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X230 DEAD: 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep: tried with NEW RAM & fails

2017-07-14, 0:15 AM

My X230 gets very little use since I bought it in 2012... sometimes no use at all for weeks at a time. Yet the system board failed, as did a replacement, and now the third board seems to have failed. On startup I get 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep and a blank screen.


I tried the existing RAM stick in both slots: no start

I bought and tried a NEW stick of RAM from Crucial in both slots: no start

I tried both sticks in the slots at the same time: no start


Other than another bad system board, what could it be?


Where can I get a system board that might last?


By the way, at the same time I bought the X230 I also bought a T530 that gets gallons of heavy use almost every day and never had a problem that I didn't cause myself.



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Re: X230 DEAD: 1 beep, 3 beep, 3 beep, 1 beep: tried with NEW RAM & fails

2017-07-14, 6:19 AM

Try removing the hard drive, wlan and wwan cards.


If you're also sure that there is no supervisor password in your X230, disconnect the BIOS battery (the small yellow one) for around 30 minutes. Then try to boot again.



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