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T30 still won't boot after fan replacement

So, all you did was R&R the fan.

I followed the exact Lenovo fan R&R instructions which started with remove battery, remove memory, remove DVD, remove CMOS batery, etc. Looking back i shoudl have ignored all that and just R&R the fan.

This should be simple enough. I'm going to venture to say that either the processor isn't seated correctly, or you missed a connector. Tear it back down, pull the processor, blow it out with air, and reseat it.

I did that twice.

Also check for any connections you may have missed, and reseat the memory.

I did that many times and discovered one of the two 512MB RAM strips is dead, actually killed by the removale process i suppose. So now i get to see the IBM Thinkpad boot screen!! but it will not boot... anything, not HDD1 not HDD2 in Ultrabay, not bootable CD, not bootable flopy.

I set the CMOS time and date. I set teh default CMOS values, nothing makes the disk light flash for boot up. Seems like something else is whacky.

At the initial start, start it without the battery, then reboot with the battery.

Did that, no boot.

You did remove the battery when changing the fan, right?

Yes

Anyway, try this and let me know through the "ask me" tab next to my name.

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  • acavedo Sep 12, 2008

    Yes it does.



    BIOS sees built-in HDD and will see Ultrabay HDD if I plug it in. I tried to boot off HDD1, HDD2, CDROM and floppy drives, nothing works. All I get is the BIOS screen on the LCD screen. If I press F12 to show boot list, I only see the Preparing boot list message but the boot screen choices do not appear. It’s like all booting is dead.

  • acavedo Sep 18, 2008

    Here's the thing... it just started working!! It seems OK. Maybe it needed a vacation. Thanks for the help.

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same strange problem. The first thing I have discovered is that I have one bad ram slot, the slot farthest away from the esc key.

    The second thing was a insanity inducing flakiness when starting. Sometimes it wouldn't start, sometimes holding the power button would make it start, sometimes pulling the battery and waiting would work...

    SO - what I did was take a piece of paper and return to the only real culprit I had. Ram.

    I folded the piece of paper tightly in the shape of 1/2 stick of ram longways. This gave me a thick thin rectangle which I put on the edge of the good ram slot farthest away from the point of attachment (the pins and such).

    This paper pushed the ram firmly against the pins and has fixed it so far. I am assuming my prob was an incomplete connection at the Ram slot.

    Either way, I hope we all realize that we are talking about 5 year old laptops and that rocks. Show me any manufacturer that makes laptops that last this long...

  • rich medrano
    rich medrano May 11, 2010

    In the bios setup for boot devices does it recognize the HDD?

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I previously wrote that I tried booting up the CDROM, HDD1, HDD2 and a floppy. That is two hard disk drives a CD and floppy disk, all were bootable and each was told to boot from the BIOS. So I doubt that I have a bad HDD since both will boot in another T30 I have. I wrote that I had a bad memory strip, not a bad memory slot. Neither of the memory slots are bad as I can plug good 512MB strips in both slots and show 1GB RAM in the BIOS. I replaced the CMOS battery with a new one before reporting this problem.

Got any more ideas?

Thanks,
Allen

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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One of your memory slots might be bad as I'm assuming you tried both memory chips in the known working slot.
I found setting the boot up sequence in BIOS is better than using F12.
Set your BIOS to boot the CDROM first. I suspect the hard drive has failed or has a problem. Do you have a floppy boot disk? Lenovo has PCDoctor bootable diagnostics on their website. You may have inadvertently bent a pin inserting the hard drive. Your CMOS battery could be dead but since that was untouched I would be surprised.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008

  • rich medrano
    rich medrano Sep 18, 2008

    Okay so everything seems in order but it still won't boot. Everything was bootable to start with so I'm thinking something happened when the fan was replaced. Bent pin on a HDD connector? Cabling not quite seated right? Just asking because the more complicated the problem seems the answer tends to be simpler. I'd ccertainly check the pins on your hard drive first.

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