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alessing
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lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

Just this morning my just out of warranty thinkpad x230 does not want to boot.  I get 5 beeps, a pause, then 5 more beeps and my screen is blank.  The power button shows as on, but cant do anything else.

 

thanks

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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

Is patched BIOS flashed on your laptop?



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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

If it is, I didn't do it. Could windows updates cause this? Anyway I can check?
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

If your laptop is new or you didn't flash patched BIOS it's impossible anything did it itself. It's only "hand made" operation.

When did this beeps issue begin?
What wireless card are installed into your laptop?

OK
If you don't use bitlocker or any other encryption application disable TPM (Security Chip) in BIOS Setup menu. Beeps should desappear.



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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alessing
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

Issue began over weekend. No new installations. To get into buos do I press delete or F2? I don't see anything at all at boot.

Thanks
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

Your answer sounds not good. The reason of issue can be more serious.

BIOS access method depends of the OS installed. If it's win7 while laptop boots up press F1 repeatedly when the screen with ThinkPad logo appears.

 

UPD

look at this thread:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Beeps-at-power-up-5-beeps-pause-5-beeps/m-p/74...



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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alessing
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

Well, this sounds like no fun. Should I replace the board or get a new computer? And is it easy to replace the board? How does one do it?
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

it's going to cost you about $600 to repair if you send it into Lenovo.. outside of warranty.

 

The Catch-22 is if your looking at a Replacement the X240 is more limited then the X220  1 ram slot... 8gb max. you could go for an T440s or T440P which would give you a choice up to a full I7-4700MQ (6MB Cache) + dedicated video if you wanted.. at around 4.1 Lb  but Thinkpad really screwed up the touchpad & other issues.. you want to read the reviews on the new models

 

so it might be time to look at other Options Like the Toshiba R30 etc

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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

alessing,

New Lenovo x230 motherboard costs $150..250 on ebay, replacement is customer friendly, you can do it yourself.

Before you'll do that check out does your laptop boot up after beeps series if you connect external monitor?

Did you disable Security chip in BIOS?

Also, try to reset BIOS/EC (I gave this advice several times here):
unplug AC adapter cable, remove the battery, press and hold during 20...30 seconds the power button, plug in AC adapter cable, connect the battery, try to boot up.



x220 • Gobi 2000 3g | hdd, msata ssd, wwan, wifi, gps -- unique hand-made config
ThinkPad 25 Special Anniversary Edition. #retro. Signed by D.Hill
T470p | X1 Carbon Gen3 | Miix 2 10" | Yoga Tablet 2-1050F (Android) + BT Keyboard
ThinkPad Stack • 2.4/5 Wireless Router, HDD 1 TB, BT Speaker, Power Bank, Mobile Projector

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alessing
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Re: lenovo thainkpad x230 - 5 beeps, pause, then 5 beeps - but blank screen

I will have to check this tonight.

 

How often do Lenovo motherboards fail like this?  I really liked my x230 - do not like the x240.. but before considering another Lenovo I want to know if this is a comong thing.  At thins point even a cheap Asus seems better as I can buy on for a quarter of the cost and replace it frequently too.

 

thanks

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