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I have no power up the icon for the power doesnt come on no power what could be the problem I have a r31 series laptop

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Check your powercord power adapter its working or not if working then you have to send your laptop to service center its a motherboard problem

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In the R30 2656 thinkpad i get error "system battery is dead' replace...." is it an internal backup battery like the cr2032 in the desktops? if so, how can i replace it?

Yes, and No.
A) It is an Internal Backup Battery that is similar in design, and mounting, as used in a desktop computer.
B) It is not a CR2032.
C) Yes you can replace it. I have confidence in you.

I would like you to download the Service Manual for the IBM R30-R31 series of laptops.
(Free, no viruses or any other malware attached)

On this page go to the third line, and the first listing R30-R31. Left-click on it. (In blue)
After you click on R30-R31, it may take up to 30 seconds before you'll see the first page.
(Took me 32 seconds with a medium speed DSL connection, just now)

If you are aware of the following, please disregard;

1) You can save this file to your computer so that you won't have to download it again, and will be able to burn it to a CD for future reference. Also you can delete it from your computer, and save harddrive space.
If you are not aware of how to perform this, and wish to know how, please post in a Comment.

2) In the top header of the PDF file is a blue Down Arrow. This is the Page Down icon. To the right of it is the page number box. If you know the page number you can get to it more expediently by;

A) Put your mouse cursor in the page number box, left-click once
B) Type the number of the page
C) Press the Enter key

3) The + sign in the top header is the Zoom In icon, the - sign is the Zoom Out icon.
I like to zoom out the view when looking at a specific area, or part. Otherwise I view at around 100 to 125 percent. (They usually automatically have the PDF file set to around a 300 percent view! {300%} I take it down to around 100 to 125)

To the left of the PDF file is the Bookmarks menu. It opens automatically, (By default), to the headings,
Preface, Contents, and ThinkPad R30/R31 Hardware Maintenance Manual.
Left-click on the + sign next to ThinkPad R30/R31 Hardware Maintenance Manual.

(Just a note*
FRU stands for Field Replacement Unit. A unit that the computer repair person can replace. If it isn't an FRU, it has to go back to the factory for repair)

Now scroll down to the heading ThinkPad R30, and left-click on the + sign to the left.
Scroll down to the heading 1070 Backup battery, and left-click right on the heading.
On the right you will see that the Keyboard has to be removed, and then you'll have clear access to the Backup battery.

Page 61 - Keyboard is their listing. The PDF file page is 67.

From me:
A) Remove ALL electrical power to the laptop first.
The AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.

B) Work on a table. I know how that may 'sound', but there have been some who post they worked on a bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor. These are HIGH areas of Static electricity. (Consequently when working on a table with a carpet floor underneath, do not swing your feet. Just a tidbit of info)

C) Your body carries Static electricity. Movement of clothes, pantyhose, shoes moving across a carper floor, etc., generates Static.
Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer. (Processor, Ram Memory, Harddrive, Graphics Card {IF used}, are a few hardware components)

You are about to 'pop-out' the Backup battery which is located in a holder on the motherboard.
Relieve your body of Static before doing so.

Touch the metal frame of an open desktop computer case, (Unplugged from power), or you can touch a large metal object sitting on the table. Example? Perhaps a metal decoration, large metal serving spoon, or similar.

If you leave your laptop in the middle of replacing the battery, (Or working on it), upon your return de-static yourself before touching the laptop.

Please post additional questions in a Comment.
If you find you cannot download the Service Manual, please post in a Comment, and I'll step by step you through it.


Oct 15, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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R31: "Wireless Network Unavailable" and nothing on the list!

Hi, you drop the Lp, is Wieless maniged by windows, not that it meters to me, try and see if your harwear manager shows your networkcard or is it got any yellow quastion or other icons on it, that is go start manu control panel system icon in control panel click hardware then divice manager, if its disabled inableit if nothing works reinstal the driver for your wlancard that is network adapter.goodluck

Jun 22, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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IBM R31 ThinkPad connecting to VISIO flat screen TV

So there are a few things you need to know, you will need a converter box from the Laptop to TV, but you would not need one for connecting your laptop to a monitor. These can be purchased online (ebay) or in stores.

Jun 17, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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Two problems with my IBM thinkpad r31 (DVD player and Battery):

Your power plug inside the laptop on the motherboard is likely corroded around the positive terminal connected to the motherboard. Repair places will charge a few hundred dollars to fix this fairly simple problem not requiring any parts. Good luck. If you live in new zealand I can do it for you fairly cheap...

May 09, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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IBM,lenovo ThinkPad R31

Maintenance manuals for both systems are on, under the publications section. But without looking at it, I would say no, the cables will not work.

Jun 09, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2656 Notebook

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I don't mean to disagree with my associate, but DVD players for R series (or T, A, etc) can be found for less than 20.00 US (Ebay is a good example)
For that matter, we've got at least a dozen at our shop which we sell for 25.00
Installation is very simple as well, just pop the old drive out, put the new drive in.
Good luck

Oct 30, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad R31 2657 Notebook

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