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Ok, no idea what changed, but I have the LCD back.

 

I get 2 errors after the :enovo splash screen.

 

1.  Check you clock, yada yada.

1.  Non-volitile memory is about full.  Press F1 to enter setup.

 

Only F1 does anything, and even then it just shows a cursor in the upper left corner that just stays there (no blinking).  Then it freezes and has to be rebooted to start that all over again.

 

Thoughts?

Token Ring
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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Just so you can imagine what I am saying a bit easier Smiley Happy

 

I press the power buttoin and boot.  I get the LENOVO splash screen.  Whether I hit Enter to to go the menu or not, I get this:

 

Error.jpg

 

After I press F1 (the ONLY button that does anything besides the power button powering it off), I get this:

 

blank.jpg

 

No flashing; it is just frozen on the screen.  I have also tried to attach a CD with the BIOS utility... but as it cannt even get past this point, I can't pick what to boot from or flash the BIOS :/

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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

It sounds like the motherboard is not well.


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Token Ring
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Re: X230 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep, no screen: can I reset the BIOS?

Uh... ya think? Smiley Wink
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